Michael O'Dowd Executive Chef/Owner Urban Vine www.urbanvinephx.com If you've experienced chef Michael O'Dowd's food already it was probably in one of two different contexts. Either you dined at Kai, when the chef was heading up Arizona's only Forbes five star and AAA five diamond restaurant, o ... More >>
In an anti-Walmart stunt, activists delivered a $7.8 billion "tax bill" to the Paradise Valley home of Walmart chairman Rob Walton.It's the latest in a long line of demonstrations organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers or related union-supported groups, which have been campaigning on a ... 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.
Remember this in the case that we're all living in shanty towns in five years -- Forbes has some remarkably good predictions for Arizona's economy.Forbes projects that Arizona will have faster job growth over the next five years than any other state in the nation.
(And don't worry, it's ok to celebrate. He's not related to those other Kochs.) Jim Koch co-founded Boston Brewing Company in 1984, armed with a family recipe and a brewing process that his great grandfather used in the mid 1800s. These days the brewery, which you'll know for its signature Samuel ... More >>
When I first heard "Blurred Lines," I was driving in my car. I knew I'd heard it before, but I couldn't place the song. So I Shazamed it. Still nothing. I didn't recognize the title. About a half-an-hour later . . . Abracadabra! I remembered Marvin Gaye's extended groove, "Got to Give It Up." I repl ... More >>
Editor's note: After the insanity of the last two weeks, we decided that the Amy's Baking Company saga desperately needed some context. New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld graciously complied. A tall, thin man with long, gray hair and a pair of saggy but expensive jeans shakes the handles of tw ... More >>
Corporate America, like, totally sucks, man. And the worst part is it's such an incestuous labyrinth of subsidiaries owned by billionaire industrialists that it's hard to know which products are "safe" to buy and which might mean giving your money to a cause that's completely against your principles ... More >>
Seemingly moments after most of us were making Amy Bouzaglo's cat impersonation ("Meow, meow, meow -- meow, meow!"), uttered on last Friday's season finale of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, the ringtone on our cell phones, the Internet decided to blow up, bonkers-style. See also: - Meet Amy's ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Treasury placed sanctions on eight Mexican cartel bosses in the north of the country, each of whom controls smuggling routes and cities for the Sinaloa Cartel called "plazas." The Sinaloa Cartel is the largest and oldest of the Mexican cartels. Throughout the drug war and inte ... More >>
Last Wednesday, the folks over at Forbes put together a 48-hour itinerary of places to eat, stay, and play in Phoenix. (Hey, suits need vacations, too!) See also: - Chou's Kitchen in Chandler Makes Travel Leisure's List of Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S. - Chef Kevin Binkley a Finalist for J ... More >>
He's not a grape geek per se, but local cartoonist Doug Pike knows a hell of a lot more about wine than the average recreational drinker. You might say he makes wine his business, given that he earns a nice chunk of change creating wine-centric cartoons for the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Forb ... More >>
Dave Hendershott, Lisa Aubuchon, and their lawyer, Ed Moriarity, face about $210,000 in sanctions and fees stemming from a failed lawsuit related to their long fight with the county. Hendershott and Aubuchon were key players in the fight against the county launched by their bosses, Sheriff Joe Arpai ... More >>
Look out Alice, Rascal Flatts, the award-winning American country band who've sang with Justin Bieber, are developing their own fashion line, and, according to Forbes, pulled down 45 million big ones in 2010, have their sights set on a new venture: a restaurant chain. And where better to put a res ... More >>
Strong words of warning from John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's to those who love themselves a slice of chain-store pizza. Last week, Schnatter (a Mitt Romney backer) said during a phone call with shareholders that if Obamacare is passed, the new healthcare law (set to go into effect i ... More >>
It would appear that the food industry has a problem being honest with consumers when it comes to labeling. Fish are mislabeled, lean finely textured beef is only grudgingly being labeled, and so on. But most of that pales in comparison to the financial ride consumers are taking on Kobe beef. Larr ... More >>
