Thursday, December 18, 2014


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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¶lim¶Startup City

PHM0214Flash-SUC-1Valley leaders envision Phoenix as the next great tech mecca. Meet the motivated entrepreneurs who hope to hoist our economy into the 21st Century.

From the outside, little distinguishes Gangplank from the Valley's many ordinary brown stucco buildings. It sits in a neat line of commercial spaces facing Chandler's main drag near the modern city hall. But inside, the future of Arizona's economy toils away.

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Plight of the Navigators

Certified guides, eager to help Arizona's uninsured find health coverage under Obamacare, get angry earfuls about a screwy system.

At Flagstaff's North County Health Center, a tearful elderly woman waves a piece of paper: "Is this true? Is this true?" It's a letter to senior citizens, suggesting they check out new options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. "Yes," answers health benefits advocate Briana Sherinian. "We can help you with that."

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