Arizonans no longer risk getting a DUI for driving with an inactive metabolite of marijuana in their blood following a ruling by the state's high court. The Arizona Supreme Court announced this morning that it was reaffirming the trial court's decision to dump the case of Hrach Shilgevorkyan, who w ... More >>
A fight on Sunday night in a Phoenix diner between police officers and a berserk man on a destructive rampage ended when the man fell ill and died after being tased four times. Police haven't yet released the name of the 38-year-old white man, pending notification of his family.
Not long after taking office, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery formed a special panel of prosecutors to review cases of claimed self-defense. The Republican politician stated in a news release at the time that the panel was designed to ensure people claiming self-defense would not have thei ... More >>
Krokodil may be the scariest drug on the planet, but there's scant evidence so far that the flesh-eating heroin substitute has ever left Russia. Why anyone would inject or otherwise consume krokodil is also uncertain, given that experts say it literally rots flesh off the bone. News reports last y ... More >>
In case you've missed any of the New Times cover stories this year, we've got 10 that you definitely should read.Sorry to the munchies and music departments, but this is the news blog, so our picks are news-related, naturally.
In this week's cover story, Ray Stern reports on certain preparations of marijuana that some prosecutors think is still illegal for dispensaries and medical-marijuana users.It seems strange, since the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act allows patients to possess marijuana buds and "any mixture or ... More >>
Solana, the giant concentrated-solar plant near Gila Bend, began commercial operations on Monday that will deliver power to Arizona residents for the next 30 years. You've certainly seen the rows and rows of mirrors in the last year or so if you've driven the Gila Bend route on the way to San Diego ... More >>
The numbers are in and somehow Joe Arpaio, our 80-year-old codger of a sheriff, has secured another four-year term as the county's top lawman. If that wasn't enough to get your blood boiling, the self-professed "America's toughest sheriff" is promising to run for Maricopa County Sheriff again in 201 ... More >>
And guns?The U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau -- which, as we noted earlier this week, is the same agency that lets drug cartel members buy guns -- is warning firearms dealers not to sell guns to medical marijuana users.The ATF wrote a letter to firearms dealers earlier this week warni ... More >>
Image: Ray Stern Tempe's Hayden Butte, also known as the "A" Mountain, was painted red, white and blue last night. Could it be that someone's happy 'cause Obama killed Osama?
Image: Ray Stern Union leaders weren't in the mood to answer questions about their demonstration on Thursday.About 50 demonstrators from the Carpenters Union chanted and marched on the corner of University Drive and Mill Avenue in Tempe today -- but don't ask why. A man with an o ... More >>
Image: Ray Stern Joe Yuhas of Riester public relations and a spokesman for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, was among the first to speak at today's hearing on medical marijuana.It's standing-room only here at the state-sponsored public hearing on medical marijua ... More >>
ebaumsworld.comIt seems I've introduced my dear colleague Ray Stern to the fascinating world of facts, statistics and sources, as he finally breaks down and uses a few in his latest pro-gun nut diatribe, "The Anti-Gun Culture..."In it, Ray returns once again to his us-versus-them, all-or-nothin ... More >>
YahooMovies If he only had a brain, he could pass that non-existent mental health evaluation and buy a Glock... In the wake of the Tucson massacre, there have been, as you might expect, a number of folks who have suggested that maybe Arizona, and the nation, would benefit from stricter gun le ... More >>
Image: Ray SternSRP released 217 billion gallons of water through the Town Lake from January to May due to excessive rain and snowmelt This is a desert. Nobody likes to see a billion gallons of water flushed down a hole in the middle of summer, which is what happened July 20 after one Tempe T ... More >>
Image: Ray Stern An unidentified woman is led away in handcuffs by Phoenix police during a protest of SB1070 on Thursday outside the federal courthouse.Seven activists were arrested by Phoenix police today during protests of SB1070 outside of the federal courthouse, where hearings ... More >>
Was Lisa Aubuchon involved in the decision to charge Ray Stern? Her personnel file says yes.In October 2007, New Times reporter Ray Stern was cited with a criminal charge for supposedly raising his voice while in the office of a lawyer working for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office -- and ... More >>
We mentioned it briefly yesterday, but today Ray Stern takes a deeper look at the Heart Attack Grill's lawsuit against a Florida sports bar, over on our Valley Fever blog. (For earlier coverage of the concept, go here.) True, the name "Heart Stoppers Sports Grill" is awfully s ... More >>
New Times writer Ray Stern has more to say about the arrest of Citrus Cafe owner Andrew Paparella Jr. on the Valley Fever blog today -- check it out.
