In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered. Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
It turns out that a partial shutdown of the federal government has consequences.Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business released its monthly report on the Phoenix-area housing market, and things weren't so hot last month.
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bustedtees.com Could be America's wallet, too.A Canadian financial institution released a survey saying one in five maple leaf-ers want to hop the border to live in the United States, and before you yell "border fence," consider their intent: they want to invest in America's housing market ... More >>
www.outsidetheinterzone.comA Chandler woman claims a California-based mortgage company swindled her out of her home by buying her mortgage note and unlawfully selling it to another company -- a familiar narrative of the recent housing crisis.Jill Slikker accepted a loan from the Marshall & Il ... More >>
Benjamin Leatherman The book's been closed on the Library Bar & GrillAs anyone who's ever rented an apartment can tell you, battling with the landlord can really suck. Said conflicts typically generate huge amounts of drama, some major headaches, and usually end up with the renters out ... More >>
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By lowjumpingfrog on flickr Creative Commons.Here's a photo of someone writing because this is a blog about writing.Apparently, Arty Girl is all about education this week.Monday, I blogged about the encaustic workshop at Eye Lounge and today, I'm going to tell you about a couple of writing worksh ... More >>
Larry Johnson, a former executive at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, has written a book titled Frozen. In the book, Johnson writes that employees at Alcor mishandled baseball legend Ted Williams' head, with one employee taking baseball-like swings at Williams' frozen head w ... More >>
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith owes $16,224 in a federal taxes, according to a lien filed with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. We asked Mesa spokesman Steve Wright about this -- here's his reply: That issue was resolved. The IRS has been petitioned to withdraw the lien.
A group of homeowners affiliated with LIUNA - the Laborers' International Union of North America -- has sued KB Homes and Countrywide Mortage for allegedly conspiring to pad the value of homes to defraud home buyers.Seven West Valley homeowners who belong to the Alliance for Homebuyer Justice, a LI ... More >>
President Barack Obama told a cheering crowd at Dobson High School in Mesa that the $787 billion stimulus act he signed into law yesterday will create jobs and restore the housing market to stability.Though the speech was loaded with vague rhetoric, Obama focused on a few of the details he said woul ... More >>
This probably isn't the deal you've been waiting for, but the price of the Phoenix mansion formerly owned by John McCain has dropped by $2 million. You can now buy this piece of Arizona history -- (imagine the dinner party conversations: "Yeah, the guy who Obama beat lived here,") --   ... More >>
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Are new homes shoddy? Depends who you ask
It's no surprise that builders take shortcuts to make money. What might shock you: Government officials -- from regulators to legislators -- do little to stop them
How much longer will schools be able to keep up with fast-growing communities?
Deep cuts proposed to state budget set up bleak future for Arizonans
City zoning rules make it tough for Larry Jany to sell his property and retire
Canadian investors in a Phoenix-based company say they are victims of an international incident
Discord between GOP lawmakers and the governor is just one reason the budget battle might get ugly.
If you're feeling sympathy for Fife Symington, read this
Forced to explain his creative accounting practices, the governor steps through the looking glass
PHOENIX'S INFILL HOUSING PROGRAM IS SUPPOSED TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY CORE WHILE CURBING URBAN SPRAWL. BUT WHEN IT SUBSIDIZES LUXURY HOMES IN EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOODS, THE PROGRAM FILLS THE WALLETS OF BUILDERS