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1999 Stories by Terry Greene Sterling

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  • Invisible Scourge

    published December 30, 1999

    In the past three years, the rate of gang homicides in Phoenix has skyrocketed by nearly 90 percent. In 1996, street gang members killed nine... More >>

  • A Friend in Need

    published December 30, 1999

    Eighty-year-old William Armstrong sat still as a rock at the Baptist Foundation of Arizona creditors hearing in the grand ballroom of the downtown... More >>

  • Phone Hex

    published December 9, 1999

    Telephone Tom migrated to Bisbee in April 1979. Of course, back then he wasn't... More >>

  • The Reformation

    published November 18, 1999

    As 13,000 investors-turned-creditors of the bankrupt Baptist Foundation of Arizona try to figure out how to recover their $590 million, two state... More >>

  • Forgive Us Our Debts

    published November 11, 1999

    We are very prudent in our investments and closely watch our expenditures. All this adds up to a low-cost operation which provides higher... More >>

  • See Ya Later, Litigator

    published November 11, 1999

    Fifty-eight-year-old Christina Acker, also known as Frieda Sabisch, was on the lam for a week, having mysteriously escaped from a maximum-security... More >>

  • Straits of Magellan

    published November 4, 1999

    Zorro fights for the underdog...Knowledge is power. -- message from "Zorro," posted on the "Magellaninfo" Web site. In 1995, Walt... More >>

  • The Rupture

    published October 21, 1999

    Directors of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona did not notify BFA's 13,000 investors about an August 10 Arizona Corporation Commission meeting to... More >>

  • Chain Reaction

    published September 23, 1999

    SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO HAS INVITED critics and fans and, of course, reporters, to help him commemorate this week's third anniversary of his... More >>

  • Yo Quiero My Money Back

    published September 23, 1999

    While an increasing number of investors speculates that the Baptist Foundation of Arizona will soon file for bankruptcy, outraged Christians who... More >>

  • A Litany of Litigation

    published September 9, 1999

    Investors claiming they were defrauded by the Baptist Foundation of Arizona (BFA) have filed two lawsuits in Maricopa County Superior Court. A... More >>

  • Forced Out of Retirement

    published September 9, 1999

    Many elderly BFA investors have other things besides lawsuits to occupy their time. After their life savings were frozen by BFA earlier in August,... More >>

  • Wright Bothers

    published September 2, 1999

    It's football season already, and those houseguests from cold climes will start showing up on your doorstep before you know it. If you're... More >>

  • Loco Motive

    published August 26, 1999


  • "Fraudulent Practices"

    published August 12, 1999

    The Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered the Baptist Foundation of Arizona (BFA) and affiliated companies Arizona Southern Baptist New... More >>

  • Keep On Truckin'

    published July 8, 1999

    When Scott Bundgaard was 18, he was convicted of a felony in connection with stolen goods. The felony was expunged, and at that point Scott... More >>

  • A Foot Soldier in the War on Child Abuse

    published July 1, 1999

    The state of Arizona pays veteran Child Protective Services caseworker Mark Peterson $16 an hour to investigate serious reports of child abuse or... More >>

  • Fostering Sexual Abuse

    published July 1, 1999

    Editor's note: The names of child sex-abuse victims, their relatives, the state-licensed foster parents and the actual perpetrators have been... More >>

  • Sun Burned

    published June 17, 1999

    Before she burned her rear while sitting on a toilet in the kindergarten rest room, before she discovered that children were being forced to stand... More >>

  • A Principal Problem

    published May 27, 1999

    Christopher was 10 years old when teachers at Longview Elementary School singled him out as a troublemaker. During that long 1993-94 academic... More >>

  • Subversion of Guadalupe

    published April 29, 1999

    Cruise along Avenida del Yaqui, the main drag in Guadalupe, and you'll feel like a tourist in a cute little Sonoran town. Fuchsia houses are... More >>

  • Would You Like To Fly In My Beautiful Balloon?

    published April 1, 1999

    Mary and Jim Harvey looked forward to their trip to Arizona in September 1996. The Texas couple hoped to relax together at the elegant... More >>

  • Hot Air, Cold Facts

    published April 1, 1999

    How safe is it to take a balloon ride over the Valley? Commercial balloon pilots interviewed for this story say floating in a balloon is... More >>

  • Scott Free

    published March 11, 1999

    Walter Lorimor is the Polluter Extraordinaire of the West Valley. He's owned three illegal dumps since 1980, according to a very thick file... More >>

  • A Vision Gone Bust

    published February 18, 1999

    Seven years ago, Leo and Raven Mercado grew tired of living in a converted school bus, so they settled down in ranch country near Kearny, a... More >>

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