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  • THE DAM

    published December 26, 1990

    We did not know what we would discover. We knew only that a singular monument to man's industrious spirit, a dam, was altering the... More >>

  • A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

    published December 19, 1990

    On August 12, Louis Bernard Harper was sentenced to fifty years in prison. An unemployed black resident of South Phoenix, Harper had sold a single... More >>

  • J.R. HITSTHE ROAD

    published December 19, 1990

    The stands around the baseball diamond at University Park in downtown Phoenix are spotted with spectators but no one is playing ball at 10 a.m. on... More >>

  • DOWN AND OUT AND INSAN

    published November 28, 1990

    Second in a series Jessie and Clara Gillespie, an elderly couple surrounded by transients in the historic Oakland-University Park... More >>

  • ARIZONA RACISM:DON'T BE FOOLED BY CHEAP IMITATIONS

    published November 14, 1990

    Of course it's a shame about the defeat of the King holiday by the voters of Arizona. But we're going to remain calm and reasonable... More >>

  • ESCORTED INTO TEMPTATION

    published October 31, 1990

    The purpose of a law enforcement sting is to put a buxom topless dancer on the lap of a sex-starved man to see if he'll get an... More >>

  • BENCH THIS UTILITY MAN

    published October 24, 1990

    Mormon missionaries do not roar through neighborhoods astride Harley Davidsons, sporting fade haircuts and M.C. Hammer bloomers.... More >>

  • OIL? WHAT A LOVELY WAR?

    published October 17, 1990

    I saw my son's still-damp footprint upon the bathroom tile . . . Later, in the twilight, he slept in my arms as I watched the evening... More >>

  • A DEATH AT SMITTY'SAN INSIDE LOOK AT THE HOMICIDE THAT HAS INFLAMMED THE BLACK COMMUNITY

    published July 25, 1990

    The coroner's report said it all; Ric Rankins' death on July 10 was a "homicide." A scrawny 144 pounds, Rankins had his voice box... More >>

  • DON'T MESS WITH THE MARSHAL

    published May 16, 1990

    This is what Pete Span believes. Two United States marshals went to the home of his elderly father in search of a fugitive.... More >>

  • Arizona's Innocents Abroad

    published March 28, 1990

    When the Babbitts abandoned Arizona to pursue the White House, they bequeathed Evan Mecham and Rose Mofford to those of us left behind. Not... More >>

  • The Suns of God

    published March 21, 1990

    They said Phoenix was done. Over. A desert flash in the pan. Worse than Houston. You know who "they" are: the eastern media guys in... More >>

  • Driven To Madness

    published March 14, 1990

    Children believe that television's Mr. Rogers is a soft-spoken friend. What I believe is that if the man in the cardigan sweater changed... More >>

  • Leapin' Lizards

    published March 7, 1990

    We at New Times did not tell the truth. Was it deceptive? Of course it was deceptive. Was it unethical? ... More >>

  • Obey Little. Resist Even Less.

    published February 28, 1990

    Here is how the police investigate a fellow officer. In the midnight hour of January 28, two uniformed patrolmen from the... More >>

  • Twitches in the Dawes Case

    published February 21, 1990

    It is not enough to bury your son. Before the earth has settled upon your boy's casket, you must read that your... More >>

  • Shoo, Files!

    published February 14, 1990

    Now that state liquor boss Hugh Ennis is moving to revoke the booze license of the notorious crack outlet Club 902, the only question... More >>

  • Finally, a Crackdown at the 902

    published February 7, 1990

    Richard Romley's cash-and-crack hypocrisy is finally facing direct assault. The county's top prosecutor has maintained a hidden... More >>

  • Another Suspicious Sale at the 902

    published January 31, 1990

    A funny thing happened just as soon as Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley's financial stake in the Valley's most notorious crack... More >>

  • Drive-In Movie at the 902

    published January 24, 1990

    On Saturday night, November 25, a crack dealer pointed his gun directly at sixty-year-old Patrick Walsh on West Van Buren in downtown... More >>

  • Romley Flunks This Bar Exam

    published January 17, 1990

    Everything you need to know about President George Bush's war on drugs is contained in the shameless story of the 902 saloon on West Van... More >>

  • Honey, I Burned the Kids

    published January 10, 1990

    Apparently burning babies to death, through negligence or intent, is not much of a crime in Maricopa County. Allison Gail Rolland... More >>

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