Tough prostitution laws prevent the practice of sex surrogacy in Arizona. What’s a 40-year-old virgin to do?
Arizona is no stranger to sex scandals. More than 50 arrests were made in the 2008 bust of the “Desert Divas” prostitution ring, and in 2011, more than two-dozen people were charged in connection with the Phoenix Goddess Temple, a New Age-themed sexual healing “church” that authorities characterized as a brothel.
The Valley’s homegrown film industry relies on the kindness of strangers. Preferably, rich ones.
Where money is concerned, Arizona is no different than Tinseltown – it’s the thing that talks when you-know-what walks. Financing is the most elusive element of any movie project – except maybe a good script – and therefore the greenbacked flickfunder, more commonly known as the executive producer, is one of the rarest birds in Arizona, and one of the shyest.
Other major cities have space needles, arches and towers. Does Phoenix need a useless tall thing, too?
When the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889, naysayers saw a blight on the Paris skyline. Seattle’s Space Needle moved one British writer in 1962 to say it was “like having to live with a velvet portrait of Jesus.” St. Louis’ Gateway Arch was designed in 1947 but met such stiff resistance it wasn’t built until 1965.
An industrious West Valley teen positions himself to be the next Bill Nye-style pop science guru.
Alec Owens cannot recall his very first question about the scientific mysteries of the universe. “Something like, ‘Where do rocks come from?’” the spiky-haired 13-year-old says. “What I do remember is going to an adult for an answer, getting an answer that wasn’t right, and the feeling you get when you’re like, ‘This is not a good answer.’”
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.
Death in the Brotherhood
Who killed Cave Creek Hells Angel Patrick Eberhardt? There are some striking theories on the street. ...
Where will you live in 2035? Who will be Arizona governor in 2050? What about that bullet train to Tucson? And zombies? Steal a glimpse of the Phoenix that could be. ...
Hells Angels Shootout
After a fierce shootout last year in Chino Valley between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikers the Vagos, it seems a turf battle is brewing. Could Phoenix be a future battleground?It was a peaceful Saturday morning like any other for Terrance...
Does West Valley businessman Kyle Eng finally have a formula for a Major League Soccer-worthy franchise in Phoenix? ...
As badly as the recent Veterans affairs scandal has tarnished the agency’s reputation... ...