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    Cheap Shots 10-04-1989

    Please, somebody, make our sportscasters stick to reading scores. Please. On Sunday night, CHANNEL 12 sportsmouth BILL DENNEY hosted a so-called "debate" on the PROP ONE stadium issue, and he couldn't even get the intros right. He turned to s...

    by Ward Harkavy on October 4, 1989
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    Sit On It

    There are two ways to search for a good, reliable baby sitter. One. You can run a help-wanted ad, interview dozens of prospects, and discover you wouldn't trust any of 'em with your ant farm, let alone your kids. But you'll hire the one you ...

    by Michael Burkett on October 4, 1989
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    Who Killed This Internal Police Probe? The Bosses.

    The FBI has opened an investigation into the campaign of terror waged from the state police headquarters against Leon Woodward. Although a spokesman for the FBI refused to provide details, agent Gary Wildebrandt interviewed Woodward and his w...

    by Michael Lacey on October 4, 1989
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    I Got Paid For Going To Chicago - This makes me a Cub reporter, right?

    August and most of September came and went, leaving the Cubs in first place for the homestretch. But following the games from my Phoenix base had become utterly unfulfilling, due partly to my self-disgust for being a mere cable Cub fan and due als...

    by Cap'n Dave on September 27, 1989
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    The City We Should Have

    Some people never abandon hope that Phoenix could truly be a wonderful city. Like us. We hang on, even faced with a Phoenix City Council election where a few pathetic candidates contemplate nothing more significant than their hangnails. Come ...

    by Terry Greene on September 27, 1989
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    Phoenix Needs A "Big C" Cure

    Look like cancer x-rays, don't they? Look closer. They're really pictures of how Phoenix has grown since 1940. But as Ed Abbey used to say, "Growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." Phoenix now spreads out over 420 square miles--the...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 27, 1989
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    Propositions

    YES on Prop 2, to authorize $15 million in bonds for historic preservation, including $5 million to buy the Tovrea Castle. Also, YES on the companion Prop 103 to give the city the authority to acquire and maintain historic and culturally significant ...

    on September 27, 1989
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    Attack Of The Street People

    Look no further than these photos for evidence of why the next city council should apply thumbscrews to anybody who opposes more protection for neighborhoods in the path of street-widening projects. Hardest hit are the central Phoenix neighbo...

    on September 27, 1989
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    We Want Big Blue

    Among the first things the new city council should do--right away--is decree the blue palo verde as Phoenix's offical tree. And then, the council should require the big blue in all official city landscaping and should encourage citizens to pl...

    by Dave Walker on September 27, 1989
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    Throw Momma From The Maglev

    It's cool here in Phoenix in the spring of 1999, and one of the coolest things of all is the city's Maglev transit system. Unlike the old noisy, cumbersome, ValTrans proposal that savvy voters rejected with a laugh way back in the Eighties, t...

    by Robert X. Planet on September 27, 1989
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    Help Our Schools!

    Bad schools are a sure way to drive families out of the city. And every available statistic says the city's social problems--economic instability, drugs, unaffordable housing--are on a collision course with its educational system. Student turnover ra...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 27, 1989
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    Make The Canals Something Special Again

    MDBOMAKE THE CANALS SOMETHING SPECIAL AGAIN Ask native Phoenicians over the age of thirty, and they'll tell you the canals were really something once. The more gritty oldsters insist they used to water-ski the canals. My friend Steve recalls that...

    by Terry Greene on September 27, 1989
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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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