• Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Qikai "Ben" Chen Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Child Abuse; Basis Charter School Boots Its Former Teacher

      Qikai "Ben" Chen has been indicted for felony child abuse. He's also lost his job as a math teacher at Scottsdale's Basis Charter School.​Qikai "Ben" Chen, a former math teacher at Scottsdale's Basis Charter School, pleaded not guilty today to a felony charge of child abuse. The arr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    In Season: Garlic

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce.This week's harvest: Garlic Jennifer Woods​You might be surprised to know that garlic is one of the prettiest plants in the field. The p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Scottsdale Charter School Teacher Accused of Bashing Face of Boyfriend's 6-Year-Old; Girl Woke Up Suspect From His Nap

    Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficeQikai "Ben" Chen, a math teacher at Basis Charter School in Scottsdale, admitted to police that he bashed his boyfriend's daughter's face into a wall, court records state.​ A Scottsdale charter school teacher was arrested on Tuesday and accused of bashing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Belle Alvarez at Palazzo

    Benjamin LeathermanBelle Alvarez hangs out at Palazzo in downtown Phoenix.​Belle Alvarez admits she doesn't believe in vampires, period. It doesn't matter if they're the vintage bloodsuckers you read about in Bram Stoker's tomes or the more sparkly sanguinators that will be flying across silver ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 5, 2006

    Star Struck

    Bunny versus duck

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Rocanrol Heartburn

    The Valley's unstable Latin rock scene leaves a bad taste in local promoters' mouths -- and keeps international acts away