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Getting in on the Act


As the lead singer-guitarist of the Tom Petty tribute act Breakdown, Scott Blackwell admits to leaving a few fans heartbroken. After performing as part of the players’ parade at Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District during the Super Bowl XLII festivities in 2008, Blackwell was approached by an overzealous Petty fan. “‘Man, you’re great,’” the man gushed. [...] Keep Reading »

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The Fast and the Facebooked


It’s a slow night at the Big Kmart parking lot on 67th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. Normally at this hour on a Saturday night, on the sprawling square of asphalt shared between the Kmart, Chuck E. Cheese and the Mixteca restaurant, the action is hopping. Local car clubs show up to show off [...] Keep Reading »

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Generation Text


Derek Neighbors works around young techies every day. As the co-founder of Gangplank, a collaborative workspace in Chandler and incubator for several small software startups, Neighbors is used to looking out over a sea of software engineers, mobile developers and a whole lot of geeky laptop stickers. But sometimes even Neighbors gets schooled in the [...] Keep Reading »

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Kids on YouTube


The website YouTube has been around for almost 10 years, and while it might be a go-to for music and videos of kittens, a whole wide world is teeming beneath the surface, with a unique culture and online celebrities who are so popular, we might as well just call them celebrities. And many of these [...] Keep Reading »

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Spy Parents


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 »

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Friendship for Hire


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 »

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Hidden Cool


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 »

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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 »

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Counterculture Cosmetics


All-natural granola types like to reminisce about the days of old, when organic ingredients like honey, oats and fruits were used as alternatives to the modern chemical-ridden skincare and makeup. But the truth is humans have always risked their health for a chance at getting a leg up on natural selection. Want glowing, alabaster skin? [...] Keep Reading »

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Bombastic Birthdays


As one the top event planners on speed dial of all the Valley’s well-to-do, Cicely Rocha-Miller has seen her share of lavish weddings, social galas and corporate affairs. In the past few years, thanks to the popularity of reality shows like MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16,” Rocha-Miller has also become accustomed to arranging excessive coming-of-age [...] Keep Reading »