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    January 3, 2014

    Top 10 States Where Men Allegedly Have the Largest Penises: Arizona Makes the Cut

    Listen, we're not the ones who come up with this stuff. We're just the messengers.That said, some industry research allegedly shows which states have the men with the largest penises. That industry research is that of an online condom retailer, Condomania, which gathered information on where it was ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Anti-Medical-Marijuana Arizona Republic Eviscerated by Local Doctor

    The Arizona Republic published a TKO of its editorial board this weekend, after the writers declared that the state's voter-approved medical-marijuana program was "one of the biggest cons around."Dr. Gina Mecagni, a local emergency physician, simply annihilated the Republic's assertion that most med ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    10 Things The Door Guy Hates About You

    The Door Guy. He's seen and heard it all. Pukes puking. Bros fighting. Liars lying about the guest list to get by him. Drunks falling. Your "Turn up!" is his "Calm down!" Frankly, he hates you. Here are ten reasons why you can't blame him.

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    August 28, 2013

    "Cat Poop Coffee" (Kopi Luwak) Can Now Be Scientifically Verified

    By now you know that the world's rarest and most expensive coffee is picked from the feces of palm civets, or toddy cats. Coffee berries are part of the Southeastern Asian animal's diet, and after the beans are excreted, they're collected, fermented, and roasted to make Kopi Luwak, which sells for $ ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Rep. Steve Court Proposes Alcohol Ban at Strip Clubs, Plus Other Changes to Adult Businesses

    ​No happy hours at topless clubs for you -- not if State Rep. Steve Court, R-Mesa, has his way.Court, the Legislature's majority leader, introduced a bill today that targets strip clubs and other adult-oriented businesses with a ban on alcohol and private rooms. The proposed law also aims to regul ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Tammy Hartman at TEXAZ Grill

    ​The tender: Tammy Hartman The bar: TEXAZ Grill (6003 N. 16th St., 602-248-7827) The pedigree: Hartman has been bartending in places throughout the Valley for 30 years. She got her start working alongside her sister at The Monastery, a venerable neighborhood bar that's now closed, and jumped aroun ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Dulce de Leche Churros from La Tolteca

    Erica O'NeilAddictive dulce de leche churros from La Tolteca's panaderia. ​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 Valley. This wee ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Unearth's New Album Comes Out July 5; Full Stream Available Now

    Wikimedia CommonsUnearth​Massachusetts metalcore band Unearth's upcoming album, Darkness In The Light, is probably the quartet's most progressive record to date. It's chock full of the brutally heavy guitar chords and pummeling drums of the band's previous works, but incorporates more guitar melo ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Rumen: Menudo Blanco from La Tolteca

    Erica O'Neil An offal bowl of menudo blanco from La Tolteca, with homemade corn tortillas on the side. ​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) encompasse ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Ribbon Tripe: Pho Tai Sach Bo Vien from Khai Hoan

    Erica O'Neil Ribbons of omasum tripe afloat in a bowl of pho tai sach bo vien​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 ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Potassium Iodide Still Flying Off Shelves as Radioactive Plume Nears Arizona; Officials Warn Against Using the Substance

      Image: Hi-Health is among the stores experiencing a run on potassium iodide. They're getting more -- but experts advise the public that it won't do any good in this case, but might cause harm.​The Hi-Health clerk shakes his head at our request for potassium iod ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Annatto Powder, Achiote Paste, and Neon Red Pollo Supremo

    Erica O'NeilBright red chicken and carne asada-- The Combo Plate from El Pollo Supremo.​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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    October 28, 2010

    Prickly Pear Cactus

    Photo courtesy of Kaveh via Wikimedia Commons A prickly pear cactus stands in front of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacán, Mexico City.​In the name of good health and a good read, each week we'll be bringing you a health product, complete with review. We're calling this feature Crunchy ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Pig's Blood Soup from Com Tam Thuan Kieu

    Erica O'Neil The offal-ly named pig blood soup at Com Tam Thuan Kieu. ​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 d ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Kefir: The Elixir of Life or Just Some Nasty Milk?

    Kelly Green   In the name of good health and a good read, each week we'll be bringing you a health product, complete with review. We're calling this feature Crunchy Granola -- even though we doubt much of this stuff tastes that good. First up: Kefir. Kefir is a drinkable cultured milk pr ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Hot Links: Arizona State Parks, Shawn Hawkins, and AZ Rattlers

    ​The Arizona State Parks Board voted to close 13 parks last month, but cost estimates show that closing the parks might be more expensive than keeping them open. Closing Fort Verde Historic State Park, for example, will cost taxpayers $141,000 -- about $46,000 more than it would cost to keep t ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Hot Links: Hells Angels, Structural Damage, and Luggage Theft

    ​An Arizona ATF agent who infiltrated the Hells Angels has won a civil complaint against the ATF. The agent, Jay Dobyns, says that his bosses failed to protect him after he received death threats from the notorious motorcycle club. But federal lawyers have filed a counterclaim against Dobyns, alle ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Hot Links: Fiesta Bowl, Mesa Police Chief, and Casinos

