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    Just Make the Pain Go Away - People went to Dr. Bisla seeking relief. And then he brought out his scalpel.

    The nagging aches and pains from a minor traffic accident sent Eileen and Paul Moore to the doctor in 1982. They just wanted him to make their pain go away. But over the next 23 months, until their insurance ran out, Dr. Ranjit Bisla sli...

    by Terry Greene on March 15, 1989
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    Spring Fever - Will the Cactus League Really Sell Out Arizona for Florida Swampland? PART 2

    WHETHER INDIVIDUAL ARIZONA cities can compete against Dixie municipalities backed by state money promises to be a pivotal question in the spring training wars. Should Arizona fork over state money to pay for new practice fields, clubhouses or stadium...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    Ticker Toy for Fans

    For all the Normal Guys of the world who are forced by the circumstance of their employment to have a paging device clipped to their belt--and who hate every minute of being eternally tethered to responsibility--there now comes a unit that mi...

    by Dave Walker on March 8, 1989
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    Platt's Last Stand - One Stubborn White Man's Brawl with the Zunis

    Earl Platt leans his old body on his battered pickup and points to the mountains beyond his sprawling ranch in eastern Arizona. It's way out there, he says, where the Zunis say they have to pray. "Those Indians say it's important that ...

    by Paul Rubin on March 8, 1989
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    Feeding at the ValTrans Trough

    Investment bankers who specialize in handling government bond debt stand to make huge fees if the $8.5 billion ValTrans project is approved by voters later this month. So it's no surprise that a gaggle of investment houses are pouring money into t...

    on March 8, 1989
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    Spring Fever - Will the cactus league really sell out of Arizona for Florida swamp land?

    In 1923, circus czar and Florida land owner Charles Ringling decided a major league baseball team should do its spring training in Sarasota. With the help of Al Lang, the entrepreneurial mayor of St. Petersburg, he lured the New York Giants to the...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    Flash! It's War in Mesa!

    The Republic and Gazette's latest attempt to check the Mesa Tribune's growing influence in the sprawling East Valley hit the front lawns of subscribers February 27. But talk of a suburban newspaper war between the Trib and the monolithic downtown ...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    In Sun City, It's Age Before Duty

    The residents of Sun City and Sun City West just want some equity. But not too much. To hear state Representative Nancy Wessel tell it, the huge retirement communities are being treated unfairly because state lawmakers last year began ...

    by Howard Fischer on March 8, 1989
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    Spring Fever - Will the Cactus League Really Sell Out Arizona for Florida Swampland?

    In 1923, circus czar and Florida land owner Charles Ringling decided a major league baseball team should do its spring training in Sarasota. With the help of Al Lang, the entrepreneurial mayor of St. Petersburg, he lured the New York Giants to the...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    Ted Williams Warms Up for the Yankees

    Wherever you go during spring training they talk about the great Ted Williams. In my dream, I was still in high school. Our football practice field was at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx. It was across the street from Yankee Stadium. ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 8, 1989
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    A Highly Irregular Story

    I blame Ronald Reagan for many things, but most of all I blame him for his polyp. I remember his polyp almost as clearly as I remember his face. And during the polyp's heyday, I saw nearly as many likenesses of it: It stared out at me,...

    by Deborah Laake on March 8, 1989
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    The Incomparable Jimmy Piersall

    The young television producer was hesitant. He stood on the top step of the dugout. He looked down to where Jimmy Piersall was sitting. "Jimmy, could you spare a couple of minutes?" the producer asked. "We'd like to get your thoughts on the...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 8, 1989
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    Vow Wows

    I started out as a model parent. And I'd still be a model parent if my wife had had a hysterical pregnancy instead of a kid. Before my son was born, the rules by which he'd live his life were all charted out. I'd witnessed the mistakes...

    by Michael Burkett on March 8, 1989
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    Tower Tale

    I have never seen John Tower drunk. Am I the only American who can say that? Hell, even Earl de Berge saw Tower bombed on three occasions. De Berge wrote to Arizona's senior U.S. senator and premier real estate speculator, D...

    by Michael Lacey on March 8, 1989
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    If You Asked, I Would Have Told You

    If you asked I would have told you: The University of Arizona may rank No. 1, but I don't see them making the Final Four. Putting Kemper Marley on the cover ensures Phoenix Metro magazine's place as Arizona's most contemptible publication. ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 8, 1989
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    Springtime for Hitters - If you're a Steve Garvey fan, stop reading now

    When you get right down to it, there are just two kinds of people in this world: There are people who like Steve Garvey, and there are people who don't. Every single person, be they young or old, thin or fat, Pentecostal televangelist or Sat...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    The Unwanted Ones - Arizona's Medical Insurance Industry has virtually abandoned children with Down's Syndrome--no matter how healthy they happen to be

    Twenty years ago, the parents of a child like Jenna barely flinched when they encountered discrimination. From the moment a sympathetic obstetrician offered to whisk their little tragedy off to an institution, the family of a child born with ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 1, 1989
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    Scottsdale Stadium

    Home base for the San Francisco Giants, this charming park is a big favorite with fans of the truly hep persuasion. Many absolutists hold that Scottsdale is the absolute best place to catch a game, because of primo sightlines throughout and the cozy ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Diablo Stadium

    This is where the Seattle Mariners "play" their spring games, where every new line-up card brims with the promise of the franchise's first halfway successful season, and where I sold beer for a living exactly five years ago right this minute. ...

    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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