Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Convicted murder Jodi Arias is a student of the arts.
In addition to her penchant for nude self-photography, Arias also sells her own drawings online, with help from the outside. We're also into art here at New Times, which is why we created a series of Jodi Arias masterworks, in which Arias' self-photography is gracefully worked into some of the most famous paintings in history.
Nick Chasteen's covered with menthol-infused oil. His square-jawed face is slathered with Vaseline. A black silk robe with red and yellow trim is cinched at his waist.
It's a Friday night, and the Muay Thai fighter from Phoenix is about to make his professional debut at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He peers into the lighted mirror, turning his head left, then right, before a fight official appears at his locker-room door and announces that he's up next.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested 30 people last week who had thought they were about to have sex with one or two 16-year-old prostitutes.
But nearly half of those who called an online ad were stopped cold -- or nearly so -- after the woman on the phone, who was really an undercover deputy, told them she was underage. One of the men who didn't go all the way was yet another high-school teacher.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas
Image: Ray Stern
Andrew Thomas, Lisa Aubuchon, and Rachel Alexander have been ordered to pay back $101,294 in restitution for the cost of their disciplinary proceedings.
Thomas, a former Maricopa County Attorney, and Aubuchon, his go-to deputy, were disbarred last year in high-profile proceedings that followed several years of intrigue and corruption committed with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A three-member panel that included the state's Disciplinary Judge, William O'Neil, found that Arpaio and Thomas launched unethical attacks on their county political enemies with the help of Aubuchon.
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