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    November 11, 2014

    10 Ways People in Phoenix Know It's Autumn

    One of the biggest culture shocks experienced by people who moved to the Phoenix metro area from a cold climate can be the completely unexpected arrival of winter. With daytime temperatures reaching into the high 80s in early November -- a situation that's by no means unusual -- Valley residents so ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    10 Things No One From Phoenix Ever Says

    There are certain phrases people from Phoenix always use ("It's a dry heat!") but there are also some things people from Phoenix never say. Check out 10 things no one from Phoenix ever says:

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    July 16, 2014

    10 Herbal Liqueurs and Wines You Should Try (That Aren't Fernet)

    If you're stuck in the no man's land between being completely sick of shots of Fernet Branca and going for the gusto and switching to shots of bitters, you aren't alone. Luckily, the wide world of digestifs, aperitifs, and whatever else you want to classify them as have something bitter, sweet, flor ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    10 Best Arizona-Related Urban Dictionary Definitions

    Merriam-Webster tends to be bland sometimes, so we consulted the Urban Dictionary to define some Arizona-related things.Check out our top 10 finds (which doesn't include any grotesque sexual acts!):

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    February 3, 2014

    10 Arizona Places Nobody Really Knows How to Pronounce

    Thanks to the language differences between Anglos, Mexicans, and various Native American tribes, there are a whole lot of places around Arizona that no one really seems to know how to pronounce.Check out 10 such places, along with our best ideas for how they're supposed to be pronounced:

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    November 1, 2011

    Dia de los Muertos Eats: Pan de Muerto and Calaveras de Azucar

    Flickr- Alex BarthColorful sugar skulls decorated with royal icing, tin foil, beads, and other decorative touches.​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusua ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Huitlacoche Crepes from Los Sombreros

    Wikimedia- Cuauhtemoc F Ramirez AHuitlacoche tacos, the black gold of Mexican cuisine. ​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the Vall ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Mary Melton at P.F. Chang's China Bistro

    ​The tender: Mary Melton The bar: P.F. Chang's China Bistro (multiple locations) The pedigree: Melton found her first bartending job post-college, at an airport in Kansas City. After working her way around several bars and restaurants in that city, she moved to San Diego, where she ventured into r ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    A Guide to Fresh Mexican Cheese and the Dishes to Top with It

    Wikimedia Commons Fresh queso fresco, ready to use in a variety of Mexican dishes.​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the va ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Ten Strange Names Rock Stars Gave Their Kids

    Wikimedia CommonsMama, don't let your babies grow up to be Bronxes -- or Diezels or Moon Units.​On Monday night, singer Jewel and her husband, Ty Murray, had their first child, a boy they named Kase Townes Murray. And while "Kase Townes" isn't that bizarre of a name, it's not as traditional as say ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Cabeza y Lengua Mixta: Head and Tongue Tacos

    Erica O'Neil A trio of tacos, packed with beefy head meat, and accented by grilled onions and jalapenos. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompas ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Dos Ranchitos Pork Cracklins: Fried Backfat

    Erica O'Neil A crispy mound of Dos Ranchitos pork cracklins. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles that don't make ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Ikura Nigiri: Fish Eggs from Kanpai Sushi

    Erica O'Neil A jewel-tone duo of fish eggs, ikura nigiri from Kanpai Sushi.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles th ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Thousand-Year-Old Egg: Preserved Duck Eggs from Gourmet House of Hong Kong

    Erica O'NeilWhite and yolk from a preserved duck egg, congee-style from the Gourmet House of Hong Kong. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Stuck at My Desk: Lean Cuisine Ginger Garlic Stir Fry

    ​What We Ate: Lean Cuisine Ginger Garlic Stir Fry with Chicken Chicken, whole wheat pasta, veggies, sauce The Facts: 280 calories, 4g fat, 550g sodium Why This One: We were feeling a little overloaded on the Italian and needed to mix it up a little with some Asian cuisine. This one looke ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Wink White Zinfandel

    Erica O'Neil Wink white zinfandel, complete with a cutesy little label. ​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile of pennies, we've scraped the Bott ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Pig Skin: Chicharrones from Huauchinango Mexican Grill

    Erica O'Neil Chicharrones quesadillas surrounded by tomatillo salsa.​Despite what the supermarket aisles may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles that don ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Hot Links: Exploding Boat, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Poop

