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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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    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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    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 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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    RUNNING THE 80K TO SIBERIA

    You may remember Barnett Lotstein from the Ev Mecham saga. He was the cocky little guy from the Attorney General's Office who failed to convince a jury in 1988 that the quirky ex-governor was guilty of anything more than stupidity. As ...

    by Paul Rubin on February 6, 1991
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    THE FIFE DRUMAND BUGLE CORPS AND OTHER WAR STORIES FROM THE GOVERNOR'S RACE

    The first battle of Operation Desert Bull began two weeks ago when Phoenix television stations aired a short clip of Terry Goddard in his naval reserve uniform. Fife Symington reacted angrily, accusing his opponent in the governor's race of taking...

    by Darrin Hostetler on February 6, 1991
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    THE PRICE OF POWER - FROM LEGISLATOR TO LOBBYIST, ALFREDO GUTIERREZ OWNS THE RING.WHO OWNS ALFREDO?

    Don Moon is not an easy man to intimidate. Physically, he is only slightly smaller than a grizzly bear. Within state political circles, Moon, a Phoenix attorney, is considered shrewd and streetwise. But when a cop tipped him that he wa...

    by Kathleen Stanton on February 6, 1991
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    THE LOVER

    It's odd about the people you remember best. I came into this business before Don Larsen pitched his perfect game for the New York Yankees and before John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. I have encountered an uncommon assortment of cha...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 6, 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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    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 TIME MACHINE

    This morning, my son told me that he and his pal Brian are planning to build a time machine so they can zap themselves back to prehistory and cavort with the dinosaurs. Should they succeed, I'm going to ask him to drop me off in my own childhood. ...

    by Michael Burkett on February 6, 1991
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    RAIDING THE MARYVALE CANCER BUDGET

    When he talks about why little children might be dying of cancer, Dr. Jonathan Buckley speaks gently, as though he's delivering a speech about petunias to a gardening club. But Buckley's recent speech on the mysterious Maryvale cancer cl...

    by Terry Greene on January 30, 1991
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    DRIVE-BY JUSTICE - JESSE GARCIA DROVE THE CAR DURING A SOUTHSIDE GANG SHOOTING. THAT MAKES HIM AN ACCESSORY. SO WHY IS HE DOING ALL THE PRISON TIME?

    Jesse Garcia is trying to explain why he was in the wrong car, on the wrong street, with the wrong pal, on that steamy afternoon last July. "Very bad luck," says the 22-year-old Phoenix native. "I wish I didn't have that day off. I wis...

    by Paul Rubin on January 30, 1991
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    PUTTING PHOENIX THROUGH THE WRINGERRURAL FOLK TEACH CITY SLICKERS HOW TO PLAY WATER POLITICS

    Water farming is quickly becoming the Valley cities' version of the pet rock--an Eighties fad that just doesn't cut it in the Nineties. No water will ever be transferred out of southwestern Arizona and perpetually thirsty cities like Phoeni...

    by J. W. Casserly on January 30, 1991
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    SAFE CRACKING

    So you slapped some plastic covers onto your electric outlets, then congratulated yourself for childproofing your home. Right? Well, think again, pal. Making a house safe for crawling, inquisitive, orally fixated rugsters is no fifty-cent, two-min...

    by Michael Burkett on January 30, 1991
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    THE WORDS OF WAR:A MOTHER AND A GENERAL

    Sue Appleberry waits anxiously. The war protest rally will begin in minutes. Never before has she made a speech in public. She feels her stomach tightening as her turn to take the microphone nears. Her speech had been carefully prepared the...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on January 30, 1991
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