Wednesday, May 27, 2015



Row on the Row

PHMPF03Phoenix City Council approves low-income housing in the Downtown arts district, leaving some local business owners bristling.

First Fridays are loud.

The monthly art walks in Downtown Phoenix draw a cacophonous crowd, sometimes in the thousands, along with bands blaring music through amps, vendors loudly hawking their wares from sidewalk setups, and food truck chefs calling out orders. These raucous events can be heard blocks away and are revered by many locals as a prime attraction for out-of-towners.


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SB 1062: Thar She Blows

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Pretty much everyone – well, everyone not named Cathi Herrod – agrees that SB 1062 was an awful piece of legislation. Unnecessary. Impracticable. Petty. But where does the so-called “gay ban” rank in the all-time pantheon of bad Arizona laws, bills and decrees? Venn diagram time.

“I screwed up. I’m trying to make it right.”

– Arizona State Senator Steve Pierce (R-Prescott) to Capitol Media Services during blowback from SB 1062. Pierce was one of three lawmakers who backtracked on their votes in favor of the bill, which was characterized as anti-gay and discriminatory by pundits nationwide.


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Rocks and a Hard Place

Part of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum collection is on display again, but the fate of its old home has yet to be determined.

This month marks almost three years since the controversial closing of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Downtown Phoenix. Since then, rock and mineral lovers have speculated on the whereabouts of the former collection like old miners prospecting for precious minerals. Some say it was scattered, while others thought it was tossed aside like a worthless piece of slag.


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Fully Equipped

Tempe-based StateServ’s software helps hospices improve service nationwide

StateServ Chairman Anthony Perre says it takes a big heart to help families provide comfort for their loved ones in hospice. “If you don’t have a heart for it, then you don’t belong in this business,” he says. “We want to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”


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Sustaining Soleri

One year after Arcosanti founder Paolo Soleri’s death, board members work to keep his ideas alive.

Not even birds could scavenge scraps from the avocado rinds Paolo Soleri composted, so frugal was the famed architect and philosopher who founded the experimental community Arcosanti in 1970.


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Global Pursuits

Following decades of job loss to China and India, officials now court those countries to invest in America... and Arizona.

Governor Jan Brewer wasn’t looking for masonry tips on Great Wall-building when she flew to China in 2011. Nor was she seeking advice on how to govern a multicultural society when she visited India last summer.


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Small Wonders

TGen uses genome sequencing to unlock the mysteries of rare childhood disorders.

It was the best of times for 13-year-old Shelby Valint. Once unable to walk or talk, Shelby effortlessly bounced to the microphone at the opening ceremony for TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders (CRCD) on October 15, 2013. “It’s real hard to explain how much TGen has changed my life,” she said, thanking the researchers who freed her from the wheelchair she describes as “a prison.” TGen utilizes state-of-the-art gene-mapping technology to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for youngsters stricken with profound illnesses. This process was literally a lifesaver for Shelby, who was born with a genetic disorder so rare it doesn’t have a name.


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