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    Another Loss for Pitiful ASU

    I felt sorry for Steve Patterson the other day when they ordered him to announce his resignation. The Arizona State basketball coach was just one more victim of J. Russell Nelson, that total incompetent who still sits as president of the unive...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 8, 1989
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    My Dinner with Andre

    The greatest athletes stand alone. Magic Johnson, Mike Tyson, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Orel Hershiser, Larry Bird. Each of these men is an artist whose canvas is sport. They transcend their respective games and loom above them like colo...

    by Barry Friedman on February 8, 1989
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    Moniker Madness

    Every day, newspaper headlines scream of crimes against children. Yet there is one rampant horror you never read about. Its victims are helpless newborns, and it destroys their lives. Fact: Every 26 seconds in this country, a child is bo...

    by Michael Burkett on February 8, 1989
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    The ValTrans' for Who?

    I received a letter from a man who doesn't trust the people who are running the campaign to push the approval of rapid transit in Maricopa County. He wondered why the financial war chest, which now approaches $500,000, comes from land ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 8, 1989
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    Colangelo's Idea of Fair Play

    I arrived half an hour early. I wanted to watch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in warm-up. It was to be one of Kareem's final appearances as a player in Veterans' Memorial Coliseum. The press box was nearly empty. As I have been doing for the pas...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 8, 1989
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    A AUH2O at Heart

    The hand-painted sign on the wall in St. Joseph's Hospital reads: "Me llamo Nicolas Ruiz Flores." When Nicolas was three, his dad was kidnaped and executed. Later that same year Nicolas' mother was kidnaped and she is presumed dead. T...

    by Michael Lacey on February 8, 1989
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    Cops Put On Their Kid Gloves

    On the morning of the biggest anti- abortion demonstration in Phoenix history, the prayerful, placard-bearing, demon-eyed enemies of abortion weren't the real story. The real story was the complacent, glad-handing, slow-footed Phoenix police, ...

    by Deborah Laake on February 8, 1989
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    Cap'n Daves Kitchen

    Dear Cap'n Dave, I find this luncheon spot (The Turtle's Hurdle) very good. The food is tops and the place is extra clean. Try it sometime. Walter F. Dudley Accountant Phoenix I found The Turtle's Hurdle just north of the lovely in...

    by Cap'n Dave on February 8, 1989
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    Virgin's Vandal Linked to "Killer Clown"!

    "I'll keep creating till I draw my last breath--which, at this point, may be any time!" So says horrified hatchet man Peter Petrisko Jr., the self-styled "renegade artist" who fears for his life after desecrating a yucca plant many bel...

    on February 1, 1989
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    Thanks for the Eulogies

    I swear to God I don't know how John Derek does it. He married and divorced Ursula Andress, who, let's face it, was and is a goddess. Then he married the rather splendid Linda Evans and dumped her for a teen-ager. It wasn't just any teen-ager, mind y...

    by Barry Friedman on February 1, 1989
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    Miracle Vision Fun Facts!

    Tired of having your friends sneer and jeer whenever you drag out the latest batch of miracle snapshots? Take a tip from the ace shutterbugs who regularly snap photos of the Bayside Apparitions, a series of religious visions seen near the Vat...

    on February 1, 1989
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    Morris Starsky's Proud Exit

    Things keep happening to remind us why both Arizona State University and the Arizona Republic are so decidedly second-rate. This time it's the death of Dr. Morris J. Starsky, a former ASU philosophy professor who was fired by the Arizo...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 1, 1989
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    Let's Make a Deal

    Jerry Colangelo sued reporters in 1983 when his name was linked with betting activities at a local deli. Bookies, high-stakes wagers, point spreads, he didn't know from nothing and it was libel if you said he did. But if Jerry Colangel...

    by Michael Lacey on February 1, 1989
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    The Return of Big Al and the Knicks

    It's just like the old days. There's a full house here in Veterans' Memorial Coliseum and the crowd's roaring. Surely you remember how it used to be on nights like this, don't you? Al Bianchi would be the one doing the shouting o...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 1, 1989
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    Cavalcade of Apparitions!

    As hundreds of the Valley's Hispanic community gathered to pay homage to the holy yucca they believe resembles Our Lady of Guadalupe, one gringo stared at the curiously twisted dead branch and merely shook his head. "I wish I had the mind of ...

    on February 1, 1989
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    Pieces of the Action

    Tracing just who owns the Phoenix Suns is not easy. Certain investors have made their involvement with the team known, while others have preferred to remain in the shadows. The team won't release the names of all the owners, a practice described as "...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on February 1, 1989
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    What Do You Do After the Company Leaves? - The problems of straightening up in Superior

    John Mitchell's clothing store in downtown Superior is suspended in time. Three-piece suits hang in neat rows. Stacks of shirts rest on a display table. The cash register sits on a counter near the front door. The store looks open for b...

    by Paul Rubin on January 25, 1989
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    The Crawl of the Wild - Slugging it out in the slow-overhead world of snail ranching

    They're slimy . . . they're sluggish . . . they're spineless! They're also the backbone of what is literally the creepiest commercial enterprise in town. Sacrebleu! Is this any way to run a business? If your business happens to ...

    by Dewey Webb on January 25, 1989
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    It's Demos vs. Demos on Abortion

    Monday's 10-4 vote by the House Judiciary Committee to declare that life begins at conception--a victory for anti-abortion forces--comes as no real surprise. Two powerful legislators made sure it was preordained. The November election resulted...

    by Howard Fischer on January 25, 1989
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    Dog Daze

    The facts have been hushed up for over thirty years due to a provision in Walt Disney's will. However, you are about to learn the real reason Dorothy McGuire made Tommy Kirk shoot Old Yeller. And rabies had nothing to do with it. But first,...

    by Michael Burkett on January 25, 1989
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