Top 10 Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Year (So Far ...)

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4. Phoenix Man Dead After Sister's Gun Goes Off While Posing for Gangsta Photo

Phoenix police say a man was killed on New Year's Eve after being accidentally shot by his sister, who was playing with a gun while the two were posing for photos.

Judging by the previous photo to the right of now-deceased 22-year-old Manuel Ortiz, this situation is not incredibly hard to believe.

In fact, that's just one of several Facebook pictures involving Ortiz and guns willingly held to his own head.

Read the full story here.

3. Rickesha Burns Accused of Shoving Vibrator Into 2-Year-Old Son's Anus

In March, a Phoenix woman was accused of shoving a vibrator into her 2-year-old son's anus, and doctors told police that surgery would be required to remove it.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 21-year-old Rickesha Burns called police reporting that her son was bleeding from his anus.

Burns said she didn't know what happened.

Read the full story here.

2. Reverend Al Sharpton Reveals on National Television that the Emperor of Pinal County, Paul Babeu, Has No Clothes (ICYMI)

We all know the Danish tale about the emperor whose men and subjects stroke him in admiration over his new clothes. Of course, as the story goes, the emperor is actually naked.

Instead of questioning the obvious, everyone basks in a collective ignorance. Until a little boy in the crowd shouts that the emperor has no clothes.

This past January, the Reverend Al Sharpton was that little boy -- exposing Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's vacant rhetoric about President Barack Obama acting like a "king" and "dictator." Sharpton also revealed the nonsense of Babeu's pledge to defy what the sheriff describes as Obama's unconstitutional executive orders regarding gun control.

Read the full story here.

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