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    THE UNSOPHISTICATESUE LAYBE'S RICHES-TO-RAGS SAGA

    The day before she resigned from the Arizona State Legislature last week, just an hour before she showed up at the Capitol for the second day of her ethics evidentiary hearings, Representative Sue Laybe was picking at a peach cobbler at the G...

    by Deborah Laake on March 20, 1991
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    SCOUNDREL TIME

    The terrible truth is that there can be no statute of limitations on moral crimes. Watch the final scene of the new film Guilty by Suspicion and you will understand. Robert De Niro strides from the hearing room of the House Un-Ameri...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 20, 1991
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    THE STATE OF THE MENTALLY ILLIF YOU WONDER WHO'S REALLY SICK, ASK ELLIE SCHORR

    Eleanor Schorr's office at the Arizona State Capitol has such a grandmotherly ambiance that a visitor half expects to be served milk and cookies. A homemade quilt hangs on one wall, a bowl of fresh fruit and an iris adorn her coffee table, an...

    by Terry Greene on March 6, 1991
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    NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEBTTHE HORROR STORY OF A CREDIT RATING THAT WAS BAD IN EVERY RESPECT

    Separated by a sturdy little Plexiglas window but with a small slit in the wall so they could exchange paperwork, the two men stood in their little cubicles and argued. It was an uncomfortable situation, but Steven L. Brown was so angr...

    by J. W. Casserly on March 6, 1991
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    THE SPOILS OF WARIN KUWAIT, VICTORY OPENS A TRAIL OF TORTURE, ABDUCTION AND REVENGE

    The Kuwaitis were smiling and gesturing grandly as they led us to the bodies. Half a dozen reporters who had arrived in newly liberated Kuwait City the night before wanted to see evidence of the atrocities inflicted by the Iraqi army during i...

    by Darrin Hostetler on March 6, 1991
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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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    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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    THE FACE OF WAR

    The haunted face of Bob Simon, once a self-assured and cocky CBS correspondent, tells us all we need to know about the senseless cruelty of war. Simon and the members of his television crew appeared on 60 Minutes this past Sunday. They had...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 6, 1991
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    THE FANS' MAN

    They finally elected Bill Veeck to baseball's Hall of Fame. I don't pretend to know how that honor would sit with him, though. Even though he was an owner most of his years in the game, Veeck was always considered an iconoclast. While most ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 6, 1991
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    Forget About It

    People keep asking me if I think Arizona's two senators will get away with it. I tell them I don't think so. Everyone tells me I'm wrong because by the time elections come around everyone will forget. But this time, I don't think people will f...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 6, 1991
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    WHO WILL BLINK? NEIGHBORHOODS OR DEVELOPERS?

    The competition over who shall rule east Phoenix--its developers or its neighborhoods--is shifting into overdrive as the City Council prepares to vote this month on a hard-fought plan guiding future growth around the area's commercial core at...

    by Kathleen Stanton 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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