Top 10 Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Year (So Far ...)
10. Jeff Flake's Son Calls Himself "N1ggerKiller"
Senator Jeff Flake
In June, Republican Senator Jeff Flake's 15-year-old son Tanner was caught playing the iPhone game "Fun Run" using the name "N1ggerKiller."
The teenager's offensive gaming screen name was just one of the offensive slurs he used. His Twitter account also includes statements of someone being a "faggot," and calling a friend a "Jew" for taking credit for good jokes. Oh yeah, he also created a video in which he pretends to commit suicide.
9. Tucson Teacher's Aide Accused of Sexing Three Students at School, While Three Others Watched
Tucson PD Clarice Lee
The Tucson Police Department says a 22-year-old high school teacher's aide was involved in a sexual "incident" involving six male students.
Police reportedly discovered a video of the incident, which was filmed by one of the six students involved.
That teacher's aide was identified as 22-year-old Clarice Lee.
8. Brendan McDonough, Sole Survivor of Firefighting Crew, Was "Remorseful" After 2010 Conviction for Stolen Property
Image: Prescott PD, via Daily Courier Brendan McDonough's mugshot following his 2010 arrest.
Brendan McDonough, the sole survivor of a fire disaster that killed 19 Arizona firefighters, had sincere remorse in a 2010 vehicle-burglary case, according to a probation officer's report.
The pre-sentence report depicts a motivated, young father-to-be who deserved a second chance after a crucial lapse in judgment and who fretted that his felony conviction might ruin his chance to become a full-time firefighter.
McDonough, who at 21 was an experienced team member and fire-science student, was acting as fire spotter with the Granite Mountain Hotshots just before the tragedy. It was his third season with the team.