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1999 Stories by David Holthouse

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  • City of Coke

    published December 30, 1999

    He is a gangbanger, a drug dealer and a devoted father, and when he goes to buy coke from the Sinaloans, he always leaves his gun in the car. He... More >>

  • Disco Technicalities

    published December 16, 1999

    It was a bad idea, poorly executed, and north Phoenix was the perfect setting. Land of franchised illusions, where on Saturday, December 4,... More >>

  • Strike Two

    published December 9, 1999

    A Teamster's strike that began two months ago in Tolleson is poised to go nationwide after a long-awaited federal labor report substantiated union... More >>

  • London Calling

    published December 9, 1999

    To: Voas From: Holthouse Re: Severe setbacks with Governor Hull in London story. Cheers from England, chief,... More >>

  • That Worm Feeling

    published December 2, 1999

    She says she still feels like a leper, showing off the wounds where the worms popped out. "They were all over me," says recent parasite host... More >>

  • Ricky-Ticky-Tacky

    published November 25, 1999

    His ass twitching like a pair of brained salmon in a black leather sack, Ricky Martin ascended into view, gyrating upon the hood of a silver... More >>

  • Track Marks

    published November 11, 1999

    The six dog has been doom for me lately. Two nights before Halloween, I had easy money on San Tan Mischief in the second, a two-to-one favorite.... More >>

  • Diary of a Madman

    published October 28, 1999

    I like doing screamers the best. Don't get me wrong. It's not like I don't appreciate moaners. I still feel like I'm communicating effectively... More >>

  • Per Verse

    published October 14, 1999

    Haikus are the bonsai trees of observation. They've been a way of writing for at least 3,000 years. Old school. Free style, but not free form. The... More >>

  • The Pipers of Los Arcos

    published October 7, 1999

    I'd never tasted Creamsicle punch until the City of Scottsdale served it to me during a recent forum on the Los Arcos redevelopment project.... More >>

  • Softly Into That Good Nitrous

    published September 30, 1999

    Dope pushers lurking around playgrounds? I don't think so. Dentists are more to blame for turning America's children on to the perilous joys of... More >>

  • Alien Autopsy

    published September 16, 1999

    A judge has ordered Pima County officials to release for publication autopsy and death scene photographs of 14 undocumented immigrants who... More >>

  • Black Rock or Combust

    published September 16, 1999

    The nubile creature who welcomed me to the 1999 Burning Man Festival was costumed as a space cowgirl: pink boots, leggings, miniskirt, gun belt... More >>

  • The Case for Casey's

    published September 9, 1999

    At night, from atop Tempe Butte, the high canopy of lush foliage over the historic Maple-Ash neighborhood near downtown Tempe blocks out the... More >>

  • Venetian Blind

    published September 2, 1999

    In the theater of money and power in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fred Unger's enemies have cast him in the role of Evil Developer. Unger's vehicle... More >>

  • Chaff Storm

    published August 19, 1999

    So I was standing outside an adult bookstore Monday morning during rush hour, when I noticed a peculiar similarity among the men exiting the... More >>

  • Dam Vulnerable

    published August 12, 1999

    I wondered what $100 million in terra-forming looks like up close, so last Wednesday I walked around the newly filled Tempe Town Lake. It was late... More >>

  • Revenge of the Verdes

    published August 5, 1999

    The pinball symphony of 400 slot machines morphs into the thump and wail of a Yavapai-Apache drum circle as I leave the dim, eau d'ashtray... More >>

  • Legends of the Fall

    published July 29, 1999

    The rapper and the politician's son are in a doorless chamber. Its walls, ceiling and floor are bare, polished steel. There is one window, which... More >>

  • Fun With Morphine

    published July 22, 1999

    The morphine left me, like love gone cold. Its soothing caress transformed into a claw, angrily snatching away tufts of the pink cotton candy that... More >>

  • Auction Figure

    published July 15, 1999

    The price for the baseball had reached $1.4 million. The man who would eventually buy it, for much more, is watching two videotapes which... More >>

  • The Warehouse Tape

    published June 24, 1999

    I don't wish ill on the clerk to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, but it's a good thing she was sick on June 15. That was the day... More >>

  • Whither Warehouse?

    published June 17, 1999

    Looking over my county government's plan to destroy the warehouse district south of downtown Phoenix, I wonder if the schizophrenic crackheads who... More >>

  • Culture War Heroes

    published May 27, 1999

    Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean. --2 Corinthians 6:17 I am alone... More >>

  • Border Censors

    published May 13, 1999

    Scott Stanley wants to show you photos of dead Mexicans. Some of the bodies photographed in American deserts are wasted and burned after... More >>

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