    ​The Fiesta Bowl canceled its plan to ask the state for a $300,000 subsidy after the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority said it would be illegal. The Fiesta Bowl wanted expenses capped for next year's national championship college football game, with some expenses reverting to the sports authori ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Hot Links: Floods, Runaway Stagecoaches, and Boiling Lobsters

    ​A water-main broke on Sunday and flooded several central Phoenix businesses and homes with thousands of gallons of water. The owner of one of the damaged buildings, Phoenix Rising Now photography studio, says the water filled his basement from floor to ceiling. Crews were working on repairing the ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Hot Links: Powell Junior High, Sears Point, and Landfill Parks

    ​Former Phoenix police officer Carl Ramirez, who was fired after testing positive for steroids in November, is appealing his termination. Ramirez tested with one-tenth of a nanogram over the allowed limit of nandrolone, a popular steroid among athletes. Experts say nandrolone naturally occurs in t ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Hot Links: Desert View Watchtower, Infant Death, and Parks

    ​A teacher in Fort Mohave faces charges on five counts of aggravated assault on a child, after allegations that he touched female students' backs in class. The fifth-grade teacher, 70 year-old William Temple, is not accused of touching the students' genitals or chest...Mesa police arrested Andrew ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Hot Links: Craig's List Scam, I-10 Restrictions, and Rabies

    ​A man from Phoenix was arrested by detectives from the Department of Public Safety, after a two-month investigation into an alleged scam. The man is accused of stealing invalid amusement park passes from Valley retailers and then selling them for hundreds of dollars on web site Craig's List. Auth ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Hot Links: SRP Rates, Pit Bulls, and Homeless Students

    ​An American missionary from Arizona has reportedly been arrested in North Korea. Robert Park, 28, traveled into communist North Korea via China last week, on a mission to improve human rights. North Korea's Korean Central News Agency said an American was being detained after entering the country ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Hot Links: UA's Nuclear Reactor, Salvation Army, and Circles

    ​The University of Arizona plans to shut down its nuclear reactor by mid-2010. The license for the 51-year-old reactor, used for research, expires next year, and Director John Williams says it isn't used enough to warrant a vigorous re-licensing process with the Nuclear Reg ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Hot Links: DPS Fatality, Jamaica Flights, and 52,000 Dead Trees

    ​An Arizona DPS officer was killed last night while laying down spike strips to stop a suspect on a high-speed chase. The officer, Chris Marano, was working near the Seventh Avenue overpass of the Loop 101 when a DPS vehicle in pursuit hit Marano. He died at John C. Lincoln hospital. The suspect i ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Hot Links: The Mondrian, Anthem's Tree, and Steak Assault

    ​The opulent Mondrian resort in Scottsdale is facing foreclosure, after the owners failed to restructure $40 million in delinquent loans. The hotel, one of a dozen owned by New York-based Morgan Hotel Group, remains open for now, but a notice of trustee's sale was filed this week, with an init ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Hot Links: Tempe Town Lake, ASU Downtown, and Salty Dog

    ​John Jay O'Connor III, husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has died. O'Connor, 79, died of complications stemming from Alzheimer's Disease on Wednesday. Memorial services will be private...After a pickup truck went into Tempe Town Lake on Wednesday, divers searched the w ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Hot Links: Capitol X-Mas Tree, Police Jobs, and Luci's Re-Opens

    ​The Capitol Christmas tree is on its way to the nation's capitol, after being cut down in a ceremony in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The tree is the first from Arizona to be honored in Washington, D.C. during the holiday season...Queen Creek is taking applications for a seat on the ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Hot Links: Surprise Suicide, Yuma's Race, and "A" Mountain

    ​A traffic stop in Surprise ended in suicide Tuesday when the driver slit his throat. According to police, George Lajeunesse, 43, was stopped because he was wanted for questioning in a domestic-violence call. Lajeunesse reportedly wielded a large knife at the traffic stop, and slit his throat ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Hot Links: Spa Refunds, Cave Creek Fire, and Tovrea Castle

    ​Today, 30,000 doses of the swine flu vaccine will be available at 30 elementary schools around the Valley. The shots will be administered by Mollen Immunization Clinics, which will be set up at the schools. Mollen CEO John Roehm said most insurance plans cover the flu shot...The owner of two defu ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Hot Links: Airpark Project, Flu Invades ER, and Bear Seeks Beer

    ​A massive project is planned for 230 acres of desert near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Phoenix-based Kitchell Development Company proposes to build offices, shops, and hotels on the land, ultimately stretching the Gateway 202 Airpark to 3.3 million square feet. Mesa's Planning and Zoning Boa ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Hot Links: Flu Shots, Potato Fire, and $20 Parking for U2

