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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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    Cheap Shots 10-04-1989

    Please, somebody, make our sportscasters stick to reading scores. Please. On Sunday night, CHANNEL 12 sportsmouth BILL DENNEY hosted a so-called "debate" on the PROP ONE stadium issue, and he couldn't even get the intros right. He turned to s...

    by Ward Harkavy on October 4, 1989
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    Sit On It

    There are two ways to search for a good, reliable baby sitter. One. You can run a help-wanted ad, interview dozens of prospects, and discover you wouldn't trust any of 'em with your ant farm, let alone your kids. But you'll hire the one you ...

    by Michael Burkett on October 4, 1989
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    Who Killed This Internal Police Probe? The Bosses.

    The FBI has opened an investigation into the campaign of terror waged from the state police headquarters against Leon Woodward. Although a spokesman for the FBI refused to provide details, agent Gary Wildebrandt interviewed Woodward and his w...

    by Michael Lacey on October 4, 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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    Help Our Schools!

    Bad schools are a sure way to drive families out of the city. And every available statistic says the city's social problems--economic instability, drugs, unaffordable housing--are on a collision course with its educational system. Student turnover ra...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 27, 1989
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    Make The Canals Something Special Again

    MDBOMAKE THE CANALS SOMETHING SPECIAL AGAIN Ask native Phoenicians over the age of thirty, and they'll tell you the canals were really something once. The more gritty oldsters insist they used to water-ski the canals. My friend Steve recalls that...

    by Terry Greene on September 27, 1989
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    Bikers Of Phoenix, Unite

    Imagine this classified ad: "Six hundred thousand bicycles desire mostly flat city. Year-round sunshine preferable. Safe and numerous bicycle routes required." Face it, Phoenix. You can't apply. You've made it unsafe to ride bicy...

    by Ward Harkavy on September 27, 1989
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    Fill In The Blanks

    Nine Easy Steps to Filling in the Empty Spots Where Our City Is Supposed to Be. With nearly half the land within the city still vacant--much of it in single lots or small hunks skipped over by developers--the council needs to get serious about encour...

    by Kathleen Stanton on September 27, 1989
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    Yes On The Baseball Stadium

    There's a standing joke among my friends that I know absolutely nothing about sports. And I'm proud of it. Our staff usually begins any discussion of baseball with "Jana, that's the little ball." I don't know that I would ever go watch...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 27, 1989
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    Dial M For Mayhem

    Yikes. It's 6:30. I've got to call my wife. I won't be able to meet her for dinner after all. Dial, dial, ring, ring. "Hewwo?" "Hi, son. It's Daddy." "Hi, Dad." "So you're answering the phone all by yourself now...

    by Michael Burkett on September 27, 1989
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    Three Easy Ways To Be Cool

    Okay, City Council, listen up. I've got this idea that's sure to keep you in office next election and the election after that. Just take a few little steps to cool down Phoenix, and you'll win over a gigantic block of registered voters who've been to...

    by Terry Greene on September 27, 1989
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    Keep The Doofus

    Fifty-one weeks out of the year we beat Mayor Terry Goddard about the head and shoulders with a long staff as if he were our own personal pinata; he is, after all, an elected official. The flailing is good sound employment and one indication of h...

    by Michael Lacey on September 27, 1989
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    The City We Should Have

    Some people never abandon hope that Phoenix could truly be a wonderful city. Like us. We hang on, even faced with a Phoenix City Council election where a few pathetic candidates contemplate nothing more significant than their hangnails. Come ...

    by Terry Greene on September 27, 1989
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    Let's Change The Weather

    Dawn. With the crashing thunder of Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyrie" playing in their headsets, F-16 fighter pilots lift off the tarmac at Williams and Luke. As early-morning commuters look on, the jets swoop low over the Phoenix Civic Plaza ...

    by Michael Lacey on September 27, 1989
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    Phoenix Needs A "Big C" Cure

    Look like cancer x-rays, don't they? Look closer. They're really pictures of how Phoenix has grown since 1940. But as Ed Abbey used to say, "Growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." Phoenix now spreads out over 420 square miles--the...

    by Jana Bommersbach on September 27, 1989
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    Mecham's Final Strategy: Attack! Attack! Attack!

    I was driving to Evan Mecham's Supreme Court hearing. A newscaster's voice on the radio said: "The scene at St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo is described as near anarchy. Troops sent there to restore order have been told to shoot if necessary to ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on September 27, 1989
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    Attack Of The Street People

    Look no further than these photos for evidence of why the next city council should apply thumbscrews to anybody who opposes more protection for neighborhoods in the path of street-widening projects. Hardest hit are the central Phoenix neighbo...

    on September 27, 1989
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    We Want Big Blue

    Among the first things the new city council should do--right away--is decree the blue palo verde as Phoenix's offical tree. And then, the council should require the big blue in all official city landscaping and should encourage citizens to pl...

    by Dave Walker on September 27, 1989
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