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1998 Stories by Paul Rubin

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  • Moral Sex

    published December 31, 1998

    In the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart's character is given the opportunity to see what would have happened to his community if... More >>

  • Great Musical Experiences of 1998

    published December 24, 1998

    1. Tricky at the Cajun House: A mesmerizing performer and innovator who kicked butt in front of a few hundred people. By contract, only had to... More >>

  • A Killer Sleep Disorder

    published November 19, 1998

    The two men face each other in an interview room at the Phoenix Police Department. It is 1:53 a.m. on January 17, 1997. Veteran detective... More >>

  • If At First You Don't Succeed . . .

    published November 12, 1998

    Jerry Solomon went to court last Friday hoping to get out of prison in a year or two. He went back to his cell with a good possibility of dying... More >>

  • Under Fire

    published October 22, 1998

    Arizona Veterans Service Commission executive director Norman Gallion retired last week--hours after a New Times story reported on continuing... More >>

  • A Call to Arms

    published October 15, 1998

    The longtime attorney for the Arizona Veterans Service Commission is calling it quits, saying serious mismanagement and shoddy leadership have... More >>

  • The Quad Squad

    published October 8, 1998

    Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley stood at a podium Monday afternoon and assumed his most determined prosecutor's face. The television cameras... More >>

  • Nursery Crimes

    published September 24, 1998

    Just before dawn on April 6, a Phoenix woman we'll call Susan Johnson told a nurse about a conversation she'd just overheard at Phoenix Children's... More >>

  • Crime Reporter's Notebook

    published September 10, 1998

    "So, buddy," the guy sitting next to me at a Phoenix bar asked me one night in mid-1994, "you really think I could have done something like they... More >>

  • Case Time Line

    published August 20, 1998

    1956--Gene Keidel and DiAnne Kidder marry in Peoria, Illinois. September 17, 1966--The last time DiAnne Keidel is seen alive. January 9,... More >>

  • The Eternal Flame Part 2

    published August 20, 1998

    Lori Romaneck says she felt sure of something when she stepped into the Phoenix Police Department on June 9, 1993. "I thought they'd make... More >>

  • The Eternal Flame

    published August 13, 1998

    In May 1995, Lori Romaneck asked a clerk at the state's Office of Vital Records for copies of two death certificates. "I wanted to bury my... More >>

  • Case Time Line

    published August 13, 1998

    1956--Gene Keidel and DiAnne Kidder married in Peoria, Illinois. September 17, 1966--The last time DiAnne Keidel is seen alive. ... More >>

  • Shield of Dreams

    published July 9, 1998

    The showdown started in high June. Facing off are the top guns of Maricopa County's two crime-fighting agencies. But instead of six-shooters,... More >>

  • Special Kay

    published June 25, 1998

    Dr. Kay Rauth-Farley is checking on a toddler named Alex in the pediatric ward of St. Joseph's Hospital. The 1-year-old has a fractured skull, and... More >>

  • Mom and Pop Go to Washington

    published June 11, 1998

    Only in America could an immigrant shopkeeper send a letter of desperation to a stranger in Washington, D.C., and get such a response. ... More >>

  • Butch Harrod and the Tovrea Kid

    published June 4, 1998

    A juror in the Jeanne Tovrea case took off work May 27 to attend the sentencing of the man convicted of killing the heiress. He said he wanted to... More >>

  • Suspects of Convenience

    published May 28, 1998

    Faieza Alyas was fixing her husband, Amir, breakfast of lentil soup and crackers when she learned that the Phoenix police considered them... More >>

  • Competence Goes AWOL

    published April 30, 1998

    We believe the Arizona Veterans Service Commission has the managerial and operational responsibility to be accountable to all veterans and the... More >>

  • The Law's Man

    published April 9, 1998

    Randy Wakefield won vindication in Justice Court last Thursday, when a judge dismissed criminal charges against the veteran county... More >>

  • Death Wish

    published March 26, 1998

    Maricopa County prosecutors want the man convicted of murdering Phoenix heiress Jeanne Tovrea on death row--and they're posing some novel legal... More >>

  • The Internet Internist

    published March 19, 1998

    Last September 6, a desperate Debbie Knight mailed a letter to medical authorities in Arizona. "I write this letter to you today because I... More >>

  • Doctors Seldom Face Prosecution

    published March 19, 1998

    Alvin Chernov's sister, Debbie Knight, poses the question, "Do doctors ever get prosecuted for screwing up on the job?" The answer is yes,... More >>

  • Meth Mess

    published January 22, 1998

    Editor's note: Paul Rubin and David Holthouse reported extensively on crystal methamphetamine in the December 18 issue in a 16-page special... More >>

  • Winner Takes All

    published January 15, 1998

    Herminia Rodriguez looks out the passenger window of her attorney's car and sees Harrah's Ak-Chin in the distance. "Oh, my God," she says.... More >>

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