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    The Victim in Central Park

    The gang rape in Central Park is one of those unspeakably vicious crimes that traumatizes the entire country. The other morning, Donald Trump bought full-page ads in New York's newspapers calling for a renewal of the death penalty ther...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 3, 1989
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    The Suns Are Not A Lock

    Despite excessive cheerleading from the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Suns are not a lock to win the National Basketball Association championship. They may not even come close. If Fat Lever didn't sustain an injury last Sunday night I would...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 3, 1989
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    And Morton Downey Is Not Locked Up

    Morton Downey Jr. is at the vital center of a fascinating urban mystery. Downey claims he was attacked by skinheads in the men's room of the San Francisco airport. He says they chopped off clumps of his hair and marked his face with swastika...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 3, 1989
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    Birthday Bash

    I used to look forward to my son's birthday, but the event isn't nearly as much fun as it once was. The lad is catching on. First birthdays are the best. One-year-olds have no idea what a birthday is, and no expectations means no disappoint...

    by Michael Burkett on May 3, 1989
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    At War With The IRS

    First of all, you must be lucky. I can never really understand what's happening in a trial merely by reading newspaper accounts. For example, no matter how much I read about Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North's trial, I remain a prisoner...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 3, 1989
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    Events of Deadly Relevance - An armed stand-off at ASU

    Just eight days ago, on April 25, Craig Malmstrom entered an Arizona State University classroom armed with a semi-automatic 9mm pistol. When he confronted three blacks who were giving a presentation to the class, Malmstrom had one bull...

    by Michael Lacey on May 3, 1989
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    Is It Cheap Fuel Or Hazardous Waste?

    In California, it's a hazardous waste, but in Arizona, it's a bargain. It's used oil from industrial plants, car engines and a host of other sources, and it's polluted with an alchemist's nightmare of heavy metals and PCBs. Califor...

    by Howard Fischer on May 3, 1989
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    Oliver North, American Celebrity

    One of these days Oliver North is probably going to be found guilty by that Washington jury. Once the verdict condemning the Marine war hero is reached, the battle to save him will begin in earnest. The outcry against sending No...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on May 3, 1989
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    How to Eat Mexican Food

    When you see it for the very first time, steaming up from the table in front of you, Mexican food doesn't look like something that was planned. A glop of brownishness sits by itself on this corner of the plate. Something doughy and tubular re...

    by Cap'n Dave on May 3, 1989
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    Good Housekeeping - Jane Hull has her hands full with this brood

    There's an obvious problem when you're known as "the iron lady." Everyone wants to see if you're really as tough as you seem. Or if the title is more about bluster than guts. So far, the first woman speaker of the Arizona House of Repr...

    by Howard Fischer on April 26, 1989
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    Journalist of the Year - ... And the rest of the paper's winners in the Annual Press Club Competition

    For the third year in a row, a New Times writer has been named Arizona's top print journalist. Deborah Laake won the Arizona Press Club's Virg Hill Journalist of the Year Award at the club's annual banquet on Saturday night. Staff writer Terry G...

    on April 26, 1989
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    Milstead Goes Limp Over the Thought of Gays

    Ralph Milstead thinks heterosexual officers present the best public image for the Department of Public Safety. The opinion of the chief of the state police didn't change with the embarrassing revelations that one of Arizona's finest made a ha...

    by Howard Fischer on April 26, 1989
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    Clowning Around With Gacy

    On many weekday mornings, Acme Records publicist Wendy Harte sits in her suburban Los Angeles office and prepares press kits to get the word out to the media about semifamous rock bands with colorful names like E.I.E.I.O. and Thin White Rope. Some...

    by David Koen on April 26, 1989
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    Marybale Wells Shut

    Last month, Phoenix shut down two more heavily used drinking-water wells in Maryvale, saying that they are suspected of sucking up more and more swill from an underground plume of TCE-contaminated groundwater. TCE, an industrial solvent, is a susp...

    on April 26, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 04-26-1989

    Land baron DENNIS DeCONCINI, already flushed with embarrassment over the looting of half a million bucks from his campaign treasury, is trying to steal a toilet from a union. The wealthy Democratic senator's staffers in Tucson recently moved into new...

    by Ward Harkavy on April 26, 1989
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    Margo Adams: The Honey on the Side

    Margo Adams walks into the room. Suddenly, everybody starts acting like a man of the world. By now, you know Margo, I'm sure. Yes, THAT Margo. Penthouse magazine! Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox! Barbara Walters! Margo flounces...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 26, 1989
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    Pampered Lifestyle

    The experts agree that mothers do not have a biological, psychological or natural advantage that automatically makes them better kiddie-caretakers than fathers. Obviously, the experts have never watched a guy change a diaper. There ...

    by Michael Burkett on April 26, 1989
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    Racism Provokes Demonstrations at ASU

    It was like a trip in a time tunnel. I stood near the fountain at Arizona State last Friday as students demonstrated against racism on the campus. The sun was hot enough to drive you into the pavement. The crowd wasn't large. Given th...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 26, 1989
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    The Phoenix Press: Race Riot? What Race Riot?

    "They were being called niggers and coons, sure, but it wasn't racial. It was just the basic tension of the fight. Just like if they were from Poland, you'd call them Polacks." Nineteen-year-old Sean Hedgecock, accused by critics of s...

    by Michael Lacey on April 26, 1989
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    The Terminators - There is a fate worse than death, and that's what this club is all about

    While chatting with a new club member, the spry septuagenarian we'll call Marge suddenly shakes her head as if objecting to a half-baked recipe for apple brown Betty or a particularly ill-advised knitting stitch. "No, no, NO!" she inte...

    by Dewey Webb on April 19, 1989
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