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Dolphins In The Desert: Process Of Bringing Dolphins To Arizona Complicated, Controversial

In a brown swath of desert just off the Via de Ventura exit on Loop 101 near north Scottsdale, you can expect to hear the cackle of desert birds, the buzz of insects, maybe even the howl of a coyote over the rumble of passing cars. But dolphin calls? It’s a real possibility come late summer.

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Phoenix Cool Homes series

Cool Home: A time capsule from the 1960s unearthed in Medlock Place

Walk into Miles Willis McDermott IV’s apartment in Central Phoenix and you might expect to find a groovy party in full swing…Women in blue eyeshadow and the cheese served fondue style.

Cool Home: Downsizing and embracing imperfections in historic Mesa

But they’d survived closer quarters before, Jocelyn says, pointing out that David runs an RV business and they and their four kids — ranging in age from 8 to 18 — have spent many a road-trip packed together in a motor home.

Features

In “Funeral Hotdish” Jana Bommersbach rewrites history, with a mysterious twist

The longtime journalist imagines what it would have been like if she got what all reporters dream of — exclusive, unfettered access to the story of a lifetime — and investigates how crime and injustice can have far-reaching implications, throwing even the most tightly knit of communities into a tailspin.

Under the lights: State fair workers toil behind the scenes

The Arizona State Fair can be surprisingly peaceful. Really. Behind the constant boing-boings of the games, the deafening music blasting from the whirligig rides and the din of thousands who visit every day, there’s a group of people living simple, quiet lives...

Season For Sharing

In Season for Sharing, the most important number is one: One gift, from you

It’s hard to quantify the difference a single gift can make. One gift can become many things. One cup of coffee. One outfit to call your own. One overdue bill that needs to be paid. One bottle of paint to cover countless canvases.

Season for Sharing: Helping kids learn, one day at a time

FORTY-FOURTH. That's where Arizona ranked in education in the latest KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Meanwhile, good teachers are leaving the state’s schools. But not all lessons take place in a classroom.

Season for Sharing: Helping to break the silent cycle of domestic violence

ONE HUNDRED AND NINE. That's the number of Arizonans who lost their lives to domestic violence in 2014, according to the Arizona Coalition to End Domestic Violence. That’s more than one person every four days.

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Queen Of The Market: Cindy Gentry Campaigns For Local, Affordable Food For All

It’s fitting that Cindy Gentry’s first foray into bringing healthy food to the masses started with a trip to fulfill her civic duty. “It was jury duty’s fault,” she says.

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How hate-watching ‘The Bachelor’ became a competitive sport

Hate-watching. Guilty pleasure. Whatever you want to call it, why am I so excited to find out who wins that final rose?

What does that midnight smooch say? A guide to New Year’s Eve kisses.

Those last 10 seconds of the year are often fraught with lip-lock peril.

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Gentlemen, put ‘em away

What’s up with all the balls these days?

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Behind every great D.C. sports mascot, there’s a great woman (with a bottle of vodka and a stash of safety pins)

Meet Ingrid Crepeau, the master puppeteer who keeps Racing Teddy, G-Wiz and Slapshot looking sharp.

The kid from the ’hood who snapped an iconic Baltimore image

One of the only amateur photographers to get the cover of Time, Devin Allen is opening his first exhibit in Baltimore this week.

The waiting games: As Supreme Court deliberates, the rest of us line up

Some wait hours to snag a public spot in court on what could be a historic decision day for gay marriage.

The congressional kid: How a millennial plans to make it to the Capitol

Don’t tell a millennial she can’t, when all her life she has been told she can. “They don’t know what they’re dealing with,” Li says of her doubters. “No one wants this more than me.” It’s the slogan of a generation: Want something bad enough, and you’ll figure out a way to get it.

The singles pool scene: It's like a club, only wetter

How do you hit on someone who's nearly naked? Make a splash.

How to write about foods you can't stomach: A cucumber hater's lament

All of us - even food critics - have that thing we skip over on a menu. But what if you have to take a bite?

