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2003 Stories by Patti Epler

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  • Train Wreck

    published November 27, 2003

    Union Pacific railroad engineer Michael Coleman has bad luck and worse timing. Last month, a Phoenix jury slammed the railroad with a... More >>

  • Spiked

    published November 6, 2003

    The Spike got an early Halloween treat on Friday morning when it picked up the Arizona Republic and discovered that New Times and... More >>

  • Spiked

    published October 16, 2003

    Sammy Writes Bull The Spike loves mail from jail. In fact, The Spike may now have a complete set of those Sheriff Joe Arpaio... More >>

  • Throttled

    published October 16, 2003

    Michael Coleman lost his right eye when he was a baby. As an adult, he was turned down for a job as a Navy nuclear propulsion specialist... More >>

  • Cop Chop

    published October 9, 2003

    Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is threatening the careers of two veteran Valley drug enforcement cops in a political power play that appears... More >>

  • Mr. Mom

    published July 10, 2003

    On a hot afternoon in May, Michael Hovan sat silently, unmoving, on a concrete bumper in the parking lot of his apartment complex. His neat white... More >>

  • Blue Crush

    published June 5, 2003

    The steel bars on the outer door of the suspected drug house were no match for the special squad of Phoenix police officers stacked up on the... More >>

  • There's Something About Phoenix

    published June 5, 2003

    Every two weeks, on average, a Phoenix police officer intentionally fires a gun at a person. About half the time, someone is killed. That's a... More >>

  • Citizen Fame

    published April 17, 2003

    Former Tucson Citizen reporter Susan Carroll was named Arizona's top journalist of the year for 2002 at the annual Arizona Press Club... More >>

  • Gun Nut

    published April 10, 2003

    The Spike is a big believer in the scientific theorem known as What Goes Around Comes Around. Thus The Spike was happy to see that a Phoenix... More >>

  • Butt Heads

    published February 13, 2003

    The Spike was a good kid this week. The Spike didn't drive drunk. Didn't steal anything. Didn't urinate in public. The Spike didn't even... More >>

  • Mock Turtle Scoop

    published January 23, 2003

    First off, The Spike wants to thank all of you who were truly moved by the plight of the five baby desert tortoises in the path of the new Arizona... More >>

  • Chump Change

    published January 9, 2003

    The Spike loves a superhero. In this case, that would be Roy Solaski, 72 years old and disabled but still fighting the good fight for truth,... More >>

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