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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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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.) Fox News Relies on Phoenix Hoaxer to Report Obama's Funding a Muslim Museum

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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Fox News reported this weekend that President Obama is personally funding a museum of Muslim culture in the midst of the government shutdown.

If that sounds completely fake to you, that's because it is -- and it's the product of Phoenix's prolific media-hoaxer.

See also: Fox News Relies on Phoenix Hoaxer to Report Obama's Funding a Muslim Museum


 

4.) How a Phoenix Man Scammed Redbox to the Tune of $31,000

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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Earlier this week, Phoenix police announced that detectives arrested a man who stole about $31,000 worth of movies and games from Redbox machines.

Police said that 35-year-old Vincent Bandin found a way to "defeat the security system" to steal the movies and games. We found out exactly what Bandin (allegedly) did, and it's not exactly computer-hacking wizardry.

See also: How a Phoenix Man Scammed Redbox to the Tune of $31,000


 

3.) Solana: 10 Facts You Didn't Know About the Concentrated Solar Power Plant Near Gila Bend

A row of Solana's parabolic mirrors.
A row of Solana's parabolic mirrors.
Photo by Ray Stern

 

Solana, the giant concentrated-solar plant near Gila Bend, began commercial operations on Monday that will deliver power to Arizona residents for the next 30 years.

You've certainly seen the rows and rows of mirrors in the last year or so if you've driven the Gila Bend route on the way to San Diego. And you've heard Solana, built by Spain's Abengoa company, is unlike other solar plants because it can generate electricity even when the sun's not overhead.

Much has been written about the $2 billion project. But here are 10 facts about it you probably haven't heard:

See also: Solana: 10 Facts You Didn't Know About the Concentrated Solar Power Plant Near Gila Bend


 

2.) Top 10 Arizona-Themed Halloween Costumes

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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Halloween's just a few weeks away, so we've got some Arizona-themed costume ideas for you.

Check out our top 10 picks for Arizona costumes:

See also: Top 10 Arizona-Themed Halloween Costumes


 

1.) Joe Arpaio's Hate Campaign Against the Undocumented Persists Despite New Rules

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
Photo by Dennis Gilman

 

No one would call the sheriff's lawyer, Tim Casey, a maestro of spin, but his response to federal Judge G. Murray Snow's final order in the ACLU's racial-profiling lawsuit, Melendres v. Arpaio, was a little like painting a smiley face on day-old road kill.

Arpaio still is the jefe, Casey told several news outlets, and the monitor Casey fought so hard against -- the one Snow's order insists upon -- will have "absolutely no veto power."

Which sounds like a significant point, unless you understand that no one ever sought "veto power" for the monitor who will act as Snow's eyes and ears in the execution of his detailed, 59-page order.

See also: Joe Arpaio's Hate Campaign Against the Undocumented Persists Despite New Rules


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