With another day comes another promise that something is going to be done about the thousands of ignored child-abuse and neglect allegations phoned in to Child Protective Services over the last few years.Governor Jan Brewer held a press conference this morning to explain her plan to deal with the cr ... More >>
After a Mesa woman tossed boiling water on her husband and child, the couple decided that only the husband should be hospitalized, as they feared that Child Protective Services might find out.CPS did find out, and that 4-year-old child has since been taken to the Maricopa County Burn Unit -- two wee ... More >>
Birther attorney and Sheriff Joe Arpaio fan Larry Klayman has filed a federal lawsuit against New Times and our Minneapolis sister paper, City Pages, claiming "defamation."Klayman's lawsuit points to New Times and City Pages blog posts that cite an appellate court ruling from Ohio, a public record, ... More >>
What are the chances that a lawyer who was found by a court to have "inappropriately touched" children would try to stop the recall of a county sheriff whose agency failed to properly investigate more than 400 sex crimes?This is quite the, um, coincidence, as we stumbled across a judgment from an Oh ... More >>
A 10-month-old girl was flown from a Yuma hospital to Phoenix Children's Hospital last week, as it was believed that the girl had been stung by a scorpion.Turns out, there was no scorpion -- the little girl had eaten mom's meth and ecstasy.
A former social worker at Tolleson High School -- and current youth worker with the City of Tolleson -- is accused of sexually assaulting his 23-year-old foster son as recently as last week.Michael David White, 49, became the man's foster father when the alleged victim was 16, although the man had b ... More >>
County Attorney Bill Montgomery and other child welfare experts have been pegged with the task of figuring out how to fix Child Protective Services. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced today the members of a task force she's organized to review the state's child-safety policies following a rece ... More >>
Four boys ages 9, 10, 13 and 14 lured an 8-year-old neighbor into a shed at a Phoenix apartment complex, then sexually assaulted her, police say. The crime happened last Thursday evening, and police were called to the scene after reports of a young girl running out of the shed, half-nude and screa ... More >>
Last week, New Times featured an in-depth look at the hype surrounding the "Craigslist Killings." Much of the controversy and opposition centered on the "Erotic Services" section of the Web site. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sheriff Thomas Dart of Cook Count ... More >>
Most Arizona voters hate the idea of cutting education to help balance the state's budget, says a new poll by KAET-TV and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Sixty-nine percent of respondents answered "education" to the question, "The one area in which I think cut ... More >>
Nebraska officials have not yet determined whether they need to work with Arizona child welfare officials on the case.
Manuel Nieto Jr., Manuel Nieto Sr. and Velia Meraz By Ray Stern Two Phoenix siblings who claim in an ACLU lawsuit that they were racially profiled and harassed by Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies both have criminal records. As Manuel Nieto Jr. and Velia Meraz explained to me on Tuesday, their p ... More >>
She went after CPS -- but now the state may be coming after her
Few argue that Janet Napolitano has been a good governor. The question is, why isn't she great?
The Thomas J. Pappas School gives homeless kids everything they need except a good education
Secrecy at CPS must change before real reform of this broken agency can begin
Arizona's child welfare system is perpetually in disarray. Now, Governor Janet Napolitano wants to save the children. But can anyone sort out this political and financial mess?
One of the Valley's most revered mental-health advocates struggles with cancer
Mesa is home to a multimillion-dollar quest to quantify gang-intervention techniques
CPS slammed for severing parental rights while doing little to preserve the family
On Madison Street, crowds of crack-addicted homeless are plaguing police and downtown businesses. But no one seems to be doing much about it.
Phoenix Community Alliance's new plan for the Capitol Mall sends the homeless scrambling while the city looks the other way
The case of the battered Avondale quadruplets includes horrific injuries, a misdiagnosis, a mystery witness, a mentally ill mother, a crude police report, missions of mercy rebuffed. Expect it all to get sorted out in a criminal court.
The Arizona Veterans Service Commission bungles the estates of its incapacitated wards
New Glendale CC president rankles faculty with plan to remake blighted neighborhood
The story of a psychotic Vietnam veteran who died on the streets rattles the mental-health-care and judicial communities, triggering investigations and calls for reform
Governor Symington has spoken of helping needy kids and improving the welfare system. His welfare agency, the Department of Economic Security, is famous for astonishing incompetence and children who die.
Nick's gave Thanksgiving turkeys to 32,000 people--but4,000 more got the bird
CLAIMING A RARE DISORDER MADE JAN BROOKS AN UNFIT MOTHER, THE STATE TOOK HER DAUGHTER AWAY. THE DIAGNOSIS WOULDN'T STAND.
A WINTER OF DISCONTENT AMONG ADVOCATES OF THE HOMELESS