ESPN's reporting the Indianapolis Colts are letting go of quarterback Peyton Manning, which means Arizona Cardinals fans can start going rabid over the thought of him signing with the Red Birds.The Cardinals are on the short list of teams Manning would likely sign with, according to professional ... More >>
Who doesn't love peering into the lives of our favorite (and even our not so favorite) celebrities?Here at Chow Bella, we have food on the brain at all times and when we spotted this list of Top Ten Homes of Your Favorite Celebrity Chefs, we couldn't help but click through. We wanted to see what ... More >>
Image: ForbesMesa - one of safest big cities in the country? Maybe, but nowhere near the safest in the Valley. Mesa ranks seventh in the top 10 safest U.S. cities, says a recent data-crunch by Forbes magazine."I think it definitely goes against the stereotype," Mesa Mayor Scott Smith told Cha ... More >>
WikipediaJoaquin Guzman-Loera is the head of the Sinaloa Cartel. He's also one of the richest men in the world.The Sinaloa drug cartel recently suffered what local law enforcement agencies are considering a "significant blow" -- a 15-month investigation has led to the arrest of more than 200 peop ... More >>
www.tidesports.comYesterday, Forbes Magazine ranked Phoenix as the third "most miserable" professional sports city in the entire country -- behind only Atlanta and Seattle.The publication cites the Phoenix-area's four major professional sports teams' -- the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Phoeni ... More >>
Fox SportsThink classy, you'll be classy.It isn't just Forbes magazine that noticed how miserable the Phoenix sports scene is. New Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers saw it at Chase Field the day he took charge of the team last season, according to a recent piece in the New York T ... More >>
We don't anticipate the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks doing too much to turn that frown upside down.Phoenix-area sports teams just can't win -- even in a contest where all they would need to do to win is lose consistently.Forbes Magazine released its list of the country's "Most Miserable Sports ... More >>
The rich man is still funny
ssur.org Of the hundreds of sports franchises in the world, the Arizona Cardinals are worth quite the pretty penny. According to Forbes magazine, the Cards rank as the 30th most valuable sports team in the world. The value of the team, owned by William Bidwill, is a hefty $935 million and the C ... More >>
Cards safety Antrel RolleThe Internal Revenue Service has some bad news for Arizona Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle: He owes the federal government $2.2 million.According to the IRS, Rolle understated his income by about 50 percent on filings from 2005 and 2006, his first two seasons in ... More >>
By kevindooley on flickr Creative Commons.This will be Gordon Knox's view on the way into work come January.I can't remember the last time ASU Art Museum had a Director. And, man, am I relieved to hear they have finally filled the position. Gordon Knox will take the helm on January 11th, working ... More >>
It didn't take Forbes magazine's list of most boring big cities to convince us that Mesa is one sleepy little 'burb when it comes to arts and culture. Sure, there's the state-of-the-art Mesa Arts Center, but outside of that, the town's pretty much a chain store infested, super kid-friendly wonderlan ... More >>
A ragtag group of Valley janitors says a local maintenance company needs to come clean with how it does business
From the week of January 4, 2001
John McCain derived his wealth from his marriage to Cindy Hensley McCain, whose father started his road to riches as a bootlegger. As a politician, the senator has remained beholden to the liquor industry and the family business
Colleen Smith claims her boss at Hypercom Corporation raped her. The company says it wanted to make things right. So the human resources director started hitting on her.
Officials suppress documents that say how much developers would profit from a hockey arena and commercial complex that's seeking at least $350 million in public subsidies
Comic-book mogul finally makes the big leagues
Spawn's creator revolutionized the comic-book industry. But did he survive Hollywood with his soul intact?
During her 14-year marriage to an auto-parts mogul, Denise Hrudka lived in the lap of luxury. Then her husband stood up.
HIS REAL ESTATE EMPIRE HAS COLLAPSED. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS HE'S TOO BROKE TO BOTHER SUING. BUT GOVERNOR SYMINGTON WILL NEVER REALLY BE POOR.