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Suicide: Let’s keep talking

Posted by   /  June 12, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Health Care  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. ~ English Poet John Donne The suicides this month of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade were surprising to say the least, but […]

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Take this job and love it

Posted by   /  June 5, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer When I was a full-time journalist, I didn’t wait with bated breath for CareerCast’s annual listing of worst jobs; I knew where I would end up — near the bottom. Things haven’t changed much since 1970, when I earned $9,000 a year as a TV anchorman. As a comparison, […]

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Hundreds of candidates have filed for Arizona seats in Congress, state government and Legislature

Posted by   /  May 31, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Official filing deadline was Wednesday By Phil Riske| Senior Reporter/Writer Turmoil in the Nation’s Capitol has prompted a record number of candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, 52 of them for Arizona’s seats. Here is the official list. Related: Martha McSally heads opioid hearing in Phoenix; Kyrsten Sinema leaves it early GOP hopes of […]

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Legislature’s ‘animosity toward cities and towns’ overshadowing healthy debate, Chandler mayor says

Posted by   /  May 19, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Jay Tibshraeny calls for consensus on state water plan By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is serving his second and last term as mayor. In between mayoral terms, he served in the Arizona Senate, giving him the advantage of living both sides of local and state governments. He was interviewed by […]

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Baseball and newspapers are cruel

Posted by   /  May 17, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Employment Law, Media and Entertainment, Sports  /  No Comments

The days of the Gold Watch are over Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Veteran journalists and star baseball players are striking out at the workplace. On Dec. 8, 2009, the Arizona Diamondbacks sent pitcher Max Scherzer to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade with the New York Yankees. Arizona acquired pitchers Ian […]

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Bucket lists are like New Year’s resolutions

Posted by   /  May 16, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Five years ago in this space, I published my bucket list. While overdue, I owe our readers an update: Quit smoking—Nope, but cutting down, with help of The Patch. Quit drinking so much Coke—Nope. Better than the other kind of coke. Quit drinking coffee—Yes. I’m still awake. Quit eating […]

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The right to try apricot pits, and the death of a friend

Posted by   /  May 16, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Seventeen states including Arizona have approved “right to try” laws, giving terminally ill patients access to experimental and unapproved drugs as a last hope of survival. In April, The U.S. House this year approved a national version of right to try. Related: Judge throws out California law allowing life-ending drugs   […]

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Most people in Scottsdale eat when they’re hungry. Time to stop surveys before they get out of control

Posted by   /  May 15, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer A couple of years ago, there was quite a backlash from a survey that stated Glendale and Tempe were among the 10 most dangerous suburbs. And there was one that found Arizona among “normal” states. WalletHub in December declared Phoenix 116th among “safe” cities, while Tucson scored the worst at […]

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PhoenixMart says it’s cleared after federal investigation

Posted by   /  May 11, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Featured News  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer In a news release issued Friday, PhoenixMart said it “was officially informed [it] is not the target or subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.” In 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service began investigating possible […]

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As a political mouthpiece, I was never impugned by a comedian

Posted by   /  May 1, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Some news for those residing in lead mines: the Trump Administration is at war with the news media. At Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, guest speaker (I’m not going to call her a comedian) Michelle Wolf crossed the comedy red line by delivering an ad hominem attack on Sarah […]

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