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1989 Stories by Paul Rubin

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  • A Tribe on the Threshold

    published December 20, 1989

    The Hualapai tribal elder summons what strength is left in his failing body, and gets right to the point. "If my people don't watch out,... More >>

  • U-Haul Flunks a Drug Test

    published December 20, 1989

    Former U-Haul technical writer Russ Korne has no quarrel with drug-testing in the workplace. "Hey, there's a big problem in this country... More >>

  • Was There Madness To His Method?

    published November 15, 1989

    Charlie Hoover seemed to be at the top of his game in early 1984. The big-money Phoenix attorney had just concluded a massive... More >>

  • The Americanization of Satsay

    published November 1, 1989

    Eight-year-old Satsay Singpradith and his brothers and sisters huddled around their mom and dad shortly before going to sleep. But this was... More >>

  • Can The Cardinals Be Saved?

    published November 1, 1989

    Let's condemn the Cards. And own the team ourselves. Hell, we could run it as well as Bill Bidwill. And the day... More >>

  • Tom's Not-So-Excellent Adventure

    published October 25, 1989

    Everyone around the old Bisbee courthouse expected former Maricopa County Attorney Tom Collins to have a cakewalk in his first trial as... More >>

  • A Bitter Courtship

    published October 4, 1989

    The long, lean black man takes a break from tinkering with a car beneath the South Phoenix sun. Drenched with sweat, he falls onto a... More >>

  • Death by Screw-Up

    published September 6, 1989

    The man charged with the brutal murder last spring of a twenty-year-old woman was mistakenly released from jail only three days before... More >>

  • A Grave Situation at Pointe

    published August 30, 1989

    No one bothers Socorro Bernasconi anymore as she stands with her protest sign near the Pointe at South Mountain. On most... More >>

  • It's "Timber!" in Payson

    published August 30, 1989

    Many a fried Phoenician has stood under Payson's Ponderosa pines and marveled at their majesty. There still are thousands of pines to... More >>

  • An Officer and a Killer

    published July 5, 1989

    Lawman Ralph Andrew Lawrence was primed to kill on that spring evening in 1986. In his mind, his enemies had conspired to ruin... More >>

  • Smugglers' Paradise

    published June 28, 1989

    When Fat Albert is working, he floats on a tether 10,000 feet above the border. But he's more of a buffoon than a balloon. A few months... More >>

  • Agent Named In Drug Plot Had A Hard-nosed Rep

    published June 14, 1989

    Border Patrol agent Gary Patrick Callahan has had a reputation in Cochise County as a anti-Communist, drug-hating survivalist during his nearly... More >>

  • Firefighter Paralyzed

    published June 7, 1989

    A Phoenix firefighter lies paralyzed from the waist down following a bizarre Memorial Day incident at a local hospital in which he fell and... More >>

  • Park 'n' Schlock Feared at Indian School Site

    published May 3, 1989

    Is Phoenix's potential "Central Park of the Southwest" going to become just a piece of little-used turf stuck amid yet another gaggle of... More >>

  • Coarse Proves Popular

    published April 26, 1989

    "How much difference is there between `gosh darn' and `God damn'?" asks D.C. Martin, Grand Canyon College's chairman of religious... More >>

  • A Firefighter's Wake

    published April 5, 1989

    The mourners at last Thursday's wake for firefighter Dale Brandt paused at a table laden with his mementoes. There were photos... More >>

  • Hit the Road, Daddy

    published March 29, 1989

    No one knew what U-Haul founder L.S. Shoen had in mind at his "Celebration of Love and Respect." L.S. was as unpredictable as a desert... More >>

  • Watch Out For Those Tempe Tantrums

    published March 22, 1989

    At least one person in Ann Arbor was unhappy when basketball coach Bill Frieder escaped to Tempe last week. He is Steve Blonder,... More >>

  • Kids Say The (EXPLETIVE) Things

    published March 22, 1989

    Michael Swartz is one of those teens to whom parents of other kids point and bemoan, "Why can't you be like him?" Swartz, vice president... More >>

  • Platt's Last Stand

    published March 8, 1989

    Earl Platt leans his old body on his battered pickup and points to the mountains beyond his sprawling ranch in eastern Arizona. ... More >>

  • Cops Skate on Bolles Murder Case

    published February 22, 1989

    It's the cops who always are accusing judges of turning criminals loose on technicalities. These days, however, nine current and former... More >>

  • Dance, Kim, Dance

    published February 15, 1989

    To see Kim Sonderegger on-stage-- her elegant face covered in layers of make-up, her slender body wrapped in net and tulle--you'd never... More >>

  • What Do You Do After the Company Leaves?

    published January 25, 1989

    John Mitchell's clothing store in downtown Superior is suspended in time. Three-piece suits hang in neat rows. Stacks of shirts... More >>

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