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Where to start? Why not begin by sampling a few of Jimmy's recent stories and some award-winning features from the archives. For most recent work, check out the home page.


 
Published by PHOENIX, February, 2016  
He built an Arizona movie theater empire before Harkins, and brought organized baseball to Phoenix before Colangelo. So how come nobody knows Harry Nace?  

 
Published by PHOENIX, January, 2016  
With Tempe's Vemma under attack by the FTC, founder BK Boreyko's notorious young sales crew is rapidly jumping ship. Could that, in the end, be what saves the embattled captain of network marketing?  

 
Published by PHOENIX, December, 2015  
A recall effort seeking to oust school superintendent Diane Douglas has Douglas doubling down on her efforts to repeal Common Core standards. Can she suspend the standards before voters suspend her?  

 
Published by PHOENIX, December, 2015  
America's first openly gay big-city mayor comes home to helm an elite business network.  

 
Published by PHOENIX, December, 2015  
Mad or nomad, homeless or just hoboing, scores of unrooted transients migrate between our north and south climates annually, following or fleeing the sun as the seasons change. Are Arizonaís "homeless snowbirds" living the couch surfer's dream, or riding a wave of neglect?  

 
Published by PHOENIX, August, 2015  
Alcohol in a Kool-Aid-like packet? The Scottsdale-based inventor of Palcohol says he's got the powder. But does he?  

 
Published by PHOENIX, August, 2015  
Bill Johnson's Big Apple might have looked redneck, but the iconic Western "Let's Eat"-ery was actually a welcoming haven for all colors in Phoenix's segregated '60s.  

 
Published by PHOENIX, July, 2015  
Who killed Cave Creek Hells Angel Patrick Eberhardt? There are some striking theories on the street.  

 
Published by PHOENIX, June, 2015  
Greater Phoenix remains the only major U.S. metropolis without a theme park, despite many bold attempts by inspired impresarios. Could Scottsdale's OdySea in the Desert hold the formula that finally works?  

 
Published by PHOENIX, June, 2015  
Some of the Valley's most ardent Fed-fearing, LGBT-demonizing citizens find a mouthpiece in a headline-grabbing East Valley preacher. Could Steven Anderson just be getting started?  

 
Published by PHOENIX, April, 2015  
Medical marijuana's secret benefactors include some of the Valley's most prominent business people - and some are no longer worried about remaining secret.  

 
Published by PHOENIX, November, 2014  
The late Bill Thompson's twisted humor pioneered today's more edgy kiddie fare. Could there ever be another Wallace and Ladmo Show?  

 
Published by Lovin' Life After 50, August, 2013  
His sidekick's not exactly Ladmo, and the Arizona Duuude is no Captain Super. But lunches with Bill "Wallace" Thompson may be the funniest, and the sweetest, weekly get-togethers in Arizona.  

 
Published by Times Publications, July, 2013  
Phoenix's DIY Disneyland of the '60s and '70s grew up right along with the city's baby boomers. Until it, too, sold out in the '80s  

 
Published by Times Publications, January, 2013  
For theater understudies, standbys and swings, life in the wings can be more lucrative - and sometimes, more exciting - than a moment in the spotlight  

 
Published by Times Publications, December, 2012  
Antique hunting is suddenly cool, and it's putting at least one dusty Arizona diner on the map  

 
Published by Times Publications, November, 2012  
Professional video gamers battle for major league legitimacy.  

 
Published by Times Publications, October, 2012  
High stakes fantasy football players are investing big money and, sometimes, big ego in playing owner to teams that exist only in their wildest dreams  

 
Published by Times Publications, August, 2012  
Whether hunting haboobs or catching the perfect lightning strike, Arizona storm chasers are putting the state's wild summer weather on the map  

 
Published by Times Publications, July, 2012  
After the closing of the Scottsdale 6, Arizona, once home to nearly 50 drive- in movie theaters, is down to only two. Meet the people who are trying to resurrect the vanishing icons of balmy Arizona nights - some of them doing it themselves in their own backyards.  

 
Published by Times Publications, January, 2012  
In today's hip urban backyard, chickens are the life of the party. Except for those being raised for, ahem, dinner.  

 
Published by Times Publications, November, 2011  
At the new Phoenix Children's Hospital, an expanded staff of top-ranked doctors are transforming pediatric care, one child at a time  

 
Published by PHOENIX, October, 2011  
From 2012 doomsday survivalists to closet 'preppers,' more and more of our neighbors are secretly stockpiling food, water and weapons to guard against an approaching enemy: us, the unprepared.  

 
Published by Times Publications, September, 2011  
Twenty years after the first Biosphere mission, Arizona's multi-million dollar science project is finally getting some respect  

 
Published by Times Publications, July, 2011  
With his new off-radio morning show, is Dave Pratt personality radio's savior - or just the Valley's answer to Charlie Sheen?  

 
Published by Times Publications, May, 2011  
The modern-day summer camp is less about roasting marshmallows and hiking the back trails and more about getting the kids blazing early career paths  

 
Published by Southwest Super Lawyers, May, 2011  
Legendary Phoenix defense attorney Larry Debus is equally adept at navigating sea currents and jury trials  

 
Published by Times Publications, March, 2011  
For young inventors, the prizes for innovative ideas are greater than ever. But so are the pressures  

 
Published by Times Publications, February, 2011  
Seventeen years after orchestrating the biggest gambling scandal in college sports history, former ASU Sun Devils captain Stevin "Hedake" Smith is finally betting on a winner: Himself.  

