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    The Earth First!

    All four prisoners shuffled into the courtroom as though headed for the scaffold. They were handcuffed. They wore the baggy blue jail uniforms that make everyone appear guilty until proven innocent. None of the four could manage a smile. Th...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 7, 1989
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    Gender Bender

    I don't know why so many pregnant folks race to the nearest ultrasound machine the second their fetus is old enough to announce its gender. As far as I'm concerned, not knowing exactly what you're getting is half the fun of pre-parenting. (The oth...

    by Michael Burkett on June 7, 1989
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    I Got My Mojo Talkin' - And here's what he says about San Diego

    Mojo Nixon, currently, is God. He's got a new record out that includes such bitchin' songs as "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Chile," he's got a couple of videos on MTV, he's got a major part in the new movie about Jerry Lee Lew...

    by Cap'n Dave on June 7, 1989
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    Stranger Than Fiction

    Because you find yourself in trouble, you go to see an attorney. For almost two years you pour your heart out, plot strategy and reveal your most secret fears and schemes. Then you discover that your attorney wore a body bug which trans...

    by Michael Lacey on June 7, 1989
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    The Wizard of Wickenburg - If necessity is the mother of invention, then Sonny LaMont is its father

    Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. Build a better clothes hanger and, well, you'd better hope the world has a compass, a four-wheel-drive vehicle and maybe even a can of javelina repellent. Actual...

    by Dewey Webb on May 24, 1989
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    Christian Crusade - Glendale Fundamentalists train their sights on the schools

    Angel was preparing to join the dozen or so children who commit suicide each year in Arizona when someone heard her cry for help. At a moment when her despair was so deep that Angel felt as if the earth was closing over her, a stranger reache...

    by Kathleen Stanton on May 24, 1989
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    Creating a Public Spectacle - Laser magic is in the air

    As long as our bad air holds out, the laser display planned for Patriots Square likely will be a great success. The park has been touted as a symbol of the Valley's desire to build itself a high-tech industrial future. The flashy laser show wi...

    by Dave Walker on May 24, 1989
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    Election Irregularities Charged

    Janette Kimble, one of three ultraconservative Glendale school board members targeted by a recall effort, has been accused of interfering with voters at the Glendale nursing home where she works. Two former county elections workers say Kimble ...

    on May 24, 1989
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    What? A New Who's Who? When? Where? Why? How? Who's Who?

    Get ready, big wheels. Five years have passed since the debut edition of Who's Who in Arizona hit the streets. Now Scottsdale's tiny Success Publishing Company has swung back into action, collecting the names of the heaviest hitters in the st...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on May 24, 1989
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    Ask Dr. Dad

    When you write a newspaper column, some people automatically assume that you must know something. Incredible, I know, but it happens. To disprove this notion, I will now answer my reader mail. Q: My eighteen-month-old daughter takes long na...

    by Michael Burkett on May 24, 1989
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    The Good Fight

    "You folks don't need another holiday. What you folks need are jobs," said then-Governor Evan Mecham to Pastor Warren Stewart. The remark was made in 1986 during a meeting with black leaders who had gathered to persuade Mecham that Ari...

    by Michael Lacey on May 24, 1989
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    Consumer Protection: Don't Bank On It

    Got a problem with the bank or company holding the mortgage on your house? Don't count on Arizona's Banking Department to help you out. Alan and Barbara Woodruff found that out the hard way. They bought an $89,000 home in Phoenix four ...

    by Howard Fischer on May 24, 1989
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    Steve Benson's Premature Deification

    I'm puzzled by this latest turn in Steve Benson's career. Generally, I enjoy the images Benson draws for the Arizona Republic. He has a talented pen. He may even become a cartoonist of stature if and when he matures. To do that, ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 24, 1989
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    The Native Is Restless

    While most business types in these parts are trying their best to lure jobs and people to Phoenix, there's a new gadfly in the sticks south of here with a different goal: Drive a million people out of Arizona. Actually, 48-year-old Mark Acu...

    by Ward Harkavy on May 10, 1989
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    Caution:Dog Lover On Board

    About four times a year, Geri Owens rolls into Phoenix in a dusty gray van that's practically exploding with yapping puppies. The pups, mostly golden retrievers and German shepherds, are future guide dogs for blind people. The dogs are owned ...

    by Terry Greene on May 10, 1989
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    You've Come A Long Way, Baby - He embraced the sexual evolution as only a woman could

    Sandi Smith had everything a career woman could want, including, at least until very recently, a penis. Born as a male, Sandi hasn't been in a men's room in two years. Her physical appearance is that of an early-middle-aged businesswoman. Throug...

    by Dave Walker on May 10, 1989
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    How I Make A Living

    Here are some notes on the reporter's trade from a few of the best. I.F. Stone speaking in Andrew Patner's I.F. Stone: A Portrait: "Your publisher is a guy who made five million dollars in the toilet-paper business and thinks that ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    Let Oliver North Go To Jail

    Of course Ollie North should go to prison. The jury has rightfully rejected North's distorted notion that a decorated military man is above the law. North and his gang of squalid schemers were manipulative, secretive and intensely disho...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    Those Poor Driggs Boys

    Poor Gary Driggs, everyone keeps saying. Such a shame. Gary and his two brothers--John and Douglas--have been booted out of their soft spots as chief moneychangers at Western Savings and Loan. Sure, it's true that Western has dro...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 10, 1989
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    The Soul Of Robert Usdane Is Tied To Martin Luther King

    Maybe you cannot imagine what it is like to be Robert Usdane. He is a Republican leader who is the key to a Democratic bill to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a paid holiday. He is a Jew who sits on the board of directors of the Anti-Def...

    by Michael Lacey on May 10, 1989
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