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    Salman Rushdie Chic

    An interviewer once asked Vladimir Nabokov: "What are the literary sins for which you could be answerable someday?" And Nabokov replied: "Of having spared in my books too many political fools and intellectual frauds." I am, each morn...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 1, 1989
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    The Amphitheatre and Richard Mallery

    Richard Mallery is so smooth. He has the velvet touch. In a real estate deal, there's no one who can touch him. Mallery is the slickest operator in the West. A senior partner at the powerhouse law firm of Snell & Wilmer, Mallery ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 1, 1989
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    Behind Enemy Lines

    We sat in the foothills kitchen of Tracy Thomas as the nanny waited to take his infant son. After our cup of coffee, he would climb into his Mercedes and depart for the men's grill at the Paradise Valley Country Club. It is a natural thing fo...

    by Michael Lacey on March 1, 1989
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    Compadre Stadium

    You'd think that a ballclub with a name like "Brewers" would play in a place suited for rollicking good times. But Compadre Stadium, the spring field for the Milwaukee baseball team, is located in the wilds of exurban Chandler, Arizona, the n...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Hi Corbett Field

    I'm not about to get into the Tucson-Phoenix squabble, which seems to exist only because people in both places need to feel superior to someone, anywhere. It's boring. Suffice it to say that people in Phoenix believe they're superior to their...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    County Is Dumped On

    An obscure zoning case over a west- side garbage dump has turned into a twisted version of David and Goliath, prompting Maricopa County officials to accuse El Mirage of a double-cross that wreaks havoc with the environment. The county ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 1, 1989
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    Mr. Fix-it Is Guilty

    After cheerfully quoting from the Bible and almost getting his lawyer thrown in jail for contempt, Roger M. Hammond, the television and radio personality Phoenix once knew as "Mr. Fix-It," was convicted of murder and sentenced to twenty years in an A...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 1, 1989
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    How to Become a Great Rider

    You've just spent a hard day squinting at a VDT, your eyes feel like pinballs, your tongue feels like a fish, your car is either in the shop or it's your don't-drive-one-in-five day and you are, well, riding the bus. While rumbling along ye...

    by Judge I-Rankin' on March 1, 1989
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    Ryne Sandberg

    Current job: Second baseman, Chicago Cubs. Cool because: Has won six straight Gold Gloves. Needs 73 more games at second base to qualify as the all-time leading second baseman in fielding percentage. Lifetime batting average of .284. ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Hohokam Park

    When the wickedly popular Chicago Cubs come to the Valley every spring, this ballpark becomes the epicenter of more activity than it can really stand. After all, the address says Mesa. HoHoKam has some charm, but it is in no way charming enough to ma...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Next Stop: Central Avenue

    When is a deal with the Phoenix City Council not a deal? Apparently when the public finds out about it. Bonnie Bartak, aide to Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard, is unhappy New Times reported earlier this month that the city council had appr...

    by Howard Fischer on February 22, 1989
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    Street Smart - This auto man's empire was built on the principle of aiming high

    Wearing his trademark pith helmet (with chin strap) and an oversize pair of sunglasses, Ulysses Horatio Penelopi Poindexter C. Mortimer Alewishus Hale Gammill II regularly drives his Model T along Central Avenue to his Rotary meeting in downt...

    by Dave Walker on February 22, 1989
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    Cops Skate on Bolles Murder Case

    It's the cops who always are accusing judges of turning criminals loose on technicalities. These days, however, nine current and former Phoenix Police Department officers are smiling because a technicality may have gotten them off the hook. ...

    by Paul Rubin on February 22, 1989
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    Piercing Together The West-side Cancer Cluster - An inside look at how Maryvale--and the state of Arizona--are dealing with an unknown killer

    The 800 people who stormed into the Maryvale High School auditorium one June night in 1987 were outraged and insulted. They had just learned from this newspaper that for more than a decade, a suspiciously high number of children in their work...

    by Terry Greene on February 22, 1989
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    Terry and the Pirates

    As soon as it became clear a couple of months ago that Mayor Terry Goddard was abandoning the Municipal Center project, I phoned Ed Wundram. Wundram is the professional adviser who in 1985 oversaw our much-touted international design c...

    by Deborah Laake on February 22, 1989
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    Cheap Tricks

    I recently came across the results of an Urban Institute study that set out to determine how much it costs to raise a child up to age eighteen. The numbers ranged from about $52,000 per poor child to $143,000 for a well-to-do one. Now that these...

    by Michael Burkett on February 22, 1989
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    Presenting the Next (Oh, My God) Governor of Arizona

    One of the following charlatans will be the next governor of Arizona: David Hinchcliffe: He's the double-domed thinker who introduced the resolution at the state Republican convention declaring this a Christian nation. He'd be perfect for a state pa...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on February 22, 1989
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    Hail To The Kin - Cousins

    What is this? Some sort of fluke? How is it possible that Cousins could be the sweetest, tangiest romantic-comedy treat since Moonstruck? The film's odds for success certainly don't seem very high going in. It's a Yank remake of a popu...

    by Michael Burkett on February 22, 1989
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    Lurking Behind Roe

    Abortion foes who are counting on the U.S. Supreme Court to make the practice illegal in Arizona may be rudely surprised. Last month, the nation's high court agreed to review a Missouri law that restricts the right to abortion. Advocat...

    by Howard Fischer on February 15, 1989
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    Dance, Kim, Dance - Forget the pain, forget the unpaid bills, just dance

    To see Kim Sonderegger on-stage-- her elegant face covered in layers of make-up, her slender body wrapped in net and tulle--you'd never think she was just a "grunt." You might guess she used to prance around her parents' living room, dre...

    by Paul Rubin on February 15, 1989
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