A rumored flu epidemic centered on the Maricopa County Jail is false, officials say, and a move to prohibit jail visitors from wearing face masks is merely to avoid possible panic. Calls were flooding in all day on Thursday about the rumor, which was apparently spread by some defense lawyers in ema ... More >>
If you've ever wondered what's most likely to put you in a body bag at the end of the day, then wonder no more.A recent report from the Arizona Department of Health Services includes a list of the top 10 killers for 10 age groups of people in Arizona, all in one easy chart.
Slate, an online magazine, and the Tucson Weekly recently published articles that claim Arizona's "gun death" rate now exceeds the rate of vehicle deaths. The articles, spurred by the Newtown shooting, were based on a May report by the anti-gun Violence Policy Center in Washington D.C., which lists ... More >>
According to the federal government, Arizona's high school kids are above average -- in drug and alcohol use.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report yesterday on "risk behavior" in high school students, and there's not a single category related to drugs or alcohol t ... More >>
Sometimes God allegedly tells people to run for public office, and sometimes He'll allegedly tell a Mesa man that his neighbors are "terrorists" trying to murder him with chemical weapons, so it's probably best to kill them first.For some reason, the cops weren't buying the terrorist-neighbor story ... More >>
www.wildcarebayarea.com This is what's going on at the State Capitol -- and PETA's pissed. The Arizona Legislature's not in session, but the State Capitol is still swarming with rats. Not the usual elected rats, but actual rodents that are apparently "invading" the building.According to th ... More >>
www.firefox.org Just in case the Coconino County tourism bureau was looking for a new slogan.If you're like us, you probably thought plague was the last thing you'd have to worry about while living in a relatively clean, industrialized country -- and it still is, despite the discovery of t ... More >>
Image: www.fixgunchecks.org A billboard truck sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns began rolling its gun-control message across the country today.A billboard truck that began rolling across the country today advertises the estimated number of gun-related homicide ... More >>
ebaumsworld.comIt seems I've introduced my dear colleague Ray Stern to the fascinating world of facts, statistics and sources, as he finally breaks down and uses a few in his latest pro-gun nut diatribe, "The Anti-Gun Culture..."In it, Ray returns once again to his us-versus-them, all-or-nothin ... More >>
Like your eggs runny? You might not, after reading this post. Dr. Joli Weiss, foodborne disease epidemiologist for the Arizona Department of Health Services, confirms that some of the 228 million tainted eggs involved in the national recall making news all over the place were, in fact, distr ... More >>
We've heard of all sorts of fevers -- cat-scratch, valley, fevers where the only prescription is "more cow-bell" -- but we weren't familiar with the variety that a Phoenix man claims made him "violently ill," prompting a lawsuit against PetCo.George Heitzman claims he contracted somethin ... More >>
Tonight on ABC's Nightline: Joe spouts more bigoted blather Nightline's piece on our corrupt top constable runs tonight -- you know, the one ABC was working on when they sent Nightline talking head Martin Bashir to Phoenix to cover one of Arpaio's anti-immigrant sweeps last ... More >>
Well, at least they weren't using old bedsheets this time around Normally, I could give a flip if someone hangs a banner off a freeway overpass. But these Ron Paul-worshipping hosers so annoy me with their conspiracy-a-minute mills and their wack, home-made signs spouting the nonsense that "vaccin ... More >>
courtesy of Copperstate Dinner TheaterFrom left to right, a whole bunch of actors named Shari Watts, Jessica Godber, Christi Sweeney, Ryan Jordan, Bo Allen, Roger Prenger, and Charlie LeSueur. Man, if I had to choose between: a. making a living in the arts by presenting plotless musical revues ... More >>
Nearly half (48 percent) of 675 physicians polled by a research group believe the H1N1 virus poses some risk for a "catastrophic" global Swine Flu pandemic. The study, done by HCD Research, tracked physicians' opinions weekly since April and found doctors' concerns at an all-time high. "Our ... More >>
Dr. Bob England Health officials are starting to suspect the swine flu virus first reported in Mexico won't hurt people more than a regular flu. If officials can confirm that, the news might end the rash of recent school closures. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Dep ... More >>
Corpses, a flesh-eating virus, the most-sued sheriff in America. Lawsuits against Joe Arpaio have cost us $41 million, so far
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Despite a celebrated history, Native American transgenders struggle in the modern world
The serial scold who believes the remedy for life's slips and falls is a lawsuit wants ballot status in Arizona
An exotic-animal broker says Arizona's 'monkey rules' are forcing him out
In which we bunt a few out of the park
The drowning death of a child is always a tragedy. But when does it become a crime? County prosecutors are wading into a dangerous debate.
Inbreeding will tell in Evolution, Ivan Reitman's pathetic Ghostbusters clone
State-funded sex abstinence classes for adults face financial turn-off
Alan Korwin is a smart guy. So why does he love guns more than people?
Language isn't the only thing getting lost in the translation as Hispanic patients struggle to communicate with English-speaking ER doctors
That's a question Phoenix Fire Department officials are asking as firefighters continue to test positive for tuberculosis
Some people golf. Some people fish. Some people collect stamps. Dale Burton spends his free time studying and caring for rattlesnakes.
Maricopa County dumped hazardous waste at its property for years. But don't expect the county to pay for it -- ADEQ has already let it off the hook.
Other Valley cities wonder whether Phoenix's water treatment practices increase the odds for an outbreak of a waterborne disease. It's called Crypto and it can kill.