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    How to Eat Mexican Food

    When you see it for the very first time, steaming up from the table in front of you, Mexican food doesn't look like something that was planned. A glop of brownishness sits by itself on this corner of the plate. Something doughy and tubular re...

    by Cap'n Dave on May 3, 1989
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    Good Housekeeping - Jane Hull has her hands full with this brood

    There's an obvious problem when you're known as "the iron lady." Everyone wants to see if you're really as tough as you seem. Or if the title is more about bluster than guts. So far, the first woman speaker of the Arizona House of Repr...

    by Howard Fischer on April 26, 1989
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    Journalist of the Year - ... And the rest of the paper's winners in the Annual Press Club Competition

    For the third year in a row, a New Times writer has been named Arizona's top print journalist. Deborah Laake won the Arizona Press Club's Virg Hill Journalist of the Year Award at the club's annual banquet on Saturday night. Staff writer Terry G...

    on April 26, 1989
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    Milstead Goes Limp Over the Thought of Gays

    Ralph Milstead thinks heterosexual officers present the best public image for the Department of Public Safety. The opinion of the chief of the state police didn't change with the embarrassing revelations that one of Arizona's finest made a ha...

    by Howard Fischer on April 26, 1989
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    Clowning Around With Gacy

    On many weekday mornings, Acme Records publicist Wendy Harte sits in her suburban Los Angeles office and prepares press kits to get the word out to the media about semifamous rock bands with colorful names like E.I.E.I.O. and Thin White Rope. Some...

    by David Koen on April 26, 1989
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    Marybale Wells Shut

    Last month, Phoenix shut down two more heavily used drinking-water wells in Maryvale, saying that they are suspected of sucking up more and more swill from an underground plume of TCE-contaminated groundwater. TCE, an industrial solvent, is a susp...

    on April 26, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 04-26-1989

    Land baron DENNIS DeCONCINI, already flushed with embarrassment over the looting of half a million bucks from his campaign treasury, is trying to steal a toilet from a union. The wealthy Democratic senator's staffers in Tucson recently moved into new...

    by Ward Harkavy on April 26, 1989
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    Margo Adams: The Honey on the Side

    Margo Adams walks into the room. Suddenly, everybody starts acting like a man of the world. By now, you know Margo, I'm sure. Yes, THAT Margo. Penthouse magazine! Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox! Barbara Walters! Margo flounces...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 26, 1989
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    Pampered Lifestyle

    The experts agree that mothers do not have a biological, psychological or natural advantage that automatically makes them better kiddie-caretakers than fathers. Obviously, the experts have never watched a guy change a diaper. There ...

    by Michael Burkett on April 26, 1989
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    Racism Provokes Demonstrations at ASU

    It was like a trip in a time tunnel. I stood near the fountain at Arizona State last Friday as students demonstrated against racism on the campus. The sun was hot enough to drive you into the pavement. The crowd wasn't large. Given th...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 26, 1989
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    The Phoenix Press: Race Riot? What Race Riot?

    "They were being called niggers and coons, sure, but it wasn't racial. It was just the basic tension of the fight. Just like if they were from Poland, you'd call them Polacks." Nineteen-year-old Sean Hedgecock, accused by critics of s...

    by Michael Lacey on April 26, 1989
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    The Terminators - There is a fate worse than death, and that's what this club is all about

    While chatting with a new club member, the spry septuagenarian we'll call Marge suddenly shakes her head as if objecting to a half-baked recipe for apple brown Betty or a particularly ill-advised knitting stitch. "No, no, NO!" she inte...

    by Dewey Webb on April 19, 1989
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    The Mercado - Arriba!

    If the clubfooted Terry Goddard administration is to blame for bungled dreams like Patriots Square (and it is), it also deserves a stirring tribute for the Mercado. This marvelous and near- kitschy jumble of shops, restaurants and offices goi...

    by Deborah Laake on April 19, 1989
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    Downtown - All dressed up and someplace to go

    Like hanging on to an old dress in case it's ever back in style, we keep returning to downtown Phoenix. Giving up on the old place seems a horrible admission that this city really doesn't have a soul. One city council after another has promised a liv...

    on April 19, 1989
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    Is the Solar Oasis a Mirage? - Sands are still shifting under one of the best ideas ever proposed for this summer hellhole

    Unlike the crowds that amble through St. Peter's Square, few people ever venture to downtown Phoenix's grease-stained concrete piazza--the courtyard of the Phoenix Civic Plaza. In the summer, those inhospitable acres of cement stretching out ...

    by Terry Greene on April 19, 1989
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    Back to Square One - As impossible as it seems, this is finally for real

    Back in the days when Phoenix was little more than a supply depot for the calvary, a block of modest shops was built along dusty roads that one day would become the major thoroughfares of downtown Phoenix. As the original townsite, it was called Squa...

    by Jana Bommersbach on April 19, 1989
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    This Guy Has Seen It All

    The man who's seen more bunco, bamboozling and balderdash in the past two decades than any other person in Arizona is finally retiring. This connoisseur of cons, C. Van Haaften, has charted thousands of swindles in the Valley during his eig...

    by Terry Greene on April 19, 1989
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    Where Have All the Tree-Huggers Gone?

    It took months of delicate closed-door negotiations--spurred by the threat of an initiative, Burton Barr's desire for the governorship and Bruce Babbitt's hankering for the presidency--before Arizona got the 1986 Environmental Quality Act. Finally...

    by Howard Fischer on April 19, 1989
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    Charles Keating: What a Political Animas - The financial giant also knew how this game was played

    At the height of his political power, Charles Keating commanded a private meeting with five U.S. senators from four different states, stopped the Arizona State Legislature from passing astonishingly popular legislation against artificial lakes, and b...

    by Jana Bommersbach on April 19, 1989
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    Armies of the Right - They'll take nothing less than abstinence

    The scorched-earth campaign against sex education in Arizona, energized by recent victories, now is cutting a swath through Governor Rose Mofford's legislative agenda. And the shell-shocked supporters of sex-ed that goes beyond "Just Say No" are grop...

    by Kathleen Stanton on April 19, 1989
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