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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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    Cheap Shots 04-19-1989

    Open wide, Phoenix. Here comes another dose of reality. A major cheerleader behind the splashy, optimistic ad in the April 24 FORTUNE that portrays our city as a vibrant business "hub of the Southwest" has taken a nasty spill. Valley real-estater BI...

    by Ward Harkavy on April 19, 1989
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    Carolyn Walker Deserves Some Real Friends

    Phoenix hearts pounded with the drama. Carolyn Walker, the only black in the Arizona State Senate, stood to cast her historic vote on April 4, 1988. Media from across America recorded the event as viewers sat transfixed in front of th...

    by Michael Lacey on April 19, 1989
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    Let's Fight Over Central Again - And this time, with feeling

    It's time for the next round in the fight over Central Avenue. And if the final appearance of the city's "grand boulevard" concerns you, be advised that you stand a greater chance of satisfaction if you keep your expectations under control. ...

    by Deborah Laake on April 19, 1989
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    Parent Peeves

    I love being a dad. But the job is not without certain minuscule details that make me want to remove my clothes, climb the exterior of the Hyatt Regency and do birdcalls until someone takes me to a nice, safe place where I can't hurt myself. ...

    by Michael Burkett on April 19, 1989
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    And the Livin' Ain't Easy - But yuppies and dinks should pay heed

    Would-be urban dwellers should take heart: The city is finally getting serious about rental housing that would bring working professionals into the core of the city, night and day. A brand-new study commissioned by the City of Phoenix an...

    by Deborah Laake on April 19, 1989
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    Neighbors Who Make You Want To Scream

    Bonnie Towles stands on her porch. Every day she can see the homeless coming down her street. "They lock those people out of the shelter every morning at nine o'clock," Towles says. A forceful woman with blonde hair, she is a graduat...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 19, 1989
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    A Bomb Chucker's Life

    I had Abbie Hoffman all wrong, at first. I met him back in August 1968, when Abbie was drilling protesters in Lincoln Park. It was hot and muggy, and the Democratic convention was about to start. Abbie wore a pith helmet down ove...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 19, 1989
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    A Firefighter's Wake

    The mourners at last Thursday's wake for firefighter Dale Brandt paused at a table laden with his mementoes. There were photos of sixteen-year Phoenix Fire Department veteran Brandt and his partners, a pair of aviator sunglasses, a tap...

    by Paul Rubin on April 5, 1989
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    Does Tucson Have a Better Idea

    If dissatisfaction with the Phoenix City Council keeps growing, it's safe to bet somebody's going to suggest tinkering with the district system--the "reform" election system voters approved in 1982. And someone's bound to suggest Tucso...

    by Howard Fischer on April 5, 1989
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    Fun and Games - Go to the head of the class! Local inventors take their turns in the chancy business of gamesmanship

    A handsome warrior with a perfectly dashing Schwarzenegger physique creeps into a dark tunnel, where he encounters a slithering reptile-man oozing pus. Just as the monster is about to pounce upon a naked, shackled princess, the warrior slashes off th...

    by Terry Greene on April 5, 1989
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    Where Are They Now?

    Has it been only one year since Evan Mecham was booted out of the governor's office? Here's a look at some of the key characters in Arizona's most spectacular political drama: DONNA CARLSON THEN: The former GOP legislator became an executiv...

    on April 5, 1989
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    New PAC-Man Game Still Gobbles Up Legislators

    Proposition 200 is a bust, no matter what you hear. Two weeks ago, the head of Arizonans for Campaign Ethics called a press conference to claim that the contribution limits enacted by voters in 1986 kept down the cost of last year's leg...

    by Howard Fischer on April 5, 1989
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    ValTrans Derailed - The Verdict: The Valley definitely does not have a one-track mind.

    Months before the ValTrans campaign started, publicist Bill Meek--the guy who was supposed to promote it--came up with some embarrassing questions. "It occurred to me we were about to embark on a fairly major charade," recalls Meek, wh...

    by Howard Fischer on April 5, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 04-05-1989

    First he lost the governorship. Then he lost the dealership. Now EVAN MECHAM is having big problems with the potteryship. Last month, UNITED POTTERY of Glendale filed Chapter 11 papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, listing liabilities of more tha...

    by Ward Harkavy on April 5, 1989
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