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  • The Mexican Connection

    published December 26, 1996

    The taxi comes to a halt on a two-lane paved road bisecting Villa Juarez, a bustling, peasant farming town in the heart of one of Mexico's most... More >>

  • Might He Be Innocent

    published November 14, 1996

    O.J., DeLorean, North -- and Symington? At first blush, the federal government's 23-count criminal indictment against Arizona Governor J.... More >>

  • The U.S. Forage Service

    published October 31, 1996

    There's not much to sustain life--water, grass or other feed--on the eastern flank of the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, 60 miles east of... More >>

  • Children of Synanon

    published October 10, 1996

    The story sounds diabolical. For more than a decade, a Tucson nonprofit drug-treatment center called Amity, Inc., had slowly developed a... More >>

  • An Accounting Nightmare

    published September 26, 1996

    Last Friday's settlement between the Big 6 accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and federal prosecutors delivers a powerful legal blow to Governor... More >>

  • Snaking Away

    published September 19, 1996

    Volunteers: Expect to spend 5 plus hours/day radio-tracking and 8 hours searching for (rattle)snakes. Field conditions and work loads are... More >>

  • Official Secrecy Acts

    published September 5, 1996

    Governor J. Fife Symington III is all but surrounded. Creditors who allege he committed fraud are seeking to prevent him from erasing $25... More >>

  • Thomson Grabs Cox

    published August 29, 1996

    Times have long been tough at the Valley's No. 2 daily newspaper chain, the East Valley's Tribune Newspapers. They may be about to get... More >>

  • Fire in the Nuke

    published August 8, 1996

    Two fires at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station earlier this year have once again raised safety concerns at the nation's largest nuclear... More >>

  • One That Got Away?

    published August 1, 1996

    Nearly three years after state regulators discovered $8.1 million missing from Charter Title Company escrow accounts, the company's former owner... More >>

  • It's My Courtroom, and I'll Try Like I Want To

    published July 25, 1996

    In the drab Cochise County office building that houses his courtroom, Judge Ramon R. Alvarez is having a discussion in chambers. Courtroom decorum... More >>

  • The Chubby Grocer Lashes Out

    published July 11, 1996

    Suddenly, Eddie Basha is mincing no words. The East Valley grocer lost his 1994 gubernatorial race against Governor J. Fife Symington III... More >>

  • $285,000 Points of Light

    published June 27, 1996

    George Leckie's fund-raising expertise helped put J. Fife Symington III in the Governor's Office. Leckie is once again seeking donations, but this... More >>

  • The Governor and the Lawyer

    published June 20, 1996

    Aftershocks from Governor J. Fife Symington III's 23-count federal indictment are shaking foundations at the state's most powerful law firm. ... More >>

  • An Indictment Primer

    published June 20, 1996

    At 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, the sound from four knocks on the inside of a wooden door bounced down a long hallway on the seventh floor of... More >>

  • Slow Strokes

    published June 13, 1996

    Long Beach, California. The 1976 Olympic swimming trials. Hoisting his 20-month-old son above his head, Gary Hall swims a victory lap and salutes... More >>

  • Tapering to the Peak

    published June 13, 1996

    Competitive swimming at its highest levels contains a certain measure of magic. Superpowered performances happen only when a great number of... More >>

  • Honey, Would You Pass the Money?

    published June 6, 1996

    Although Governor J. Fife Symington III and his wife, Ann, claim to maintain separate assets, Arizona's first couple frequently commingled... More >>

  • Governor Deposed

    published May 30, 1996

    Governor J. Fife Symington III was backed into a corner. Confronted with evidence that he deceived his lenders--and Arizona voters--about his... More >>

  • Scrum of the Earth

    published May 23, 1996

    It was a tired and hoarse group of fellows that boarded an early evening Southwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Phoenix a few Sundays... More >>

  • Feds Target Fife's Lawyers

    published May 23, 1996

    The state's largest law firm has been dragged into the federal criminal investigation of Governor J. Fife Symington III's finances. ... More >>

  • Locked in Masquerade

    published May 16, 1996

    One simple fact has gone unmentioned during the recent furor about the overcrowding crisis at Arizona's juvenile corrections facilities: The... More >>

  • For Their Eyes Only

    published May 2, 1996

    Governor J. Fife Symington III's Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is moving further from the public eye with each passing week. Agreements to seal... More >>

  • Parking Mirage

    published April 25, 1996

    It took only a few minutes for the Phoenix City Council to deliver what some would consider a $40 million gift to the growing empire of Phoenix... More >>

  • Park Rancher

    published April 18, 1996

    The afternoon sunlight glimmers across Wet Beaver Creek as kingfishers squawk and swoop, angry about an intrusion. A wide cattle trail soon... More >>

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