The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, finally was fired for the wait-time manipulation scandal that may have led to some veterans' deaths. Pete Hegseth, the CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, a veterans' advo ... More >>
Armando Jay Ramirez, a former Phoenix cop and state medical-fraud investigator, has been indicted on suspicion of defrauding veterans' groups and state and federal agencies. Ramirez, 40, worked for the Phoenix Police Department's South Mountain Precinct for about five years until his 2011 domestic ... More >>
Republican Congressional candidate Wendy Rogers released her first TV campaign ad, which features video footage from the beheading of journalist James Foley. The ad attempts to paint her opponent, Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, as weak on terrorism. It's likely only to cause controversy f ... More >>
Comprehensive immigration reform dominated the candidate forum at South Mountain Community College last week -- and no wonder, considering that voters in in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District are overwhelmingly Democratic Latinos. And here's a shocker: All of the candidates at the forum -- a ... More >>
The Department of Veterans Affairs released the results of its internal audit, which didn't reveal a surprise -- wait times are long, and many employees around the country claim there's gaming of the scheduling system.Nationwide, there are more than 100,000 veterans facing long wait times, including ... More >>
Robert Petzel, the Under Secretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, has resigned, according to a statement from the department.Petzel led the health component of the national VA system, which is being investigated for allegations of falsified wait times at the nation's VA hospitals, ... More >>
Mike White's eyelids are half-shut. His breathing is slow, heavy. Two days ago, he was hospitalized with pneumonia. He's still taking drugs to combat the illness and he blames the medicine for sapping his energy. Despite his weariness, White rolls up in his $45,000 motorized wheelchair to Pilgrim R ... More >>
With the government shutdown still ongoing, Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema's staff has compiled a list of some of what's operating, and what's not.Check out the list below, which includes some Arizona-related services:
Elsa Lynch, a longtime judge and court administrator in Paradise Valley who abruptly retired last summer, has received a sentence of one year's probation for theft of government benefits. As we reported in January, Lynch was indicted by a federal grand jury a few weeks after "reti ... More >>
We had no idea that Paradise Valley's veteran judge, Elsa Lynch, was in a peck of legal trouble when she told us in July about her upcoming retirement. Forgive us for momentarily losing our suspicious mind. A few weeks after our chat, it turns out, Lynch was indicted by a federal grand jur ... More >>
The top two leaders at utility company Salt River Project have come under scrutiny after it was revealed they spent nearly $81,000 on travel expenses and dinners, even as the company raises rates and cuts jobs. SRP President John Williams Jr. and Vice President David Rousseau, who make $180,000 a ... More >>
Powerful developers must be stopped from sullying scenic Papago Park with another Valley resort
Harvey Pekar wears no costume, but he's a comic-book hero nonetheless
Letters from the week of December 5, 2002
The government was supposed to take care of mentally disabled Marine combat veteran Brian Callan. It didn't.
No one likes a bully. So why are Rose Mofford, Janet Napolitano and MTV distancing themselves from Arizona's Safe Schools, Safe Students program?
Forced out of the military over refusal to take part in a controversial anthrax immunization program, an ex-serviceman finds his protest was in vein
After years of retaliation because she was a whistleblower, a leading Alzheimer's researcher can vouch for how poorly Arizona law protects university employees who report waste or fraud
Week of March 30, 2000
Longtime director of state's veterans' agency suddenly retires
State probe finds that agency's "failure to comply" with regulations contributed to veteran's death
AN EX-SOLDIER SAYS HARASSMENT DROVE HIM FROM HIS JOB. HIS FORMER EMPLOYER CITES "BIZARRE BEHAVIOR" ROOTED IN VIETNAM.
MINORITIES ARE REFUSED MORTGAGES. BANKS WON'T LEND IN LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS. IT'S CALLED REDLINING, AND IT'S STILL THRIVING IN PHOENIX.
FUELED BY SELFLESS-----AND SELFISH-----PASSIONS, ERIC ADAM BATTLED A MEDICAL EQUIPMENT COMPANY AND RESCUED A BOSNIAN RUNNER HE SAW ON TV