Sunday, March 29, 2015



Nuclear and U

From uranium mining at the Grand Canyon to the country’s largest nuclear plant, Arizona is ground zero for controversial atomic issues.

The subterranean memory haunted Gandalf. “You fear to go into those mines, don’t you?” Saruman telepathized, his talon-like fingers turning the pages of a weathered tome. “The Dwarves delved too greedily and too deep… You know what they awoke in the darkness…” The white wizard was referring to the Balrog, “a demon of the ancient world” that had slumbered in the subterrestrial shadows


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Incarceration, Inc.

Private prisons profit from government contracts while touting taxpayer savings, secure facilities and superior services. But following high-profile escapes, do our corrections need correcting?On July 30, 2010, three convicted murderers – John McClusky, Daniel Renwick and Tracy Province – escaped from a privately-operated prison in Kingman, Arizona. Less than a week later, the convicts were linked to the murders of Gary and Linda Haas in New Mexico.


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Topographical Error?

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission draws new voting district maps – and a lot of legislative ire.

You don’t need to be a masochist to serve on the embattled Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC), but a high pain threshold might help.


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Popped Culture

Arizona boasts some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. But how tough is too tough?
Beverly Mason Biggers has a good reason – the most personal of reasons, in fact – for devoting herself to the fight against drunk driving: After sucking down a dozen margaritas one evening in 1992, an inebriated driver climbed into his car and killed her brother on a Tucson roadway. She generously acknowledges that the tragedy devastated not only her family, but the driver and his family, too.>
“In the case of the man who killed my brother, he woke up not knowing what he did,” says Biggers, program specialist for the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).


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Sheriff Joe Q&A

Outtake from our Hot Topics interview with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce-recall-architect Randy Parraz.

Randy Parraz, Citizens for a Better Arizona

What was the initial reaction when you announced that Citizens for a Better Arizona were pursuing a recall against Russell Pearce?
“For the most part, people said this was not possible, that we were going to embolden him when we lost, that recalls are not successful in Arizona. They thought it was a knee-jerk reaction, and I was trying to explain that this was a very well though-out strategy. Very few people had the imagination or the openness to even embrace it.”


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Total Recall

The dust-up in District 18 and the historic recall of Russell Pearce belie Arizona’s image as a “red state,” and present voters with a new political weapon.

The same day Governor Jan Brewer signed documents officially recalling Russell Pearce from the Arizona Senate, the group that organized Pearce’s recall announced


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Fiesta Forever?

In the wake of a massive scandal, the Fiesta Bowl is under new management and feeling better about itself. But is it better?

“I don’t golf,” newly-hired Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton says. He raises an eyebrow and smiles knowingly. No elaboration necessary. 


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