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1998 Stories by Tony Ortega

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  • Who Is This

    published December 24, 1998

    Glenn Boyer put a photo on the cover of I Married Wyatt Earp that he said was Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, the famed lawman's third wife. But is... More >>

  • Losing Something in the Translation

    published December 24, 1998

    Researchers suspect that Glenn Boyer made up much of what appears in Josephine Earp's memoir I Married Wyatt Earp. Boyer contends he lost a... More >>

  • Who Shot First?

    published December 24, 1998

    About 3 o'clock on the afternoon of October 26, 1881, the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday faced off against four members of Tombstone's cowboy... More >>

  • How the West Was Spun

    published December 24, 1998

    Glenn G. Boyer--scholar, novelist, rancher, entrepreneur, horseman, humorist and icon--hefts Wyatt Earp's rifle to pose with it for a... More >>

  • Tweaking the Truth

    published December 17, 1998

    For more than two years, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has kept secret a toxicologist's report concluding inmate Scott Norberg--who died... More >>

  • Fed Up

    published December 10, 1998

    The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting criminal investigations into the deaths of county jail inmates Scott Norberg and Robert Butler. ... More >>

  • America's Toughest Suspects

    published December 3, 1998

    Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office said it will look into allegations that some of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies faced... More >>

  • Affidavit Versus Goliath

    published November 26, 1998

    New revelations in the case of a fired deputy are rippling through the ranks of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and could spark a closer look... More >>

  • The Bench Warmer and the Straggler

    published October 29, 1998

    The morning's newspapers have nuked him, and Paul Johnson is dealing with the fallout. On a warm morning in early October, Johnson's tall,... More >>

  • Billion-Dollar Bad Guys

    published September 24, 1998

    "No turning around, ladies," says a beefy detention officer to the seven women slumped in plastic chairs. Behind them, 30 disheveled,... More >>

  • Premature Articulation

    published September 17, 1998

    While several reporters listened in on a news conference call, Lisa Allen, spokeswoman for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, broke the law: "Good... More >>

  • Sheriff's Cover-up?

    published September 10, 1998

    Almost two years after Sheriff Joe Arpaio cleared his detention officers of wrongdoing in the death of inmate Scott Norberg, the prospect of... More >>

  • Paying the Price

    published August 27, 1998

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to grab airtime whenever he can, whether it's to announce that inmates will help stuff county elections envelopes or... More >>

  • Death of Venison

    published August 20, 1998

    The townsfolk of Christopher Creek, a hamlet in the Mogollon Rim country, first spotted the young elk last year. Residents of the Gila... More >>

  • A Different School of Thought

    published July 23, 1998

    The rapid proliferation of Arizona's charter schools hasn't won over many traditional public-school advocates, liberal politicians or teachers'... More >>

  • Preach of trust

    published June 18, 1998

    People wearing latex gloves sit on the floor of a west Phoenix living room, pulling artifacts from the life of Roger Somers Rudin out of large... More >>

  • Advocate Without Pier

    published June 11, 1998

    Jeff Ofstedahl is sipping a tall glass of beer at Wink's, and for the third time in as many minutes, someone comes up to ask him the same... More >>

  • Playing the Race Cardinal

    published June 11, 1998

    Is Patrick Bidwill, son of Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, a racist who fired a man for hiring blacks at his car dealership? Did he... More >>

  • Stargazer's Trek

    published June 11, 1998

    There's a group of people who salivate at the thought of coming to the desert wasteland we Arizonans call home, a segment of the population that... More >>

  • Clearing the Air

    published May 28, 1998

    A highly publicized county investigation of environmental violations at the Sumitomo Sitix plant in northeast Phoenix ended earlier this month... More >>

  • Slummin' in Scottsdale

    published May 21, 1998

    At age 61, John Mollard likes things consistent. Close. Convenient. And he's done his best to set up his life so that it stays that way. ... More >>

  • I Totally Object

    published April 16, 1998

    Central High School's ringer is coming down with the flu. Albert Cho is ingesting fluids as quickly as he can, but it isn't doing much good. In... More >>

  • City As Savior?

    published April 9, 1998

    Facing demolition just a month ago, the Desert Crest retirement community may be saved from razing after all. So why aren't its... More >>

  • Undie-Gate

    published April 2, 1998

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio won't have to reveal how much money his posses have raised and how they spend it. Superior Court Judge Rebecca Albrecht... More >>

  • The Hack and the Quack

    published March 5, 1998

    Jim Dilettoso is playing a duet on a piano with a man who has a cross made of his own crusty, drying blood on his forehead. On Dilettoso's... More >>

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