Thursday, October 02, 2014



Danger DNA

A high-profile diagnosis sheds light on the high rates of a deadly breast cancer gene among Hispanic women.

At 27, Monique Sisneros was young when she developed breast cancer, but she was also lucky. Lucky her mother lived through the disease two years prior and pushed Sisneros to visit the doctor. Lucky her mother insisted Sisneros request further testing when doctors suggested waiting six months to see if the lump grew. Lucky to have insurance when today – like many other Valley Hispanic women – she doesn’t.


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Back to the Beach

Though statistically safe, Rocky Point paid for cartel violence like any other stigma-plagued Mexico tourism town. But some Valley sun-lovers are reclaiming “Arizona’s beach.”

A few years ago, before Sinaloa cartel henchmen started carving up their rivals – along with police and innocent bystanders – and certainly before the legendary tourism town of Acapulco became the murder and existential-terror capital of Mexico, Tyson Milanovich had no trouble finding friends to accompany his family on their yearly trip to Rocky Point.


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High Times for Helium

Though helium is the second most common element in the universe, the gas is hard to find in commercial quantities here on planet Earth. Exception: northeastern Arizona. The region supplied the U.S. with some of the richest deposits of helium in the 1960s and 1970s, and could do so again.


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Frack Attack?

The profitable – and controversial – mining practice could be coming to our state.

For a long time it seemed hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would bypass Arizona. The state is poor in natural gas, so there seemed little need for the process of injecting a pressurized chemical cocktail into the ground to pulverize rocks and extract the fuel trapped within. But New Mexico Tech researchers’ March announcement that their state shows strong potential for gas and oil production indicates that Northeastern Arizona might also be sitting on a fortune in shale oil. It’s part of the Mancos Shale, a 90-million-year-old, 60-billion-barrel formation spread under much of the West.


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Tasing Arizona

The Taser’s Valley-based manufacturer claims the stun gun has saved more than 100,000 lives. But how safe is the revolutionary “less lethal” electric weapon?

Pickering, Ontario: Responding to a domestic dispute, police fire a Taser to subdue a naked, barricaded man who threatened to stab himself. The man survives.


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¶lim¶Notorious Phoenix

*Warning! This article contains graphic content, multiple murderers, salacious sex scandals, swearing sports figures, risky businesses, batty bills, and ghastly gubernatorial grammar.

The Most Notorious Man on Two Wheels
It says a lot about your badass bona fides when the de facto leader of the world’s most famous outlaw motorcycle gang picks your city for his retirement garden. Hells Angels founding member Sonny Barger fell in love with Arizona the way most of us do – while pulling a four-year stretch in Phoenix federal prison.


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¶lim¶Notorious Joe

You know Joe. But do you know the Elvis-busting, opium-seizing, Sinatra-singing, racially-profiled Notorious J.O.E.?.

“Is this safe? Am I going to get shot here?”

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has arrived to have his portrait taken at Legend City Studios near Van Buren Street and Fifth Avenue. Historically, this area has been heroin-hawking, hooker hotel heaven, heavily decorated with graffiti and the glitter of broken glass. Presently, it’s transitioning into a hipster-approachable haunt where you can usually walk around in daylight without worrying about somebody shooting you.


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