    ​More than 13,000 students in the Glendale Elementary School District will receive free seasonal flu vaccinations from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. All shots will be administered by November 6, and parents must sign a permission form for their child to get the shot...The Potato ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Hot Links: Toll Roads, Mercury Spills, and US Airways Jets

    ​Almost $250,000 was found in a spare tire last night, after an Arizona DPS officer stopped a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer for moving violations. Officers found the money in the tire after receiving consent to search the vehicle, and arrested and booked the driver on money laundering charges...Arizona i ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Hot Links: SRP Expenses, Code Talkers, and Veteran's Affairs

    ​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 >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Hot Links: Child Care, Photo Radar, and Free Mercury Tickets

    ​The Arizona Department of Health Services will increase its fees for close to 2000 child state care facilities. The current licensing fee for child care providers is $150 for three years. With the increase, licenses will cost between $581 and $13,442, depending on the number of children...It's be ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Hot Links: Horne's Tickets, Frommer's Snub, and DNA Samples

    ​State school superintendent Tom Horne has received half a dozen speeding tickets in the past 18 months, including one for speeding in a school zone. Horne says he's paid all the tickets he's aware of, and said he is interested in running for attorney general next year...Chandler has barred the Vi ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    DPS Stops Refrigerated Truck With Produce and 97 Illegal Immigrants Chilling in 34 Degrees

    Image: Wikimedia Commons​ When we read the headline to the latest news release from the Department of Public Safety, "Officer makes a traffic stop and discovers 97 undocumented aliens inside of a refrigerated commercial trailer," our first thought was -- good thing it was refrigerated, cause i ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Erin Andrews Peephole Video Links on Internet Likely Contain Viruses

      Image: Wikimedia Commons Computer hackers inadvertently came to the rescue of ESPN sportscasting hottie Erin Andrews, scaring off would-be voyeurs from downloading a peeping Tom's video because of a threat of computer viruses. Confession: We found this out on the I ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Hot Links: Kaibab Fires, GoDaddy MMA, and Viagra Coffee

    The Scottsdale city council voted to terminate the contract of City Attorney Deborah Robberson, effective Friday. Robberson became City Attorney in 2005, after serving as the city's deputy attorney for five years...Two wildfires are burning in the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona, but fire ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Hot Links: Gascon's Temp, Guns in Cars, and Bank Robberies

    Phoenix City Council will vote this week on three projects: a 12-acre entertainment district on Jackson Street, a $300 million expansion of the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, and a Latino cultural center on Adams Street. Wednesday is the council's last meeting before the summer recess...As Mesa Po ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Hot Links: Canyon Rescue, Shootings, and Joan Rivers Day

    National Park Service officials at the Grand Canyon rescued a Colorado man after he fell on his head during a hike. A helicopter airlifted the man to Flagstaff Medical Center, but NPS officials declined to say what the man's condition was...A Phoenix mother accidentally shot her 12-year-old daug ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    No Jail for DMX: Rapper Sentenced to Supervised Probation

    Wikimedia Commons DMX has avoided more jail time in Phoenix.Earl Simmons, better known as rapper DMX, will not have to do more jail time in Phoenix.The hip-hop star, 38, was sentenced to supervised probation by the Maricopa County Superior Court today, for a charge stemming from his previous ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Hot Links: D-Backs, Mike Tyson, and Holy Skittles

    After losing to the Oakland A's 2-6 on Sunday and the San Diego Padres 7-9 on Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks look to redeem themselves at tonight's home game against the Padres.  Monday's victory was the 10th in a row for the San Diego team...A 16 year-old boy is dead after diving from a clif ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    Hot Links: School Bus Crash, IRS Trash, and Google Maps

    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 >>

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    May 22, 2009

    Checkpoint, Task Force and "Click It or Ticket" for Memorial Day Motorists

      Image: Wikimedia CommonsPeoria police will man a DUI checkpoint at the entrance to Lake Pleasant on Castle Hot Springs Road on Monday, and Tempe will host a DUI task force. The enforcement efforts are aimed at reducing vehicle collisions on what is considered "one of the most deadly ho ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Hot Links: Border Tunnels, Wind Turbines, and Dr. Burger

    U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 53 illegal immigrants on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation Friday, while a separate incident lead to the discovery of a smuggling tunnel, fifty feet north of the border in Nogales. The tunnel is the 11th tunnel near the border to be discovered since October 200 ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Fish Treatment at Gilbert Spa Under Scrutiny by State Cosmetology Board

    Soaking your feet in a bucket of fish that want to nibble your dead skin is supposed to be relaxing. Wikimedia Commons But the treatment -- currently being performed at Cindy Vong's LaVie Nails & Spa in Gilbert -- has created tension with the bureaucrats at the state Board of Cosmetology. According ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Pop Culture: Peñafiel Strawberry

    As I've written before, here in Phoenix we have amazing access to Mexican sodas - not to mention a store that sells nothing but soda - making this a truly great place to explore unusual soft drinks. Peñafiel Strawberry isn't quite an obscure soft drink, but it's not widely available stateside. I g ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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