AZ Briefing: Housing in Phoenix hard with vouchers; the legacy of the Dees, Black farmers in Yuma; UA scientist worked on Webb telescope

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A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

In the Phoenix area, getting a housing choice voucher can take years. Finding a place to live can be tougher

Meet the Dees, a family of Black farmers in Yuma who transformed the landscape near the Colorado River along with the history of Arizona cattle ranching.

This Arizona scientist designed one of the cameras on the Webb telescope. Here's what she thinks of the Carina Nebula and whether there's life in outer space.

Today, you can expect it to be humid and cloudy with spotty late afternoon storms, and a high near 102 degrees. Partly cloudy at night, with a low near 82. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this day in 1945, in a pre-recorded radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.

  • In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

  • In 2003, bouncing back from the largest blackout in U.S. history, cities from the Midwest to Manhattan restored power to millions of people.

  • In 2012, Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners’ first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0; it was the third perfect game and sixth no-hitter of the season.

  • In 2021, the Taliban swept into Afghanistan’s capital after the country’s government collapsed and the embattled Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, joined fellow citizens and foreigners in fleeing the country; the collapse marked the end of a two-decade U.S. campaign to remake the country. As U.S. military helicopters whisked American diplomats to the airport in Kabul, the U.S. military said it was taking charge of air traffic control at the airport, where thousands of foreigners and Afghans were desperately trying to leave. The American flag was lowered at the embassy, where smoke rose as staff destroyed important documents. Afghans rushing to leave the country lined up at cash machines to withdraw their life savings. Rescuers raced to find survivors from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, searching the rubble ahead of a potential deluge from the approaching Tropical Storm Grace.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: Finding a home in Phoenix is harder with housing vouchers