Archive for the 'Metro Phoenix' Category

Magical History Tours at Musical Instrument Museum

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  Feb. 22, 2014 PHOENIX – This musical time machine encourages visitors to follow musicians into history. Listen to their stories. Study their instruments.   The multimedia exhibits in the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) include the works of legends. Museum visitors, as they tour the exhibits, will hear music and narratives that likely will revive […]

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Soaring Metro Phoenix Home Prices Could Level Off Soon

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July 1, 2012 Press Release TEMPE, Ariz. — Phoenix-area home prices have been zooming up for months, and the streak continued in May. However, a new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University takes a closer look at the short supply of available houses, an increase in foreclosures, and […]

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Army Veteran Helping Others During His Journey Into Blindness

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June 15, 2012 GILBERT, Ariz. – The blind Army veteran depended on his nose to lead him to the pizza joint. But his guide dog, responding to his command, entered two doors too early. That wrong turn in the shopping center in 2004 became another turning point for the former Army captain. Tom Hicks was […]

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Memorial Day 2012 at Sunset in an Arizona Cemetery

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May 29, 2012 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Near the middle of the cemetery, out among the rows of headstones and small flags, I see a woman alone in a folding chair. She sits with her head down. She wears a wide-brimmed hat, so I cannot tell if she is reading a book or focusing on memories. […]

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Colorful Butterflies and Flowers, and the Pause Button

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April 21, 2012 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Poets describe butterflies as flying flowers, or elusive happiness on wings that might find you if you hit your pause button. I paused the other day. I made time to visit the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Through May 13, hundreds of colorful butterflies each […]

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Legacy of Long-Time Farming Family Includes New Homes With Unique Designs

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Feb. 13, 2012 GILBERT, Ariz. – Cruise the tree-lined streets of Morrison Ranch with co-owner Howard Morrison, and he’ll likely tell you what crops grew here for generations before his family’s farms sprouted houses a few years ago. And if he takes a short detour and stops next to his family’s four 80-foot-tall grain silos, […]

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Birthday Plan: Hugs, Reading Twain and Channeling Clapton

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Jan. 23, 2012 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – My birthday is approaching, so I expect to be asked about my plans for that day. I’ll dodge the question by saying I haven’t decided. I know many like to celebrate birthdays, and that’s fine. My celebrations are low key. It’s not my nature to buy something new or […]

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Evict Arizona Legislature for ‘infighting, brawling,’ says Phoenix Attorney

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Jan. 20, 2012 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Who says attorneys lack a sense of humor? I received the following email today from attorney Larry Lazarus, whose downtown Phoenix firm has represented land use and zoning cases for 30 years throughout Arizona. Maybe Lazarus is on the right track when he suggests the eviction of the Arizona […]

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Arizona’s Child Homelessness Echoes National Increase

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Jan. 14, 2012 TEMPE, Ariz. – Bright futures rarely shine on homeless children in Arizona. The young runaways fleeing family anger and short tempers hear their own double-time footsteps. Echoing in their ears are their parents’ impatient words clouded with the stress of work, debts, alcohol or drugs. Do your homework, say their sad-eyed parents, […]

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Relocating to Arizona; Fuel Prices and Scooters; and Writer’s Block

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May 9, 2011 – Opinion – You might disagree but….. *** Arizona has been my home since 1968, and I can’t remember when the light at the end of the state’s financial tunnel was this dim. If anyone in another state were to ask me about relocating to Arizona, I would say, “Do more research.” […]

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