    ​A Lake Havasu City man was injured after his boat exploded and threw him onto the dock. James Tucker, 65, suffered back pain and was taken to Laka Havasu City Regional Medical Center. The explosion is under investigation...The Deer Valley Unified School District will lay off 69 teachers, mostly k ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Hot Links: Fire Departments, Labor Disputes, and Shootings

    ​A fire broke out at the Boeing plant in Mesa early this morning. The fire, believed to be caused by a generator, was quickly contained by firefighters and a sprinkler system. No injuries were reported...The Phoenix Fire Department may be cutting some programs to avoid laying off firefighters. The ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Hot Links: Strikes, Mesa Schools, and IRS Checks

    ​Nearly 20,000 workers at Valley Fry's and Safeway grocery stores could go on strike if a contract deal between the companies and workers' union is not reached by 6 p.m. next Friday. Spokesmen for the grocery chains say the companies have tried to negotiate a fair deal, and plan to hire tempo ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Liberian Rape Case: Republic Claims English Language Differences "May Have" Skewed Police Investigation

    Image: Wikimedia Commons​ Newspaper articles that contain the word "may" in the nutgraph, the "what's this article about" paragraph, should often be considered suspect from the start. It's a J-school basic, and it makes sense. After all, the casual reader can easily turn that into an equally a ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Hot Links: Tent City's Birthday, Party Crews, and Taser Sales

    ​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will celebrate the 16th anniversary of Tent City today. The planned fete includes a hot dog barbecue and an ice cream social for inmates. Arpaio says the 1,000 hot dogs and the ice cream were donated...Police arrested 48 people at a house party near 32nd avenue ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Hot Links: Teachers at Capitol, Bodies on Lawns, and Taggers

    ​The number of illegal immigrants in Arizona has dropped by a third in the past two years, according to a study by the Center for Immigration Studies. Arizona had the largest decline of any state, thanks in part to a tough job market and stricter immigration laws and policies...Dozens of Valley te ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Hot Links: Coyotes, Dogs in Heat, and Dead Sharks in the Road

    A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that the city of Glendale must reveal records by Friday that show what incentives it's offering to a new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes ice hockey team. Among the potential team buyers are Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, and Daryl Jones o ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Hot Links: Monsoons, ADOT's Outsourced PR, and 'Racinos'

    The monsoons have finally arrived in the Valley. After a series of thunderstorms Monday night, the city saw more storms early this morning. Although temperatures in the Valley are expected to be around 108 the next several days, the Weather Service says the chance for thunderstorms will continue int ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Hot Links: Dr. Drugs, Brewer's Big Bills, and Voodoo

    A medical doctor in Kingman has been charged with 14 felony counts, after an investigation revealed he regularly wrote up to as many as 100 prescriptions a day at his practice, for painkillers such as Percocet and Oxycontin. The doctor, Albert Szu Sun Yeh, also has a practice in Las Vegas, and was o ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Happy Campers and Hikers: State Parks Open After Employees Told to Report to Work Despite Lack of Budget

    Image: Wikimedia Commons The state parks department sent out the following news release this morning, announcing that "closed" signs were being taken down at state parks. The Arizona Republic's Casey Newton reports that some campers had already been evicted as a state government shutdown loomed. But ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Hot Links: Suns Draft, 'Joe Sucks,' and Cheeto Violence

    At least four students were arrested Wednesday at Canyon State Academy, a charter school in Queen Creek. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office report, 11 students were arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after a fight broke out between students and faculty...The Phoenix Suns sele ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Hot Links: Shaq Packs, Doc Prescribes, and Cows Burp

    ASU basketball player James Harden worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Harden, the PAC-10 Player of the Year, is expected to be among the top five picks in tonight's NBA draft...the Phoenix Suns traded Shaquille O'Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers the day before the draft. In ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Hot Links: County Suits, Lil Wayne, and the Asparagus Tribe

    An analysis released Monday by the Office of Management and Budget shows that legal disputes between Maricopa county officials cost taxpayers about $1.1. million in fees. In the past year, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, County Treasurer Charles Hoskins, and the Board ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Hot Links: Home Invasions, Sarah Palin, and Oprah Winfrey

    Incoming Arizona Board of Regents president Ernest Calderon is proposing a plan that would cut the cost of four-year degrees. The proposal would allow students to attend community college for three years, and then an Arizona university their final year...A Mesa woman reportedly shot two home inv ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Hot Links: 944 Sued, DMX Back in Phx, and Burger King Baloney

