While tragic and horrifying, the swarming-bee attack that killed a 32-year-old landscaper in Douglas on Wednesday was not a freak occurrence in Arizona. Stories about bee attacks and bee deaths appear regularly in the state -- perhaps once a year or more. While not as common as lightning deaths, mo ... More >>
Voters in the town of Buckeye decided to take on the title of being a "city."About 60 percent of the voters were in favor of the change, according to the town's election results.
An 18-year-old from Apache Junction who's been missing since last week was found dead in southern Oregon yesterday.The Douglas County, Oregon Sheriff's Office says Johnathan Croom's death appears to be a suicide.
Tonya Hensley's asking herself if her husband would still be alive if she'd relied initially on the crack Superstition Search and Rescue team rather than Paul Babeu's unit.
"Is daddy living in the mountains now?" It's a heartbreaking question that 5-year-old Alexa has been asking her mom, Tonya Hensley. It's been nearly two weeks since members of the Superstition Search and Rescue (SSAR) traced Chris Hensley's steps into the Superstition Mountains and located his re ... More >>
The Arizona Department of Corrections says convicted murderer Christina Black apparently killed herself on Tuesday.Black, a 52-year-old former Apache Junction resident, had been in prison since 1999, when she was sentenced to life after fessing up to murdering her grandmother with a piece of fruit.
With President Obama's re-election, the empty threat from the people who just loathe the Leader of the Free World has changed from "I'M MOVING TO CANADA" to "WE'RE SECEDING."By "we're seceding," we're referring to the roughly 18,500 people who signed a petition on the Internet, asking the White Hous ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
Somewhere north of Apache Junction, there's a long road leading to a rock on the edge of the Salt River that Jesse Elliott still needs to see. For a songwriter who makes the most out of near-endless traveling, that rock represents just another one of those tempting little side roads in life. "Wh ... More >>
Tempe-sians who like a little bicycle with their brats and booze will want to get their chainwheels checked before cruising down Mill Avenue in September. That's when the city's new bike-friendly beer garden, Handlebar & Grill, opens for business. The concept comes from restaurateur Julian Wright, ... More >>
We recently came across a February 27 segment from Jim Sharpe's talk show on KFYI about Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's time as headmaster at the DeSisto School in Massachusetts -- a school for troubled teens where state officials found sexual and physical abuse was occurring. Sharpe and his on-a ... More >>
Let's discuss craft beer bars. We're not just talking about one or two handles here. We're taking about the bars that have devoted just about every handle to the art of craft beer; the folks that know that power of a freshly tapped keg of Hopslam and who would sell a large part of their soul to ... More >>
Perhaps I overstated my affinity for the NES last week. Chalk it up to holiday nostalgia and one too many peppermint (schnapps) mochas. Yes, without any irony, I can say that Nintendo changed my life. My time in the company of 8-bit wonderment gave me great insight into myself and it also t ... More >>
Whether you're looking to become an expert on a subject or just want to have something to wow your pals with over drinks, here are five lectures for aspiring poindexters during December.5. The Sweet Science of BakingAvid bakers and aspiring Betty Crockers prepping for holiday bake-athons will g ... More >>
Congressional beefcake Jeff Flake wants to be a senator.It's official: Republican Congressman Jeff Flake will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl.Flake made his announcement this morning at the same Phoenix hotel where Kyl announced his upcoming retirement last week. Fla ... More >>
When the nightlife gods taketh away a country bar in Mesa, they ultimately giveth one as well.Mere weeks after AZ Country USA closed its doors, the good ol' folks behind Graham Central Station are opening a brand new boot-scootin' bunker this Friday on the opposite end of the city. It's called Denim ... More >>
Peoria police are working the scene of a barricade and possible hostage situation this morning. Officers responded to a call about a burglary in progress at 71st Avenue and Corrine Drive at about 4:30 this morning. When they arrived, they found a man on the first floor, who informed them that bet ... More >>
If you've been to the Arizona Renaissance Festival before, you know how the shows work. Most are wholesome, family-friendly entertainment: comedic storytellers, singing nuns, a prankster hypnotist. Then there are the shows labeled LC for "Loose Cannon" -- i.e. bring the kiddies at the risk ... More >>
Maricopa County elections officials are launching a new program to track ballot boxes with GPS. The goal is to be able to track all 17,000 pieces of voting equipment in the Valley. The program will be tested in March during school-district elections, and is expected to be fully ready for the elec ... More >>
Police are warning residents of Phoenix and Scottsdale about a carjacking suspect who is still on the loose. The carjacker struck twice last night -- at 10 p.m. in an Albertson's parking lot in Scottsdale, he demanded a woman's car and was fought off before jumping into a green 1998 Chevy Trailbl ... More >>
Are you broke, unemployed or just looking for cheap intellectual thrills? The Phoenix Public Library system is the perfect antidote to the bad economy. Even if you live in east Mesa or Fountain Hills, you can still get a Phoenix library card. (Sorry Apache Junction -- you have to be a Maric ... More >>
Phoenix may get its first solar power plant, if the city can procure about $1 billion in private investments. The proposed site for the plant is 1200 acres at the Valley's only active landfill, between Buckeye and Gila Bend...A Phoenix couple came home to find a body in their kitchen, and the murder ... More >>
KTAR's reporting that Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas called Arpaio's jail segregation of undocumented Hispanics "unconstitutional" in a press conference today. Apparently, Thomas cleared the statement with the "male" in the Arpaio-Thomas relationship, and there are no hard feelings between t ... More >>
The grass has got to be greener someplace else
A war for custody of 4-year-old Raven Laws includes a spurious Alabama tribe
Satan's Angel has taken her flaming tassels out of retirement, to the delight of a new generation of burlesque fans
Vern Johnson's rest home for homos is good news for the gay and gray
A week in which we bask in the all-too-temporary glow of readers' compliments
Week of October 12th
From the week of May 27, 1999
December 17 - 23, 1998
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
Where unit-moving heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless sissies they really are
Wear a star, be a star, in Western video-for-hire
FOR THE ARIZONA THUNDERSTORM CHASERS, THE SKY'S THE LIMIT. AND THEREIN LIES THE RUB.
NOBODY WANTED TO HEAR HOW THE RUN-DOWN ART COLONY WAS VALUED AT $10.5 MILLION
CANNABIS CLOTHIER, ACCUSED OF MARIJUANA SMUGGLING, IS ON THE LAM