You don't need to mow down a Wal-Mart employee or kidnap a teenager and force her into prostitution to make headlines in Phoenix. Just ask Jose Avila, a Valley wiseacre who's made news (not to mention the rounds of network talk shows) thanks to his super-thrifty approach to home furnishing. Avila wasn't looking for national attention when he decorated his East Valley apartment entirely in furniture he made from Federal Express shipping cartons. He was just another slacker, tired of sitting on the floor and too broke to afford IKEA. His designs, which include a nine-foot couch, a bed, a desk, and a dining set,... More >>>