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    A Firefighter's Wake

    The mourners at last Thursday's wake for firefighter Dale Brandt paused at a table laden with his mementoes. There were photos of sixteen-year Phoenix Fire Department veteran Brandt and his partners, a pair of aviator sunglasses, a tap...

    by Paul Rubin on April 5, 1989
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    Does Tucson Have a Better Idea

    If dissatisfaction with the Phoenix City Council keeps growing, it's safe to bet somebody's going to suggest tinkering with the district system--the "reform" election system voters approved in 1982. And someone's bound to suggest Tucso...

    by Howard Fischer on April 5, 1989
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    Fun and Games - Go to the head of the class! Local inventors take their turns in the chancy business of gamesmanship

    A handsome warrior with a perfectly dashing Schwarzenegger physique creeps into a dark tunnel, where he encounters a slithering reptile-man oozing pus. Just as the monster is about to pounce upon a naked, shackled princess, the warrior slashes off th...

    by Terry Greene on April 5, 1989
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    Where Are They Now?

    Has it been only one year since Evan Mecham was booted out of the governor's office? Here's a look at some of the key characters in Arizona's most spectacular political drama: DONNA CARLSON THEN: The former GOP legislator became an executiv...

    on April 5, 1989
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    New PAC-Man Game Still Gobbles Up Legislators

    Proposition 200 is a bust, no matter what you hear. Two weeks ago, the head of Arizonans for Campaign Ethics called a press conference to claim that the contribution limits enacted by voters in 1986 kept down the cost of last year's leg...

    by Howard Fischer on April 5, 1989
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    Phoenix Says Goodbye to Kareem--Twice

    They will sentence Kareem Abdul-Jabbar within the hour. The courtroom is in the old Phoenix Union High School. "Where can I find Kareem's courtroom?" I ask. The receptionist on the main floor doesn't have to check her chart....

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on April 5, 1989
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    ValTrans Derailed - The Verdict: The Valley definitely does not have a one-track mind.

    Months before the ValTrans campaign started, publicist Bill Meek--the guy who was supposed to promote it--came up with some embarrassing questions. "It occurred to me we were about to embark on a fairly major charade," recalls Meek, wh...

    by Howard Fischer on April 5, 1989
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    Lugheads Battle Snobs at ASU

    As the debate has raged over the latest beast on the ASU campus, the looming lavenderish hulk of the new Fine Arts Complex, it's become clear that Tempe might be a difficult spot for a normal person to find somebody to like--seeing as how the avai...

    by Deborah Laake on April 5, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 04-05-1989

    First he lost the governorship. Then he lost the dealership. Now EVAN MECHAM is having big problems with the potteryship. Last month, UNITED POTTERY of Glendale filed Chapter 11 papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, listing liabilities of more tha...

    by Ward Harkavy on April 5, 1989
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    Riding on Derange

    The human brain is a thing of mystery. It can get us to the moon, cure diseases, and solve equations of enormous complexity. Yet all you need is one loose mental connection to qualify as a slack-witted, dim-sighted, dead-from-the-neck-up and dead...

    by Michael Burkett on April 5, 1989
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    Radioactive Waste of Life - Murder trial features a novel defense: temporary insanity linked to Uranium

    Terry Franks admitted shooting two people to death and seriously wounding two others. That part was cut and dried. What was his defense? Insanity. Uranium-related temporary insanity. Gamma rays on the brain, so to speak. The 25-year-ol...

    by Charlotte-Anne Lucas on March 29, 1989
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    Horsey Set Cries Foul

    Howard Keim, the developer hired to run Scottsdale's Horseworld project, has been criticized for the sluggish financial performance of the multimillion-dollar playground for pony people. Now he's named as a defendant in a federal lawsuit accu...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 29, 1989
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    Hit the Road, Daddy - U-HAUL's founder never imagined his own kids would be the corporate raiders of his great American dream

    No one knew what U-Haul founder L.S. Shoen had in mind at his "Celebration of Love and Respect." L.S. was as unpredictable as a desert storm. I'm a 180-degree guy, he often said, and I'll change direction before you blink if I think it's righ...

    by Paul Rubin on March 29, 1989
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    A Look at Palo Verde's Mushrooming Costs

    It wasn't the fault of Arizona Public Service Co. customers that the Palo Verde nuclear plant wound up with a badly designed pump. But the bean counters hired to look at expenses at the $9.3 billion plant think the customers should pay big bu...

    by Howard Fischer on March 29, 1989
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    Problems at the Bank

    Let's get to the moral of this story right up-front: Valley National Bank thinks a happy employee is a puzzled employee. The behemoth of local banks is trying to get its 7,000 employees' attention by giving them puzzles--jigsaws, Rubik's cubes...

    by Ward Harkavy on March 29, 1989
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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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