Phoenix Cop's Suicide Has City Leaders Looking at Police PTSD Issues

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The suicide of Phoenix police officer Craig Tiger has city management taking a look at its policies and training regarding post-traumatic stress disorder issues.

City Manager Ed Zuercher has announced the assembly of a panel to review the city's policies, at the request of the police unions, which have blasted Police Chief Daniel Garcia for his handling of Tiger's case.

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association (PPSLA) announced Monday that they're going to hold votes of no confidence against Garcia. PLEA president Joe Clure said Garcia has "zero credibility" with Phoenix police officers on the issue of PTSD.

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Phoenix Police Union Calls for No-Confidence Vote Against "Tyrant" Police Chief Daniel Garcia

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The unions that represent Phoenix police officers are ready to get rid of Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia.

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association (PPSLA) announced today that they're going to hold votes of no confidence against Garcia. The unions have had various complaints about Garcia over the past few years, and they say the recent suicide of Officer Craig Tiger was the last straw.

"The men and women who daily serve the citizens of this community and who daily put themselves in harm's way deserve a true leader that understands the concept of servant leadership," PLEA president Joe Clure says. "Not a tyrant that uses intimidation and bullying tactics and whose idea of leadership is coming up with new programs, gimmicks, and catch-phrases every other month."

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10 Stereotypes About Phoenix That Are Totally True

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There are stereotypes about every major American city, and in Phoenix, a whole lot of those stereotypes are actually true.

Below, find 10 Phoenix stereotypes that are (mostly) based on facts:

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Same-Sex Weddings Could Bring $54 Million to Arizona's Economy, Study Shows

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New Times photo illustration/photo Evie Carpenter

A study released this week argues that the legalization of same-sex marriage--and through it, the increased number of same-sex weddings--will bring an additional $54 million to Arizona's economy each year.

The study, conducted by the personal finance group NerdWallet, also found that same-sex marriage would bring more than $2.5 billion dollars to the national economy.

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Accused Child Molester Chris Simcox, ex-Employee of Doug Ducey's iMemories, Spurns Plea Offer, Wants to Go to Trial

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During a November 4 settlement conference before Judge Joseph Welty, presiding criminal judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Welty described in stark terms the situation faced by former minuteman leader Chris Simcox.

Charged with multiple counts of child molestation involving two little girls, one his own daughter, he can either accept a deal from the county attorney, plead guilty to attempted molestation, and do 7 to 10 years in prison, or he can proceed to trial and risk spending the rest of his life behind bars for committing dangerous crimes against children.

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-Doug Ducey and the Stain of Simcox: Sources Say Accused Child Molester Chris Simcox Had Access to Families' Home Movies while Working for iMemories

Ever arrogant, even while dressed in jailhouse stripes, the man his enemies once mockingly called "the little prince" insisted that he have his day in court, despite the consequences or the fact minors will be compelled to testify against him.

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Arizona Law Denying Bail to Undocumented Immigrants Faces Dim Future

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio outside Tent City, where he decided to create a special segregated section for people in the country illegally.
Maricopa County Bill Montgomery was dealt another loss yesterday in his bid to keep alive Arizona's Proposition 100, the 2006 law that denies bail to undocumented immigrants accused of many crimes in the state.

Last month, a panel of judges from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the voter-approved law unconstitutional, and yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it won't stay the lower court's ruling.

This refusal to block the overturning of Arizona's law means bail hearings for the undocumented in Arizona jails are likely coming soon.

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Jon Kyl Praised AG for Prosecuting Doug Ducey's Uncle

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Talk about a small world: In this 2006 C-SPAN clip, Kyl heralds the indictment of Doug Ducey's money-laundering uncle, William "Billy" Scott

Governor-elect Doug Ducey's recent announcement that former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl will chair his transition committee offers a delicious mix of irony and hypocrisy.

See, while he was in the Senate, Kyl was known for his fervent opposition to all forms of Internet gambling. More than once during his 18 years as a Senator, he attempted to legislate a total ban on the virtual vice.

And yet, Kyl's proven an enthusiastic supporter of Ducey, the scion of an infamous Toledo, Ohio organized crime family named "Scott," which for decades was involved in illegal gambling, bookmaking, racketeering and other illicit activities.

In fact, Ducey's maternal uncle Billy Scott was an online gambling kingpin, who pleaded guilty in 2012 in federal court to international money laundering and violating the U.S. Wire Act.

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Video: Phoenix NASCAR Fans Discuss Proper Tailgating, Dish on Brad Keselowski

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The penultimate race in this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was held Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, where Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag.

New Times was there to get the fans' reactions on the important issues, like how to have a proper tailgate party, and who was in the wrong in the previous week's fight between drivers Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon.

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Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: Gallery of Regret

At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.

This week, we're certain our inmates have a regret or two about the choices they've made. Enjoy.

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Reports of Obama Action on Immigration Not Stopping Rally at Phoenix ICE Office

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Reports that President Obama soon will announce drastic changes to the country's immigration policies won't stop a protest against the administration's current policies.

Obama's plan, as reported by the New York Times, potentially could shield several million people from deportation, but an organizer with the Puente Human Rights Movement tells New Times that the news doesn't affect the group's protest planned for later today at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix.

