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    Bikers Of Phoenix, Unite

    Imagine this classified ad: "Six hundred thousand bicycles desire mostly flat city. Year-round sunshine preferable. Safe and numerous bicycle routes required." Face it, Phoenix. You can't apply. You've made it unsafe to ride bicy...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 27, 1989
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    Yes On The Baseball Stadium

    There's a standing joke among my friends that I know absolutely nothing about sports. And I'm proud of it. Our staff usually begins any discussion of baseball with "Jana, that's the little ball." I don't know that I would ever go watch...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 27, 1989
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    Three Easy Ways To Be Cool

    Okay, City Council, listen up. I've got this idea that's sure to keep you in office next election and the election after that. Just take a few little steps to cool down Phoenix, and you'll win over a gigantic block of registered voters who've been to...

    by Terry Greene on September 27, 1989
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    Solar, 10 APS, 0

    Conventional wisdom says it can't be done. We say it can't not be. The downtown baseball stadium, once it's approved by voters next week, should become a world showcase of solar power technology. The Valley's power companies--Salt River Project ...

    by Dave Walker on September 27, 1989
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    Ode To The Remaining Desert

    It's too late to save the fragile Sonoran Desert in Phoenix. But it's not too late to preserve what's left of it. Spend a few hours at the Desert Botanical Garden, and you'll know the desert is worth protecting. First step? The city mu...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 27, 1989
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    Get Serious About Parks

    We know how to build streets. Oh, brother, we've got the experience there. Wish we paid as much attention to building parks. You've got to wonder about a city's priorities when it has a specific five-year street-building plan, but parks are buil...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 27, 1989
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    As Bette Davis Said...

    "What a dump!" How many times has the phrase crossed your mind as you passed vacant lots, a ratty back yard, derelict strips of commercial buildings? Virtually no neighborhood between South Mountain and Squaw Peak is without a share of blight, as the...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 27, 1989
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    Fill In The Blanks

    Nine Easy Steps to Filling in the Empty Spots Where Our City Is Supposed to Be. With nearly half the land within the city still vacant--much of it in single lots or small hunks skipped over by developers--the council needs to get serious about encour...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 27, 1989
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    Dial M For Mayhem

    Yikes. It's 6:30. I've got to call my wife. I won't be able to meet her for dinner after all. Dial, dial, ring, ring. "Hewwo?" "Hi, son. It's Daddy." "Hi, Dad." "So you're answering the phone all by yourself now...

    by Michael Burkett on September 27, 1989
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    Keep The Doofus

    Fifty-one weeks out of the year we beat Mayor Terry Goddard about the head and shoulders with a long staff as if he were our own personal pinata; he is, after all, an elected official. The flailing is good sound employment and one indication of h...

    by Michael Lacey on September 27, 1989
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    Let's Change The Weather

    Dawn. With the crashing thunder of Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyrie" playing in their headsets, F-16 fighter pilots lift off the tarmac at Williams and Luke. As early-morning commuters look on, the jets swoop low over the Phoenix Civic Plaza ...

    by Michael Lacey on September 27, 1989
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    Mecham's Final Strategy: Attack! Attack! Attack!

    I was driving to Evan Mecham's Supreme Court hearing. A newscaster's voice on the radio said: "The scene at St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo is described as near anarchy. Troops sent there to restore order have been told to shoot if necessary to ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 27, 1989
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    Enough Is Enough - Duane Pell put up with the crap until he couldn't take anymore

    "We don't want any niggers and Mexicans out here." Duane Pell didn't think he shocked easily. But then, he didn't think that being a politician meant he had to listen to crap like that. He remembers thinking, so that's why I'm getting so much...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 20, 1989
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    More Hot Water for Lefevre

    A prominent Phoenix zoning attorney waved Councilmember Duane Pell over to the side during a break in a council meeting in the summer of 1988. In an apologetic tone, he said, "This isn't my idea. I'm only delivering a message." And her...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 20, 1989
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    And This Little Piggy Got Pickled - Some things just never changed

    This should not be the golden age of weird pickled impulse food. The Cult of Nutrition approves of neither the produ~ction nor distribution of such semi-edible items as brine-suspended Polish sausages, hard-boiled eggs, pigs' feet and pigs' ank...

    by Dave Walker on September 20, 1989
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    Prop 2 vs. Bulldozers

    PROP 2 VS. BULLDOZERS When it comes to preserving what little heritage Phoenix has, good will is fine. But it takes cold, hard cash to make a difference. And cash is what Proposition 2 is all about. Most of the $15 million in new taxes that ...

    by Howard Fischer on September 20, 1989
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    Finally, a Crackdown on Polluters - Phoenix levies fines against Motorola, others

    Phoenix, while frantically trying to lure a giant semiconductor plant to Arizona, has levied a quarter of a million dollars in fines against ten polluting companies--among them an existing giant semiconductor plant--in an unprecedented crackdown. ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 20, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 09-20-1989

    Ex-Hollywood jungle queen ACQUANETTA remembers those happy days when Scottsdale caterer FRANK CALI once carved a Lincoln out of cream cheese for her. Now their relationship has soured. The Phoenix socialite, once married to car dealer JACK ROSS,...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 20, 1989
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    Say What?

    Dear Dr. Dad: I have lost all communication with my children. I speak slowly and try to be as simple and precise as possible, but nothing sinks in. When they don't ignore me altogether, they just stare at me as if I were yammering in Sw...

    by Michael Burkett on September 20, 1989
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    Leon's Empty Day in Court

    Even without his state police uniform, Van Jackson makes an impression. He is the physical epitome of a state trooper. At six feet five inches and 200-plus pounds, the former cop carries himself with the composed grace of an athlete. Despite the dign...

    by Michael Lacey on September 20, 1989
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