Following the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, many Arizonans have called for arming teachers and putting police in schools. Is there a place for a Colt on campus?
The fear and shock that blew across the nation was almost as powerful as Hurricane Sandy, but “hurricane” Sandy Hook may turn out to be the more catalytic catastrophe. We’d seen it before, of course – those freak, deadly squalls that strike where we least expect them – but this was different. The eye of the storm was in Newtown, Connecticut, but we felt its gusts here: Almost immediately, letters went out to parents informing them that school security was ramping up. There was talk of double sets of doors, fingerprint clearance, fences, patrols, drills. It was suddenly as if the Gaza Strip had been transported to our grade schools.
How much does the Valley love its car shows, auto auctions and rubber-burning contests of daring and speed? Some say our car love is unparalleled.
It’s said that the first car in Arizona arrived via rail in December 1899 – a two-seat, steam-powered “locomobile” purchased for $600 by Dr. Hiram Fenner during a trip back east. Powered by a muscular two-cylinder engine, the locomobile terrorized Tucson-area pedestrians and coachmen with speeds in excess of 15 mph.
The arrival of the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jets at Luke Air Force Base could signal a sonic boom for the Valley’s economy.
As sleek and deadly as a great white shark, faster than a speeding bullet, and with a radar signature somewhere between that of a marble and a beach ball, the F-35 Lightning II is the fighter jet on which the United States has bet its air supremacy for the next 30 years.
Cheap electricity and a disaster-averse climate make Phoenix a server-farm hot spot.
“This is India,” Go Daddy facility manager Rene LeBlanc says, pointing to a rack of 10 flat digital boxes. Lest you imagine a tiny Taj Mahal encased in one of the suitcase-sized devices, LeBlanc is speaking metaphorically. These are the computer servers that represent Go Daddy’s call center on the subcontinent.
Here at the web-hosting company’s Phoenix data center, embedded in a nondescript 12-acre warehouse at a secret location near Sky Harbor, thousands of such servers keep the gears of Go Daddy turning day and night. To protect the equipment, LeBlanc and his staff maintain a fanatically clean, climate-controlled workspace. Guests are accompanied by a mist-sprayer to keep the air Starbucks-patio-moist and prevent a static charge that could damage chips. A green dispenser offers disposable blue earplugs for protection against the roar of the air-conditioning.
A New Twist on Yoga
You’ve mastered downward dog and all three warriors, and your tree pose is steadier than a, well, tree. So what’s the next new yoga challenge to tackle? Try those same poses while suspended a few feet off the ground from a hammock tied to the ceiling. Oh, and then flip upside down and try them again.
A new business makes tattoo-removal as easy as ordering a Big Mac.
Founded by Dr. Will Kirby of Big Brother and Dr. 90210 fame, Dr. TATTOFF is a newly-launched chain of clinics that aims to make tattoo removal as easy as ordering a Big Mac. The clinics offer free consultation, removal for $49 per square inch, and free removal for a year if your tattoo doesn’t disappear in their recommended number of sessions. Their Tempe location, the first in the Valley, opened in November and offered up to 10 square inches of removal for free as a way to draw in all of those college mistakes. Consider it barbed-wire-B-gone. 740 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, 480-525-9238, drtattoff.com
A one-of-a-kind homeless shelter offers a clean slate to sex-trade victims and other damaged souls.
A machine the size of a small desk whirs and beeps as Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa uses an attached pen-size laser to obliterate parts of a pentagram tattoo on Kenneth Figueroa’s ankle.
Death in the Brotherhood
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