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    November 3, 2014

    10 Things in Phoenix That Drive People Nuts

    Living anywhere comes with a set of annoyances that can drive people crazy, and life in Phoenix is no exception. Below, find the top 10 things in Phoenix that drive people nuts:

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    March 14, 2014

    Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: What It Looks Like

    At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.This week, we can only say what it looks like. Enjoy.

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    March 3, 2014

    Top 10 Reasons to Love Phoenix

    For whatever reason, it always seems like Phoenix is getting a bad rep -- which shouldn't be the case.We love Phoenix, and here are the top 10 reasons you should, too:

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    January 27, 2014

    10 Worst ASU Frat Parties

    Even the most casual observers know an Arizona State University fraternity's "MLK Black Party" isn't the first ASU fraternity party to face public scrutiny.Check out 10 of the worst parties involving ASU fraternity members, which includes events not officially sanctioned by the fraternities:

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    August 26, 2013

    The 25 Best '80s Pro Wrestling Themes Ever

    If you've never watched a pro wrestling match before--which is to say, if you've never been an 11-year-old boy--it might be hard to understand why people are still watching it now. It's been almost 20 years since the WWE (then the WWF) began calling itself "sports entertainment," and winking at its ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    When I was a small boy, I was relatively certain "The Safety Dance" was about a dance, possibly the one they were doing in the video. When I was a slightly larger boy, someone said, "No, it's about nuclear war, possibly the one at the end of the video," which was a little distressing. When I was as ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Bloc Party's Back and Refreshed After a Two-Year Break

    Bloc Party is back, and the post-punk outfit is Tempe bound. Hailing from London, the band is closing out its 2012 comeback tour here in the Valley. The buzz kings benefited from the early 2000s "rock is back" craze, but it stuck around, outlasting the hype and incorporating soul, post-rock, and p ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Pambazos: Chile-Dipped Sandwiches from El Nopalitos

    Flickr- Emannuel Delaloy One massive, chile-dipped pambazo to put stale tortas to shame. ​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 ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Caldo de Albondigas, Meatball Soup from Comedor Guadalajara

    Erica O'Neil A hearty bowl of albondigas soup to take away the autumn chill.​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. ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Two People Being Questioned Over Campfire That Started Largest Wildfire in Arizona History

      Image: Wikimedia Commons​Two likely very unhappy campers are getting questioned today in connection with a campfire left burning on May 29 that apparently started the largest wildfire in Arizona history. Media reports state that the feds aren't releasing names, nor have they arreste ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Five Arizona Towns We Think of When Listening to "Alcoholics In My Town"

    Wikimedia CommonsWilliam Hogarth's "Gin Lane." Really, it could be anywhere.​Small towns and big boozers go together. If you don't believe that, then you've probably never lived in a small town, where the most exciting thing to do is drink and gossip about how much of a drunkard everyone else in ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    December 27, 2010

    No-Burn Days Go Unenforced in Maricopa County for Christmas; Zero Warnings and Citations Issued

      Image: Wikimedia Commons​Nobody can label the folks over at Maricopa County's Air Quality Department a bunch of Scrooges. After a warning last week that no-burn days on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day would be enforced, exactly zero warnings and citations were issued, a c ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Tempeh: Tofu's Funky, Fermented Cousin

    Robin from Netherlands via Wikimedia commons​ 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. This week: Tempeh Tempeh, ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Prop 203 Still has Chance: Lead by Opponents Shrinks Again

      Image: Wikimedia Commons Here's a Wikimedia shot of "Purple Erkle" for our commenter in the last post who wanted to see some "purps."​No matter which way this thing goes, it's been a hell of a race. The fight for Proposition 203, Arizona's medical marijuana measure, is s ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Double Dog Dare White Zinfandel

    Erica O'Neil Double dog dare you to try this frou frou wine!​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 Bottom of the Ba ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Hot Links: Abortion Bill, Oil Refineries, and Car Surfing

    ​The Arizona Legislature advanced an abortion bill yesterday, while delaying a concealed weapons bill. The abortion measure, which requires final passage before moving to the Senate, would require health care personnel who treat women with complications from abortions to submit a report to the sta ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Hot Links: Prostitution, Luke Air Force Base, and Chihuahuas

    ​Three women who worked at a massage parlor in Yuma have been arrested for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of the business. Won Shil Shim, Muae Park, and Hyun Joo Song, all Korean citizens, were charged after an ongoing investigation into the Somerton parlor. Shim was released on more th ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Parents Find Joke Letter from Litchfield Elementary School Principal Offensive; Principal Placed on Leave

    Wikimedia Commons Famous satirist Jonathan Swift proposed eating poor children. Apparently, that's funnier than joking that students are stupid.​ Sometimes, jokes go too far -- especially when they're sarcastic letters distributed by a school principal about the ineptitude of students that ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Hot Links: Dinosaurs, Mannequins, and Throwing Rocks

