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Reader Photo Contest

For our fourth annual reader photo contest, titled “Elemental,” you submitted stunning shots of Arizona in all its earthen, blustery, rust-hued glory. We selected the top 10, and our readers voted for their favorite.

 

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¶lim¶Summer Getaways

Summer is the ideal season for Phoenicians to indulge their deepest-held travel fantasies. The snowbirds have flown, the kids are out of school and the northern snows have melted, paving the way for outdoor adventure. From waterfall hikes to canyoneering in the Salome Wilderness to biker rallies, we’ve tracked down some of the best recreation opportunities for summer 2014.

Bonus: Six out-of-state adventures!

 

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¶lim¶AZ Summer Beer Guide

0614PHMBG01aIt's hot outside, and getting hotter. Thankfully, Arizona's burgeoning brew industry has a seasonal offering just for you.

Summer beers have typically become lighter, more refreshing styles,” says Arizona craft beer distributor and certified cicerone Chuck Noll. Educate your beer-loving mind with this handy overview.

 

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¶lim¶Facing Our Fears

In a Scottsdale classroom, lost and wanted souls come to life under the guidance of one of the world’s leading forensic artists.

Two skulls sit on the shelf above the desk, their faces angled toward each other as if they’re whispering secrets. Aside from these grinning companions, however, Kirt Messick’s office isn’t especially macabre. His bulletin board is covered with photos of his wife and two young sons. A water feature gurgles and trickles, and Josh Groban sings softly from a speaker somewhere. It might almost be the office of, say, a family therapist.

 

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¶lim¶Birthing in Arizona

With birth rates above the national average, Arizona offers parents-to-be more options than ever.

...in the Beginning there was an egg and a sperm. Whether their union was divinely ordained, scientifically schemed or accidentally arranged is for their owners to say, but their triumph over the obstacle course of the reproductive system – from fertilization to implantation to gestation – is by turns miraculous, monumental and downright messy. Every human has the same basic biological building blocks for his or her origin story. What happens next is where the plots diverge, and in Arizona there are more possibilities than ever before.

 

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¶lim¶No Insurances

Frustrated by an ungainly system, more Valley physicians turn to the “concierge” model. Translation: couture health care.

For much of her career as a practicing cardiologist, Dr. Anne-Marie Feyrer-Melk essentially kept one hand on the doorknob during patient visits. She had to. Falling fee reimbursements from insurance companies had forced her to reduce patient appointment times from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. It was a matter of livelihood.

 

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¶lim¶Smoke & Mirrors

E-cigarettes could usurp tobacco as the nation's nicotine delivery system of choice, and Scottsdale-based NJoy leads the charge. But how safe is “vaping”?

There are no Marlboro Men lassoing cattle in the “wild west” of North Scottsdale, especially not here in the Kierland Commons corporate offices of NJoy, a Valley-based manufacturer of electronic cigarettes. Instead, there’s curvy custom furniture, cushiony cubicles, and offices framed in full-panel frosted glass walls, inside of which hang dry erase boards filled with formulas and scientific scribbles. The clean, streamlined office design – along with the three 30-inch Apple Studio monitors on his desk – reflects company president and CEO Craig Weiss’ love of the high-tech.

 

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