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    The Shoe Still Don't Fit, But...

    Robert Ortloff By Paul Rubin After hearing two months of occasionally riveting testimony, the jury in the Robert Ortloff murder case finally will begin its deliberations tomorrow morning. Just got back from the closing arguments, which took up the...

    @ Valley Fever by Paul Rubin on April 8, 2008 @ 6:27 pm
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    Style Watch: Arizona Tattoo Expo

    By: Aja Viafora: May, a local tattoo artist herself, showed off her unique style at the AZ Tattoo Expo on Sat., April 5. For this ensemble she shopped at her friend's store Only the Lonely who set up a tent at the event. The shirts you will fin...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 8, 2008 @ 10:47 am
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    Russell Pearce: The Savior of Andrew Thomas?

    Dennis Wilenchik By Sarah Fenske Last fall, when special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik wasn't yet "disgraced former special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik" and was coming after New Times like a paid assassin, Wilenchik had a quick retort for anyone com...

    @ Valley Fever by Sarah Fenske on April 7, 2008 @ 8:51 pm
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    What This World Needs

    By Paul Rubin Many years ago, an enigmatic and brilliant fellow named Don Van Vliet (who lived somewhere in the Mohave Desert) wrote a tune under his moniker of Captain Beefheart. He called it "Buggy Boogie Woogie." Don growled his way through the...

    @ Valley Fever by Paul Rubin on April 7, 2008 @ 2:54 pm
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    Arizona Tattoo Expo

    By: Aja Viafora Better than: watching LA Ink. Who needs the safety of your own home when you can wander around an expo full of needles? The annual Arizona Tattoo Expo was flooded Mesa Centennial Hall with color and fashion this weekend. Thousands...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 7, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    Over the Weekend

    By: Jonathan McNamara On Friday a band of Guadalupe residents including mayor Rebecca Jimenez protested Sheriff Arpaio's latest round of anti-immigration sweeps. For more on this story, see Stephen Lemons' story in Feathered Bastard. To see a slide...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 7, 2008 @ 10:17 am
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    On the Iraq invasion and losing your lengua

    I am the proud uncle of five Mexican-redneck kids who recently moved to Wausau with their mam wisconsiana after living in la Capirucha all their lives. I've talked to them on the phone several times a week since they left for la tierra de los sueos...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 21, 2008
  • A severely diabetic Valley woman faces criminal charges over her "service animal": a chimpanzee named Joey

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    A severely diabetic Valley woman faces criminal charges over her "service animal": a chimpanzee named Joey

    Joey answers the front door of his home in Surprise, 30 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. Playing the perfect host, he jumps into his guest's arms and lays a big kiss on his cheek before showing the visitor around the well-appointed, spotless 5...

    by Paul Rubin on August 21, 2008
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    Feedback from the issue of Thursday, August 21, 2008

    DEAR JOHN Cindy got off easy: This is an amazing article. The most striking part of it is the soft-glove slap on the wrist Cindy McCain got for illegally taking prescription drugs. If that were you or me or the lady down the street, we would have ...

    on August 21, 2008
  • Citizen initiatives have been kicked off the ballot this year in record numbers, and the problems could go much deeper than invalid signatures

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    Citizen initiatives have been kicked off the ballot this year in record numbers, and the problems could go much deeper than invalid signatures

    Something went wrong. That's what politicos from Tucson to Flagstaff are saying, as an unprecedented number of citizen initiatives have been kicked off this fall's ballot. No one can remember the last time that any statewide initiative got boot...

    by Sarah Fenske on August 21, 2008
  • The Bird pecks away at Janet Napolitano’s lame defense of Russell Pearce and tears Fulton Brock a new one

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    The Bird pecks away at Janet Napolitanos lame defense of Russell Pearce and tears Fulton Brock a new one

    NAPPY'S SKELETONS You were flabbergasted to hear Sand Land's top Dem, Governor Janet Napolitano, come to the defense of GOP brown-basher Russell Pearce? This cynical sandpiper wasn't. Far from it. Asked about recent revelations of alleged domes...

    by Stephen Lemons on August 21, 2008
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    Attack of the Mutant Piatas

    There is a certain deficit of creativity in the piata industry that is rivaled only by Hollywood's continued insistence to rehash ancient TV shows rather than come up with an original thought. I mean Sponge Bob? Super Man? Pokemon? I've beaten so ma...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 3, 2008 @ 10:08 pm
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    This Weekend: Eat Your Art Out

    By: Jonathan McNamara With Tempe Music Festival on top of The Black Keys' performance at The Marquee, last weekend was full of musical mayhem. This weekend it's all about the art. You won't get any candy out of these monsters, but don't worry, t...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 3, 2008 @ 9:36 pm
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    Invasion of the Toys!

    By: V'Ming Chew Stepping into Red Hot Robot at Camelback and Central is like entering the colorful and often wicked imaginations of illustrators, designers and practitioners of self-described "lowbrow" art. "At the most basic level, these toys mak...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 3, 2008 @ 2:18 am
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    Tempe Music Festival Wrap-up

    By: Jonathan McNamara Tempe Music Festival may be over, but the stories keep coming. First and foremost, check out our Q&A with Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets on Up on the Sun. The man has some progressive thoughts about marketing: "You know,...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 2, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
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    Style Watch: Tempe Music Festival

    By: Aja Viafora Tempe Music Festival showed that music buffs come in all different styles. From the sun dress-wearing princesses to the accessorizing trendsetters to the name brand shop-a-holics, people strutted their stuff making their own person...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on April 2, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    Over the Weekend

    By: Jonathan McNamara Wow! And I thought SXSW was music-packed. This weekend music fans had no trouble finding ear candy. Friday brought us aural stimulation in the form of Tempe Music Festival. While a host of local bands played on the emerging art...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on March 31, 2008 @ 2:07 am
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    Catch the Fever

    Chances I have for stealing the limelight are few so I'm stealing a moment now. I'm Jonathan McNamara, newly appointed Web Editor for Phoenix New Times and what you're reading now is called Valley Fever; a blog. In the beginning a blog was defined...

    @ Valley Fever by Jonathan McNamara on March 30, 2008 @ 9:52 pm
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    Feedback from the issue of Thursday, August 14, 2008

    BIG SHOT'S DEMISE A cesspool of an enterprise: All borrowers who didn't get the money they were promised by Mortgages Ltd. have rights now as creditors of the estate, and they have been damaged by all of Scott Coles' lies and attempts to defraud t...

    on August 14, 2008
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    On anchor babies and hanging out in the garage

    As a Mexican, I'm always ashamed of the fact that a lot of Mexican women just come to the U.S. to have babies and to utilize this country's welfare. I know a lot of them that just keep having children and they do not pay a dollar for the hospital car...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 14, 2008
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