    ​A Mesa native has discovered a new dinosaur. Sterling Nesbitt was featured in an article in Science magazine last month, which detailed his team's discovery of a new dinosaur species during a four-year dig in New Mexico. The new species may fill in evolutionary gaps between early dinosaurs and tw ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Hot Links: Rail Bathrooms, Bomb Threats, and Suns Stomped

    ​After its one year anniversary, Metro Light Rail has opened bathrooms at the light rail stop in Mesa. The $153,000 restrooms opened December 17 at the stop near Sycamore and Main Street, and are the only bathrooms available at any light rail stop...A man who died in a motorcycle wreck early Sunda ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Hot Links: Hit-and-Runs, Secret Santas, and Officers Fired

    ​A Gilbert woman is a suspect in four separate hit-and-run collisions Monday that involved six vehicles. The woman, 29 year-old Kristen Rowley, was driving on the 51 South approaching the I-10 when she struck the first vehicle. She continued east on the freeway and struck a second vehicle, then ex ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Hot Links: New Rail Talk, Valley Home Prices, and Foot Botox

    ​The Arizona Supreme Court decided late Wednesday not to block enactment of a new state law that would require public employees to report illegal immigrants. The justices didn't discuss the merits of the law, but said that the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, which had asked that the law be str ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Mexican Gray Wolf Management Reclaimed by Government; Wolf Numbers in Arizona and New Mexico Too Small, Experts Say

    Image: Wikimedia Commons​ Management of Arizona and New Mexico's small population of re-introduced Mexican gray wolves will be returned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service following a lawsuit by environmentalists. A news release by the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups that ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009
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    November 11, 2009

    Hot Links: Bomb Threats, Silver Stars, and Stephenie Meyer

    ​A female student at Maricopa County High School was arrested yesterday for allegedly making a bomb threat. The girl, whose name has not been released, reportedly told a teacher she "would be sorry, because a bomb would be placed on school grounds." The suspect is being held at Pinal County Juveni ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Hot Links: Pot Bust, H1N1 Death, and a Two-Headed Baby

    ​A Douglas man was arrested at the U.S. port of entry with almost 700 pounds of marijuana Sunday night. The unnamed man, 20, was driving an F-150 truck loaded with pot, and was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement...An English teacher at Higley and Williams Field high schools has ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Hot Links: F-16 Jets, H1N1 in Schools, and McCain's Mom

    ​State parks officials have devised a plan to aid Arizona's ailing parks: add $10 to $15 to the cost of car registration. In return, motorists, who could likely opt out of the surcharge, would be able to visit any state park for free. The state has already seen the closure of three parks and reduc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Hot Links: Mesa Museums, Carpool Lanes, and Miss Homeless

    ​The Mesa Historical Museum will close early next year because of lack of revenue and city funding. The museum's exhibits will be moved to other places, including the Arizona Museum for Youth, where the exhibit "Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience" will be moved...An illegal immigrant who was ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Dissing in Action

    Pop-punkers overcome the critics with snarky/fun tunes

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    October 5, 2009

    Hot Links: Twin Fire, Stolen Laptops, and Laws for Bloggers

    ​All schools in the Williams Unified School District will be closed today because of a fire burning near the city. The blaze, dubbed the Twin Fire, began Friday and scorched 1,000 acres by Sunday night. About 465 fire personnel are battling the blaze...A water line broke near 11th street and B ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Hot Links: Uranium Mining, Balsillie in Court, and SRP Rates

    ​Uranium mining could resume near the Grand Canyon this year, after the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued an air-quality permit to Denison Mines. The company plans to work the Arizona 1 mine, which hasn't been mined for two decades. Conservationists and Native American groups oppo ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Hot Links: Stoudemire, Medical Bargains, and Conspiracies

    ​While delivering a lecture about education to students at Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school, Phoenix Suns star Amar'e Stoudemire indicated he may only be in Phoenix one more year. Stoudemire, who underwent surgery on his retina in July, could opt-out of his final contract year and become a ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Hot Links: Solar Cameras, 306 DUI Arrests, and Bones on Base

    ​Scottsdale-based company Redflex Traffic Solutions Inc. is developing a solar-powered photo enforcement camera. The company has an agreement with Tempe-based Arizona Solar Concepts to design the cameras, but both companies refuse to elaborate until the project is further along. A Redflex spokespe ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Graffiti Artists in Tempe to be Identified by Their Work With New Computer Program

