Democratic Arizona lawmaker and former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of DUI. The state Department of Public Safety, which made the arrest, declined comment. The Navajo County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Hale, 64, was booked into jail in Holbrook a ... More >>
The Arizona State Forestry Division has released 20 video clips shot by crews fighting the Yarnell Fire last year on the day 19 firefighters were killed. Footage of the discovery of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot crew members' bodies was redacted, but the audio was left intact. Other video shows t ... More >>
Republican Doug Ducey will be the next governor of Arizona, having beaten Democratic candiate Fred DuVal soundly in unofficial results Tuesday evening. It was a landslide, with the ice-cream mogul beating the Democratic lobbyist by about 12 points.
Democrat and former state lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema has kept her seat in Congress, easily besting her Republican competitor, Air Force vet Wendy Rogers. Sinema's victory in Arizona's CD9 flew against the prevailing winds nationally in a heavily Republican election night. So did the apparent victory o ... More >>
As you now know, Tuesday night was a stunning upset for Democrats across the country. In a burst of mid-term politician fatigue, Americans put majority power in the hands of the U.S. Senate and firmed up the GOP stronghold in the House. Arizona's Republican victory shouldn't have been as shocking t ... More >>
New Times reporters are all around the Phoenix area covering today's election. Below, find a live Twitter feed of race results and reactions:
Terminally ill patients will have the "right to try" experimental drugs and treatments under an Arizona ballot proposition that won in a landslide on Tuesday. Proposition 300 seems like common sense to some, but it's a remarkable proposal in some ways: If a patient, doctor and experimental drug mak ... More >>
The State Bar of Arizona has created a short video to remind Tuesday's general-election voters not to blow off the decisions on all those judges on the ballot. The "Finish the Ballot" cartoon (below) comes at a time when at least two judges in Arizona, including one in Maricopa County, failed to m ... More >>
Glendale firefighters cussed and made threats during an altercation in the driveway of a home on Sunday, as captured by a neighbor's video camera. "You motherfucker. You're fucking dead meat, bitch!" a firefighter yells at a patient in a gurney, as can be seen in the video uploaded to YouTube on Mo ... More >>
A bloody fight between fans at Sunday's Arizona Cardinals game was caught on video. The Cards beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Plenty of action also took place in the stands, as the video shows.
We just talked to an Arizona Republic reporter who tells us, predictably, that the process of having to reapply for a job is "insulting." Reportedly, editors at the state's largest newspaper figured the process would be less painful -- for them -- than pointing fingers at specific people to get rid ... More >>
New Times reporters are all around the Phoenix area covering today's primary election. Below, find a live Twitter feed of race results and reactions:
Facebook went down this morning in an apparent worldwide outage, throwing social media users into a panic and boosting the use of rival site Twitter. With no Facebook on which to share thoughts for -- what, about 23 minutes? -- Twitter was abuzz with various quips and laments about the temporary fr ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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 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 >>
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 >>
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's a groundbreaking moment in the search for other planets and possibly other life in the universe.
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