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    That'll Teach You to Appeal

    Although the losing attorneys won't admit it, they probably wish now they'd never appealed a Maricopa County judge's ruling that the chronically mentally ill deserve the services the state has said they should receive. Last week's Arizona Supr...

    by Jana Bommersbach on March 22, 1989
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    Money Talks: "Ride the Bus"

    Can Phoenicians be lured out of their cars? One downtown business has found the answer is yes. But it takes more than just slogans and hoopla. It takes the green stuff. Valley National Bank boasts one of the best records of any Valley ...

    by Howard Fischer on March 22, 1989
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    Morality Players

    Cindy Resnick doesn't think state health director Ted Williams should set himself up as some sort of morality cop. The Tucson Democratic lawmaker is squabbling with Williams over his refusal to record birth certificates when a married ...

    by Howard Fischer on March 22, 1989
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    Oh, Phoenix (Choke), What Clean Air (Cough) You Have!

    ValTrans opponents say we don't need the mass transit system because--and here's where everyone starts laughing--the air quality in Phoenix is improving. Laugh all you want, the opponents say, we've got the statistics to prove it. In fact, in on...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 22, 1989
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    The Voice Laughing in the Wilderness - Bulldozers can rest easy. Abbey is dead.

    He couldn't seem to leave town. As Tucson grew larger and more grotesque, he kept talking about going to Moab or Ajo or somewhere. He told me once that Tucson was easy to leave--he'd done it six times. But he never seemed quite able to go through wit...

    by Charles Bowden on March 22, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 03-22-1989

    Add Klan-superstar-turned-Louisiana- GOP-legislator DAVID DUKE to the long list of people who've beaten BRUCE BABBITT at the polls.Reporter JAMES RIDGEWAY of the VILLAGE VOICE mined that nugget recently, to which a former campaign worker for Bruce...

    by Ward Harkavy on March 22, 1989
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    Two Of My Favorite Mouthpieces

    Flamboyant defense lawyers have always fascinated me. The first one I ever met was Ernie Navarre. I met him long ago in Lima, Ohio. Navarre wore a gold watch and a different suit every day. He drove a big car. But he also regularly undertook...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 22, 1989
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    The Mix Rape Trial: Justice Screwed

    Editor's Note: This story was changed from its original version to eliminate the name of the victim. Well, the law has been screwed. And this war is over. A woman, who said she was the victim of a vicious rape by a police officer, has now beco...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 22, 1989
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    The End of the Line

    Dedicated to the memory of Ed Abbey, an Arizonan who understood that it is important to litter the asphalt paths of America with beer cans pitched from a fast-moving vehicle. Larry Miller, director of the Regional Public Transportation Authority...

    by Michael Lacey on March 22, 1989
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    Advice Squad

    It happens, occasionally, in the middle of the night. I wake up screaming in fear that someone might one day mistake this space for some kind of advice column. This has yet to occur, thank God. But it could. If anyone can mistake Alan ...

    by Michael Burkett on March 22, 1989
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    Cap 'n Dave's Kitchen

    I'm man enough to admit it: My swimsuit column idea has been a total flop, and I can't say I blame anybody for not getting into it. The plan, originally, called for thousands of you readers to send me pictures of yourselves in skimpy aquatic ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 22, 1989
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    Bungle in the Jungle - Rooftops

    The Rooftops coming-attractions trailer certainly appears to be promoting a dance movie. And because the film is directed by Robert West Side Story Wise and executive-produced by Taylor White Nights Hackford, there seems no reason to believe other...

    by Michael Burkett on March 22, 1989
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    Who's In Charge Here?

    Here's a scoop for you: The most powerful people in Arizona are mostly fifty-year-old white men. And many of them are either politicians, developers or bankers. You're not surprised? Then here's some news: Charlie Keating isn't one of ...

    by Ward Harkavy on March 15, 1989
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    Grind and Bare It - At the Hi-Liter, there's a lot more to show business than meets the eye

    n 1962, Jack and Leah Eurich came out from Michigan looking for a saloon of their own. They found a little place they liked, a piano bar in a two-story office complex on North 12th Street near Camelback. Jack tended bar, which had been his line s...

    by Dave Walker on March 15, 1989
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    New Lawmaker Sent to Back of Class

    Conflict-of-interest rules enacted by the Arizona State Legislature in 1984 were designed as window dressing to show that members really did care how things looked to the rest of the world. But even the rules' sponsors admitted that, when scr...

    by Howard Fischer on March 15, 1989
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    Why Don't Doctors Stop Lousy Doctors?

    If the public's first line of defense against lousy doctors weren't sometimes a joke, there wouldn't be surgeons in this state performing unnecessary operations on innocent people. But even doctors admit there are major flaws with that f...

    by Terry Greene on March 15, 1989
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    Just Make the Pain Go Away - People went to Dr. Bisla seeking relief. And then he brought out his scalpel.

    The nagging aches and pains from a minor traffic accident sent Eileen and Paul Moore to the doctor in 1982. They just wanted him to make their pain go away. But over the next 23 months, until their insurance ran out, Dr. Ranjit Bisla sli...

    by Terry Greene on March 15, 1989
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    Dozey-Do - A compelling true-life sci-fi tragi-drama in 25 acts

    ACT ONE. (It is 9 p.m. in a living room that would look like a toy store if toy stores had no shelves and the merchandise didn't come in boxes. Visible in the clutter are a large, bearded man and a small, unbearded boy. The man looks at his watch and...

    by Michael Burkett on March 15, 1989
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    Creatures from the Encanto Lagoon

    File it under trickle-down benefit: Among the many aftereffects of the Encanto Park renovation is a cleaner lagoon. Observers say the fish who live there like it better. The recent renovation of the city's most parklike park, which occ...

    by Dave Walker on March 15, 1989
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    Making Developers Toe the Line--Kind Of

    Nobody likes to admit it, but the much-ballyhooed zoning agreements intended to forestall battles between neighborhoods and developers are riddled with loopholes that can leave residents out of luck. And probably no one knows that bett...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 15, 1989
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