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    A "Free Flow" of Lobbyists

    Is Rose Mofford hiding something? The bouffant-coiffed occupant of the ninth floor of the capitol tower doesn't think it's any of the public's business with whom she is meeting and consulting before making decisions. It seems that somehow letti...

    by Howard Fischer on March 29, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 03-29-1989

    If you're keeping score, utility man KEITH TURLEY is batting cleanup. At the same time the APS mogul is officially luring big-league sports and a domed stadium to downtown Phoenix, he's helping someone build a stadium in a competing city. SUNCOR, the...

    by Ward Harkavy on March 29, 1989
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    A Letter from a Juror in the Mix Trial

    Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick: I really resent being called stupid and insensitive for my service as a juror on the Martin Mix case. I would like to point out that just because the evidence indicated there had been sexual intercourse between the parties...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 29, 1989
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    The Life and Death of a Rabble-rouser - Remembering Ed Abbey

    As a kid I suspected that environmentalists did not enjoy life very much. I mean, no one would ever pay cash money to watch Jacques Cousteau dance. Every ecological advocate I saw looked and acted like some weedy refugee who'd fasted a tad to...

    by Michael Lacey on March 29, 1989
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    Grody to the Max

    Warning: If you aren't a parent and have no intention of becoming one, read no farther. The following contains information you don't want to know, wouldn't understand, and are in no way equipped to stomach. There. Now that the pantywaists among you...

    by Michael Burkett on March 29, 1989
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    He Is Risen; They Are Not

    Easter Sunday morning. Slowly, you walk into the alley south of Madison Street. It's still partially dark. It's 6:35 a.m. A steady rain falls. It's been raining all night. On the radio, they talk of flash flood warnings. The fat ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 29, 1989
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    Watch Out For Those Tempe Tantrums

    At least one person in Ann Arbor was unhappy when basketball coach Bill Frieder escaped to Tempe last week. He is Steve Blonder, associate sports editor at the Daily, the University of Michigan's student newspaper. Not that Blonder lov...

    by Paul Rubin on March 22, 1989
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    Light a Candle for APS

    When a spate of screw-ups caused Arizona Public Service to switch off the Palo Verde nuclear plant last week, it was just another dizzy swirl in the giant utility's tailspin. Bluntly put, APS is in a world of hurt. Its earnings in 1988 fell to...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 22, 1989
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    De Grazia with a Twist - His Cocktail Years: A Pictorial Toast

    Mention any giant of the art world and one magnum opus immediately springs to mind. Whistler had his mother, Da Vinci had his Mona Lisa, and Warhol his Campbell's Soup can. But Ettore "Ted" De Grazia? Just let the name of Arizona's most belov...

    by Dewey Webb on March 22, 1989
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    Kids Say The (EXPLETIVE) Things

    Michael Swartz is one of those teens to whom parents of other kids point and bemoan, "Why can't you be like him?" Swartz, vice president of the student body at Barry Goldwater High School, was having what he calls "a really great" senior year...

    by Paul Rubin on March 22, 1989
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    That'll Teach You to Appeal

    Although the losing attorneys won't admit it, they probably wish now they'd never appealed a Maricopa County judge's ruling that the chronically mentally ill deserve the services the state has said they should receive. Last week's Arizona Supr...

    by Jana Bommersbach on March 22, 1989
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    Money Talks: "Ride the Bus"

    Can Phoenicians be lured out of their cars? One downtown business has found the answer is yes. But it takes more than just slogans and hoopla. It takes the green stuff. Valley National Bank boasts one of the best records of any Valley ...

    by Howard Fischer on March 22, 1989
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    Morality Players

    Cindy Resnick doesn't think state health director Ted Williams should set himself up as some sort of morality cop. The Tucson Democratic lawmaker is squabbling with Williams over his refusal to record birth certificates when a married ...

    by Howard Fischer on March 22, 1989
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    Oh, Phoenix (Choke), What Clean Air (Cough) You Have!

    ValTrans opponents say we don't need the mass transit system because--and here's where everyone starts laughing--the air quality in Phoenix is improving. Laugh all you want, the opponents say, we've got the statistics to prove it. In fact, in on...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 22, 1989
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    The Voice Laughing in the Wilderness - Bulldozers can rest easy. Abbey is dead.

    He couldn't seem to leave town. As Tucson grew larger and more grotesque, he kept talking about going to Moab or Ajo or somewhere. He told me once that Tucson was easy to leave--he'd done it six times. But he never seemed quite able to go through wit...

    by Charles Bowden on March 22, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 03-22-1989

    Add Klan-superstar-turned-Louisiana- GOP-legislator DAVID DUKE to the long list of people who've beaten BRUCE BABBITT at the polls.Reporter JAMES RIDGEWAY of the VILLAGE VOICE mined that nugget recently, to which a former campaign worker for Bruce...

    by Ward Harkavy on March 22, 1989
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    Two Of My Favorite Mouthpieces

    Flamboyant defense lawyers have always fascinated me. The first one I ever met was Ernie Navarre. I met him long ago in Lima, Ohio. Navarre wore a gold watch and a different suit every day. He drove a big car. But he also regularly undertook...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 22, 1989
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    The Mix Rape Trial: Justice Screwed

    Editor's Note: This story was changed from its original version to eliminate the name of the victim. Well, the law has been screwed. And this war is over. A woman, who said she was the victim of a vicious rape by a police officer, has now beco...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 22, 1989
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    The End of the Line

    Dedicated to the memory of Ed Abbey, an Arizonan who understood that it is important to litter the asphalt paths of America with beer cans pitched from a fast-moving vehicle. Larry Miller, director of the Regional Public Transportation Authority...

    by Michael Lacey on March 22, 1989
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    Advice Squad

    It happens, occasionally, in the middle of the night. I wake up screaming in fear that someone might one day mistake this space for some kind of advice column. This has yet to occur, thank God. But it could. If anyone can mistake Alan ...

    by Michael Burkett on March 22, 1989
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