Leslie Lara figures Tio Sam Taxes, owned by local Republican bigwig wannabe Erik Ketelaar, owes her about $1,267, the combined amount of her federal tax refunds for 2012 and 2013. The company, which at one time had six locations in Phoenix and Mesa, heavily marketed its services to Hispanics, adver ... More >>
We Americans may have an international reputation for being fat and loud, but it turns out our neighbors to the south may have even, uh, bigger issues than we do. Mexico recently surpassed the United States in obesity rates, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization with 32.8 ... More >>
A group of automotive enthusiasts is trying to prevent any roads and highways in the state from becoming toll roads.Additionally, the proposed ballot initiative submitted by the group targets plans for potential toll lanes on highways, which would allow solo drivers to pay to use the carpool lane.
A comment overheard recently: 'If it looks like a Bar, sounds like a Bar, it is a Bar.' It's hard enough to grow and plant wine grapes in Arizona, or anywhere for that matter, and fortunately this is not a majority opinion, but I beg to differ. Let me explain about the gap between these two state ... More >>
Arizona had the largest decrease of teenagers giving birth over the last few years than any other state, according to numbers released by the National Center for Health Statistics.That's important, since teenagers have a higher risk of low birthweight, premature birth, babies dying in infancy, passi ... More >>
Arizonans have less freedom to engage in activities that may be related to bachelor parties than the residents of 48 other states.According to a study from George Washington University, Arizona gets its poor ranking from laws on gambling, victimless crime, tobacco, beer, kegs, fireworks, prostitutio ... More >>
El Mirage officials are hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza -- "the greatest Easter event El Mirage has ever seen" -- on March 30 at Bill Gentry Park, 14010 N. El Mirage Road. As children get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny, color eggs, pet ponies, and romp around in a bouncy house, El Mirage ... More >>
Totally upstaged by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio went ahead late Thursday with an announcement for his own anti-Newtown idea: armed posse members at schools. The posse will "safeguard schools from violent predators," Arpaio claims. He's not asking for perm ... More >>
Here's the thing about the propositions on the ballot for tomorrow's election: for the most part, they're boring, and at the end of the day, you may not really give a damn.Thankfully, people like ousted state Senate President Russell Pearce, Governor Jan Brewer, and the lobbyists from Center for Ari ... More >>
Online bookselling giant Amazon.com has three distribution facilities in Phoenix and is planning a fourth. Despite the massive movement of sold books through Arizona, Amazon -- like most other online retailers -- neither collects from its customers nor pays, according to the state, any state ... More >>
Videographer Dennis Gilman covered Sheriff Joe Arpaio's recent worksite raid at the Phoenix company Great Western Erectors, and challenged Joe on separating mothers and fathers from their children during these immigration-enforcement stunts of his.Arpaio tries to slough it off, claiming he's just en ... More >>
Arizona looks like a potential deadbeat to the world-famous Moody's credit-rating service. Citing concerns over a sales-tax increase set to expire in mid-2013 and a budget that relies on the federal government to make changes caused Moody's to downgrade Arizona's outlook this week f ... More >>
Tom Horne Republicans are anti-marijuana and anti-tax. Unless there's a buck to be made. Tom Horne, the state's new Attorney General, just came out in favor of taxing the medical marijuana soon to be sold in Arizona. True, a small tax on the product isn't such a bad idea. The pot shops will ... More >>
www.hollywoodoutbreak.comClaire Danes won an Emmy for her portrayal of Temple Grandin. The movie was set in Arizona, so, obviously, it was filmed somewhere else.If you watched the Emmys last night you undoubtedly became aware of Temple Grandin -- even if you don't have HBO (like certain lowly New ... More >>
The first image of Cowboys and Aliens compliments of Jon FavreauThe first image of Cowboys and Aliens, Jon Favreau's futuristic answer to the über-successful Avatar, was "tweeted" by Favreau today and it looks pretty awesome.The film is being described as a 3-D journey into a Southwestern c ... More >>
www.icanhascheezburger.comThe Phoenix City Council approved a new tax yesterday that will increase the price of the most basic necessity: food.In a 6-3 vote, the council approved a two-percent tax on basic grocery items like milk, meat, vegetables, and all the other basics that people need to liv ... More >>
Cards safety Antrel RolleThe Internal Revenue Service has some bad news for Arizona Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle: He owes the federal government $2.2 million.According to the IRS, Rolle understated his income by about 50 percent on filings from 2005 and 2006, his first two seasons in ... More >>
www.telegraph.co.uk George Clooney at Friday night's "Hope for Haiti" fundraiser If George Clooney and Bono didn't woo you into donating money to the Haiti relief effort on Friday night, Uncle Sam might. The Internal Revenue Service is offering immediate tax relief for any cash ... More >>
The Arizona State Legislature enters its fourth special session of the year today, with the hopes of ironing out a plan to put some sort of dent in the current $2 billion budget gap. Good luck. One thing will be absent from this round of bickering, however: The standard squabble over a propo ... More >>
Two buses from the Roosevelt School District collided near 23rd and Southern avenues yesterday. According to police, one bus rear-ended the other while it was stopped at a stop sign. Sixty students were on the buses, but police say there were no major injuries...Inspectors have found that in the ... More >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's still pushing her budget-rescue plan to state lawmakers, which includes a proposed temporary tax hike. Legislators haven't exactly received Brewer's plan with open arms, and she says their reluctance may delay a special spring election which puts approval for the tax hi ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons The owners of the Grand Ole Opry want to build a resort in Mesa with taxpayers' help.Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Company has proposed building a mega-resort in Mesa that would include a convention space, retail shops, and an 18-hole golf course. But the company's d ... More >>
So-called "date rape" cases will be handled differently at the state's three universities because of a lawsuit settlement -- no more sweeping cases under the rug. State lawmakers are considering a change to tax code -- critics say that's code for tax hike. Drink up on Indian land: The Salt ... More >>
Irony of the Day: A Tucson police lieutenant stole $560,000 in money seized from criminals under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act over the course of four years, gambling most of it away. Richard Garcia, 47, admitted to the crime in federal court today ... More >>
The right-leaning American for Prosperity group is bringing its Hot Air Tour to Phoenix on Saturday, offering tethered hot air balloon rides and speeches on the huge costs of trying to solve global warming. Tom Jenney, director of the AFP's Arizona chapte ... More >>
By Michele Laudig Here's a real head-scratcher. The seemingly successful Soma Cafe, at Tatum and Shea, unexpectedly closed its doors over the weekend. According to one of my colleagues (who was a Soma regular to the point that it was like his second office), there was a note on the door yesterday ... More >>
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