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Boivin: Tiger Woods' heckler had richer life than moment that defined him — "It's not right that he'll be remembered for one incident. He was a good guy." "He" was Brian Murphy, the fan who gained notoriety for heckling Tiger Woods at the Phoenix Open in 1999. When police subdued him, they discovered a handgun in his fanny pack.
Jan 25, 2015

Boivin: Tiger's heckler had richer life than moment that defined him via @azcentral

Jan 25, 2015

RT @kentsomers: Great piece by @paolaBoivin: Tiger Woods' heckler had richer life than moment that defined him via @azcentral

Jan 25, 2015

Remember Tiger Woods' hecker? He had richer life than moment that defined him. My story: via @azcentral

Jan 25, 2015

Great piece by @paolaBoivin: Tiger Woods' heckler had richer life than moment that defined him via @azcentral

NFL Experience, festival give up-close look at big game — A lifelong Arizona Cardinals fan, Jeff Sumner remembers running an impressive 40-yard-dash at the NFL Experience in 2008 - the last time the NFL's interactive theme park came to town. "By the broadcasting tables, they had a wall of life-size (NFL players') handprints.

McCain greeted with some boos at GOP meeting — Sen. John McCain on Saturday stood before the crowd at the Arizona Republican Party's annual state meeting where he was censured in 2014. This year, his critics booed his remarks, but others cheered. U.S. Sen.
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Revamped TPC Scottsdale more difficult, ready for Waste Management Phoenix Open — The "greatest show on grass" has plenty of new grass as the world's best golfers head to TPC Scottsdale this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The course reopened in November after a seven-month, $15 million renovation project that included changes to every hole under the direction of Tom Weiskopf, who co-designed the original layout with Jay Morrish.

Banner prescribes healthier hospital fare — Banner Health, the state's largest hospital system, is undergoing a massive revamping of the food it sells in vending machines and dining areas to promote good health. Fourteen Arizona facilities will offer better food to thousands of employees and visitors as part of Banner's new Healthy Options program.

Fact Check: Lesko's tuition-impact statement unsupported — WHO SAID IT: Debbie Lesko. OFFICE: Arizona House of Representatives, District 21. PARTY: Republican. THE COMMENT: By using School Tuition Organization Scholarships, "I believe we are saving, not costing the state money." THE FORUM: Joint Legislative Income Tax Credit Review Committee meeting on Dec.
Jan 25, 2015

Fact Check: Lesko's tuition-impact statement unsupported via @azcentral

Luxury homes sold in Valley last week — An audiologist, a banking executive, the co-founder and former chairman of Taser International, the president of a design build company, the founder of a Canadian plumbing and heating company, a retired Kitchell Corp. executive, principals of a real estate brokerage firm and former principals of a golf academy are among the buyers and sellers in this week's priciest home sales.
Jan 25, 2015

Jan. 25, 2015: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week via @azcentral

Bordow: All eyes will be on the Valley this week — The eyes of the sports and entertainment worlds will be on the Valley like never before this week with a star-studded convergence that will include the Pro Bowl, Katy Perry, Jimmy ­Fallon, Tiger Woods' long-awaited return to the Phoenix Open and this game called Super Bowl XLIX.

Review: Eric Church rocks Phoenix with 'Outsiders' tour — Eric Church brought a giant inflatable devil to US Airways Center and never once removed his trademark shades. But Church's "Portrait of the Artist as a Total Bad-ass" image didn't stop the rising country star from grinning like a schoolboy at the end of nearly song Saturday as he basked in the applause or while delivering that line on the chorus of "Guys Like Me" about how "it's hard to believe that girls like you love guys me."

Video: Firefighters escape from fire, jump off roof

Flake sides with Obama on Iran and Cuba — Following last week's State of the Union speech President Barack Obama got some across-the-aisle support on Iran and other key foreign policy points from U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who sits on the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Flake said he agrees with the Obama administration and U.S.
Jan 25, 2015

President Obama gets some across-the-aisle support from Sen. @JeffFlake on Iran, Cuba, ISIS:

Coyotes' All-Star Oliver Ekman-Larsson building on success — When the losses pile up as quickly as they have this season for the Coyotes, hunting out a silver lining almost seems like a cop-out for confronting what's really ailing this team. That's not what's going on here: Everything from the goaltending and the youth on the blue line to the lack of punch at the other net and overall work ethic has been criticized.

10 golfers to watch at 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open — The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be the first event of the year for two of the biggest names in golf.

New state treasurer dishing out the bills — Who wants to be a millionaire?... If you're hankering to carry around a seven spot, get in line at Jeff DeWit's office. The newly minted (pun intended) state treasurer has taken to handing out fake million-dollar bills. It makes for a cute keepsake and could win the treasurer some goodwill.

Sex trafficking: A shift in attitudes — The women were given a choice. For two days, Phoenix police officers had been running stings. Some solicited women in areas known for prostitution. Others made arrangements at hotels with women advertising themselves online.

Phoenix police fire shots, search for fleeing driver after pickup rams officers' vehicle — Police were looking for a driver Sunday morning after a car chase involving shots fired by police near 35th Avenue and Thomas Road. Phoenix police began following a stolen white pickup truck around 4:45 a.m. as it traveled west on Thomas Road, then north into a nearby neighborhood, according to Officer James Holmes, a spokesman with the department.
Jan 25, 2015

Phoenix police fire shots, search for fleeing driver after pickup rams officers' vehicle via @azcentral #Phoenix

Valley doctor: Don't vaccinate your kids — Dr. Jack Wolfson believes there are lifestyle changes you should make instead of vaccinating. Despite a recent measles outbreak in California, a Valley doctor believes children should not get vaccinated and that they should be getting this kind of infection.

Phoenix Suns staying close, even in rare losses during 14-5 run — Three Suns games have ended on buzzer-beating shots. All losses. Four Suns games have gone to overtime. All losses. The constantly cruel close calls could make the Suns as deflated as a Patriots football. Instead, they see a different trend.
Jan 25, 2015

Tight losses don't weigh on #Suns, who focus on having wins or last-minute chances to win in each game since Dec. 14.

Jan 24, 2015

RT @azcsports: The #Suns have been in a position to win in the final minute each of the past five losses, writes @paulcoro.

Faculty-student dating: ASU re-examining policies — Arizona State University is examining its policy on dating between faculty and students, which might avoid more situations like Tasha Kunzi says she found herself in with a grad-school ­professor in 2010. Kunzi's course work suffered after she ended a "personal relationship" with the professor, she claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court.