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    THE SUNS' EMPTY CHAMBERS

    Don't get me wrong. Don't sit there and assume I'm astonished that the Phoenix Suns pay Tom Chambers $2,060,000 a year for halfheartedly bouncing and throwing a round ball. I'm not astonished by a salary that makes Chambers the most ov...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 1, 1991
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    FOREMAN'S FIGHT OF A LIFETIME

    The white Acura pulled into my driveway and slammed to a halt. David Ramras, the lawyer, leaped from behind the wheel. "Here's the tape," Ramras said. "You're going to be surprised how good this fight turned out to be." Ramras, an extr...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 1, 1991
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    INTERNAL AFFAIRS - BEATEN, BADGERED AND BRUISED. WHERE CAN PHOENIX BLACKS AVENGE POLICE BRUTALITY?

    Second of a series You might say that Ambrose McCree is obsessed with the beating handed out to Rodney King by the Los Angeles police. A retired California truck driver, McCree spent March 14 at the Los Angeles City Council's open forum i...

    by Michael Lacey on May 1, 1991
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    MAKE MY DAY!BUY A VEGETABLE

    Charlie Humme spends his Wednesdays handing out flowers to passersby beneath the wood-slat hood that covers part of Heritage Square. Not just because he's a nice guy, which he seems to be. And not just because he's a purveyor of pesticide-f...

    by Dave Walker on April 24, 1991
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    TALKIN' TRASH - COMPANIES HEAP BLAME ON CITY FOR WOES OF EXPERIMENTAL RECYCLING PROJECT

    Phoenix's curbside recycling project is a smash hit--with the public, that is. It may well be the most popular conservation program yet launched by Phoenix City Hall, judging by the response from the 10,000 homes selected to participate. Th...

    by Kathleen Stanton on April 24, 1991
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    STILL ON THE FRONT ROW

    Who's the Laughing Boy? Why, it's Keith Turley, soaking up the Suns from his prime courtside seat. You can't blame the guy for relaxing; he was so busy last decade. Turley became Arizona Public Service Company chairman in '81 and set u...

    on April 24, 1991
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    A KINDER, GENTLER COFFELT

    In the unforgiving world of the Coffelt housing project, even the little victories are hard to come by. The 1,000 or so people who live in the public-housing project a mile due south of the Arizona State Capitol can't just say no to poverty. ...

    by Paul Rubin on April 24, 1991
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    FIFE WANTS ASU MONEY FOR RENTHE'S CUTTING THE SCHOOL'S BUDGET--EXCEPT FOR THE MERCADO DEAL

    Back when he was running for governor, real estate developer J. Fife Symington III refused to divulge financial details of his business empire, even though he campaigned as the guy with the "business mind" necessary to rescue Arizona from its econ...

    by Terry Greene on April 24, 1991
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    FAIRWAY TO HEAVENTHIS IS A COURSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR--BROWN

    Annette Morris lines up an eight-footer on the third hole at the Arizona Acres golf course in east Mesa. "Just about the same one as that little guy had, Ian Woosnam," the sixtyish native of Canada says, referring to the new Masters champ's winnin...

    by Paul Rubin on April 24, 1991
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    CONDENSES WITH WOLVES

    The key to successful superparenting, of course, is time management. In order to have children, a career and a life (or simply enough free time to peel yourself from the walls), modern moms and dads must take a hard look at their daily schedu...

    by Michael Burkett on April 24, 1991
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    WHO'S JIVIN' WHO?WHAT'S THE REAL STORY ON RACIAL VIOLENCE BY PHOENIX POLICE?

    True or false? Reverend Oscar Tillman is a civil rights opportunist in the flamboyant tradition of New York's Al Sharpton. Yes or no? Phoenix Police Chief Ruben Ortega looks the other way when his officers abuse Valley blacks. A...

    by Michael Lacey on April 24, 1991
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    AN OLD AND TIRED HOOD

    "Criminals develop the panic disease," Joseph Charles Stedino says. His remark is greeted by silence. Murray Miller, the criminal attorney representing ex-Senator Carolyn Walker, sits across the table from Stedino. Next to Miller ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 24, 1991
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    FIFE'S VASSALS REBEL

    Shopkeepers at the Camelback Esplanade--the jewel in the crown of developer-turned-governor J. Fife Symington III--are willing to admit the newly elected Arizona leader may be a good politician. But they insist he is a lousy landlord. They'...

    by Darrin Hostetler on April 17, 1991
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    LITTLE HOUSE OF HORRORSIT ALL STARTED WITH A KNOCK ON THE DOOR

    This year, there isn't much of a garden around the little house in the quiet northwest Phoenix neighborhood. The lone iris sprouting beneath Judy Brownstein's bedroom window seems more defiant than beautiful. The rosebush in the driveway is a scraggl...

    by Terry Greene on April 17, 1991
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    A CROWN OF HORNS - THE WORD, ACCORDING TO THE ANGELS OF ATHEISM

    "No, I'm very, very serious. Very serious. We need to reduce the population of the world by at least two thirds." This is your convention, so don't you feel good to look out and see all these people here? "What would that have to do with...

    by Ward Harkavy on April 17, 1991
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    LET'S GET POLLUTED

    He's so shy he doesn't grant interviews, but these days his rugged Yankee mug is on Phoenix TV more than Lee Iacocca's. Peter Coors, head of the Colorado-based Coors brewing empire and scion of one of the most powerful families in the mountain...

    by Kathleen Stanton on April 17, 1991
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    NORMAN SPEAKS!

    In the Big Scheme, a poetry reading by an ASU professor normally wouldn't rank as a major event. But when the poet is Norman Dubie, and it's his first public reading in a decade, and he plans to read from his newest book, well . . . "This readin...

    by Paul Rubin on April 17, 1991
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    HEY, MAN, GO WITH THE FLOAT

    For a guy trying to make a splash in the relaxation business, Jim Eisenman lives with a lot of stress. To start with, he runs what appears to be the Valley's only flotation-tank business. During these hours, Eisenman and his wife provide frant...

    by Dave Walker on April 17, 1991
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    THE BUSS STOPS HERE

    Every night, without fail, my five-year-old son stalks me down for a goodnight kiss. What's nice about this ritual, other than the smooch itself, is that it's something he's wanted to do ever since he could muster a pucker. At bedtime, we have...

    by Michael Burkett on April 17, 1991
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    IMAGINARY MALADIES

    For the past two weeks, we've seen what is quite possibly the most magnificent hoax in Phoenix Suns history unfold. I refer, of course, to the mysterious ailments of three key players. These injuries were contracted with the statistica...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 17, 1991
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