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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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    HOME FROM THE WARAND YOU CAN BARELY SEE ALAN STEPHENS' AZSCAM SCARS

    As it turns out, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office was right when it tried to involve Senator Alan Stephens in AzScam as though he were a dangerous man. Not right that he was guilty of racketeering, as became clear last week when J...

    by Deborah Laake on April 17, 1991
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    BATTLE LINES - THE MORE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS LOOK AT THE NEW DISTRICT BOUNDARIES, THE UNHAPPIER THEY GET

    Maybe Gail Simmons and her neighbors in northeast Phoenix wouldn't have been so surprised--and so angry--if her city councilmember, Skip Rimsza, had just answered her question the way a pol might in, say, Chicago: "Of course we're gonna dra...

    by Kathleen Stanton on April 10, 1991
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    POP GOES THE EASEL

    He was standing by the stack of Kellogg's Corn Flakes boxes, staring ahead, eyes glazed, face pock-marked and wan, mouth slightly open. Later he was around the corner, with his shock of white hair and a Macy's shopping bag. And then he was in anot...

    by Bob Adams on April 10, 1991
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    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    The last time Karen Finley performed in the Valley, she used a teddy bear to sponge her torso with raw eggs before sprinkling herself with multicolored glitter. The time before that, she slathered canned yams onto her bare butt and used sh...

    by Robert X. Planet on April 10, 1991
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    THE MOTHER'S FATHER CONFESSOR

    December 3, 1989, began as Armando Saldate's day off, but proved to be one of the most momentous of his twenty-year career. "It was a very long Sunday," the former Phoenix homicide detective says. "Two murder confessions and a poor little guy...

    by Paul Rubin on April 10, 1991
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    A REALLY BIG SHEW!THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT FOR VIC TAYBACK'S NEPHEW!

    Turn on your TV at 9 o'clock next Tuesday morning. You've got your Sally Jessy Raphael. You've got your Regis and Kathie Lee. And over on Channel 45, you've got your Tom Tabback. Who? Actually, the big question may be: What? You...

    by Dewey Webb on April 10, 1991
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    DEATH-ROW DEBBIE NO ONE WANTED TO BELIEVE SHE COULD KILL HER CHILD. - SHE CONVINCED THEM SHE DID.

    The prisoner's dream starts with such promise. "They're letting me out and I'm going to meet Christopher," Debbie Milke says. "He's alive! I'm free!" Suddenly, the dream becomes a nightmare. "The only way we'll be together is if we get...

    by Paul Rubin on April 10, 1991
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    THESETTING SUNS

    Prior to the mysterious rash of injuries, "Your Phoenix Suns," as announcer Al McCoy always calls them, were riding high. Before Kevin Johnson, Tom Chambers, and Dan Majerle were struck down by mysterious ailments, McCoy boasted that this w...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 10, 1991
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    FEEDING FRENZY

    HOW TO GET BABY FOOD INSIDE A BABYIN 25 EASY STEPS More indispensable survival tips culled from Dr. Dad's Baby-Owner's Manual ($24.95; Meetda Press). 1. Accept the grim fact that all babies will eat dirt, rug lint and old bug carcasses ...

    by Michael Burkett on April 10, 1991
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    COMING OUT OF HIS SHELLTHE PEANUT MAN TRIES TO GO GLOBAL

    In an era when sub-.500 baseball pitchers get million-dollar contracts, it makes sense that a peanut vendor has a publicist. In his own field, Rick "The Peanut Man" Kaminski--ace bag-tosser for the Seattle Mariners, Seahawks, and SuperSo...

    by Dave Walker on April 3, 1991
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    ASSASSINATION 101 - KIDS SLAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS--LIKE, FOR INSTANCE, JOHN F. KENNEDY

    Grassy knoll. Warren Commission. Zapruder footage. Hard to believe, but my generation's buzz words are now another generation's U.S. History assignment. And some people evidently haven't been paying as much attention to their hom...

    by Dewey Webb on April 3, 1991
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    DRUNK WITH POWER - AT THE LIQUOR DEPARTMENT, INVESTIGATORS INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS WHO INVESTIGATE THE--OH, YOU GET THE PICTURE

    Hugh Ennis likes a good joke. Especially when it has a cop theme. Take the toy police car resting near his window at the Liquor Department, for instance. Like the slapstick autos that zoom around a circus ring, this one looks as though a squad of bat...

    by Terry Greene on April 3, 1991
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    SOLAR DERBYTHE TRUE STORY OF A SUN-LOVING, ELECTRIC-POWERED HOT-RODDER

    Ernie Holden remembers the time he drove his hot rod into a gas station to fill it up. The car was a 1964 El Camino, a beast dating from the days when gas was cheap and engines were big, and its 350 cubic inches put out more than 300 horsepow...

    by Anna Dooling on April 3, 1991
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    IN HEIDI WE TRUST

    Only 3 percent of Valley residents place "a great deal" of trust in the Arizona State Legislature. Just 16 percent of new governor J. Fife Symington's constituents trust him the same way. Also down at 16 percent on the trust meter is t...

    by Dave Walker on April 3, 1991
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    SWUNG ON AND MISSED

    If three strikes are out, Arizona has finally touched the bottom of the barrel. First, there was Evan Mecham, whose eccentricities became such a cause celebre that the Arizona State Legislature voted him out of the governor's office af...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 3, 1991
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    MAN O' WAR

    For months we've been bombarded by puff pieces about General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf, the general with the 170 IQ, has been certified by the Newspaper Publishers of America as the hero of The War That Saved the Emir of Kuwait and h...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 3, 1991
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    VICTIMS' RITES - HOW TWO BLUNT SPEAKERS LIKE CANDICE NAGEL AND JIM HARTDEGEN GOT SUCKED INTO THE AZSCAM WHIRLPOOL

    They haven't got much in common on the surface. Candice Nagel, a second-term legislator before she resigned last month, drives home along the Dreamy Draw in a white Mazda convertible and parks in the driveway of a Paradise Valley house ...

    by Deborah Laake on April 3, 1991
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