Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

5.) Arizona's Prison Town Named State's Safest City

Downtown Florence.
Downtown Florence.
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Florence is the safest city in the state, a recent survey says.

See also: Arizona's Prison Town Named State's Safest City

  4.) Kyrsten Sinema's Vet-Suicide Ad Blasted as "Sickening," "Exploitative" by Challenger Wendy Rogers

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

 

Republican congresswoman wannabe Wendy Rogers has drawn first blood in the general election contest for Congressional District 9, represented by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

This morning, Rogers, who recently whupped ex-ASU quarterback, ex-NFL player Andrew Walter in the GOP primary by an astonishing 21 points, blasted as "sickening" and "exploitative" a TV ad that Sinema currently has running.

See also: Kyrsten Sinema's Vet-Suicide Ad Blasted as "Sickening," "Exploitative" by Challenger Wendy Rogers

  3.) Arizona Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Giving Machine Guns to Children

An Uzi submachine gun.
An Uzi submachine gun.

 

After a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor with an Uzi in Mohave County last week, an Arizona lawmaker is proposing a ban on giving machine guns to children.

"I cannot believe we need a law like this, but we do," Democratic Representative Victoria Steele tells New Times.

See also: Arizona Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Giving Machine Guns to Children

  2.) Families of the Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots Are Not Getting the Answers They Need

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
Graham Smith

 

If anyone knows why the Granite Mountain Hotshots left a safe area on top of the Weaver Mountains west of Yarnell and descended into a box canyon that became the worst death trap in the nationwide history of such crews, it's Brendan McDonough.

The only survivor of the 20-member hotshot crew that perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013, McDonough, 23, is in the unique position to have heard some, if not all, of the discussions between Granite Mountain Supervisor Eric Marsh and Captain Jesse Steed in the moments before Marsh, Steed, and the others died.

What McDonough heard could explain why the crew moved off the mountain and whether it was ordered to do so by fire commanders. But McDonough isn't speaking publicly, and two state-sponsored investigations into the tragedy have shed no light on what he heard over Granite Mountain's intra-crew radio channel.


For complete coverage of the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire, visit our Special Reports page.


His silence has angered one widow who believes it's time for McDonough to share what he knows.

"The answers I've received from him are brief, and clearly he's been coached," Juliann Ashcraft writes in reply to an e-mail sent to 12 families who are plaintiffs in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Arizona Forestry Division, the Central Yavapai Fire District, and individual fire commanders.

See also: Families of the Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots Are Not Getting the Answers They Need

  1.) 10 Cars You See Way Too Often Around Phoenix

 

People around Phoenix seem to generally have a different taste in vehicles than people in other parts of the country.

That leads us to notice some trends in car-buying around here, and this list of 10 cars you'll see way too often around Phoenix:

See also: 10 Cars You See Way Too Often Around Phoenix

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