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    Finally, Some Class On KFYI

    Some things surprise us. We never expect talk-show hosts to behave with class or to display genuine insight into human behavior. That's why Jami McFerrin's dignified farewell to local radio last week was so astonishing. "I'm walkin' out...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 21, 1989
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    Road Warriors

    When planning family vacations, the normal course of action is to sit down months in advance, scan road maps, study travel guides and wrangle tips from anyone who's ever been outside the city limits. But parents, in their haste to deci...

    by Michael Burkett on June 21, 1989
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    Keating and Bartel: High Rollers Face The Music

    We live in interesting times. The high rollers fascinate us. Whether it's in business, crime, politics or sports, we become interested in the players only when their numbers head north above the $1 million mark. That's when the spotlight click...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 21, 1989
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    The Callous Battle Over Park Plaza

    He has watched the battle of Park Plaza apartments from the start. He has kept track of everything. He has it all written down. "Can I trust you?" the old man asks. I nod. He is so tiny. And yet his eyes glow. There is a fi...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 21, 1989
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    Cap'n Dave's Kitchen

    Every few weeks, we here on the Di-Gel desk like to go through our junk mail. What letters we don't pass along to the FBI, we like to print. We do this for two reasons: 1) In most classic mass-communications diagram situations, a vigorous dia...

    by Cap'n Dave on June 21, 1989
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    Men At Work - Lost in the asphalt jungle of prostitution

    "You name me one other business where, with nothing in your pocket and no real knowledge of any kind, you can go out on the street and make $40 to $60 within 45 minutes." When no answer is immediately forthcoming, the boyish-looking young man w...

    by Dewey Webb on June 14, 1989
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    Agent Named In Drug Plot Had A Hard-nosed Rep

    Border Patrol agent Gary Patrick Callahan has had a reputation in Cochise County as a anti-Communist, drug-hating survivalist during his nearly twenty years on the southeast Arizona frontier. Now Callahan's really got a reason to hate drugs. ...

    by Paul Rubin on June 14, 1989
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    Road To Howhere - You are now entering Sun Valley, where land is costly, water is elusive and dreams die hard

    Sun Valley could well be the most flamboyant development scheme ever hatched in a Phoenix high-rise, a 48,000-acre fantasy of limitless possibilities and easy millions just fifty fast minutes west on I-10. Ever since the land was hustled out ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on June 14, 1989
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    New Zoning Rules Irk Developers

    Phoenix's effort to revamp its thirty-year-old zoning code, an undertaking aimed at weaving the city's haphazard growth into the patterns laid out by the city's general plan, is running into a not-so-slight obstacle: developers. No gro...

    by Kathleen Stanton on June 14, 1989
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    Urban Stress Kills Canyon's Cottonwoods

    Tens of thousands of raw-footed hikers who've trudged into the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch know what a relief it is to finally collapse in the shade of the famous campground's giant cottonwood trees. Until last fall, though, no one r...

    by Terry Greene on June 14, 1989
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    King For A Night - Now playing around at your local Holiday Inn: Little Elvis

    Strutting around outside the Holiday Inn ballroom on Saturday night in his immaculate jeweled jumpsuit, Little Elvis appears momentarily oblivious to the trappings that have temporarily transformed the motel lobby into a reasonable facsimile ...

    by Dewey Webb on June 14, 1989
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    DeConcini's Loco Approach To Rico

    When it comes to cases of fraud, there's no question where Dennis DeConcini stands. Arizona's senior senator has been busy this past week trying to get his colleagues to gut the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. If De...

    by Howard Fischer on June 14, 1989
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    Trees And Bulldozers In Sedona - This is not an example of harmonic convergence. It's a lesson about moving heaven and earth.

    In the New Age capital of Sedona, the great outdoors is a precious commodity. Red cliffs and lush greenery make the land one of the state's most beautiful spots for tourists and day-tripping city folk. For others the attraction goes deeper. S...

    by Dave Walker on June 14, 1989
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    Cheap Shots

    What do you do if the big boys won't put your TV channel on cable and you're limited to a low-power antenna on South Mountain? You try to get your hands on a real TV station. That's what BILL SAURO, president of KUSK in Prescott (CHANNEL 27 in Phoeni...

    by Ward Harkavy on June 14, 1989
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    Party Animal

    Here--in all their pure, unexpurgated horror--are the three ugliest words you can hear after you've accepted a dinner-party invitation: "Grandma can't baby-sit." If just reading that sentence didn't soak your shorts in cold swea...

    by Michael Burkett on June 14, 1989
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    Dave Foreman: "We Weren't Interested In Creating Outdoor Gymnasiums For Suburban Yuppies"

    Dave Foreman took a short sip from a bottle of Pacifico. He wore walking shorts. Foreman stands better than six feet, much taller than he seemed a week before in a baggy blue jail uniform. It was late Saturday afternoon and Foreman was wait...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on June 14, 1989
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    The Worst Of Times

    Here's how stupid Phoenix looked in the worldwide broadcast of the Grand Prix by ESPN. After commercial breaks, the sports network used a cartoon logo of the Phoenix skyline. A howling cartoon coyote was identified by the broadcasting boob as ...

    by Michael Lacey on June 14, 1989
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    That Goes On Behind Closed Doors? - Bob Gosnell needs his space... And City Hall needs to do some explaining

    There were great sighs of relief at City Hall Monday. Now we can get this damn thing off our backs was the prevailing sentiment in the offices of Mayor Terry Goddard and Councilwoman Linda Sue Nadolski. For months, the two had been fighting off charg...

    by Jana Bommersbach on June 7, 1989
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    Firefighter Paralyzed

    A Phoenix firefighter lies paralyzed from the waist down following a bizarre Memorial Day incident at a local hospital in which he fell and hit his head after he was given a painkilling injection. According to accounts by friends and fellow...

    by Paul Rubin on June 7, 1989
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    Who Put This Pigskin In The Pork Barrel?

    There's nothing like the smell of pigskin to make Arizona politicos jump. State and city officials jumped through hoops for years as various NFL teams teased the Valley with the possibility of professional football. Nor were they deterr...

    by Howard Fischer on June 7, 1989
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