Tuesday, March 31, 2015



Toil and Trouble

Amid an executive flux, Arizona Theatre Company’s Director of Education brings social media-savvy Shakespeare to Arizona schools.

If Hamlet had a Facebook page, among his “likes” would be “procrastinating.”


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Drug Rehabilitation

The notorious club drug ketamine is used to fight clinical depression at a groundbreaking Scottsdale treatment center.

The first roadside bomb was an amateurish daisy-chain job. A misfire. The round bounced harmlessly off the top of the armored vehicle’s hood and he drove on.


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The Big Train That Might

Make tracks to Tucson in 70 minutes? It could happen, but don’t line up for tickets just yet.

When PayPal co-founder Elon Musk said it would be cool to build an 800 mph “Hyperloop” to zoom from L.A. to San Francisco in a mere 30 minutes, reactions ranged from amazed to bemused. The idea may not be loopy, says ASU School of Sustainability engineering professor Mikhail Chester. But “it’s not a proven technology like high-speed rail [HSR] is.”


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Failing Upward

US Airways and American Airlines won over pilots, flight attendants, and transport worker unions by bringing them into hush-hush talks months before the merger plan was publicly announced. After economic free-fall and a 2011 bankruptcy, AA employees longed for a new boss,


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Flight Reaction

Will the proposed US Airways/American Airlines merger feed more flights through Phoenix? Or will decreased competition cause ticket prices to take off?

Picture president obama and Governor Brewer on the runway. But this time, they’re both wagging fingers – not at each other, but at would-be merger partners US Airways and American Airlines (AA).


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Joining the Union

Advocates for marriage equality across Arizona exercise cautious optimism in the wake of pivotal Supreme Court decisions.

Silvana Salcido Esparza and Jo Novelli-Blasko sit at the dining room table in their Phoenix home on a hot August afternoon, carefully unfolding their marriage certificate and laying it on the table. It’s an official document from the State of New York, and instead of the usual


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Meet The Newton

Iconic central Phoenix restaurant Beef Eaters will be reincarnated as a multi-use community “energy hub.”

Late restaurateur Jay Newton loved Beef Eaters like it was his own child. Now all that remains of his progeny on a searing afternoon in mid-July are crumbling adobe fireplaces and faint memories of Yorkshire pudding. The restaurant’s faux Tudor stucco façade is picked clean, its 17,800-square-foot maze of rooms gnawed down to a sturdy post-and-beam skeleton.    


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