Twenty years ago, Arizona became the second state in the nation to allow charter schools to operate in the public education system. In honor of the anniversary, New Times is taking a hard look at charters in Arizona. The first story in the ongoing series examined how charter schools — both nat ... More >>
Phoenix police arrested the two young men suspected of killing 17-year-old national-champion boxer Alexis Urbina.According to court documents obtained by New Times, 22-year-old Robert Chavez and 23-year-old Joseph Corrales are accused of killing Urbina so they could steal his cellphone, laptop compu ... More >>
A 17-year-old national boxing champion who was training for the 2016 Olympics has died.Phoenix police say Alexis Urbina-Ochoa's death is currently being treated as a homicide, although the autopsy results still aren't in.
Dejuan Donaldson, the man accused of raping three girls, between the ages of 10 and 17, who were walking to schools in south Phoenix neighborhoods in 2010 and 2011, will be going to prison for a long time.For the sexual assaults, Donaldson earned himself 51 1/2 years in prison -- and he won't be eli ... More >>
Dejuan Donaldson, the man accused of raping three girls, between the ages of 10 and 17, who were walking to schools in south Phoenix neighborhoods in 2010 and 2011.Donaldson pleaded guilty today to six charges related to the rapes, a plea that is almost undoubtedly part of a plea agreement.See also: ... More >>
Miguel Aparicio, 37, deported on Monday, despite ICE director John Morton's empty "changes" to ICE deportation policiesLast week United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement honcho John Morton announced a series of "improvements" meant to keep ICE's focus on deporting aliens with serious ... More >>
Dejuan Donaldson says he didn't rape three girls in south Phoenix. DNA, according to police, says otherwise.Dejuan Donaldson, the alleged south Phoenix rapist, was in Maricopa County Superior Court yesterday, where he pleaded not guitly to charges he sexually assaulted three young girls as they w ... More >>
Dejuan DonaldsonA great way to draw attention to a house in which you just got done anally raping a child is to set it on fire, which is exactly what Phoenix police say 18-year-old Dejuan Donaldson, the alleged south Phoenix rapist, did last month.Donaldson's been hit with a laundry list of crime ... More >>
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced this morning that a man has been arrested in connection to three sexual assaults dating back to November.Dajuan Donaldson, 18, was arrested this morning in connection with the attacks on three young girls as they walked to school.The first attack ha ... More >>
A fight turned into a "small-scale riot" involving 200 to 300 people just outside South Mountain High School on Wednesday, police say.Though a spokesman quoted in the Arizona Republic today says only about 40 or 50 people were involved and that it "probably looked even worse than it was," a police n ... More >>
****PLEASE NOTE: Since I posted this item last night, some of the pages linked to below have been taken down. I anticipated this possibility, and so have screen shots of everything. Next week, I'll see about posting some of these to back up what was linked to in the first place.**** Back in Decembe ... More >>
The Mayor's panel, getting an earful while Hizzoner hides out... Is Mayor Phil Gordon afraid of Hispanics? You've gotta wonder, especially when a mostly Hispanic crowd of about 1,000 persons shows up to the auditorium at South Mountain High School to express their frustration over Da Mayor's capitu ... More >>
Things that make you feel dumb
Inmate finally wins his own freedom after six-year legal fight
From the week of September 27, 2001
Even tough, effective teachers like Angela Kirkendall struggle to shield inner-city kids from the lure of the streets
The diary of a promising student describes many pitfalls
January 28 - February 3, 1999
Phoenix Theatre updates a classic with aplomb, but other season openers lack hit power
September 17 - 23, 1998
Sky Harbor shows provide a sense of place, however fleeting
Johnny and Rudy Valenzuela help disadvantaged but promising students stay in school. If only they could keep them alive.
The Center for Agribusiness and Equine Science was supposed to help desegregate the Phoenix Union High School District. Now the same lawsuit that created it is shutting it down.
A con man stole his good name and good credit; the law wouldn't help him get it back
A fledgling indoor-football league is a steppingstone -- for some, to the future; for others, to the past
Three young African Americans say a security guard singled them out, then ran them off
Tejano superstar inspires ageneration of impersonation
PHOENIX UNION'S DESEGREGATION PROGRAM PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS. BUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FLUNKED OUT WHEN IT CAME TO EDUCATING KIDS.