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  • Forbidden Fruit

    published December 29, 2005

    Fifteen years ago, a strange-looking child suffering from severe physical maladies and acute retardation was brought into the office of Dr.... More >>

  • Plundering the Faithful

    published December 29, 2005

    Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs continued to elude a nationwide manhunt at the end of 2005 as the fundamentalist Mormon municipalities he controls... More >>

  • Crash Course

    published December 8, 2005

    As the December 3 Colorado City Unified School District board of governors meeting draws to a close, Alvin Barlow, Arizona's longest tenured... More >>

  • Wisdom of the Ancestors

    published December 1, 2005

    I first met former Hopi tribal chairman Vernon Masayesva in December 1992, when my then-wife and I were publishing a weekly newspaper in... More >>

  • Wanted: Armed and Dangerous

    published November 10, 2005

    A massive stone temple jutting from the crest of an oak-and-juniper knoll pierces the serenity of the broad horizon of the seductively beautiful... More >>

  • Pandora's Box

    published October 27, 2005

    State Republican Senator Jack Harper's enraging a powerful legislator with his determined effort to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive... More >>

  • J. Edgar Arpaio

    published October 6, 2005

    I really wanted to see Joe Arpaio get roasted on October 1, during an event to raise money for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's animal... More >>

  • The Mystery Deepens

    published September 29, 2005

    Hours after the bizarre death last December of the City of Phoenix's chief financial officer, city officials blamed a brain parasite contracted in... More >>

  • Under Siege

    published September 22, 2005

    Fundamentalist Mormon polygamists along the Arizona-Utah border are steeling themselves against law enforcement agencies coming at them from... More >>

  • Bird in Hand

    published August 18, 2005

    In the weeks leading up to last September's Republican primary election for sheriff, challenger Dan Saban predicted that someday someone inside... More >>

  • Histrionics Lesson

    published August 11, 2005

    Superior Court Judge Michael D. Jones should be proud of himself. He has made it virtually impossible for the public to find out what is going on... More >>

  • Doomed River

    published August 4, 2005

    Towering Fremont cottonwoods and Goodding willows provide welcome shade as I approach the banks of one of Arizona's most threatened natural... More >>

  • All Bark and No Bite

    published July 14, 2005

    I have no faith in the ability of Maricopa County to conduct fair and accurate elections. It's now appallingly apparent that County Attorney... More >>

  • On a Wing and a Prayer

    published June 30, 2005

    Where's the airplane? The airplane I'm talking about is the infamous Cessna P210 purchased in late 2002 by fundamentalist Mormon polygamists... More >>

  • Solstice Retreat

    published June 23, 2005

    As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky this week with the passing of summer solstice, I'm amazed that Arizona regulators are retreating... More >>

  • Sweetheart Deal

    published June 16, 2005

    The Arizona Public Service Company's sale of a one-acre paved parking lot to Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband smells... More >>

  • Uncle Sam Wants Them

    published June 2, 2005

    My 15-year-old son jolted me out of my morning trance the other day with a question that sent my mind reeling. "Dad, did you know that high... More >>

  • Elephant Slayer

    published May 26, 2005

    Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano's taking it to the House -- and the Senate -- leaving no doubt about who's the most powerful politician in... More >>

  • Education Reclamation

    published May 19, 2005

    Much to my amazement and delight, Arizona has finally delivered a powerful blow to the fundamentalist Mormon polygamist theocracy that controls... More >>

  • Valley of the Suns

    published May 5, 2005

    Jerry Colangelo dreams of winning a trifecta. And he would be well on his way if this town finally gets an NBA championship. He's... More >>

  • Enemies List

    published April 28, 2005

    Recent events lead me to believe that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may again be abusing his police powers for political purposes. That is,... More >>

  • Charity for the Super-Rich

    published April 21, 2005

    Here's the lowdown on one of the latest scams to put local taxpayer money into the pockets of billion-dollar corporations. This is a tale... More >>

  • Moral Absurdity

    published April 14, 2005

    Now let me get this straight. It's okay for a pharmacist to refuse to fill a medical doctor's prescription for a morning-after pill on... More >>

  • Derail Polygamy's Money Train

    published April 7, 2005

    The Arizona Legislature has the rare opportunity this session to strike a powerful blow to the heart of the fundamentalist Mormon polygamist cult... More >>

  • Sacred Hypocrisy

    published March 31, 2005

    I consider myself an environmentalist. And I've long been a strong supporter of Native American rights. But in recent days I have become... More >>

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