Charles Keating's Techniques Were Replicated by Those Who Helped Trigger the 2008 Financial Collapse

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Charles Keating Jr. at a House of Representatives hearing on the Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan scandal.
Charles H Keating Jr. is remembered not only as the most notorious figure of the savings & loan crisis that swept the nation in the late 1980s - and as the namesake of the infamous Keating Five political scandal - but also as the fraudster whose techniques were replicated by those who helped trigger the 2008 financial collapse and Great Recession.

Keating, who pleaded guilty to federal bankruptcy-fraud charges in 1999 after earlier state and federal criminal convictions were overturned on appeal, died March 31 at age 90. He served four years in a Tucson federal prison, where he (a competitive swimmer himself in his youth) watched on television as his grandson, Gary Hall Jr., won Olympic gold swimming metals during the 1996 Atlanta Games.

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Half-Baked ABC 15 Report Misses the Complete Story on Florence Cops

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Former Florence police detectives Walt Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson.
An ABC 15 reporter told viewers a story earlier this month about two former Florence detectives who'd botched cases so badly that the Pinal County Attorney's Office couldn't prosecute them.

Only no one has been able to cite what the cases were about.

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Anti-Medical-Marijuana Arizona Republic Eviscerated by Local Doctor

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The Arizona Republic published a TKO of its editorial board this weekend, after the writers declared that the state's voter-approved medical-marijuana program was "one of the biggest cons around."

Dr. Gina Mecagni, a local emergency physician, simply annihilated the Republic's assertion that most medical-pot patients probably are fakers.

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How the Florence Police Department Compromised Public Safety

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In the Town of Florence, criminal investigations and public safety have taken a backseat to police department politics.

This week, you can read part two of New Times reporters Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons' three-part series, "Florence Exposed."

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Bishop Thomas Olmsted Is Pursuing a Vendetta Against the ADL

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Bishop Thomas Olmsted kicked the ADL out of Phoenix Catholic schools and continues to pursue a hard-line stance even as Pope Francis softens the church's tone.
With the challenges and dangers that young students face today (online bullying, offline bullying, gossip, hate, and the increasingly common school shooting) programs like the Anti-Defamation League's "World of Difference" has arguably never been more important.

But Phoenix Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted disagrees.

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John Dougherty Discusses Granite Mountain Hotshots' Fateful Day

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The "deployment site," where the 19 firefighters died, is just beyond where the yellow line ends.


Reporter John Dougherty made an appearance on Southern California Public Radio yesterday to answer questions about his report on the increasing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed.

Although some people have decried Dougherty's report for whatever reasons, Dougherty has a pretty good explanation for the necessity of his reporting.

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John Dougherty to Talk Granite Mountain Hotshots on Southern California Public Radio

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Reporter John Dougherty will be on Southern California Public Radio this morning to talk about his report on the increasing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed.

The men were deployed to the Yarnell Hill Fire in late June, and 19 of the crew's 20 members were killed in the fire.

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Yarnell Hill Fire: Readers Respond to Cover Story on Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Following John Dougherty's report on the growing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed to the fire that killed almost the entire crew, some interesting responses to the story showed up in New Times' mailbag.

A former Prescott mayor, a former hotshot, and others sent us their two cents on Dougherty's report. Check out their responses:

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Yarnell Hill Fire: Arizona Wants More Federal Money After Ignoring Feds' Refusal to Deploy Granite Mountain Hotshots (Video)

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A helicopter takes off to help with fire suppression efforts during the Yarnell Hill Fire.
In the days and weeks following the deaths of 19 out of 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire, Governor Jan Brewer and Arizona officials have pushed for federal disaster money to help foot the bill for the fire-recovery effort.

In early August, FEMA denied Arizona's request for funds, angering Brewer and other politicians, including senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.

But in this week's cover story, John Dougherty reports the city of Prescott had been running the hotshot crew on a shoestring budget while collecting federal grant money and reimbursement funds before the Yarnell Hill tragedy.

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Granite Mountain Hotshots: How 19 Firefighters Died Battling the Yarnell Hill Fire

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An anonymous firefighter explains his time in a fire shelter, like the ones used by 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire southwest of Prescott were part of an elite firefighting crew called the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

According to the Arizona Incident Management Team, the crew deployed its "fire shelters" -- which a federal government manual describes as a "last resort" for wildland firefighters.

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