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2002 Stories by Patti Epler

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  • Have Gun, Won't Travel

    published November 14, 2002

    Sometimes, The Spike just wants to reach out and smack someone. In this case, that would be Southwest Airlines, which is being incredibly... More >>

  • Spiked

    published September 12, 2002

    The Spike is happy to report that justice has prevailed and politics have failed in the case of former Phoenix Fire Department deputy chief Robert... More >>

  • School of Hard Knocks

    published September 5, 2002

    The Spike loves a good public thumping, especially in cases where the public has been thumped first. And so The Spike is tickled to see that the... More >>

  • The Vampire Strikes Back

    published August 8, 2002

    The Spike loves a good ghost story. So when The Spike heard that officials at the state Department of Corrections were on the hunt for an... More >>

  • Urban Menace, or Artistic Vision?

    published July 11, 2002

    For a while, it seemed, future archaeologists excavating this place would find nothing but sports arenas, parking garages and auto malls. Ringed... More >>

  • Smoke Gets in Their Eyes

    published July 4, 2002

    The Spike has been following with great interest all the media rubbernecking at the Rodeo-Chedeski fire. While The Arizona Republic... More >>

  • We Are the World

    published June 13, 2002

    Years ago, The Spike went to Haiti. En route, The Spike met Sammy From Miami, who owned both a wig factory and a large villa in... More >>

  • Needle in the Hayworth

    published June 6, 2002

    The Spike recently stumbled across another good reason (like we need one) to trade in J.D. Hayworth for someone who actually has a lick of... More >>

  • Weenie Roast

    published May 23, 2002

    Sometimes The Spike just wants to bang its pointy little head against a brick wall. The one at Phoenix's downtown Fire Station 1 will do... More >>

  • Hurtt So Good

    published May 9, 2002

    Hurtt So GoodBeing in the news biz, The Spike makes it a point to keep up with the countless... More >>

  • Ka-ching Kachina

    published April 18, 2002

    The Spike took a road trip to Cave Creek and beyond recently, which meant dodging hundreds of aging fat guys who can now afford pricey,... More >>

  • Why Chromosomes?

    published April 11, 2002

    Black HoleThe Spike has been most interested in the state's effort to snag the International... More >>

  • Garden Parties

    published April 4, 2002

    Check, PleaseThe Spike was intrigued by recent campaign finance disclosure records filed by... More >>

  • Off Color

    published March 28, 2002

    Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza and his city council cohorts (all two of them) continue to provide the most entertaining show in town. So The... More >>

  • A Fly In The Anointment

    published March 21, 2002

    A Fly in the AnointmentOnce upon a time, Phoenix was known as The Best Run City in the World. That... More >>

  • Confidentiality Trashed

    published March 7, 2002

    Public RecordsThe Spike wonders what Glendale residents must have thought when they recently found... More >>

  • Reality Check

    published February 28, 2002

    Star StrickenThe Spike is not the most discerning of television viewers. Other than The... More >>

  • Artless Redesign

    published February 21, 2002

    Squaw Peak PotfallsThe Spike almost hates to break this news since there's a good chance the... More >>

  • Just Plain Cuckoo

    published February 14, 2002

    Big BirdSome days, The Spike just wants to cry. Like last week, when the National Audubon... More >>

  • Yippee

    published February 7, 2002

    Elephant ManThe Spike is really starting to like the way this election season is shaping... More >>

  • Spiked

    published January 31, 2002

    Here Comes the JusticeThe Spike has become a big fan of the Arizona Supreme Court in recent... More >>

  • Spiked

    published January 24, 2002

    Finkel, Finkel Little StarColorful and controversial abortion doc Brian Finkel finally got... More >>

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