AZ Briefing: Revitalizing Mesa eyesore in works; How to vote in primary election; How Arizona cities fared on 'Best BBQ Cities' list

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

A developer finally has a plan to revitalize an infamous downtown Mesa eyesore. Some are pushing for it to include affordable housing.

Arizona's primary election is Aug. 2, but a number of deadlines come before that. Here's what you need to know to vote in the election.

Scottsdale made it onto the Top 50 “Best BBQ Cities in America” with the largest U.S. cities ranked from best to worst. See how other Arizona cities fared.

Today, you can expect it to be cloudy, with a high near 106 degrees. Expect it to be clear at night, with a low near 85 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this day in 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett’s Charge.

  • In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk from the Germans.

  • In 1950, the first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.

  • In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

  • In 2021, crews suspended the search for the living and the dead in the rubble of a collapsed South Florida condo building so that workers could start preparing the unstable remainder of the building for demolition ahead of a tropical storm.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: Project in works to revitalize infamous Mesa eyesore