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    See Burt Run - But is he going anywhere?

    Burt Kruglick is a good learner. During the 1986 gubernatorial primary, the state GOP chief blasted Evan Mecham for negative campaigning in the primary against Burton Barr. But Mecham won handily with his mudslinging campaign that attacked spec...

    by Howard Fischer on June 28, 1989
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    It Isn't Malpractice, It's Just Politics

    The doctors who control the Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona are more than willing to compromise--but only when they get their own way. And their antics during the latest session of the legislature show they know how to use their friends to do...

    by Howard Fischer on June 28, 1989
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    Tick... Tick... Tick

    One minute is such a relative length of time. For example: Stick a frozen turkey in the microwave, hit the high button, and sixty seconds later you'll still have a frozen turkey. Do the same thing to, oh, a live frog, and you'll alter its mol...

    by Michael Burkett on June 28, 1989
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    Haunting Memories Of Tiananmen Square

    Michael Goldman will always be haunted by the faces of the students he met in Tiananmen Square. Goldman, twenty, a graduate of Phoenix Central High, visited the square in Beijing hours before the Chinese Army started killing. He spent h...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 28, 1989
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    The Bartel Cocaine Case Keeps Expanding

    Dr. William Bartel has already pleaded guilty and faces ten years in prison. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents found 81 pounds of cocaine in his home. Dr. Bartel will be a government witness. He'll need protection until the case i...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 28, 1989
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    A "Good Son," A "Terrible Mistake"

    After last week's column about Dr. William Bartel, the Paradise Valley dentist, there were some interesting phone calls. Dr. Bartel, 46, has, of course, pleaded guilty to being involved, along with his wife and sister, in a cocaine con...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 28, 1989
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    Dirt On Their Hands

    Almost two months ago, George Chasse, the new face in Phoenix politics, sat down with a well-known Valley leader and discussed City Hall. Chasse explained that he hoped to run against incumbent Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard. Chasse's con...

    by Michael Lacey on June 28, 1989
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    The End Comes With Scams, Broken Promises and Snits

    The insurance industry and its allies in the GOP leadership could have won, if they just hadn't been so greedy. They could have come up with a bill to revamp Arizona's automobile insurance laws that would have satisfied enough Republic...

    by Howard Fischer on June 21, 1989
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    And The Money Kepth Flowing - Why did so many lend so much on so little?

    People remember Harvey Keith Smith as a world-class gentleman. The grandfatherly, silver-haired real-estate developer always dressed elegantly, commuted to his various Arizona developments in a private jet and drove around Scottsdale in a purring Jag...

    by Terry Greene on June 21, 1989
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    Finally, Some Class On KFYI

    Some things surprise us. We never expect talk-show hosts to behave with class or to display genuine insight into human behavior. That's why Jami McFerrin's dignified farewell to local radio last week was so astonishing. "I'm walkin' out...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 21, 1989
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    Road Warriors

    When planning family vacations, the normal course of action is to sit down months in advance, scan road maps, study travel guides and wrangle tips from anyone who's ever been outside the city limits. But parents, in their haste to deci...

    by Michael Burkett on June 21, 1989
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    Keating and Bartel: High Rollers Face The Music

    We live in interesting times. The high rollers fascinate us. Whether it's in business, crime, politics or sports, we become interested in the players only when their numbers head north above the $1 million mark. That's when the spotlight click...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 21, 1989
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    The Callous Battle Over Park Plaza

    He has watched the battle of Park Plaza apartments from the start. He has kept track of everything. He has it all written down. "Can I trust you?" the old man asks. I nod. He is so tiny. And yet his eyes glow. There is a fi...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 21, 1989
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    Cap'n Dave's Kitchen

    Every few weeks, we here on the Di-Gel desk like to go through our junk mail. What letters we don't pass along to the FBI, we like to print. We do this for two reasons: 1) In most classic mass-communications diagram situations, a vigorous dia...

    by Cap'n Dave on June 21, 1989
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    Men At Work - Lost in the asphalt jungle of prostitution

    "You name me one other business where, with nothing in your pocket and no real knowledge of any kind, you can go out on the street and make $40 to $60 within 45 minutes." When no answer is immediately forthcoming, the boyish-looking young man w...

    by Dewey Webb on June 14, 1989
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    Road To Howhere - You are now entering Sun Valley, where land is costly, water is elusive and dreams die hard

    Sun Valley could well be the most flamboyant development scheme ever hatched in a Phoenix high-rise, a 48,000-acre fantasy of limitless possibilities and easy millions just fifty fast minutes west on I-10. Ever since the land was hustled out ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on June 14, 1989
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    Agent Named In Drug Plot Had A Hard-nosed Rep

    Border Patrol agent Gary Patrick Callahan has had a reputation in Cochise County as a anti-Communist, drug-hating survivalist during his nearly twenty years on the southeast Arizona frontier. Now Callahan's really got a reason to hate drugs. ...

    by Paul Rubin on June 14, 1989
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    New Zoning Rules Irk Developers

    Phoenix's effort to revamp its thirty-year-old zoning code, an undertaking aimed at weaving the city's haphazard growth into the patterns laid out by the city's general plan, is running into a not-so-slight obstacle: developers. No gro...

    by Kathleen Stanton on June 14, 1989
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    Urban Stress Kills Canyon's Cottonwoods

    Tens of thousands of raw-footed hikers who've trudged into the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch know what a relief it is to finally collapse in the shade of the famous campground's giant cottonwood trees. Until last fall, though, no one r...

    by Terry Greene on June 14, 1989
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    King For A Night - Now playing around at your local Holiday Inn: Little Elvis

    Strutting around outside the Holiday Inn ballroom on Saturday night in his immaculate jeweled jumpsuit, Little Elvis appears momentarily oblivious to the trappings that have temporarily transformed the motel lobby into a reasonable facsimile ...

    by Dewey Webb on June 14, 1989
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