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Cheap Shots 02-21-1990

Is he or isn't he? Only his mail carrier knows for sure. The ornery SAM STEIGER had vowed to decide about running for governor when he returned from the Orient last week. Well, he returned and he didn't decide. Steiger told us, "It's much more probable now." But he was waiting to see how much campaign loot he could rustle up from his most recent mailing. Rumor was that the Republicans already in the race were scheduling backbone implants just in case Sam said yes. . . .

KEN LAMBERTON, the former Teacher of the Year in Mesa who landed in prison a couple of years ago after seducing a fourteen-year-old girl, is still instructing. A recent issue of LA ROCA, the state prisoners' mag, features an inspirational essay by Ken, who calls himself "a convicted Christian." The essay, titled "Overcome," doesn't mention his wild weekend in ASPEN with his personal version of LOLITA, but at least he kind of admits a few things in general. "In reality," Ken writes, "there are no excuses for sin, and making excuses only denies our responsibility for behavior which short-circuits God's desire to reconcile and renew us." He's got a decade more in the slammer to think about it. . . .

More fallout from CHARLIE KEATING--but this grim tale's probably not his fault. The ARIZONA ROOM, that wonderful repository of state history at the PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY has stiffened security: No longer can patrons do their own browsing through the clip files. Why? Scumbag or scumbags unknown ripped off all the Keating files a while back. And that came on top of an earlier theft of all the files on EVAN MECHAM. . . .

Tough kid MICHAEL CARBAJAL got a jolt of great publicity last week from an unlikely source: the MDBUWALL STREET JOURNAL. The paper speculated that the Phoenix flyweight someday could get a $1 million payday. That would be remarkable for a fighter in the low-weight classes--Mike's in the 106-pound light-flyweight class, whose current champ is MUANGSHAI KITTISKASEM of Thailand. . . .

Back when he was a lowly city councilmember, PAUL JOHNSON talked tough about planting a million trees in Phoenix. Now that he's mayor, we ask: Why is the city ripping out all the greenery between Seventh and 12th Streets along the north side of Thomas Road? Does every street in Phoenix have to be six lanes? Don't answer that. . . .

The frenetic VNSA BOOK SALE a couple of weeks ago at the STATE FAIRGROUNDS was a thrill a second for booklovers, but it had its share of Orwellian horror: A voice continually droned over the loudspeakers, "Keep to your right. Please keep to your right. Keep to your right. Please keep to your right." Who was Big Brother? Bola bozo BILL CLOSE. Didn't we decide not to give the ex-anchor a Mr. Microphone for Christmas?

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Ward Harkavy
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