"[Obama] hasn't made an announcement yet, and there have been previous times and a lot of rumors about Obama making a decision, and it's been delayed," Francisca Porchas says, adding, "We feel a great deal of responsibility, after so much work, for us to continue to push on him."

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Martha McSally Claims Victory Over Ron Barber in CD-2, but a Recount Is Coming

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Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally.
In southern Arizona's Second Congressional District, Republican Martha McSally has claimed victory over Democratic Congressman Ron Barber, as a count of all the ballots has put McSally up 161 votes on Barber.

"All ballots are now counted and the voters have made their choice," McSally said in a statement. "We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we've seen from across Southern Arizona. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all the voters and everyone who knocked doors, stuffed envelopes, made calls, hosted events, donated to our campaign and put in the countless hours to make this victory possible."

One minor detail: There's going to be a recount.

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Shanesha Taylor Stiffs New Lawyer on Fees, Is Assigned a Public Defender

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Shanesha Taylor's second, non-crying, mugshot.
A judge has allowed two private lawyers to quit representing child-abuse suspect Shanesha Taylor, and has assigned a public defender to her renewed felony case.

One of the lawyers says Taylor stiffed him on his fees.

The development is the latest in the failed deferred-prosecution deal for Taylor, who raised more than $114,000 from Internet supporters after her teary-eyed mugshot went viral.

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ASU Police Investigating Profoundly Strange Note Left on Student's Car

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The Arizona State University Police Department is investigating a strange, vaguely threatening note left on a student's car.

The university confirmed the investigation but didn't release details about the note. However, a photo of a note said to have been left on an ASU sorority girl's car has been circulating on various social media websites.

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Human Rights Campaign: Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson "Lead the Way in LGBT Equality"

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Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson "lead the way in LGBT equality" in Arizona, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

The HRC, an LGBT civil-rights organization, released its annual scorecards for American cities on LGBT equality issues, and the three aforementioned Arizona cities each received perfect scores of 100.

"In Arizona, while Governor Jan Brewer has been staunchly opposed to advances in LGBT equality, cities like Tempe, Tucson, and Phoenix are leading the way forward and not looking back," the organization says in a statement. "Tempe passed an anti-discrimination ordinance this year and in August amended its city charter to ban discrimination against LGBT city workers."

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Mesa Tea Party Hosts Bradlee Dean, Second Speaker in a Row Who Heads a Hate Group on the Southern Poverty Law Center's List

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Bradlee Dean giving a prayer for the Minnesota House in 2011.

Last night, the Red Mountain Tea Party hosted its second speaker in a row who heads an organization found on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups.

Bradlee Dean, called an activist, author, and radio show host in fliers publicizing the event--and called "rabidly anti-gay" by the SPLC--presented to the Mesa Tea Party branch just two weeks after the group brought in New Yorker Pamela Geller, whose name made the SPLC list for her anti-Islamic views.

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New Yarnell Fire Videos Released by Arizona State Forestry Division

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The Arizona State Forestry Division has released 20 video clips shot by crews fighting the Yarnell Fire last year on the day 19 firefighters were killed.

Footage of the discovery of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot crew members' bodies was redacted, but the audio was left intact. Other video shows the concern of fellow firefighters and dramatic drives through a hellish landscape full of black skies, downed powerlines and flames everywhere.

See below for list of videos, plus a synopsis of what's on them.

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Jodi Arias Claims That Cops Deleted Travis Alexander's Porn Files, Ruining Her Credibility

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A new defense motion in the Jodi Arias penalty-phase trial claims that pornography files had been deleted from victim Travis Alexander's computer while it was in police custody.

Arias, who was convicted of first-degree murder last year, wants all charges dropped.

But even if the allegations in the new motion are true, the murderer is still a proven, prolific liar.

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David Garcia Finally Concedes to Diane Douglas in Schools Chief Race

Democrat David Garcia has conceded to Republican Diane Douglas.
Nearly a week after polls closed, Democrat David Garcia has finally conceded to Republican Diane Douglas in the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Garcia spent the week holding tight for a final ballot count, but conceded late yesterday night.

The Associated Press declared Douglas the winner on Sunday. Though thousands of votes have yet to be counted, Douglas has been consistently ahead of Garcia since the polls closed last Tuesday. She currently holds a 1.15 point lead, representing nearly 17,000 votes.

"With the way the numbers have trended, we do not see a path to victory," Garcia said in a press release. "I'm conceding the race and congratulating Diane Douglas on her win."

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10 Ways People in Phoenix Know It's Autumn

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One of the biggest culture shocks experienced by people who moved to the Phoenix metro area from a cold climate can be the completely unexpected arrival of winter.

With daytime temperatures reaching into the high 80s in early November -- a situation that's by no means unusual -- Valley residents sometimes aren't aware that a season exists between summer and the New Year. But it really is autumn now, astonishing as that concept may seem.

Here are 10 clues that let us know when fall has arrived in Phoenix:

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Arizona Cardinals' Quarterback Carson Palmer Tears ACL, Out for Season, Coach Says

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Hopes that the Arizona Cardinals would be playing Super Bowl 49 on its home turf were dampened on Monday with news that quarterback Carson Palmer would was sidelined for the rest of the season.

Head Coach Bruce Arians, in a news conference today, said that Palmer's ACL tear from Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams would probably put the player out until the end of June or into July.

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