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Colorado's gun town: In Nucla, every citizens must keep a firearm in their home

Driving north on U.S. 141 in southwestern Colorado, the road descends from red rock plateau into a wind-blown expanse of bedraggled shrubs and hardy desert trees called Paradox Valley. Passing only the occasional deer, the two-lane highway eventually ends at the Dolores River. Just beyond its muddy bank lies the tiny town of Nucla.

Women emerge as a forceful voice in the business of defending firearms

More women than ever before own guns. Nearly 79 percent of firearms retailers reported an increase in female customers between 2011 and 2012, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. From this surge in popularity comes classes, specialized apparel, custom firearms, shooting-group memberships and conferences for women. Women have also become the sellers, the lobbyists and the business owners.

Howard G. Buffett Foundation Borderlands Project, Chiapas: State of Revolution

Midwives combine tradition and science to curb maternal deaths in Chiapas

BOCHIL, Chiapas, Mexico – “Una niña,” the old woman said with a smile. A girl.

Known simply as Doña Mercedes, the midwife had made this diagnosis after pressing wrinkled hands down hard on the swollen brown belly of the woman sprawled beneath her. The examination table was a deflated mattress topped with rumpled blankets and mismatched sheets; the examination room was strewn with clothes, toiletries, dirt and an odd string of Christmas lights.

Cronkite News

Hooked AZ: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona

Hooked is a special investigative report produced by advanced journalism students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use in Arizona. The project includes a 30-minute investigative broadcast aired Jan. 13, 2015, by every TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona, in addition to a digital report with multiple stories, data analyses and a mobile app.

My story, First responders, hospitals on front lines of Arizona’s heroin crisis, tracks the timeline of an opiate overdose and the methods first responders use to bring addicts back from the brink of death.

Backers of medical marijuana launch effort to legalize recreational use

The people who brought medical marijuana to Arizona four years ago now want marijuana legal for everyone over the age of 21.

Supporters of same-sex marriage urge AG to stop defending state’s ban

Delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures in a little red wagon, supporters of gay marriage called Thursday for Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his defense of the state’s ban.

9th Circuit ruling could clear the way for same-sex marriage in Arizona

Same-sex couples still aren’t able to marry in Arizona but took a major step closer to walking down the aisle Tuesday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho.

Vaccine study aims to build common ground for parents, scientific community

Parents deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children can be made to feel paranoid by health care providers for voicing any concerns.

ACLU files federal lawsuit against Arizona’s ‘revenge porn’ law

An Arizona law that bans sharing naked sexts to embarrass an ex could also ban photographs of naked prisoners being tortured in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.

For some women, starting a business is a way around gender gap

Climbing the corporate ladder has never been a woman’s game. In 2014, women still make about 80 cents to each dollar men earn and are holding fewer leadership roles throughout their careers.

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Editorials

Caught Between the Saguaros and the Deep Blue Sea

By the time I reach Gila Bend, the radio waves from Phoenix have almost completely faded into fuzzy static. I feel giddy anticipation as the speed limit drops abruptly from 75 to 35 miles per hour. I’m one hour from Phoenix, four from San Diego.

National Center on Disability and Journalism

Some Disability Stories Go Untold

A hard-hitting investigation into police treatment of the developmentally disabled. A story about a Danish company that has found a way to use the talents of autistic workers. A video that takes viewers into the life of a blind athlete. An intense narrative about the life of a famed mountaineer who was paralyzed in a helicopter crash.

These are the stories that were honored with the first Katherine Schneider Journalism Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability. Submissions were judged on how they went beyond the ordinary in covering the issues faced by people living with disabilities.

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Film Review: When I Walk

In 2006, New York filmmaker Jason DaSilva fell down and needed help standing back up. Five years later, he could no longer walk and needed help accomplishing even the most basic tasks.

But multiple sclerosis didn’t stop DaSilva from turning the camera on himself in this deeply personal and honest film.

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