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    The Good Fight

    "You folks don't need another holiday. What you folks need are jobs," said then-Governor Evan Mecham to Pastor Warren Stewart. The remark was made in 1986 during a meeting with black leaders who had gathered to persuade Mecham that Ari...

    by Michael Lacey on May 24, 1989
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    Consumer Protection: Don't Bank On It

    Got a problem with the bank or company holding the mortgage on your house? Don't count on Arizona's Banking Department to help you out. Alan and Barbara Woodruff found that out the hard way. They bought an $89,000 home in Phoenix four ...

    by Howard Fischer on May 24, 1989
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    Steve Benson's Premature Deification

    I'm puzzled by this latest turn in Steve Benson's career. Generally, I enjoy the images Benson draws for the Arizona Republic. He has a talented pen. He may even become a cartoonist of stature if and when he matures. To do that, ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 24, 1989
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    The Wizard of Wickenburg - If necessity is the mother of invention, then Sonny LaMont is its father

    Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. Build a better clothes hanger and, well, you'd better hope the world has a compass, a four-wheel-drive vehicle and maybe even a can of javelina repellent. Actual...

    by Dewey Webb on May 24, 1989
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    Christian Crusade - Glendale Fundamentalists train their sights on the schools

    Angel was preparing to join the dozen or so children who commit suicide each year in Arizona when someone heard her cry for help. At a moment when her despair was so deep that Angel felt as if the earth was closing over her, a stranger reache...

    by Kathleen Stanton on May 24, 1989
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    Creating a Public Spectacle - Laser magic is in the air

    As long as our bad air holds out, the laser display planned for Patriots Square likely will be a great success. The park has been touted as a symbol of the Valley's desire to build itself a high-tech industrial future. The flashy laser show wi...

    by Dave Walker on May 24, 1989
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    The Native Is Restless

    While most business types in these parts are trying their best to lure jobs and people to Phoenix, there's a new gadfly in the sticks south of here with a different goal: Drive a million people out of Arizona. Actually, 48-year-old Mark Acu...

    by Ward Harkavy on May 10, 1989
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    Caution:Dog Lover On Board

    About four times a year, Geri Owens rolls into Phoenix in a dusty gray van that's practically exploding with yapping puppies. The pups, mostly golden retrievers and German shepherds, are future guide dogs for blind people. The dogs are owned ...

    by Terry Greene on May 10, 1989
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    You've Come A Long Way, Baby - He embraced the sexual evolution as only a woman could

    Sandi Smith had everything a career woman could want, including, at least until very recently, a penis. Born as a male, Sandi hasn't been in a men's room in two years. Her physical appearance is that of an early-middle-aged businesswoman. Throug...

    by Dave Walker on May 10, 1989
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    How I Make A Living

    Here are some notes on the reporter's trade from a few of the best. I.F. Stone speaking in Andrew Patner's I.F. Stone: A Portrait: "Your publisher is a guy who made five million dollars in the toilet-paper business and thinks that ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    Let Oliver North Go To Jail

    Of course Ollie North should go to prison. The jury has rightfully rejected North's distorted notion that a decorated military man is above the law. North and his gang of squalid schemers were manipulative, secretive and intensely disho...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    Those Poor Driggs Boys

    Poor Gary Driggs, everyone keeps saying. Such a shame. Gary and his two brothers--John and Douglas--have been booted out of their soft spots as chief moneychangers at Western Savings and Loan. Sure, it's true that Western has dro...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    The Soul Of Robert Usdane Is Tied To Martin Luther King

    Maybe you cannot imagine what it is like to be Robert Usdane. He is a Republican leader who is the key to a Democratic bill to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a paid holiday. He is a Jew who sits on the board of directors of the Anti-Def...

    by Michael Lacey on May 10, 1989
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    What Must Steiger Think?

    Maybe Sam Steiger can appreciate the humor in the current mess at the state parole board. Governor Rose Mofford has fired board member Ron Johnson without pay. Ironically, Steiger tried to do the same thing to Johnson more than a year...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    The Less Than Grand Prix

    Why is Mayor Terry Goddard getting away with this ridiculous car race? Did anyone ask you about spending millions in taxpayers' money for this slapdash project. The city has gone on a wartime footing to repave downtown streets, build ga...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    Anatomy Of A Crisis - If the Arizona Theatre Company is dying, can anyone survive?

    There is much to be said about the arts in Arizona, and a lot of it isn't kind. Too often, the productions and exhibitions that unfold before Arizonans' eyes pander to a worn-out and pathetic sensibility. It's the sensibility expressed...

    by Deborah Laake on May 10, 1989
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    Shaq and Suns take on Spurs

    Based on my son's growth rate, his pediatrician estimates he'll grow to be about six feet six or seven. This is not wonderful news. When I chose to become a parent, it never occurred to me that I might one day have to buy groceries for a Joll...

    by Michael Burkett on May 10, 1989
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    Power Outage - Is Pinnacle West boss Keith Turley falling out of favor with the company he keeps?

    Charlie Keating and Gary Driggs have fallen. And in a city edgy about the self-destruction of its icons, a question is being posed: Will Keith Turley, the man who pushed the Arizona Public Service utility into real estate and banking with dis...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on May 3, 1989
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    Just Try to Stop the Freeway Speculators and Get Laughed Out of the Legislature

    Want to know why the freeway system is running out of money? Want to know why you're likely to be asked to vote for another tax hike to complete the 230-mile system voters approved in 1985? Well, read this and weep: The right-of-way for ...

    by Jana Bommersbach on May 3, 1989
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    Park 'n' Schlock Feared at Indian School Site

    Is Phoenix's potential "Central Park of the Southwest" going to become just a piece of little-used turf stuck amid yet another gaggle of shiny high-rises? That's what some activists fear is inevitable as an eight-person team starts its...

    by Paul Rubin on May 3, 1989
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