More Arizona Parents Not Having Their Children Vaccinated

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The number of Arizona parents choosing to not have their children vaccinated is increasing.

Back in 2003, only 1.6 percent of kindergartners weren't vaccinated due to a personal-belief or religious exemption. As of last school year, a decade later, that rate more than doubled, to 3.9 percent.

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Professor Travis Pratt Fired From ASU, Settles With Student Who Sued After Affair

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Professor Travis Pratt's affair with a graduate student didn't work out so well.

The criminal-justice expert has agreed to settle the student's lawsuit at the end of this month. He and his wife are no longer married.

And he was fired from Arizona State University -- on Valentine's Day.

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US Airways Tweets Vagina Picture in Response to Woman's Complaint

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A woman who complained to US Airways received a shocking Twitter message in reply -- a picture of a woman masturbating with a scale model of a Boeing 777.

According to, the US Airways tweet with the X-rated photo remained up for more than 20 minutes before the company took it down.

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Berserk Man Dies After Fight With Cops Inside Diner; Tased Four Times

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A fight Sunday night in a Phoenix diner between police officers and a berserk man on a destructive rampage ended when the man fell ill and died after he was tased four times.

Police haven't yet released the name of the 38-year-old white man, pending notification of his family.

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Joe Arpaio Interviewed by Holocaust-Denier for Anti-Semitic Publication

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First nativists and birthers, now Holocaust-deniers and anti-Semites?

Yes, even for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, this jumps the proverbial shark.

I'm talking about a recent interview Arpaio granted to Pennsylvania-based Holocaust-denier Victor Thorn, author of The Holocaust Hoax Exposed: Debunking the 20th Century's Greatest Fabrication and Made in Israel: 9-11 and the Jewish Plot Against America, among numerous other tomes with similarly repulsive themes.

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Joe Arpaio's "Corrective Statement" in Melendres Submitted to Federal Judge

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Not sure I'll believe this until I see Sheriff Joe Arpaio's geriatric scrawl on it, but reproduced at the bottom of this post is the so-called "corrective statement," filed by the MCSO's attorney Tim Casey in the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio.

You'll recall that on May 24, 2013, federal Judge G. Murray Snow essentially found the MCSO guilty of racially profiling Latinos during traffic stops and ordered that this unconstitutional activity cease.

Snow issued an injunction in October, detailing what the MCSO would have to do to comply with his May judgement.

In January, Snow appointed former Rochester, NY police chief Robert Warshaw as his monitor, to make sure that his order is followed.

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10 Worst Social Media Posts in Arizona History

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Social-media websites like Facebook and Twitter may make it easier to connect with people, but they also make it easier to make an ass out of yourself in front of everyone.

Here are 10 people who did just that, in what we're calling the 10 worst social-media posts in Arizona history:

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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

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In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

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Glendale and Tempe Named Two of the Most-Dangerous Suburbs in America

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Tony the Marine
Downtown Glendale, at 58th and Glendale avenues.

Of the 10 most-dangerous suburbs in America, two of them are suburbs of Phoenix.

That's according to the real estate website Movoto, which ranked Glendale as the seventh-most dangerous, and Tempe the eighth-most, based on FBI crime data.

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"Smoking Bedbugs" Hoax Video Uses Footage From Bogus Dabbing Report by ABC 15

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A fake news report going viral on the Internet claims that teens are getting high by smoking crushed-up bedbugs.

To the frustration of local, anti-substance-abuse speaker Shane Watson, the hoax uses video footage of him from the bogus report on dabbing by ABC 15 we told you about on Thursday.

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Woman Who Threw a Shoe at Hillary Clinton Is From Phoenix

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The woman who chucked a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas has been identified as a Phoenix resident.

Police say 36-year-old Alison Michelle Ernst was the one who threw the shoe at Clinton, although Clinton was able to dodge it.

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Phoenix Animal Hospital Reports More Cases of Pets High on Marijuana

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Robert Hensley

More people have been bringing their pets to Phoenix-area animal hospitals to treat marijuana ingestion, according to a local chain of animal clinics.

According to the Emergency Animal Clinic -- which owns five hospitals across Phoenix, the East Valley, and West Valley -- there's been a pretty sharp increase in such cases over the past few years.

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Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: Expect the Unexpected


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.

With this week's offenders, you may want to expect the unexpected. Enjoy.

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Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Warrantless Searches of Abortion Clinics

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Matthew Hendley

The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that would allow the state health department to search abortion clinics without an administrative warrant.

The legislation, House Bill 2284, passed the House in March and got approval from the Senate yesterday by a 17-13 vote.

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Dabbing Hysteria Exposed: Drug-Abuse Educator Slams ABC 15 for Exaggerations

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Anti-drug educator Shane Watson often thinks about his appearance in a viral ABC 15 news story about the "threat" of dabbing.

"It's not an exaggeration to say that for a short period of time, it ruined my life," says Watson, who works for the local drug-prevention organization notMYkid.

He's not talking about dabs, one of several terms for concentrated hash oil.

Rather, it was the September 16 broadcast on ABC-15 (KNXV-TV) that messed him up.

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Case of Measles Confirmed in Maricopa County

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How to not get measles.

A person who flew into Phoenix last week brought measles with them.

Maricopa County's health department issued a warning saying people were probably exposed to the highly contagious disease.

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Arizona's "Tax Freedom Day" Is Tomorrow

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Nick Ares

Tomorrow is Arizona's Tax Freedom Day, one of the most depressing ways to look at how much money you're forking over to the government every year.

Tax Freedom Day, developed by the Tax Foundation think tank, illustrates how long it takes Americans to earn enough money to pay a year's worth of taxes. Adding in specific state and local taxes, it also calculates each state's Tax Freedom Day.

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Arizona Still Has One of the Highest Rates of Uninsured Children, but the Rate Is Dropping

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Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.

However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.

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Paul Babeu's New PAC Claims Support from Top Arizona GOPers

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Two years is apparently enough to revive the fortunes of disgraced, former congressional candidate and wannabe underwear model Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Back in 2012, my colleague Monica Alonzo revealed that the strident, anti-immigrants, Pinal County border hawk had been sleeping with his reputed enemy in the form of Mexican national Jose Orozco, a former boyfriend and campaign worker for Babeu, whom Babeu allegedly threatened with deportation to keep him quiet about their relationship and Babeu's sexual orientation.

Alonzo also reported that Babeu had been trolling for sex on the gay hookup site under the name "studboi1," with a profile that featured a revealing selfie and a detailed description of the sheriff's penis ("7", cut," according to studboi1).

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United We Stand: Asylum Seekers Test America's Broken Immigration System

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Alex Rodriguez
US and Border Patrol flags fly over a border crossing.
They're called the Dream 9 -- young men and women who were brought into the country when they were children but who returned to Mexico, their birthplace, and then attempted to re-enter the United States last summer.

They didn't cross under the cover of darkness. They didn't hike for days through the treacherous desert terrain along the Arizona-Mexico border. They didn't hire a coyote to smuggle them across the border under the floorboards of a windowless van.

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