One week, the majority of the Arizona House of Representatives is demanding greater religious protections, even if it meant allowing potential discrimination against others.The next week, an atheist is leading them in prayer.
Are you still writing 2013 on your checks? Are you still writing checks? If the first full week of the year has you a little jet-lagged, it might not seem like a good idea to go to a probably loud show that goes until probably very late at night. But sometimes the only way to become less tired is ... More >>
Two right-wing news websites, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, have riled up their followers with headlines about the Arizona GOP issuing a "formal rebuke" of Republican Senator John McCain.There's one critical bit of information missing from the "news" there. When you read the story, you'll see it' ... More >>
That guy who thought politics makes strange bedfellows was really on to something.Especially in the case of Phoenix African-American activist Jarrett Maupin, who sent New Times a copy of a letter he sent to Republican State Representative Steve Smith, asking him not to apologize for his recent retal ... More >>
A national atheist organization wants Republican State Representative Steve Smith to apologize for his prayer of "repentance," which Smith apparently led for the purpose of spiting a non-Christian colleague.David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, said Smith's stunt was "one of the most ... More >>
Firemen are the real heroes. Or maybe teachers -- I can never remember. In any case, there will be lots of superheroes in town this weekend for Phoenix Comicon. Some of them will even be local musicians. But if you're looking for a break from the convention -- or just another place to wear your su ... More >>
Democratic State Representative Juan Mendez's God-free invocation at the House Representatives yesterday, as first reported by New Times, is attracting nationwide attention.If you want to see the video of Mendez's invocation, check it out after the jump:See also:-Atheist Lawmaker Quotes Carl Sagan I ... More >>
The actions of Republican State Representative Steve Smith have provided us with the reason why Democratic Representative Juan Mendez's God-free invocation at the House Representatives yesterday was such an unlikely event.Today, Smith led the House in a second prayer, apparently his way of saying so ... More >>
An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for this afternoon's session of the House of Representatives asked that people not bow their heads.Democratic Representative Juan Mendez, of Tempe, instead spoke about his "secular humanist tradition" and even quoted author Carl Sag ... More >>
2012 is at its end, and just like I did last year, I thought it would be good fun to try and recap the reissues and compilations I couldn't seem to get off my phonograph this year. So here they are: The 10 reissues and compilations I dug most in 2012. See also: - The 10 Most WTF Moments of 2012 - ... More >>
From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>
Carl SaganFifteen years ago today, astronomer, cosmologist, author, and science poet Carl Sagan passed away. Few have done as much to convey the mysteries of outer space in more poetic, beautiful terms. His 1980 13-part PBS series, The Cosmos, is essential viewing (note the awesome Vangelis com ... More >>
Volney DouglasReddit users helped out 5-year-old Sagan DouglasOn March 12, Chandler resident Volney Douglas went to the internet with a problem -- someone had stolen a $3,500 device that helps his 5-year-old son Sagan communicate. The family had just purchased the ALT-Chat device for Sagan, who ... More >>
Molecular gastronomy (not the after-effect of eating too many black bean, spicy sausage and cheese nachos) is a scientific discipline that studies the physical and chemical processes that occur while cooking. In this seven-part series, we're using our love of food and Carl Sagan to create molecular ... More >>
The Voyager Golden Record, sent in to deep space with a selection of Earth's music, is an important part of the film.It's not often a movie with Elijah Wood, Juliette Lewis, George Clinton, Wayne Coyne and a host of other big names premieres in Phoenix, so it probably wasn't surprising that The Hear ... More >>
Salvador's film career on display at PAM
Researchers accuse ASU's THEMIS of fraud and cover-up on latest image of 'Face on Mars'
ASU's Donald Johanson redefined our understanding of man's origins. But when he told the world about it in books and on TV, some scientists thought he talked too much.
Mushy and metaphysical, self-important Contact misses its flight