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Odd Jobs

Not Your Normal Cab Driver

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For Sandra Perez, driving around all day is just part of the job. Driving cabs for almost a year, Perez began her career after using [...] Keep Reading »

Events

“Footloose”

“Footloose”

City boy, Ren, and his mother have just moved to a small town where dancing is a crime, due to the efforts of an ultra conservative pastor. 

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What's Cookin'

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It’s July and we’re looking for ways to stay cool, eat lighter and maybe give the slow cooked oven recipes a rest. The heck if I’m going to give up my sweets, though. So what better way to kick off July than with two scrumptious desserts that require very little effort? Watermelon cake is all [...] Keep Reading »

Odd Jobs

Not Your Normal Cab Driver

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For Sandra Perez, driving around all day is just part of the job. Driving cabs for almost a year, Perez began her career after using a cab during a period of unemployment. “I started talking to the cab drivers,” Perez says. “They seemed pretty nice, pretty genuine. They were like, ‘You should try it.’ I [...] Keep Reading »

Dine the Valley

Tommy V’s is a Much-Hyped Crowd Pleaser

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If you’re heading into Old Town Scottsdale on Indian School Road, it’s unlikely you’ve missed Tommy V’s. The long, modern building off the side of the street is an eye catcher, with a cobalt blue sign and sleek, gray paint. On top of being physically attractive, I’ve heard great things about the Italian-meets-New American joint [...] Keep Reading »

Featured Story

Spy Parents

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Caroline Knorr has seen how suburban cyberspies are made. “I have a friend who was worried about her daughter,” she says. “She was concerned that her daughter was visiting these pro-anorexia, pro-bulimia websites—they call them ‘pro-ana’ and ‘pro-mia’ sites. And it got to the point where she felt she needed to know what was going [...] Keep Reading »

Featured Story

Friendship for Hire

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I’m new to Phoenix, or at least that’s what Lady thinks. In truth I haven’t been “new” to any area since I moved to Gilbert as a 2-year-old. Not that it matters. I just needed a plausible backstory to tell my new friend, and I feel a bit guilty for lying, even if my lie [...] Keep Reading »

Odd Jobs

Ghastly Art

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Not too many people get the chance to make a career out of bruises, broken bones, gashes and gore. But Tim Richards is an exception. He’s a special effects makeup artist who creates ghastly injuries for movies and television projects. “I started off in high school,” Richards says. “A friend of mine and I did [...] Keep Reading »

Featured Story

Hidden Cool

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With summer heating up, most of us in the Valley turn to daydreams about getting away to cooler climates, typically up around Flagstaff or Prescott. But what if you don’t have the time or enough radiator coolant in the family jalopy to make the trek that far from home? Are there any hidden cool spots [...] Keep Reading »

What's Cookin'

The Moistest Carrot Cake Ever

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It’s not that I fancy myself a carrot cake expert by any means. I just know a darn good carrot cake when I taste one and this is the best I’ve ever had. I owe a big thanks to Paradise Valley resident Michael Garrett for sending in this “gotta have” version of one of America’s [...] Keep Reading »

Featured Story

Catfished

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Chris Johnson, a 30-year-old Detroit transplant, isn’t expecting to find love online anytime soon. Johnson, who works in technical support for a cellphone company, has had her fair share of experiences in the cyber-dating market. She had an early start at Michigan State University, when dating sites were first gaining traction. Mainly out of boredom, [...] Keep Reading »