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    Art Zone or Dead Zone - Do cadavers and artists mix?

    Got no place to show off your crucifixes-in-a-jar-of-urine and your photos of nekkid perverts? Bring 'em to Phoenix; we're into weird art. Our city council, for instance, has such a weird sense of art it's got the downtown art zone confused w...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 13, 1989
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    Trouble's Brewin' - I witness a robbery! And do nothing!

    "I knew those kids were trouble the minute they came through that door, the little bastards," fumes the veteran 7-Eleven clerk we'll call Midge. "You work in these places long enough, you learn to sense it. Or at least I can." Never havi...

    by Dewey Webb on September 13, 1989
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    A Break from the Valley's Madness

    Christina the lawyer had a great idea. It would turn an uneventful trip to the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado into a small adventure. Instead of flying directly to Telluride, we would go to Durango, rent a car and enjoy a scenic d...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 13, 1989
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    Who Wants a Lap-Dog Press? Your Gov

    Rose Mofford wants a capitol press corps that will sit up, roll over and play dead. And those who refuse to play good little lap dogs? She has unilaterally decided that she won't consider them reporters. Right now she's got two on her ...

    by Howard Fischer on September 13, 1989
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    The First Game's a Benefit at the Prison

    Bill Frieder, Arizona State University's new basketball coach, sits in an aisle seat on the flight from Durango, Colorado, to Phoenix. Frieder is wearing an oversized white tee shirt. On the back of the shirt is a message announcing to...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 13, 1989
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    Tar and Feathers in Your Cap - If the City Council is mucking around in street-paving projects, this must be an election year

    City Councilmember Paul Johnson got his election-year dream. Now he's hoping it doesn't rain. Earlier this year--with the upcoming October 3 city election looming--Johnson began pressuring the city staff to immediately tear up and repa...

    by Howard Fischer on September 6, 1989
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    Death by Screw-Up - Why did this young woman die? Ask the county attorney's office.

    The man charged with the brutal murder last spring of a twenty-year-old woman was mistakenly released from jail only three days before the murder because of a flagrant error by Maricopa County prosecutors, New Times has learned. No one...

    by Paul Rubin on September 6, 1989
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    A Grandmother Asks for Us All: Who Will Stop DPS?

    Sally Tavilla is 71 and still honors her Boston roots when she says words like farm or park. She is a lady who relishes her family. "I brought up five beautiful children," Sally says, "and they're a credit to this country." She ...

    by Michael Lacey on September 6, 1989
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    Wild Thing 101 - Inside ASU'S intercourse course

    The white-haired old man the kids call O.M. stands next to a slide projector, flipping through the day's lesson. From clothes-dropping preliminaries through beatific postcoital grins, the subject of this day's class is the heterosexual sex ac...

    by Dave Walker on September 6, 1989
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    Fife Symington Has a Welfare Plan for Keith Turley

    Fife Symington wants taxpayers to bail out Keith Turley and MeraBank. This bit of fiscal largesse with federal funds comes as the leading GOP contender for governor is trying hard to position himself as the champion of the little guy. ...

    by Howard Fischer on September 6, 1989
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    In Love with the Squirrel

    Wildlife photographer Robin Silver fell for the Mount Graham squirrel when they first met. "Photographing any species--and it doesn't have to be an endangered species--you fall in love with what you're taking pictures of," he says. "There's n...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 6, 1989
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    Girls! Girls! Girls!

    During my first trip through expectant-fatherhood, I was really hoping for a girl. Seemed like the right sex to me. Being a total sports dolt, I was comforted by the probability that I'd never have to show her how to throw a football, explain...

    by Michael Burkett on September 6, 1989
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    The Environmental Chicken Coop... Has a Foxy New Commissioner

    The newest member of the Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission, cited by a backer for his "expertise" on environmental matters, is an attorney for one of the city's most conspicuous corporate polluters. Doug Jorden was named to the commissi...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 6, 1989
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    Only the Little People Go to Prison

    These days Marvin Cooley keeps working the black-metal gripper with his left hand. Cooley is trying desperately to strengthen his left hand. A stroke he suffered this summer has affected his entire left side. "I've got to get st...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 6, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 09-06-1989

    Phoenix police chief RUBEN ORTEGA probably thought he was America's chief warlord against dope back on February 17, 1988, when he lectured a federal DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION "user accountability" seminar in Phoenix. Instead, he wound up draggi...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 6, 1989
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    A Grave Situation at Pointe

    No one bothers Socorro Bernasconi anymore as she stands with her protest sign near the Pointe at South Mountain. On most afternoons, the long-time Guadalupe activist and mother of eight stands near Pointe entrances holding a hand-paint...

    by Paul Rubin on August 30, 1989
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    It's "Timber!" in Payson - And tree-huggers fear it means curtains for their mountain town's Ponderosa pines

    Many a fried Phoenician has stood under Payson's Ponderosa pines and marveled at their majesty. There still are thousands of pines to gape at in the town of 8,000 about an hour and a half northeast of Phoenix. But these days, "progress"--most...

    by Paul Rubin on August 30, 1989
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    How Much Is That Baby in the Window?

    Opponents of the for-profit adoption industry invariably single out Southwest Adoption Center, Inc., the largest for-profit agency in the state, for criticism. But the less-visible Birth Hope Adoption Agency, Inc., which last year sent 28 bab...

    by Kathleen Stanton on August 30, 1989
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    Law and Disorder

    In nine days, 51 creepy phone calls and death threats were made to Leon and Jeanette Woodward. U S West Communications determined that 43 of those calls originated within state police headquarters or from the home of Department of Public Safe...

    by Michael Lacey on August 30, 1989
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    Dressed to Kill

    My wife is psychic. She can always tell when I've dressed my son. All she has to do is look at the lad in his green dress shirt, blue swimming trunks, red-and-white gym socks and black patent-leather shoes, and somehow, she just knows that...

    by Michael Burkett on August 30, 1989
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