Days after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and others based on a business owner's "sincerely held" religious beliefs, Cathi Herrod retreated to the studio of a friendly TV talking head: fellow conservative, former pastor, ... More >>
With the challenges and dangers that young students face today (online bullying, offline bullying, gossip, hate, and the increasingly common school shooting) programs like the Anti-Defamation League's "World of Difference" has arguably never been more important. But Phoenix Catholic Bishop Thomas O ... More >>
As the leader of his own home-based ministry, Paisley Yankolovich is a mentor to the oppressed, the freaks, the weirdos and even quite a few normal people, never missing an opportunity to tell someone they're loved for who they are. But Paisley is also an accomplished singer, his records a mesh of g ... More >>
A trio of top-tier scam artists from Mesa who preyed on wealthy Mormons will spend a large part of their lives in prison. Duane Hamblin Slade and his pal Guy Andrew Williams, both in their mid-40s, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary on September 30th to 15 and 12.5 years, respective ... More >>
The theft of a first-edition Book of Mormon, we have discovered, is some serious shit.At least, it was to the eight law enforcement agencies investigating the matter.Jay Linford's been pegged by Mesa police as the guy who lifted the 182-year-old Book of Mormon from the Rare and Out of Print Books an ... More >>
According to a recent item in the Washington Post's Election 2012 Blog, recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce has endorsed Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential primary, more than a month after Romney won Sand Land's GOP contest. As a result, Romney immediately called a press ... More >>
Arizona Department of CorrectionsThomas Paul WestConvicted murderer Thomas Paul West pleaded his case for his death sentence to be reduced to life in prison in front of the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency today, and the majority of the Board was apparently unmoved.In a 3-2 vote, the Board den ... More >>
amazon.com Not a pious Jew? You still might be interested in learning more about kosher food, and on Sunday the author of a new book on the topic will be in town to discuss it. According to the National Association of Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), sales over the last decade of koshe ... More >>
Scottsdale PDJudging from those eyes, Jacob Jeffrey Shwartz's alleged "drug impairment" may be from some Mary J. Wanna.When you have the urge to break things, urinate, and smoke cigarettes, where better to do it than a Mormon church, right? Wrong -- just ask Minnesota native Jacob Jeffrey Schwart ... More >>
Looks like Pearce opposes his own church on immigration... When I first began reporting on immigration and Sand Land politics several years ago, I was under the mistaken impression -- because I'd never lived in an area so heavily influenced by the LDS before -- that most Mormons were like neo- ... More >>
Just when you thought Trey Parker and Matt Stone couldn't get any more offensive, they did it. According to TwentyFourBit, Parker and Stone are making a Broadway musical about Mormonism."Growing up in Colorado, a lot of our friends were Mormons and we always thought their book would make a great ... More >>
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler answers the critics
The GrossCost of livin': $150 mil. As far as I'm concerned, former House Speaker Jeff Groscost, whom the Bird disses in death this week, deserved to be wearing stripes, eating green baloney and wondering if he was gonna have to take it up the poot pipe from his cell-mate Randy when he croaked ... More >>
The congressional page scandal's proving the straw that breaks the elephant's back, and Congressman Jim Kolbe's got explaining to do
The plumed wonder hates to agree with GOP gun moll Ann Coulter philosophically, but about our 9/11 memorial . . .
Born Again in the U.S.A.
Polygamists are barricading their homes in the midst of mounting legal assaults by authorities
The governor needs to help abused women and children in Colorado City. Now.
Letters from the week of April 8, 2004
Letters from the week of February 26, 2004
Bishop O'Brien drove away without offering last rites to the man bludgeoned by his Buick. It wasn't the first time he'd left an accident scene.
Arizona's finally followed Utah's lead and launched serious action to stop abuses by polygamists
What Would Jesus Do?
For decades the state has let a feudal colony of fundamentalist Mormons force underage girls into illegal polygamous marriages
A priest is freed on a technicality. But it was the bishop who freed him to prey.
Bishop Thomas O'Brien is banking on attorney Michael Manning to save the soul of the Phoenix Diocese. The problem: O'Brien still has demons in his office.
Letters from the week of May 16, 2002
Guadalupe pays tribute to Mexican traditions with the finery of folklórico
Lunch at First Watch
Under fire for charges of behavior unbecoming a priest, controversial pastor Saúl Madrid takes a self-imposed sabbatical
Sunny Day Real Estate
The Rising Tide
(Time Bomb Recordings)
Ex-Green on Red mainstay Chuck Prophet continues his solo metamorphosis with The Hurting Business
All revved over evangelist Leroy Jenkins' pyramid schemes
Snell Johnson is a well-known sculptor. Some investors know him best as a con artist.
THE FORMER OAKLAND A'S PITCHER GOT ENTANGLED IN THE THEFT OF A MILLION-DOLLAR PICASSO. EXCEPT IT WASN'T A PICASSO.
UOFA TELESCOPES PRODUCE STANGE PROTESTS AND WEIRED OFFICIAL REACTIONS