PetSmart laid off 176 employees at its Phoenix headquarters yesterday. Company spokeswoman Erin Gray confirmed to New Times that the layoffs came as part of PetSmart's "broad cost reduction program."
The body of a mentally ill black woman who was shot and killed by police was brought to Phoenix City Hall today by community activists and the slain woman's family, who demanded an external investigation into her death. Michelle Cusseaux, 50, was fatally shot by Phoenix Police Officer Percy Dupra o ... More >>
Arizonans might be some of the stressed-out people in the United States.That is, if working long hours or being unemployed, commuting a long way, not having health insurance, spending too much on housing, and living in a densely populated area are things that cause stress.
Arizona House Minority Leader, Democrat Chad Campbell, has offered up some legislative proposals that are supposed to target gun violence -- one of the few plans we've heard of around here that doesn't include more guns.As a whole, his plan's chance of becoming law is zero percent, but let's get an ... More >>
New York PostCoheed and Cambria bassist Mic ToddYou guys heard this one, right? The one about how Michael "Mic" Todd -- the bassist from prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria -- robbed a Massachusetts Walgreens claiming he had a bomb for some bottles of Oxycontin this past Sunday? Yeah, I wish I was ma ... More >>
It's no secret -- not really -- that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a son who is seriously mentally ill. During her years in the state legislature and as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, she mentioned it often in passing, and earned a reputation as a big-hearted advoc ... More >>
www.theemptyroom.comCongratulations drug addicts -- doctors hope to prove that the cure for your addiction is the actual cause of your affliction: More drugs!Doctors from around the globe are meeting in San Jose, California, this week to revisit the topic of hallucinogenic drugs used t ... More >>
Think your way to a healthy self-esteem
Despite having the second-worst budget crisis in the country, blistering summer heat, and that whole (gulp!) Sheriff Arpaio problem in its most-populous county, Arizona is among the happiest states in the country, according to a recent survey.The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey ... More >>
Traveling fest advances the role of women in film
As Americans, there are a lot of things we don't agree on. But if there's one thing I think we can all get behind, it's this: British/Irish/Scottish accents make everything better. You could call my mother a dirty slut in your boring old American accent and I'd want to punch you in the face, but say ... More >>
From award-winning reporter to street criminal to incarcerated basket case. That's been the arc of Joe Watson's life in two years. The former writer for New Times and other local publications has been in the hoosegow since April 2007 for allegedly terrorizing women during armed robberies of tan ... More >>
Down from the mountain, a softly lit Heath Ledger can't save this by-the-numbers Aussie drug flick
Few argue that Janet Napolitano has been a good governor. The question is, why isn't she great?
For $5 million, Arizona can grow its population of meth users -- just like Montana
Any way you add it up, kids at one Valley middle school were dealing meth out of their backpacks
Phoenix police shoot and kill a lot of people. But it's time to look beyond the police department for the reasons.
Insider claims state hid suicidal behavior
Nearly Naked Theatre goes mental in darkly comic production
Letters from the week of March 28, 2002
Ben Wallis survives the chemical abyss to establish a place where others can heal
Three years ago, at the pinnacle of their 15-year career, local rock heroes the Meat Puppets vanished from view, after bass player Cris Kirkwood became addicted to cocaine and heroin. The story only gets worse from there.
Dr. Pietr Hitzig of Maryland has prescribed a fen-phen panacea for all manner of ailments to thousands of patients he has never met. One of them, Alvin Chernov, killed himself.
Luis Sharpe led a double life. In public, he was an admired NFL star. In private, he was a crackhead hell-bent on self-destruction.
Dr. Willard Hunter's repeated misprescription of dangerous drugs has contributed to two deaths. But the state medical board doesn't see any reason to revoke his doctor's license.
The Chimeras are the Tempe band that would not die
THE OFFICE OF THE COURT MONITOR IS SUPPOSED TO HOLD THE MENTAL-HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS CLIENTS. BUT NOBODY'S BEEN HOLDING THE OFFICE ITSELF ACCOUNTABLE.
BARBARA ROSS SAYS A JUDGE AND HER FORMER HUSBAND--ATTORNEY GENERAL GRANT WOODS--TRANPLED HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN A CHILD CUSTODY CASE