Greater Phoenix remains the only major U.S. metropolis without a theme park, despite many bold attempts by inspired impresarios. Could Scottsdale’s OdySea in the Desert hold the formula that finally works?
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Scottsdale businessman Mike Aloisi stands under the shade of an oak tree at Cactus Park in Scottsdale, clutching a bouquet of helium balloons. He’s wearing the head of a pelican costume – specifically, “PALican” – mascot for the Valley theme park he conceptualized to promote water safety to children. When Aloisi dons the mask, he becomes the character, waving and cheerfully announcing, “Hi, kids! I’m PALican, the friendly pelican!” One can almost picture a group of small children clinging to the costume and clamoring for photos.
Valley youth get an “extreme” alternative education at Kids That Rip.
The kid rumbles down one steep ramp on his skateboard, then swooshes up another. He flips the board up onto a metal railing, shoots across it and out into the air, then takes a painful-looking spill onto his butt. He winces, gets up, and repeats this process several times, each ending with a tumble. After a few falls, he slams his board against the floor in frustration.
The recent destruction of Downtown murals, including two early Ted DeGrazia pieces, has local art advocates feeling pinched by “progress.”
At Art Detour the first weekend in March, thousands of people wandered the streets of Downtown Phoenix, craning their necks to see into local art galleries and bobbing their heads to bands jamming on outdoor stages. The 27th annual event has grown into one of the city’s largest cultural carousals. The main attraction this year was inside the building at 222 E. Roosevelt Street: two murals painted by renowned Tucson artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia more than 65 years ago.
With an assist from a motivated widower, Mayo Clinic uncovers a genetic link to a little-known heart condition called SCAD.
On Jan. 2, 2011, 51-year-old Judy Alico experienced blurry vision and pain in her right arm. She was rushed from her Scottsdale home to the hospital, but doctors couldn’t find the source of her decline. She died two days later, the apparent victim of a myocardial infarction, or heart attack. The sudden death of this seemingly healthy woman – who did not smoke or drink, was not overweight or diabetic, and had no family history of heart disease – baffled both doctors and her grieving husband.
Death in the Brotherhood
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