Valley Fever's Top 5 Entries of 2008

Happy New Year, Phoenix. Here's one last look at 2008 with the top five blogs as determined by the sheer number of eyes that read them. Catch the top three slots after the jump.

5 - Is dead CEO's mortgage empire crumbling?

Mortgages Ltd. CEO Scott Coles, 48, was found dead on Monday in his $11.3 million home. The cause of death has yet to be determined, but the unfortunate event may fit the scenario of CEO suicide during an economic downturn...full story

4 - John McCain and Wife Cindy's Former Mansion for Sale!

OK, so after today's financial news, you might not be in the market for a mansion. But if you are, you're in luck! An ad in yesterday's Arizona Republic announced that on October 25, the "former home of Sen. John & Cindy McCain" will be auctioned...full story

3 - Local Photo Enforcement Vandalism is Child's Play Compared to Destruction of Speed Cameras Elsewhere

New Times first reported two weeks ago that the speed cameras being placed abundantly throughout town by the Arizona Department of Public Safety were being "vandalized" with -- gasp -- Post-It notes...full story

2 - Rapper DMX Caught in Florida; Lawyer Says Sheriff Arpaio Pushed to Involve FBI

Accused animal abuser Earl Simmons, a.k.a. rapper DMX, was arrested in Florida today following yesterday's news that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was offering $5,000 for information on his whereabouts...full story

1 - Arpaio's thugs threaten to arrest a New Times reporter for looking at public records

How close did I come to getting arrested by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies today? As Maxwell Smart would say, "Missed it by that much."...full story

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Jonathan McNamara