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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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    Dial M For Mayhem

    Yikes. It's 6:30. I've got to call my wife. I won't be able to meet her for dinner after all. Dial, dial, ring, ring. "Hewwo?" "Hi, son. It's Daddy." "Hi, Dad." "So you're answering the phone all by yourself now...

    by Michael Burkett on September 27, 1989
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    Keep The Doofus

    Fifty-one weeks out of the year we beat Mayor Terry Goddard about the head and shoulders with a long staff as if he were our own personal pinata; he is, after all, an elected official. The flailing is good sound employment and one indication of h...

    by Michael Lacey on September 27, 1989
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    Let's Change The Weather

    Dawn. With the crashing thunder of Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyrie" playing in their headsets, F-16 fighter pilots lift off the tarmac at Williams and Luke. As early-morning commuters look on, the jets swoop low over the Phoenix Civic Plaza ...

    by Michael Lacey on September 27, 1989
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    Mecham's Final Strategy: Attack! Attack! Attack!

    I was driving to Evan Mecham's Supreme Court hearing. A newscaster's voice on the radio said: "The scene at St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo is described as near anarchy. Troops sent there to restore order have been told to shoot if necessary to ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 27, 1989
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    Enough Is Enough - Duane Pell put up with the crap until he couldn't take anymore

    "We don't want any niggers and Mexicans out here." Duane Pell didn't think he shocked easily. But then, he didn't think that being a politician meant he had to listen to crap like that. He remembers thinking, so that's why I'm getting so much...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 20, 1989
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    More Hot Water for Lefevre

    A prominent Phoenix zoning attorney waved Councilmember Duane Pell over to the side during a break in a council meeting in the summer of 1988. In an apologetic tone, he said, "This isn't my idea. I'm only delivering a message." And her...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 20, 1989
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    And This Little Piggy Got Pickled - Some things just never changed

    This should not be the golden age of weird pickled impulse food. The Cult of Nutrition approves of neither the produ~ction nor distribution of such semi-edible items as brine-suspended Polish sausages, hard-boiled eggs, pigs' feet and pigs' ank...

    by Dave Walker on September 20, 1989
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    Prop 2 vs. Bulldozers

    PROP 2 VS. BULLDOZERS When it comes to preserving what little heritage Phoenix has, good will is fine. But it takes cold, hard cash to make a difference. And cash is what Proposition 2 is all about. Most of the $15 million in new taxes that ...

    by Howard Fischer on September 20, 1989
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    Finally, a Crackdown on Polluters - Phoenix levies fines against Motorola, others

    Phoenix, while frantically trying to lure a giant semiconductor plant to Arizona, has levied a quarter of a million dollars in fines against ten polluting companies--among them an existing giant semiconductor plant--in an unprecedented crackdown. ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 20, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 09-20-1989

    Ex-Hollywood jungle queen ACQUANETTA remembers those happy days when Scottsdale caterer FRANK CALI once carved a Lincoln out of cream cheese for her. Now their relationship has soured. The Phoenix socialite, once married to car dealer JACK ROSS,...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 20, 1989
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    Say What?

    Dear Dr. Dad: I have lost all communication with my children. I speak slowly and try to be as simple and precise as possible, but nothing sinks in. When they don't ignore me altogether, they just stare at me as if I were yammering in Sw...

    by Michael Burkett on September 20, 1989
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    Leon's Empty Day in Court

    Even without his state police uniform, Van Jackson makes an impression. He is the physical epitome of a state trooper. At six feet five inches and 200-plus pounds, the former cop carries himself with the composed grace of an athlete. Despite the dign...

    by Michael Lacey on September 20, 1989
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    In Arizona the Imagination Fails to Take Root

    This is about the passage of time. Here in Arizona, we live in a dream world created by our own imagination. We are, of necessity, citizens of a different country. The television networks have decreed that the real world consists of Ne...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 20, 1989
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    Got a Credit Card? Read This

    The way Governor Rose Mofford sees it, Arizona credit-card customers are going to get screwed anyway. So she and state lawmakers might just as well help the process along in the name of economic development. Mofford supports legislatio...

    by Howard Fischer on September 20, 1989
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    Grand Hotel Illusions - The new Windsor is a century-old haven for the poor, but it's rich in dreams.

    When Tom Webb finishes reading a book in his room at the New Windsor Hotel, he sets it down carefully and precisely so the book's spine is exactly flush with the edge of the shelf on his wooden night table. His own spine is straight, too. And ...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 13, 1989
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    Art Zone or Dead Zone - Do cadavers and artists mix?

    Got no place to show off your crucifixes-in-a-jar-of-urine and your photos of nekkid perverts? Bring 'em to Phoenix; we're into weird art. Our city council, for instance, has such a weird sense of art it's got the downtown art zone confused w...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 13, 1989
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    Trouble's Brewin' - I witness a robbery! And do nothing!

    "I knew those kids were trouble the minute they came through that door, the little bastards," fumes the veteran 7-Eleven clerk we'll call Midge. "You work in these places long enough, you learn to sense it. Or at least I can." Never havi...

    by Dewey Webb on September 13, 1989
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    A Break from the Valley's Madness

    Christina the lawyer had a great idea. It would turn an uneventful trip to the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado into a small adventure. Instead of flying directly to Telluride, we would go to Durango, rent a car and enjoy a scenic d...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 13, 1989
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    DPS Reign of Terror - It wasn't just one officer

    With his own words, in newly revealed documents, Department of Public Safety Officer Van Jackson makes it very plain that he was not alone in the reign of terror directed at Leon and Jeanette Woodward. The summary of DPS' internal investigatio...

    by Michael Lacey on September 13, 1989
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