Friday, October 24, 2014


¶lim¶Facing Our Fears

In a Scottsdale classroom, lost and wanted souls come to life under the guidance of one of the world’s leading forensic artists.

Two skulls sit on the shelf above the desk, their faces angled toward each other as if they’re whispering secrets. Aside from these grinning companions, however, Kirt Messick’s office isn’t especially macabre. His bulletin board is covered with photos of his wife and two young sons. A water feature gurgles and trickles, and Josh Groban sings softly from a speaker somewhere. It might almost be the office of, say, a family therapist.

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Reel Thing

PHM0314Flash-3Phoenix Art Museum rolls out the red carpet for the highly anticipated Hollywood Costume exhibition.

Imagine standing as close to Marilyn Monroe's white cocktail dress as the subway grate she stood over for the iconic billowing skirt scene in The Seven Year Itch, or being near enough to Indiana Jones' jacket to smell the vintage leather. Both are within the realm of possibility at Phoenix Art Museum this month, as PAM presents the west coast premiere of the Hollywood Costume exhibition, featuring more than 75 costumes from films both classic and contemporary.

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Breaking Down

PHM0314Flash-8Cyphers, the Valley's only hip-hop culture center, needs a new home.

Ty'Keihm Beard always liked dancing, but was nervous last year when his older brother took him to dance in public for the first time. "I didn't know what people would say, or how they would act," Beard, 14, said of his introduction to Cyphers: The Center for Urban Arts, a hip-hop community hub in northwest Phoenix.

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Older and Wiser

An ASU study reveals that new scams targeting seniors find fewer victims in the cynical Boomer Generation.

"I've fallen... and I can't get up!"

Thanks to its unintentionally hokey delivery in a TV commercial in the late '80s, that line has become one of the most memorable pitches ever linked to a senior moment.

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Melting Glock

Last spring's gun buyback was the largest in Arizona history. Pro-gun advocates want to know: Where did all those guns go?

It was like a chess match – or perhaps, given the subject, like a firefight. Emboldened by support from the business community and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, coupled with widespread media coverage, Arizonans for Gun Safety held its most successful gun buyback program yet – three consecutive Saturdays last May yielded 1,945 guns, the largest gun buyback in Arizona history.

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¶lim¶Linebackers Like Us

Absent seven-figure salaries and rich endorsement deals, members of the champion Arizona Rattlers hold offseason jobs as they seek a third straight ArenaBowl championship.

0 Days without Mayhem.

So says the sign beside the door.

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¶lim¶Arizona’s Most Wanted

Ten years ago, Jason Derek Brown gunned down an armored-car guard in Ahwatukee. Despite landing on the FBI 10 Most Wanted list, he's still at large.

At least 20 witnesses heard the pop-pop sound of gunfire outside the AMC 24 movie theater at the Ahwatukee Foothills Town Center at about 10 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2004. Six pops in all.

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