Tall with a buzz cut and a toothy grin, Dr. Ralph Heap is a banjo-pickin' orthopedic surgeon with a handsome family and enough charisma to worry incumbent Bob Worsley in the GOP primary for state senator from deeply red Legislative District 25. Heap also is a colossal hypocrite -- and the cat's paw ... More >>
Citing a desire for pension reform, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio released details of the 50 biggest pension payouts the city is making to retired employees.DiCiccio's report estimates these 50 employees will get combined pension payouts of around $173 million, leading DiCiccio to compare the ... 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 still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
Maricopa County leaders and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are in some sort of fight over the insurance coverage of vehicles owned by posse members, but neither side is giving details. The issue, whatever it is, led to recent news stories about the Sun City posse being suspended, but now Arpaio's office is say ... More >>
Maps made by a Georgia Tech grad student show where the highest concentrations of people without health insurance live in America's biggest cities, including Phoenix.The maps are based on data collected from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, and the map of Phoenix isn't entirely surpris ... More >>
A grand total of 739 Arizonans signed up for health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange set up by Obamacare.Nationwide, 106,185 people have selected health care plans through the marketplace, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servic ... More >>
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Phoenix on Thursday to promote Obamacare.Sebelius isn't exactly in everyone's good graces right now, since her agency is responsible for rolling out the health insurance exchange website that's been a world-famous failure so far.
Justin Johnson and Laura Pastor, candidates in the Phoenix City Council District 4 race, continued delivering some hefty jabs at each other as early voting got underway on Thursday. Johnson, the son of former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, faces criticism over family properties that are vacant eye so ... More >>
An attempt to find out how states are being impacted by the government shutdown, one calculation finds Arizona is among the states that will feel it the most.WalletHub.com, a website started by a former Capital One higher-up, estimates that Arizona's the 15th-most affected state in the country.
The ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes is a good sign, according to a group of Arizona's gay-marriage proponents.The agencies explained yesterday that same-sex couples that were legally married in any jurisd ... More >>
LifeLock launched its new persona as a publicly traded company on Wednesday -- then watched as its initial stock price fell by several percent. LifeLock, the Tempe-based anti-identity-theft company founded in 2005 by Robert Maynard Jr. and Todd Davis, had expected to sell shares at $9 apiece, but t ... More >>
In a pot boiling battle of top-notch fare and culinary prowess (and maybe a bit of playing the dozens), would your money be on chef Romeo Taus of Romeo's Euro Cafe in Gilbert with his Mediterranean-inspired flavors, or the eclectic Asian stylings of chef John Wong of the restaurant Asia in Mesa? At ... More >>
The thought that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- is a "government takeover" of health care has been repeated over, and over, and over again since the spring of 2009.That thought earned the label of "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact, a fact-checking outlet ... More >>
The Arizona Senate is currently considering a bill that would keep all of the existing prescription drug coverage for any medications your doctor prescribes for you, unless it's contraception.It's been the law in Arizona since 2003 that prescription contraception is treated just like any other m ... More >>
TMZHerman Cain's latest accuser, Sharon Bialek (right), and her headline-hungry attorney, Gloria Allred.Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain remains on the attack when it comes to Sharon Bialek, the latest woman to accuse the former Godfather's Pizza CEO of sexual harassment.Cain plans t ... More >>
Two-day festival is a gay celebration
www.fireandreamitchell.comArizona Governor Jan Brewer announced last night that Arizona will be joining 14 other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over the federal healthcare mandate passed by Congress last month.Brewer's general counsel, Joseph Kanefield, will represent Ar ... More >>
Image: Martha StrachanLifeLock, the ethics-bending, Tempe-based firm covered in two 2007 New Times feature articles, has been permanently banned from performing what used to be its most basic service.Under a lawsuit settlement with Experian, a major credit bureau, LifeLock can no longer place a ... More >>
A Mesa phone soliciting firm has fleeced untold numbers of elderly victims since 2000 by promising identity theft protection, says the state Attorney General's office. A lawsuit filed June 30 says that reps from the Consumer Benefits Group, which lists an address of 12 West Main S ... More >>
We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Obama Scholarship Program at ASU Really a Financial Aid Program; Draws ... More >>
Skip happy hour and splurge on the latest swanky culinary event, Forks and Corks, on Thursday evening. Proceeds benefit scholarships for the Arizona Hotel and Restaurant Foundations. Chefs from the Arizona Biltmore, Lon's at the Hermosa, Fairmont Scottsdale, Hyatt Regency, and many other resorts and ... More >>
With thousands out of work, Golfland Entertainment Centers will likely host a good-sized crowd at its Saturday job fair for seasonal workers. But, to quote from a New Times headline this week, applicants better have their papers in order. If you'll recall, Golfland was the site of a safari-hunt for ... More >>
Phoenix boxing great Michael Carbajal says his big brother and manager, Danny, stole every penny he had
Those who can teach, do art
Al Pages soiree aint fancy, but it bangs
Dipping a toe in the urban mainstream
Arizona Biltmore's Paradise Pool
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State prosecutors, regulators scrutinize the Baptist Foundation of Arizona
Bankruptcy officials say People's Paralegal owner is up to his old tricks with a new partner
A HEALTH-CLUB MEMBER GETS A WORKOUT CORRECTING QUESTIONABLE ELECTRONIC WITHDRAWALS FROM HER BANK ACCOUNT
INVESTORS WANT WESTERN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TO CASH IN ON THE MBA CRAZE. BUT THE SCHOOL HAS YET TO MASTER ITS OWN BUSINESS PROBLEMS
TANYA BECKER WANTED A NICE RENTER FOR HER HOME. SHE WOUND UP WITH A REAL-LIFE "PACIFIC HEIGHTS" TENANT
DEAN BREWER WAS ALREADY UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR BANKRUPTING A MORTGAGE COMPANY, SO ARIZONA REGULATORS LET HIM TAKE OVER CHARTER TITLE, AND $8 MILLION IS MISSING.