    The California promoters behind the 944 Super Village Super Bowl party in Scottsdale have filed a lawsuit against the magazine, alleging 944's executives hijacked the event to promote their magazine and lost close to $1 million...84 students from Gilbert high school have been denied registration to ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Hot Links: Disabled Services, Jim Balsillie, and a Butt Stunt

    Despite a lawsuit on behalf of the developmentally disabled that challenges a January budget-balancing law, the Arizona Supreme Court declined to review a Court of Appeals ruling that would allow budget cuts in services for disabled people. Among the services that can be cut are various forms of the ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Hot Links: Phoenix Mercury, Native Remains, and Anna Nicole Smith

    In a sports team precedent, WNBA team the Phoenix Mercury accepted a sponsorship deal with identity theft protection company LifeLock. According to reports, the word "LifeLock" will replace "Mercury" and "Phoenix" on the team's jerseys...Another alleged UFO over Valley skies has been explained as so ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Hot Links: Lincoln Letter, Pounds of Pot, and Shocking Monkeys

    A 22 year-old Tuscon woman has been charged in the death of a Tuscon police officer. The woman, Lluvia Alejandra Dominguez, was cited for failure to yield after hitting officer Peter Mannino while he was on his way home from a shift...Scottsdale resident Lawrence Cutler has donated a letter written ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    It's Raining Cats -- and Animal Shelters Need You to Adopt One or Two

    Image: Wikimedia Commons Maricopa County Animal Care and Control wants you to a adopt a "desperate housecat." Or maybe even two.Last year, the number of stray cats taken in by the county tripled once summer began. They literally took in thousands of cats for which they didn't have room -- and you kn ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Hot Links: Phoenix Coyotes, Bus Vandals, and Star Trek

    Republican legislative leaders will bring a budget proposal to an Appropriations Committee in the state Senate today. The proposal includes privatizing three prisons, and cutting $220 million from K-12 funding. Not included in the proposal is the tax increase governor Jan Brewer was pushing for...Af ... More >>

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    May 19, 2009

    Swine or Not, Flu Outbreak at Phoenix Grade School Prompts Closure

    Image: Wikimedia CommonsLowell Elementary School in Phoenix has been close by health officials until May 26 because of an outbreak of "influenza like illness."Swine flu could be the cause, but no tests are planned. The virus, officials have decided, has a weak punch. Still, "as a precaution," Lowell ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Hot Links: Fire Bans, Plane Crashes, and Gun Rights

    Starting today, the city of Phoenix has instituted a fire ban at city parks. Charcoal, wood, and open fires are not allowed in mountain preserves, and smoking outside vehicles is prohibited. However, propane and gas grills may be used in designated areas...A Valley homeless man named Greyson Malzac ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Hot Links: Priest Booted, Coyotes Broke, Teen Tased

    Police in Mesa are investigating what the East Valley Tribune's calling the city's first homicide of the year. The victim, Rick Glum, was stabbed to death in a West Mesa neighborhood . A motorist found Glum's body Sunday morning...Catholic priest Chris Carpenter has been excommunicated from the ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Hot Links: Terry Goddard, the NRA, and Julio Cesar Chavez

    Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's home in downtown Phoenix caught fire about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. No one was injured and the home was not damaged, but the garage burned. Investigators are trying to uncover the cause of the fire...Officials for the Phoenix Convention Center have asked the s ... More >>

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    April 28, 2009

    Hot Links: Wet 'n' Wild, PETA, and Gamma Ray Bursts

    The largest water park in the state, Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix, is scheduled to open in mid-June. The $30 million, 35-acre park includes 30 slides and a coaster called Maximum Velocity. The park replaces the WaterWorld Safari park in north Phoenix...In Tucson, Reina Irene Gonzales was sentenced to tw ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Hot Links: Electric Cars, Bat Mass Murder, and the Cardinals

    The Maricopa Association of Governments plans to announce a partnership with Nissan and a Scottsdale-based company called Ecotality Inc. to create charging stations in the Valley for electric and hybrid vehicles. Nissan wants to bring 1000 electric vehicles to Phoenix, and Ecotality Inc. said tax in ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Hot Links: Marijuana Framed, Canines Cooled, Suspect Shot

    The Mesa Unified School District plans to lay off 210 teachers today. The cuts do not include personnel with one-year contracts who may not be hired back anyway. A district spokesperson says the cuts will save the school district "30 to 60 million dolllars"...Rawhide Western Town will get new manage ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Flying Fish

    Finning their way to the Finish Line

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