Originality is dead. It is a universal truth that we have come to accept, whether it be with regard to Hollywood's inability to produce anything but sequels and remakes, fashion's predictable cycle of "what's old is new again" or restaurateurs who seem to latch on to a popular idea and perpetuate it ... More >>
Dalin Webb, a Phoenix police lieutenant who works with teens, admitted to Mesa police on Sunday that he may have choked his teenage son during a domestic dispute. Webb, 41, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault-impeded breathing, a felony, and misdemeanor disor ... More >>
A Phoenix manufacturer of the synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" was found guilty of multiple federal drug charges, despite the fact that the chemical he was selling was not explicitly illegal.Michael Lane, a 51-year-old Cave Creek resident, didn't take a plea agreement, like his local co-defenda ... More >>
Maricopa County agreed to pay out $18,000 to a FedEx worker who was attacked in 2011 by an MCSO deputy, our colleague Ray Stern reported yesterday.Deputy Sean Edwards-El was convicted later that year of misdemeanor assault, and it appears that Edwards-El is still working for the Sheriff's Office.
Maricopa County will pay an $18,000 to settle a lawsuit against a Phoenix FedEx worker who was attacked without provocation by a deputy. The deputy, Sean Edwards-El, was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in 2011 for the attack. He's still employed by MCSO.
Somewhere is an unhappy FedEx customer who will never see his or her packages delivered. The deliveries didn't fall off the back of the truck, they weren't sent to the wrong address, and there's no use calling the local delivery center. Tucson Sector Border Patrol stopped the FedEx truck near ... More >>
See also: Urban Grocery and Wine Bar to Close May 12 See also: CLOSED: Roosevelt Tavern Editor's Note: We've made wish lists before, but this one began with a maple bacon bar. A friend asked where she could find one of those famous donuts she's been hearing about. Rainbow Donuts, we told her -- but ... More >>
See also: Burning Man: Attorney Says He Escaped His Blazing Home Using Scuba Gear See also: Michael Marin, "Burning Man," May Have Committed Suicide in the CourtroomThe Maricopa County medical examiner's office confirmed the expected this morning -- "Burning Man" Michael Marin definitely ingested so ... More >>
See also: DEA Makes Raids Nationwide for Making Chemicals Similar to Illegal DrugsThe Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide "synthetic drug takedown" led to the arrest of five Valley men this week. Two of the men were uncovered by DEA sources, two were busted by DEA agents pretending to be me ... More >>
See also: Burning Man: An Attorney Says He Escaped His Blazing Home Using Scuba Gear; Now He's Charged with ArsonSee also: Michael Marin, "Burning Man," May Have Committed Suicide in the CourtroomMichael Marin probably popped a cyanide pill after a jury handed down a guilty verdict against him in hi ... More >>
A local Fedex worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was attacked without provocation by a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy during a routine inspection of packages.Fedex doesn't appear to be backing employee Larry Strickler in his lawsuit, though the complaint states that Strickler's c ... More >>
Roosevelt Row's Lawn Gnome is about to be infused with owner Aaron Johnson's personal collection of self-published zines from authors all over the globe. The 29-year-old is an internationally traveled slam poet and fixture of the downtown Phoenix art scene -- and he's a longtime zine ... More >>
By now it's news to no one that the United States Postal Service is in trouble. As detailed by Nick Greene earlier this month at Village Voice's Running Scared, this means print media is in for a punch (you know, while it's down and everything), your bills are going to show up later than they ... More >>
Maya DukmasovaRebecca Nab Young poses with her book and some family photographsThis week in Chef Talk, we take a bit of a detour to explore the culinary and cultural traditions of Volga Germans with Rebecca Nab Young, the Phoenix-based author of a new cookbook, There is Always Room for One More: ... More >>
In a creative yet another case of people making illicit Build-A-Bears, a former Arizona resident has been arrested in Iowa for mailing teddy bears filled with pot. At least one was mailed from Tempe, authorities say. Douglas Duane Hoffman, 53, was arrested on Monday and slapped with mariju ... More >>
A local metal artist plans to give away half a million CDs
According to records recently released by the Sheriff's office, the MCSO used more than $200,000 in RICO funds to pay for facial recognition technology, software and service from Darcomm Network Solutions and Hummingbird Defense Systems, Inc., two Phoenix-based companies that reportedly work closely ... More >>
A local metal artist plans to give away half a million CDs
(photo from Deagle's NutriMedical.com site) The Albert Einstein of moonbats? Maybe... I don't know how I overlooked Dr. William Deagle in my expose on the 9/11 nutters and the man who battles those nutters, Pat Curley, of Screw Loose Change. It's Pat's co-blogger James Bennett, the Mace Windu of de ... More >>
Arizona's cunning culinary wizard Chef Kaz Yamamoto prepares taboo illegal moveable feasts for the elite and über-rich
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BY GREGORY WEINKAUF
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To George Zraket, it's an evil zoning plot by old Sscottsdale cronies; to Janie Ellis, it's the only way her timeworn art colony can survive.
She was a dame with high-voltage looks and an eroticbook contract. Her name was Tiger. No last name. Just Tiger. And she was in trouble.