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.) Russell Pearce Disses 47 Percent of Americans, Insults Legal Immigrants, Gets Ethnic Jokes from Working Buddies, All in County E-Mails

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

 

As he already has demonstrated through his vile comments on the forced sterilization of female Medicaid recipients, recalled ex-state Senator Russell Pearce has complete contempt for the poor.

The outrage over these remarks, made by Pearce on his weekly radio show, recently forced Pearce's resignation as first vice chair of the Arizona GOP.

But Pearce still has his $85,000-a-year gub'mint job working for fellow Republican and Maricopa County Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins. And Pearce has no problem letting Hoskins know what he thinks of poor folk, as he did on September 2, via his county e-mail address.

See also: Russell Pearce Disses 47 Percent of Americans, Insults Legal Immigrants, Gets Ethnic Jokes from Working Buddies, All in County E-Mails

  4.) Violently Ill: Arizona Families with Dangerous Kids Have Few Places to Turn for Help

Matt Bourne
Matt Bourne
Courtesy of Sandra Enriquez

 

Matt Bourne spent his spring break knocking over furniture. One day, he broke a dresser in his sister's room and pulled down a flat-screen television. He punched himself in the face, hit his older sister, and hit his mom.

The family dealt with it as they normally did, taking turns cornering the 10-year-old in a back bedroom in their home in Cornville, about a 90-minute drive north of metro Phoenix. When someone had to use the bathroom, another family member would step in to take a turn.

It was the longest violent rage Matt had ever had, lasting for seven hours.

No one could ask Matt what was wrong, because he doesn't speak.

Matt is a cute boy with brown hair and eyes, olive skin, and a big, toothy smile. "The only mild thing about him is his appearance," says his mom, Sandra Enriquez.

Enriquez, 39, is a pretty woman with long brown hair, pale skin, and green eyes. She works as a surgical technician and Matt is the youngest of her four kids. Her smile is big like Matt's, but she seems tired as she tells her story at a McDonald's on State Route 260 in Cottonwood -- a five-lane road that Matt ran across, unaccompanied, earlier this year.

See also: Violently Ill: Arizona Families with Dangerous Kids Have Few Places to Turn for Help

  3.) Russell Pearce Resigns as AZ GOP's First Vice Chair Because of Sterilization Remarks

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

 

Recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce resigned Sunday night from his position as first vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party, following a bruising weekend during which congressional and statewide GOP candidates, among others, condemned remarks Pearce made September 9 on his weekly talk radio show.

In a press release issued by the Arizona Republican Party, Pearce formally submitted his resignation to state GOP chairman Robert Graham, saying he was doing so for the sake of the party.

See also: Russell Pearce Resigns as AZ GOP's First Vice Chair Because of Sterilization Remarks

  2.) South Phoenix Light Rail Expansion One Step Closer Thanks to Federal Grant

A map of the light rail expansion lines. This proposed South Phoenix line is the gray striped line with "TBD" as the date of completion.
A map of the light rail expansion lines. This proposed South Phoenix line is the gray striped line with "TBD" as the date of completion.
valleymetro.org

 

Phoenix's Public Transit Department scored a federal grant that city leaders see as a big step toward expanding light rail into South Phoenix.

The South Phoenix expansion is still in the planning stages, but the $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation allows the city to get started on things like environmental assessments and engineering of the proposed 5-mile expansion down Central Avenue to Baseline Road.

"These kinds of projects require a lot of financial support, and for us to get this from the U.S. Department of Transportation means they consider it to be a viable and valuable project," city spokesman Matthew Heil tells New Times.

See also: South Phoenix Light Rail Expansion One Step Closer Thanks to Federal Grant

  1.) 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Phoenix

 

There's a lot you probably don't know about Phoenix, even if you've lived here for a while.

Check our picks for 10 things you probably didn't know about the city:

See also: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Phoenix

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Matthew Hendley on Twitter at @MatthewHendley.


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