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    Non Exactly Brainy

    Michael Cooley's nightmares began some weeks before he finally allowed a Scottsdale neurosurgeon to operate on his brain. Cooley recalls waking up from his nightmares with a sickening sense that something dreadful would happen to him in the operating...

    by Terry Greene on November 1, 1989
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    Tough Love

    I received this letter awhile back, and the smoke still hasn't cleared from my mailbox. Quit your bitching and be thankful you have a wife to help you out. Try being a single father. Try working full-time, in addition to being a loving, res...

    by Michael Burkett on November 1, 1989
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    The Game That Breaks Your Heart

    A. Bartlett Giamatti, baseball's late commissioner, wrote the following words about the game while he was still teaching at Yale University: " . . . It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything els...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on November 1, 1989
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    Face It, We Need A New Governor

    Arizona sinks deeper every day that Rose Mofford remains in the governor's office. In fairness to the voters of the state, Governor Mofford should announce immediately her intention to step down at her term's conclusion. Some truths abo...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on November 1, 1989
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    Pipe Bombs And Pipe Dreams - Michael Bloom had big plans. He had the pipe, he had the gunpowder, and he had a long list of targets.

    In a Sunnyslope bedroom, beneath a map of the intended targets, the gruesome crime unfolded. As Michael Bloom plotted, his partner Carl Schall listened. The plan was to dynamite black people during church services, to kill little child...

    by Michael Lacey on November 1, 1989
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    Father John

    Lillian and Al Jones were always proud that their teen-age son, Fred, was such a good Catholic. "I never had to fight him to go to Mass," Lillian says. Fred, a student at a Catholic school, told his mother he wanted to be a priest some day. "I talked...

    by Terry Greene on October 25, 1989
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    Father Joe

    The road dips into rocky washes, winds through forests of saguaros and climbs up a windswept hill to a toppled wooden cross that marks the entrance to Father George Bredemann's twenty-acre kingdom. Father George spent practically every weekend...

    by Terry Greene on October 25, 1989
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    Father Joe

    Joe Lessard was already in his thirties when he started training to become a priest in the Phoenix diocese. He already had a master's degree in psychology and had been honorably discharged from the Marines after three years of service. Other p...

    by Terry Greene on October 25, 1989
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    Tom's Not-So-Excellent Adventure - Ex-County Attorney Collins, now a drug prosecutor in Bisbee, drops his first dope case

    Everyone around the old Bisbee courthouse expected former Maricopa County Attorney Tom Collins to have a cakewalk in his first trial as rural Cochise County's first full-time drug prosecutor. They were wrong. On its face, the mar...

    by Paul Rubin on October 25, 1989
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    The Church's Secret Document On Pedophilia

    The crisis of pedophilia in the Roman Catholic priesthood exploded in 1985, when a pasty, bespectacled Louisiana priest named Gilbert Gauthe admitted under oath that he'd sexually abused 37 young male parishioners. Gauthe was sentenced to twe...

    by Terry Greene on October 25, 1989
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    Let Up Prey - The ugly, dark secret of priests who are child molesters

    In its answer to the lawsuit, the diocese admits that Father George molested the children but denies negligence. Father George, who has a separate lawyer, denies he even molested the boys or that he was negligent. In his answer to the ...

    by Terry Greene on October 25, 1989
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    Screening For Molesters

    Screening for pedophiles is nearly impossible because they often appear to be psychologically healthy people, experts say. As a result, they've cropped up not only in the Diocese of Phoenix, but in churches of all denominations, Indian reserv...

    by Terry Greene on October 25, 1989
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    Cheap Shots 10-25-1989

    A VALLEY NATIONAL BANK executive recently called his company a "sleeping giant." Hell, it's practically comatose after last week's frightening stock plunge onto Wall Street. Looks like VNB CEO JIM SIMMONS, one of the last surviving good ol' b...

    by Ward Harkavy on October 25, 1989
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    Masked Marvels

    This Halloween, my son is demanding to be outfitted like his favorite two-bit Japanese creature-feature star, Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster, and his expectations are high. I'm sure he thinks he'll be able to climb into the thing, fly off, ...

    by Michael Burkett on October 25, 1989
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    Sure, Mary Jo, Sure

    Mary Jo West kidnaped? . . . Yeah, right. After the first reports of the alleged abduction, the buzz on the street was that Mary Jo faked the crime. First of all, she was snatched after leaving a stress-reduction workshop. Didn't that te...

    by Michael Lacey on October 25, 1989
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    John McCain's "Checkers" Speech

    It was the kind of press conference reporters show up for even when they're not working. They put on their best suits and get their shoes shined. They make sure they have fresh batteries in their tape recorders. Senator John McCain had ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on October 25, 1989
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    A Bitter Courtship - Jumpin' Joe Caldwell's love affair with basketball ended long ago in pain. And he's still not over it.

    The long, lean black man takes a break from tinkering with a car beneath the South Phoenix sun. Drenched with sweat, he falls onto a tattered couch under a paloverde tree. "I remember sitting under a shade tree as a kid watching my dad...

    by Paul Rubin on October 4, 1989
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    Concreto Y Sol Y Sombra - The Buildings of ASU

    There's a story about the late Gilbert Cady, ASU's long-time finance wizard, that helps explain why the campus looks the way it does today. Rudy Turk, director of the University Art Museum, tells it: "Gilbert was a delightful guy, but h...

    by Lawrence W. Cheek on October 4, 1989
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    They Came, They Saw, They Evicted - Are you in the path of urban renewal? That could be too bad.

    Motorola office worker Betty Piott figured that, at age 54, she had her life pretty well settled. She had a steady income. She had a house on South 16th Street near Broadway Road that was hers, free and clear. She lived there with her ...

    by Howard Fischer on October 4, 1989
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    Hey, Jude! - Chicago radio jock takes a sad song about Jude LaCava's "Love Nest" and makes it better. Much better.

    Jude LaCava? He's the new sports-talk host on KTAR. He moved here from Ohio. Jonathon Brandmeier? He's the morning-drive jock on WLUP in Chicago, a former radio star in Phoenix and arguably the hottest radio personality in the country....

    by Dave Walker on October 4, 1989
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