Friday, October 31, 2014

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Reality Bytes

Valley visionaries are spearheading computer technologies that enhance your grip on the here-and-now – and take us one step closer to inventing the holodeck.


I put on the glasses and I’m gliding over Mars. The cartographically-accurate surface of the Red Planet rolls below me in 3D. A tiny sun shines dimly. Rusty landscape and twilight skies surround me, even when I look over my shoulder.

 

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A Heady Brew

When brain cancer attacked his craft-brew-loving wife, Louis Dolgoff devised a charity just for her.

On August 29, 2009, Laurie Dolgoff was near the end of a long, agonizing journey. The cancer in her brain – a glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and malignant of brain tumors – would not be stopped, and the 55-year-old Peoria fashion associate had only meager possession of her faculties. She couldn’t speak and could barely move.

 

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Bad Medicine

Even after high-profile tragedies, a silent epidemic of prescription drug overprescription, abuse and overdose continues to plague Arizona. 

It was a syringe full of medicine that plunged her down the rabbit hole, and medicine that kept her there, dragging her deeper into a hinterland of darkness, till she could barely remember the woman she once was – or, really, anything at all. 

 

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Pregnant Pause

A rash of discrimination cases raises the question: How well does Arizona protect its pregnant workers?


Stacey Smith was mystified when her work hours were abruptly docked at Tutor Time in Queen Creek. The Mesa resident says she received glowing reports from both customers and colleagues at the daycare

 

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Bach to the Future

A new wave of Beethoven-blasting devotees labors to resurrect classical music’s cool factor.

Mention “classical music concert” to someone and you’ll likely conjure images of a grand symphony hall packed with discerning men in monocles and women wrapped in mink shawls. 

 

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A Sun-Roof Over His Head

Steve May made waves as a brash Arizona lawmaker. Now the pseudo-homeless pol’s a vagabond advocate for minority groups.

When former Arizona congressman Steve May announced on Facebook last September that he was shuffling off his possessions and calling his Cadillac Escalade home, many of his 4,700-plus friends freaked out, offering their couches, carports and condolences.
But May says the plan – dubbed “DWNSIZE,” after the vanity plate on his Escalade – was entirely by design. “I did DWNSIZE for many reasons, none of them out of necessity,” May says. “It has been a learning experience for me.”

 

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¶lim¶Cloud City

How now, brown cloud? As State agencies struggle to clean up the harmful pollution that hangs over the Phoenix skyline, the recent rash of haboobs stirs up even more trouble. — why won’t the brown cloud just blow away?

 

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