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    SCHOOL FOR SCANDALASU STUDENT COMEDY GROUP EXAMINES THE FARCE SIDE OF LIFE

    These two guys sit down at a table in the basement of the Memorial Union at Arizona State University. They're young, kind of geeky, probably freshmen. They pull McDonald's hamburgers from paper sacks. It's 12:30, lunchtime, Friday a...

    by Dave Walker on March 6, 1991
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    WHO'S THE BOSS?

    Since there are more people outside the world's prisons than within them, I guess it's safe to assume that most child-rearing methods work, no matter how nutty they seem. But sometimes you wonder--like when you spend three days playing host t...

    by Michael Burkett on March 6, 1991
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    A METEORIC DESCENTTHE TOUGH TASK OF UNDERSTANDING CAROLYN WALKER

    At her first court appearance after she became famous for a new reason, Senator Carolyn Walker enraged the public that had once adored her. She said hardly a word as she did so. Standing tall in a jewel-green suit, she allowed the wavy...

    by Deborah Laake on March 6, 1991
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    CLASS STRUGGLE - IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT BESET WITH INNER-CITY PROBLEMS, BILINGUAL EDUCATION IS BEING PUT TO THE TEST

    It is midafternoon. As a shrill electric bell signals the end of another day of classes, a tall, middle-aged man in a dark blue suit and a red tie leans down to talk to the young woman walking by his side. Dr. Roger Romero, superintendent o...

    by Terry Greene on February 20, 1991
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    FIFEAND HIS PAPERBOYS

    It never ends. You'd think the breach of public trust would bottom out in this state. You'd think the tales of political corruption at the Arizona State Legislature would inspire the other players in the public arena to show some integ...

    by David J. Bodney on February 20, 1991
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    ARIZONA'S DONKENNEY, THAT IS, NOT CORLEONE

    Representative Don Kenney, the public servant best known for his ability to fit $55,000 in cash into a gym bag, was a very noticeable defendant at the group arraignment last week. For one thing, he came alone, unlike some of the accused, wh...

    by Deborah Laake on February 20, 1991
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    CEREAL KILLER

    It's the most important decision you have to make whenever you enter a grocery store: Which brand of sugar-frosted, honey-coated, chemically colored, artificially flavored breakfast cereal should you purchase for your kids today? Once ...

    by Michael Burkett on February 20, 1991
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    THE ONG DYNASTYGROWING UP CHINESE-AMERICAN

    Among the stubby commercial buildings that surged northward along 16th Street when Phoenix started booming after World War II, there is one in the 2600 block that catches the eye again and again. It is part of a cinderblock row of storefronts patt...

    by Kathleen Stanton on February 13, 1991
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    WHAT SYMINGTON IS HIDING

    These days it takes a blood lust to run for public office. In time, the candidate must forsake time-honored virtues. He must lie. He must cheat. Sometimes he must do both. Three weeks ago New Times ran an investigation of Fife Symington's r...

    by David J. Bodney on February 13, 1991
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    ICE SCREAM

    There is no limit to the sacrifices parents will make for their children. Sometimes they are forced to kill. Sometimes they are forced to die. And sometimes they are forced to attend Walt Disney's World on Ice. Actually, I was excited when ...

    by Michael Burkett on February 13, 1991
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    The Grafters

    Just when I was beginning to tire of CNN's coverage of "attrited" warehouses in Iraq, Phoenix Police Chief Ruben Ortega unwrapped his million-dollar sting of state legislators. Is this hilarious? I feel like I ought to send out postcards acro...

    by Michael Lacey on February 13, 1991
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    KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRICE

    Senator Carolyn Walker stuffs $5,600 in cash into her purse. She smiles. She rises from her chair and heads for the door. "Sorry I have to take your money and run," Walker says. But there is not the slightest note of apology in Wa...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 13, 1991
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    NOT WITH A BANG, BUT A WHIMPER

    On the morning after the indictments came out, Representative Jim Meredith came to his state capitol office at his usual time. He wore his newest three-piece suit and a cautious smile. He was determined to brazen it out. I was surprise...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 13, 1991
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    UNDER SIEGE - THE DIFFICULTIES OF LIFE IN PHOENIX'S DRUG-FREE ZONE"

    The elderly woman in the TV-show audience pleads with the shadows on the screen to give up the gang life and stop terrorizing her neighborhood. Sitting in a studio with a hundred other people, the woman describes to them how her fourte...

    by J. W. Casserly on February 13, 1991
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    IF PHOENIX WERE BAGHDADWOULD YOUR HOUSE BE COLLATERAL DAMAGE?

    After four weeks of Operation Desert Storm, American airplanes have made more than 50,000 sorties over Kuwait and Iraq and have dropped more ordnance than was used against Japan in all of World War II. Although Pentagon spokespersons say "s...

    by Dave Walker on February 13, 1991
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    THE TOWN TEES OFFCAREFREE HAULS THREE THIRSTY GOLF COURSES TO COURT

    Dressed in his pale yellow golf sweater and jogging shoes, Bob Anderson, a seventy-year-old retiree from Chicago, fits right in with the other retirees in Carefree. Like his neighbors, he has golf on his mind. But there's a difference. ...

    by Terry Greene on February 13, 1991
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    ALL THE NEWS THAT'S NOT FIT TO PRINT

    The battle over Peter Arnett and his reporting from Saddam Hussein's capital of Baghdad will not go away. Turn on any local talk show these days and you will hear outraged citizens accusing Arnett and CNN of being naive dupes for the e...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 6, 1991
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    KICK UP YOUR HEELS AND SINGWHAT ELSE WOULD A LAWYER AND A TOUR GUIDE DO AT NIGHT?

    On Thursday and Friday nights, the forces of flamenco are unleashed at Tapas Papa Frita. The guitar slashes, the vocalist wails. At the center of the stage, the dancer pounds his heels and claps his hands. The customers--who come for the bloo...

    by Dave Walker on February 6, 1991
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    THE KILLING FIELDS

    The television in the saloon was tuned to CNN as the first wave of American bombers struck Baghdad. The crowd, mostly men, gathered in front of the screen erupted with shouts of joy and pumped the air with their fists, woofing encouragement...

    by Michael Lacey on February 6, 1991
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    THE LONG ROAD TO KIDDIELAND

    Margaret Lochhead walks toward the lake in Phoenix's Encanto Park with her bread bag, on her way to feed the ducks. She's been doing it for years on Sunday mornings--ever since her childhood when she set free her pet duck at the park. Along t...

    by J. W. Casserly on February 6, 1991
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