Saturday, May 23, 2015


Maximum Overhaul

After years of highly publicized problems and child deaths on its watch, Arizona’s Child Protective Services is changing its system in major ways. Will it be enough to curb our staggering statistics?

Jacob Gibson was a little boy with a big smile and curly hair who loved to play soccer. His name was familiar to Arizona’s Child Protective Service workers. CPS had received numerous reports of abuse toward Jacob since 2005, including a 2007 report of bruises on his legs,

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Survey This!

A recent Travel + Leisure readers’ poll paints an unkind 
portrait of Phoenix. Are we really that boring and backward?

The good news: We Valley folk are neither as dirty nor as fat as our counterparts in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Atlanta. The bad: Our theater scene sucks, and our fashion sense makes Memphis look like Milan.

Relax, angry-email-writer: Those aren’t our assessments. They come from our colleagues at Travel + Leisure magazine, which recently asked its well-traveled readers to grade 35 American cities for hospitality, quality of dining, climate and other lifestyle metrics. The magazine’s “America’s Favorite Cities” survey included 56 categories, touching on everything from “tech savvy” to “friendliness” to “ethnic food” – a detailed mosaic of urban character and visitability.

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Masters of the Uterus

The recent flurry of female-related legislation has lead many to declare – and deny – the existence of a War on Women. As usual, Arizona finds itself on the front lines.

Two thousand fifty. That’s approximately the number of legal provisions introduced nationally in 2011 and early 2012 related to women’s reproductive health and rights. Thought we were in the Year of an Election? The Year of Recession Recovery? The Year of the Dragon? Nope, it’s the Year of the Uterus. And Uterus Central is Arizona. 

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Class Dismissed

As the constitutionality of Arizona’s ethnic studies classes law is debated in court, the question still simmers: How can schools teach American history without marginalizing – or militarizing – some groups of students?

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Drug Edicts

Useful information about the newly-illicit “bath salt” narcotics profiled in this month’s Hot Topics. Chemicals commonly found in “bath salts”:

* - currently unrestricted, but could be prosecutable under the Federal Analog Act

+ - banned in Arizona
# - federally banned

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Wave of Madness

Despite a marketing whitewash and new state laws, “bath salts” remain Arizona’s latest dangerous designer drug of choice – and a thriving local industry.

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¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Refugees

Phoenix isn’t famous for its diversity. But peer into its margins, and you’ll find a city flush with people from around the world. In the final installment of a three-part series, we delve into the Valley’s Sudanese, Bhutanese and Burmese refugee communities.

South Sudanese {Lost Boys}

Population: Approximately 8.2 million
Estimated population of Sudanese refugees in Phoenix: 1,700

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