Top 10 Sites for Digging Up Online Info in Maricopa County and Around Arizona

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Do you want to dig up dirt on your new boyfriend, local politician or the business begging for your money and time?

If you live in Maricopa County or elsewhere in Arizona, we've got a few awesome and mostly free online resources for you:

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Phoenix Water Customers Won't See Rate Hike in Water or Sewer Services in 2014

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Phoenix is planning to maintain the same water and sewer rates for single-family homes in 2014.

It marks the second year that the Water Services Department is not proposing a rate hike for Phoenix homes.

City officials report that the average single-family residential water bill will remain at $37.75 per month, and the average residential sewer bill will remain at $20.71 per month.

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How to Survive a Dust Storm While Driving in Arizona

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Tuesday's triple-fatality pileup on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak wasn't the worst in Arizona history.

Dust-storm collisions are a fact of life here in the desert, ever since our forefathers laid down the superhighways. At the average cruising speed on Interstate 10 -- about 90 mph, most days -- being rendered suddenly blind is probably the worst thing that can happen.

Here are several tips that may allow you to survive should this weather phenomenon catch you on the open road:

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Free Help Navigating Obamacare's Health Insurance Marketplace At PHX Libraries

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Federally appointed "navigators" are offering free help at Phoenix libraries for people who want to learn more about the new health-insurance regulations passed into law with the Affordable Care Act, which most people call Obamacare.

Assistance is available at the Burton Barr Central Library on Mondays for individuals who want to sign up for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Phoenix Workshop Delves Into the Depths of Homeowner Association Hell

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HOAs can be hell.

What other way can you describe a micromanaging quasi-governmental body that takes hundreds of dollars a year from you and then uses that money to harass you about where you park your car, about how you store your trash can, and about front-yard weeds that refuse to die and would likely survive a nuclear explosion.

Well, they do help some neighborhoods maintain their property value.

Wanna know more?


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Peoria Opening Pioneer Community Park, One of Valley's Largest Municipal Play Grounds

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Peoria officials are opening Pioneer Community Park, an 83-acre recreation campus, to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The park, at the corner of 83rd and Olive avenues, features six ball fields with concessions stands and restrooms with a central plaza; four lighted multipurpose fields; a dog park, picnic ramadas with grills, a playground with swing sets and splash grounds.

And it's opening even as neighboring cities are scaling back on recreation options for residents because of budget shortfalls.

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Peoria Theater Performance of "Big" Will Benefit Yarnell Hill Recovery Group

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A non-profit group working to rebuild fire-ravaged Yarnell has raised about $1.2 million toward those efforts, but are far short of their overall goal of about $6 million.

Various organizations and individuals have contributed good and cash, and now a Peoria theater is getting on charity.


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Lana Meadville Allegedly Kills Cat and Hurls It at Her Mother, Authorities Say

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Mohave County found its own version of the feline hurling "Crazy Cat Lady."

Authorities arrested 47-year-old Lana Rennee Meadville Thursday after she allegedly killed a cat and heaved it at her mother, according the Mohave County Sheriff's office. 

See also:

Helen Flint, 74, Found Out Being the Cat Lady in Bullhead City Is Illegal

Cat Show at Phoenix Convention Center


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Circumcision Causes "Dramatic Changes" in Penis Bacteria, Says Phoenix-Based TGen

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After spending a year studying 156 penises in Uganda, researchers say male circumcision reduces bacteria on the penis, and perhaps is the reason why circumcision can protect men from contracting HIV.

Scientists have been studying the relationship between circumcision and rates of HIV for more than two decades, and this study led by the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) apparently provides the reason why.

See also:
-Anticircumcision Activists Say Trimming a Bit Off the Top Is Too Much


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New Times Unveils Latest City App for iPhone and Android

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Brand new versions of the Phoenix New Times apps are now available on iTunes and Google Play. The apps are loaded with new features. Check em out and download them now.


Download the new app here.
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