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    Say What?

    Dear Dr. Dad: I have lost all communication with my children. I speak slowly and try to be as simple and precise as possible, but nothing sinks in. When they don't ignore me altogether, they just stare at me as if I were yammering in Sw...

    by Michael Burkett on September 20, 1989
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    Leon's Empty Day in Court

    Even without his state police uniform, Van Jackson makes an impression. He is the physical epitome of a state trooper. At six feet five inches and 200-plus pounds, the former cop carries himself with the composed grace of an athlete. Despite the dign...

    by Michael Lacey on September 20, 1989
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    In Arizona the Imagination Fails to Take Root

    This is about the passage of time. Here in Arizona, we live in a dream world created by our own imagination. We are, of necessity, citizens of a different country. The television networks have decreed that the real world consists of Ne...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 20, 1989
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    Got a Credit Card? Read This

    The way Governor Rose Mofford sees it, Arizona credit-card customers are going to get screwed anyway. So she and state lawmakers might just as well help the process along in the name of economic development. Mofford supports legislatio...

    by Howard Fischer on September 20, 1989
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    Grand Hotel Illusions - The new Windsor is a century-old haven for the poor, but it's rich in dreams.

    When Tom Webb finishes reading a book in his room at the New Windsor Hotel, he sets it down carefully and precisely so the book's spine is exactly flush with the edge of the shelf on his wooden night table. His own spine is straight, too. And ...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 13, 1989
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    Art Zone or Dead Zone - Do cadavers and artists mix?

    Got no place to show off your crucifixes-in-a-jar-of-urine and your photos of nekkid perverts? Bring 'em to Phoenix; we're into weird art. Our city council, for instance, has such a weird sense of art it's got the downtown art zone confused w...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 13, 1989
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    Trouble's Brewin' - I witness a robbery! And do nothing!

    "I knew those kids were trouble the minute they came through that door, the little bastards," fumes the veteran 7-Eleven clerk we'll call Midge. "You work in these places long enough, you learn to sense it. Or at least I can." Never havi...

    by Dewey Webb on September 13, 1989
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    A Break from the Valley's Madness

    Christina the lawyer had a great idea. It would turn an uneventful trip to the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado into a small adventure. Instead of flying directly to Telluride, we would go to Durango, rent a car and enjoy a scenic d...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 13, 1989
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    DPS Reign of Terror - It wasn't just one officer

    With his own words, in newly revealed documents, Department of Public Safety Officer Van Jackson makes it very plain that he was not alone in the reign of terror directed at Leon and Jeanette Woodward. The summary of DPS' internal investigatio...

    by Michael Lacey on September 13, 1989
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    In a More Mortal Moment

    Before my son was born, I was immortal. I had a few dozen different lives behind me, a hundred thousand ahead. Croak? Not me. Too damned busy. Then, KA-BOOM! I was a father. Suddenly I felt as vulnerable as the flame on a birthday cand...

    by Michael Burkett on September 13, 1989
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    The Regents' Secret Deal

    It's so obvious. The Arizona Board of Regents' decision to drag out its court battle with the local daily newspapers is irresponsible. It's a waste of taxpayers' money. Worse, it only serves to delay and accentuate the inevitable verdic...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 13, 1989
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    Who Wants a Lap-Dog Press? Your Gov

    Rose Mofford wants a capitol press corps that will sit up, roll over and play dead. And those who refuse to play good little lap dogs? She has unilaterally decided that she won't consider them reporters. Right now she's got two on her ...

    by Howard Fischer on September 13, 1989
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    The First Game's a Benefit at the Prison

    Bill Frieder, Arizona State University's new basketball coach, sits in an aisle seat on the flight from Durango, Colorado, to Phoenix. Frieder is wearing an oversized white tee shirt. On the back of the shirt is a message announcing to...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 13, 1989
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    Tar and Feathers in Your Cap - If the City Council is mucking around in street-paving projects, this must be an election year

    City Councilmember Paul Johnson got his election-year dream. Now he's hoping it doesn't rain. Earlier this year--with the upcoming October 3 city election looming--Johnson began pressuring the city staff to immediately tear up and repa...

    by Howard Fischer on September 6, 1989
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    Death by Screw-Up - Why did this young woman die? Ask the county attorney's office.

    The man charged with the brutal murder last spring of a twenty-year-old woman was mistakenly released from jail only three days before the murder because of a flagrant error by Maricopa County prosecutors, New Times has learned. No one...

    by Paul Rubin on September 6, 1989
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    Wild Thing 101 - Inside ASU'S intercourse course

    The white-haired old man the kids call O.M. stands next to a slide projector, flipping through the day's lesson. From clothes-dropping preliminaries through beatific postcoital grins, the subject of this day's class is the heterosexual sex ac...

    by Dave Walker on September 6, 1989
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    In Love with the Squirrel

    Wildlife photographer Robin Silver fell for the Mount Graham squirrel when they first met. "Photographing any species--and it doesn't have to be an endangered species--you fall in love with what you're taking pictures of," he says. "There's n...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 6, 1989
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    The Environmental Chicken Coop... Has a Foxy New Commissioner

    The newest member of the Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission, cited by a backer for his "expertise" on environmental matters, is an attorney for one of the city's most conspicuous corporate polluters. Doug Jorden was named to the commissi...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 6, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 09-06-1989

    Phoenix police chief RUBEN ORTEGA probably thought he was America's chief warlord against dope back on February 17, 1988, when he lectured a federal DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION "user accountability" seminar in Phoenix. Instead, he wound up draggi...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 6, 1989
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    A Grandmother Asks for Us All: Who Will Stop DPS?

    Sally Tavilla is 71 and still honors her Boston roots when she says words like farm or park. She is a lady who relishes her family. "I brought up five beautiful children," Sally says, "and they're a credit to this country." She ...

    by Michael Lacey on September 6, 1989
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