Uh-oh. The light rail system has been operating with passengers for just four days and it's already been involved in a vehicle collision. That doesn't seem to bode well for the on-street system, which logged another minor accident earlier this month during its test phase. Whether the ... More >>
Get Out, The East Valley Tribune's Thursday entertainment tabloid will publish for the last time on Christmas Day. Today, I finally got an e-mail with memorial details for our vanquished -- but respected -- foe of 11 years. You can click here to leave thoughts and memories.The Trib is my former empl ... More >>
"Synchronizing" is a tough word to spell, even if you aren't high from the ton of marijuana you're trying to smuggle. But you'd think after going to all the trouble of creating this UPS lookalike, the smugglers would invest some of their profit in a dictionary. The truck, which was carrying 2,118 po ... More >>
People ask us all the time: What can I do about that nasty photo radar ticket I got in the mail? The answer: Nothing. Literally. Chuck it in the trash. It's perfectly ethical -- just look at the ticket's fine print. You see, for photo enforcement citations to be valid, the state ... More >>
A post in this blog about the fake snowfall each night at Tempe Marketplace received the following comment: My family ended up coughing our way out of the mall along with others trying to flee the snowy scene. Not sure it's exactly "safe" to breathe so I'm wondering what the other 10% is made of!We ... More >>
A self-published book author who spent the last four years living as a hermit in a southeastern Arizona fire lookout has won a prestigious international literary award.Glynn E. Thompson's book, The Raving Eunuch Monks, sold 500 copies by word of mouth alone after he published it last year, accordi ... More >>
Hard to believe we're breathing this soup, isn't it? Apart from that disturbing detail, the brown haze lingering below the summit of 2,704-foot Camelback Mountain looked almost pretty near sunset on Sunday evening. The skyscrapers of downtown can barely be seen through the opaque cloud, but w ... More >>
Desert dwellers can feel a splash of snow falling on their heads this holiday season at one East Valley strip mall. The still-spanking-new Tempe Marketplace will be dropping snow on shoppers every night till Christmas. Well, not really snow, but an artificial look-alike that dissolves instantly -- ... More >>
Initial reports of less-than-stellar voter turnout in the November 4 election brought cries of frustration from some officials: "It's extremely disappointing to me," Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told the East Valley Tribune. "We work very hard for this. I think it went smoothly, but I just ... More >>
Okay, we realize this bumper sticker is a bit hard to see, but it reads "1/20/2013." Get it? Looks like numerous Web sites are selling these stickers now that the election is a done deal. It takes a lot of screwing up by a president to fail to win a second term, though. So who's being the country ... More >>
It looks like year three is going to be about how they didn't get the food right in year one or year two.
It's a groundbreaking moment in the search for other planets and possibly other life in the universe.
Don't be fooled -- it's possible you've gotten a bum steer on these initiatives by their promoters.
The prosecutors said there was no "reasonable likelihood" that they could convict reporter Ray Stern. By Sarah Fenske The "disorderly conduct" citation against New Times reporter Ray Stern has been dropped at the request of prosecutors. Last week, Mesa City Prosecutor John Pombier asked the cour ... More >>
By Ray Stern The front of this preschool building on McDowell just east of 44th Street doesn't look much better — a blotch of painted-over graffiti stains the wall near the front door. Sadly, this sign symbolizes the state of too many homes in the Valley, both in terms of appearance and the funct ... More >>
By Jonathan McNamara The Arizona Republic published a lead editorial today called "Paranoia-ville" that sternly criticizes Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign to peruse more than 10,000 e-mails (as reported by New Times on May 15) received by Mayor Phil Gordon and his staff. For more images from City ... More >>
By Sarah Fenske Waah, waah, waah! That's the sound of Maricopa County Sheriff's Captain James Miller, whining in an internal memo about the Phoenix Police Department's refusal to come to the MCSO's aid when it tried to keep a New Times reporter from (gasp!) looking at public records. Captain Ja ... More >>
Ever see a lawyer who doesn't like to argue? Well, now you have, Michele Iafrate, the alleged legal beagle whose complaint re: Ray Stern got him cited for "disorderly conduct." Since the posting of my Monday blog item, “The new Nick Tarr? Reporter Ray Stern's disorderly conduct charge mysteriousl ... More >>
Stern's still got his ticket, but his name wasn't on the court's docket... As I mentioned in my post on harassed actor Nick Tarr last week, one of the MCSO's standard intimidation moves is to cite or arrest someone they want to "punish," then never file the ticket or the complaint with the court. T ... More >>
The ticked-off toucan recounts the trials of NT scribe Ray Stern, snickers at the County Attorney's press conference, and tells why Rusty Childress' anti-immigrant org is goin' to the library
The truculent tweeter tackles Mayor Phil, PHX City Council hypocrisy, and goofball prez wanna-be Fred Thompson