November 16, 2003 |
Phoenix HERE in Arizona's premiere resort playground, consider the dizzying number of hotel rooms -- 55,000, about as many as in all the Hawaiian islands combined -- and you may wonder how it could possibly stand more palm trees, pools and cabana boys. I wondered too. And wondered even more after the recent openings of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass.
February 2, 1997 |
The Superstition Mountains were evaporating into the great sigh of dusk when we struck it rich. "Dad!" Robert said, pointing to sparks in the heap of boulders upon which we perched. "Gold!" Eighteen months earlier, at dinner, I told my three children about an exciting assignment I'd been offered. The catch? Extensive travel. Only Robert, then 5 and the youngest, didn't grudgingly vote to let me go.
February 15, 2009 |
The stark landscape looms large here: miles of open land pockmarked by desert scrub; jumbled rocks heaped upon one another to create wild mountains; cantankerous cactuses ready to hurl daggers if you come too close. Landscapes don't come much more ruggedly Western than this. So it's not surprising to find restaurants that feature an Old West menu.
December 9, 2006 |
A serial rapist was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison and began to sob when he heard some of his 13 victims testify about how the attacks had traumatized them. David B. Wilson Jr., 33, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement last month to 13 felony counts of sexually assaulting or attempting to assault young women in the Phoenix area between July 2004 and July 2005. "I have nightmares every night of your smell, your touch," one woman who fought off Wilson told the court.
April 22, 1992 |
Groups of city firefighters and police officers will begin taking Spanish classes this summer under a pilot program that has raised the hackles of those who supported a 1988 constitutional amendment making English Arizona's official language. Councilwoman Mary Rose Wilcox, who proposed the program last fall, believes that, because an estimated 50,000 members of the growing Latino population in Phoenix speak little or no English, police and firefighters must learn Spanish.
March 24, 2002 |
In another procession of unwanted coastal imports, the latest to infest this state comes from, of course, California. Only this time Arizona isn't inheriting its haughty neighbor's noxious air, snarled traffic or even suburban sprawl. Now it's rats. The big-eared, ropy-tailed pests hitched a ride in trucks from Central California's citrus groves and have taken up residence in the roofs of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, known for its forest of fruit trees.