    Image: Wikimedia Commons​ You're a graffiti artist who takes pride in his work -- your stuff is really unique. And that's why Tempe police are going to catch you. (Or so cops think, anyway). Police in the college town plan to launch new computer software that is slated to help officers in the ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Hot Links: Butts Out, West Nile Virus, and Cannibal Mom

    ​Agua Fria Union High School District superintendent Dudley Butts has resigned, just days after the district hired a public relations firm to handle media inquiries, and more than five months after a mercury spill at Agua Fria High, which closed the school for three days...Chandler city manager Ma ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Hot Links: Cardinals Concessions, Suggs, and Butter Jackson

    The cash-strapped Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority has made a deal with the Arizona Cardinals to have the NFL team operate concessions at University of Phoenix stadium, beginning in 2010. The Cardinals will market the stadium for sponsorships and non-football events, but officials for the stadiu ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    Hot Links: Catholic Priests, All-Stars, and Barking Dogs

    An Arizona court of appeals has upheld the conviction of Roman Catholic priest Paul LeBrun, who was found guilty of sex crimes while working parishes in Tolleson and Avondale. The judge in the original 2006 trial, Crane McLennen, gave LeBrun the max sentence: 111 years...US Airways will eliminate 60 ... More >>

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    July 3, 2009

    Hot Links: Pot Mom, Dee's DUI, and Cockfighting

    Sixteen suspected illegal immigrants were arrested Wednesday night at a west Phoenix house.  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the suspects were all found to have entered the U.S. illegally...A Tucson mother of three was arrested after police officers discovered 1100 pounds of pot in her ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Hot Links: Lethal Injections, Tribal Theft, and Jesus In Concrete

    A federal judge ruled yesterday that Arizona's lethal-injection procedure is similar to the method approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. Executions have been on hold in Arizona since November 2007, when the Arizona Supreme Court stalled the execution of inmate Jeffrey Landrigan pending a federal decis ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Hot Links: CPS, U of A Frat, and Traffic Ticket Refunds

    An audit claims that Child Protective Services are taking too long to investigate complaints of abuse at group homes and treatment centers. State law requires CPS to complete an investigation within 21 days of a complaint about a care facility...University of Arizona fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon has ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Hot Links: San Tan Valley, Abortion Bills, and Frito-Lays

    Residents in an unincorporated community near Queen Creek have voted to name the area San Tan Valley. About 2,000 people voted, choosing the name over another consideration, Bella Vista...Residents of northeast Mesa held a meeting Tuesday night with Councilwoman Dina Higgins to discuss institu ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Peoria Speed-Enforcement Program to Begin on 91st Avenue

      Image: Wikimedia Commons What's the difference between a "speed-enforcement campaign" and a "speed trap?" Well, maybe it's just the terminology, says Mike Tellef, spokesman for the Peoria Police Department. But speed traps are typically set up where the posted speed lim ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Hot Links: Phoenix Coyotes, DUIs, and Cornville Bears

    The Phoenix Coyotes will stay in Glendale -- for now. Yesterday, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ruled against a proposal to let Blackberry CEO Jim Balsillie buy the team and relocate it to Canada. The NHL hopes for a September 10 auction for bidders who'd like to keep the Coyotes in Glendale...A ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    Hot Links: MCC Funds, TGen Grants, and Hitler Underpants

    People marched in central Phoenix yesterday to protest the California Supreme Court's Decision to uphold the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The rally, organized by grassroots organization Marriage Equality USA, drew around 200 people...An investigative repor ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Maternal Deaths are Below Average in Arizona; Treasurer's Wife was at Higher Risk Due to Age

      The death of a mother during or just after childbirth, like that of Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin's wife, Kerry, is a relatively rare occurence these days, compared to most of human history. Still, the problem remains "significant," says the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Hot Links: Inmate Dies, Nash Seeks Raise, and APS Sprays

    A female inmate at Perryville state prison died early Wednesday after being left outside in a holding cell for four hours in temperatures above 100 degrees. The inmate, Marcia Powell, 48, was serving a 27-month sentence for prostitution...Phoenix police have released the names of burglary ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Hot Links: Solar Banks, Coyotes Bankruptcy, and Michael Jackson

    An SUV collided with a light rail train Wednesday night at 7th Avenue and Camelback. The  crash sent another car careening over the barrier, but no one was hurt, and light rail continues to run as usual...Chandler fire crews battled a two-acre palm tree fire near Brooks Farms and Tower Road ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Hot Links: Swine Flu, Cardinals, and Jedi Mind Tricks

    Although no cases of swine flu have been reported in Arizona, officials are taking precautions: The Arizona Department of Health is talking with Centers for Disease Control, doctors are urging people with flu-like symptoms to stay home from work, and US Airways is waiving its change fees fo ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008

    You’ve Got Chainmail

    Zounds! Wilt thou not brave the constabulary for a flagon of mead?

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