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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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    Phoenix Says Goodbye to Kareem--Twice

    They will sentence Kareem Abdul-Jabbar within the hour. The courtroom is in the old Phoenix Union High School. "Where can I find Kareem's courtroom?" I ask. The receptionist on the main floor doesn't have to check her chart....

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 5, 1989
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    Lugheads Battle Snobs at ASU

    As the debate has raged over the latest beast on the ASU campus, the looming lavenderish hulk of the new Fine Arts Complex, it's become clear that Tempe might be a difficult spot for a normal person to find somebody to like--seeing as how the avai...

    by Deborah Laake on April 5, 1989
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    Riding on Derange

    The human brain is a thing of mystery. It can get us to the moon, cure diseases, and solve equations of enormous complexity. Yet all you need is one loose mental connection to qualify as a slack-witted, dim-sighted, dead-from-the-neck-up and dead...

    by Michael Burkett on April 5, 1989
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    Hit the Road, Daddy - U-HAUL's founder never imagined his own kids would be the corporate raiders of his great American dream

    No one knew what U-Haul founder L.S. Shoen had in mind at his "Celebration of Love and Respect." L.S. was as unpredictable as a desert storm. I'm a 180-degree guy, he often said, and I'll change direction before you blink if I think it's righ...

    by Paul Rubin on March 29, 1989
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    Arizona Factoids - Someone killed 495,OOO flies in Bisbee. And it's always 11:45 in Florence.

    Sure, Arizona has the world's largest land gorge (the Grand Canyon) and the world's smallest rodent (the northern pygmy mouse) and the country's oldest town (838-year-old Oraibi on the Hopi Reservation) and more species of hummingbirds than a...

    by Ray Ring on March 29, 1989
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    Radioactive Waste of Life - Murder trial features a novel defense: temporary insanity linked to Uranium

    Terry Franks admitted shooting two people to death and seriously wounding two others. That part was cut and dried. What was his defense? Insanity. Uranium-related temporary insanity. Gamma rays on the brain, so to speak. The 25-year-ol...

    by Charlotte-Anne Lucas on March 29, 1989
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    Horsey Set Cries Foul

    Howard Keim, the developer hired to run Scottsdale's Horseworld project, has been criticized for the sluggish financial performance of the multimillion-dollar playground for pony people. Now he's named as a defendant in a federal lawsuit accu...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 29, 1989
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    A Look at Palo Verde's Mushrooming Costs

    It wasn't the fault of Arizona Public Service Co. customers that the Palo Verde nuclear plant wound up with a badly designed pump. But the bean counters hired to look at expenses at the $9.3 billion plant think the customers should pay big bu...

    by Howard Fischer on March 29, 1989
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    Problems at the Bank

    Let's get to the moral of this story right up-front: Valley National Bank thinks a happy employee is a puzzled employee. The behemoth of local banks is trying to get its 7,000 employees' attention by giving them puzzles--jigsaws, Rubik's cubes...

    by Ward Harkavy on March 29, 1989
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    A "Free Flow" of Lobbyists

    Is Rose Mofford hiding something? The bouffant-coiffed occupant of the ninth floor of the capitol tower doesn't think it's any of the public's business with whom she is meeting and consulting before making decisions. It seems that somehow letti...

    by Howard Fischer on March 29, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 03-29-1989

    If you're keeping score, utility man KEITH TURLEY is batting cleanup. At the same time the APS mogul is officially luring big-league sports and a domed stadium to downtown Phoenix, he's helping someone build a stadium in a competing city. SUNCOR, the...

    by Ward Harkavy on March 29, 1989
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    A Letter from a Juror in the Mix Trial

    Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick: I really resent being called stupid and insensitive for my service as a juror on the Martin Mix case. I would like to point out that just because the evidence indicated there had been sexual intercourse between the parties...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 29, 1989
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    The Life and Death of a Rabble-rouser - Remembering Ed Abbey

    As a kid I suspected that environmentalists did not enjoy life very much. I mean, no one would ever pay cash money to watch Jacques Cousteau dance. Every ecological advocate I saw looked and acted like some weedy refugee who'd fasted a tad to...

    by Michael Lacey on March 29, 1989
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    Grody to the Max

    Warning: If you aren't a parent and have no intention of becoming one, read no farther. The following contains information you don't want to know, wouldn't understand, and are in no way equipped to stomach. There. Now that the pantywaists among you...

    by Michael Burkett on March 29, 1989
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    He Is Risen; They Are Not

    Easter Sunday morning. Slowly, you walk into the alley south of Madison Street. It's still partially dark. It's 6:35 a.m. A steady rain falls. It's been raining all night. On the radio, they talk of flash flood warnings. The fat ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 29, 1989
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    Watch Out For Those Tempe Tantrums

    At least one person in Ann Arbor was unhappy when basketball coach Bill Frieder escaped to Tempe last week. He is Steve Blonder, associate sports editor at the Daily, the University of Michigan's student newspaper. Not that Blonder lov...

    by Paul Rubin on March 22, 1989
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    Light a Candle for APS

    When a spate of screw-ups caused Arizona Public Service to switch off the Palo Verde nuclear plant last week, it was just another dizzy swirl in the giant utility's tailspin. Bluntly put, APS is in a world of hurt. Its earnings in 1988 fell to...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 22, 1989
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    De Grazia with a Twist - His Cocktail Years: A Pictorial Toast

    Mention any giant of the art world and one magnum opus immediately springs to mind. Whistler had his mother, Da Vinci had his Mona Lisa, and Warhol his Campbell's Soup can. But Ettore "Ted" De Grazia? Just let the name of Arizona's most belov...

    by Dewey Webb on March 22, 1989
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    Kids Say The (EXPLETIVE) Things

    Michael Swartz is one of those teens to whom parents of other kids point and bemoan, "Why can't you be like him?" Swartz, vice president of the student body at Barry Goldwater High School, was having what he calls "a really great" senior year...

    by Paul Rubin on March 22, 1989
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