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  • Brace Yourself for 1990

    published December 20, 1989

    On the eve of his stunning political triumph, Julian Sanders was in an expansive mood. "I am not prejudiced," said Sanders. "I pick up... More >>

  • One For The Books

    published December 6, 1989

    This is a story of how the schoolchildren of Arizona are denied a decent education by naive bureaucrats, businessmen too fond of sharp... More >>

  • Sell, Keith, Sell

    published November 29, 1989

    When the story is fully told, I think Keith Turley's greed will rival Charles Keating's penchant for buying U.S. senators in sheer... More >>

  • If A Coach Calls, Hang Up

    published November 15, 1989

    On July 31 police from the small Arizona town of Parker caught the high school's football coach in a compromising phone conversation... More >>

  • Pipe Bombs And Pipe Dreams

    published November 1, 1989

    In a Sunnyslope bedroom, beneath a map of the intended targets, the gruesome crime unfolded. As Michael Bloom plotted, his partner Carl... More >>

  • Sure, Mary Jo, Sure

    published October 25, 1989

    Mary Jo West kidnaped? . . . Yeah, right. After the first reports of the alleged abduction, the buzz on the street was that Mary Jo faked... More >>

  • Who Killed This Internal Police Probe? The Bosses.

    published October 4, 1989

    The FBI has opened an investigation into the campaign of terror waged from the state police headquarters against Leon Woodward. Although... More >>

  • Keep The Doofus

    published September 27, 1989

    Fifty-one weeks out of the year we beat Mayor Terry Goddard about the head and shoulders with a long staff as if he were our own personal... More >>

  • Let's Change The Weather

    published September 27, 1989

    Dawn. With the crashing thunder of Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyrie" playing in their headsets, F-16 fighter pilots lift off the tarmac... More >>

  • Leon's Empty Day in Court

    published September 20, 1989

    Even without his state police uniform, Van Jackson makes an impression. He is the physical epitome of a state trooper. At six feet five inches and... More >>

  • DPS Reign of Terror

    published September 13, 1989

    With his own words, in newly revealed documents, Department of Public Safety Officer Van Jackson makes it very plain that he was not alone in the... More >>

  • A Grandmother Asks for Us All: Who Will Stop DPS?

    published September 6, 1989

    Sally Tavilla is 71 and still honors her Boston roots when she says words like farm or park. She is a lady who relishes her family. ... More >>

  • Law and Disorder

    published August 30, 1989

    In nine days, 51 creepy phone calls and death threats were made to Leon and Jeanette Woodward. U S West Communications determined that... More >>

  • High School Confidential

    published July 5, 1989

    With 800 people about to be laid off at Salt River Project, Marlene Dibble of Gilbert is updating her resume. She enjoys her work as a... More >>

  • Dirt On Their Hands

    published June 28, 1989

    Almost two months ago, George Chasse, the new face in Phoenix politics, sat down with a well-known Valley leader and discussed City... More >>

  • The Worst Of Times

    published June 14, 1989

    Here's how stupid Phoenix looked in the worldwide broadcast of the Grand Prix by ESPN. After commercial breaks, the sports network used a... More >>

  • Stranger Than Fiction

    published June 7, 1989

    Because you find yourself in trouble, you go to see an attorney. For almost two years you pour your heart out, plot strategy... More >>

  • The Good Fight

    published May 24, 1989

    "You folks don't need another holiday. What you folks need are jobs," said then-Governor Evan Mecham to Pastor Warren Stewart. ... More >>

  • The Soul Of Robert Usdane Is Tied To Martin Luther King

    published May 10, 1989

    Maybe you cannot imagine what it is like to be Robert Usdane. He is a Republican leader who is the key to a Democratic bill to honor... More >>

  • Events of Deadly Relevance

    published May 3, 1989

    Just eight days ago, on April 25, Craig Malmstrom entered an Arizona State University classroom armed with a semi-automatic 9mm... More >>

  • The Phoenix Press: Race Riot? What Race Riot?

    published April 26, 1989

    "They were being called niggers and coons, sure, but it wasn't racial. It was just the basic tension of the fight. Just like if... More >>

  • Carolyn Walker Deserves Some Real Friends

    published April 19, 1989

    Phoenix hearts pounded with the drama. Carolyn Walker, the only black in the Arizona State Senate, stood to cast her historic vote... More >>

  • The Life and Death of a Rabble-rouser

    published March 29, 1989

    As a kid I suspected that environmentalists did not enjoy life very much. I mean, no one would ever pay cash money to watch Jacques... More >>

  • The End of the Line

    published March 22, 1989

    Dedicated to the memory of Ed Abbey, an Arizonan who understood that it is important to litter the asphalt paths of America with beer cans... More >>

  • Keeping up with our Fearless Leader

    published March 15, 1989

    Some believe Mayor Terry Goddard lost his backbone during his education at Harvard. Others believe a spinalectomy was performed on... More >>

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