 
Published by Times Publications, January, 2011  
The whiz kids behind today's mobile app revolution are young, gifted - and extremely anxious to graduate  

 
Published by PHOENIX, December, 2010  
In Prohibition-Era Phoenix, cops drank the contraband, Barry Goldwater brewed basement beer, and the original gangsters were a group of uppity women who temporarily turned off the tap in the West's most stubborn saloon city  

 
Published by Lovin' Life, July, 2010  
Sun City Grand's Ron Ransom is waiting for his debut on Sunset Daze, a troubled cable reality series on swingin' seniors, to launch his life's own crowning chapter.  

 
Published by Times Publications, July, 2010  
Today's specialty "cake artists" are the new pop stars of the elite party crowd.  

 
Published by CityCircles, May, 2010  
The transit system's Central Station makeover hops aboard its green future, while leaving behind its colorful past.  

 
Published by Times Publications, May, 2010  
As the future of Arizona's 13 closed rest areas remains in question, the state's travelers and truckers are standing up for the pit stop.  

 
Published by Times Publications, March, 2010  
From quarter-midget race cars to high-speed pocket bikes, kids too young for drivers licenses are rippin' it up on Valley race tracks  

 
Published by Times Publications, February, 2010  
Arizona is becoming home to a new breed of upscale retirement communities, giving new meaning to the term "destination resorts"  

 
Published by Times Publications, December, 2009  
Local artist James B. Hunt has found a novel way of showing his peculiar pieces of art -- first by hiding them and then letting fans seek them out as free treasures.  

 
Published by Lovin' Life After 50, December, 2009  
For decades, Arizona's RV parks have been attracting active retirees. But in today's economy, some 55-and-over communities are welcoming younger residents living on wheels wherever the work may take them.  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, November, 2009  
How do you get to the top of Camelback Mountain? For Bill O'Brien, it took ingenuity, hard work - and a bit of the luck of the Irish  

 
Published by AZ Society, October, 2009  
Phoenix Art Museum is just entering its prime.  

 
Published by Times Publications, July, 2009  
Twelve years after being misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy, the Beery twins are leading normal, active lives. A mother's tenacious research and what she considers a miracle have set them free.  

 
Published by Times Publications, June, 2009  
In the ranks of the unemployed, groups of Valley corporate castaways are getting creative and finding that the last thing they need in order to survive is a job.  

 
Published by Times Publications, May, 2009  
In Cave Creek, almost any yahoo can try riding a live bull behind a rowdy Western saloon. But only the baddest cowboys can make it big in the rising sport of professional bull riding.  

 
Published by AZ Society, May, 2009  
Countering global banking's bad image, Valley bankers fine-tune their giving to provide help where it's needed most  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, April, 2009  
Could the nation's new "hope" mantra help the business of preserving bodies? One Scottsdale-based cryonics organization is banking on it.  

 
Published by Times Publications, April, 2009  
Valley credit counselors are on the front line of the economic crisis. And some are starting to feel the desperation themselves.  

 
Published by Times Publications, December, 2008  
Arizona's celebrated Masche sextuplets turned a year old this past summer. Now, can the couple keep the love coming - not to mention the free diapers?  

 
Published by TechConnect, November, 2008  
Alt energy innovations born in the Arizona boonies are going global. Get ready for the Revenge of the Hicks.  

 
Published by TechConnect, November, 2008  
For cities today, the message is go green - or lose vital tech industry  

 
Published by AZ Society, November, 2008  
For arts patrons, getting to know the real people behind Ballet Arizona is philanthropy's greatest perk  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, September, 2008  
Are Air-Guitar Events the Next Karaoke Kraze?  

 
Published by AZ Society, September, 2008  
The International School of Arizona offers global-sized language training to our tiniest citizens and still remains appealingly small itself.  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, August, 2008  
Maricopa County has the third-largest population of millionaires in the country, but are their lives all made of champagne wishes and caviar dreams?  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, August, 2008  
Competitive eaters can devour ten percent of their body weight in ten minutes. But will they ever get any real respect?  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, August, 2008  
Avoid going from riches to rags in your golden years by developing a money plan for every decade of your life  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, July, 2008  
Stoked by the green movement, proponents of prefab architecture are racing to develop the Prius of manufactured homes. But will Americans give up their Hummer-sized abodes for a smaller-is-better lifestyle?  

 
Published by TechConnect, July, 2008  
As the defense industry looks beyond Iraq to its new frontier, the US-Mexico border, southern Arizona tech companies are busy building the war toys of the future.  

 
Published by TechConnect, July, 2008  
As aerospace's greatest generation faces retirement, Arizona?s schools are challenged to produce new leaders with the right stuff  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, June, 2008  
Exactly midway through the state's motion picture tax incentives program, the Valley is still far from producing its own A-list movie studio. To anxious investors, even a Kung Fu grindhouse lot is starting to sound good  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, May, 2008  
As the Valley's Hispanic population gains affluence, home builders are catering to the trend by placing half-million-dollar homes next to blighted barrios  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, May, 2008  
Armed with a new ability to see their own medical futures, Valley "previvors" are taking out doomed organs and body parts before they can take out them  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, April, 2008  
The Valley is home to one of the largest populations of retired FBI agents. And while they still can't spill all the beans, their stories would beat the pants off a CSI script.  

 
Published by TechConnect, April, 2008  
As more companies dive into web conferencing, one Valley company hopes to rule the virtual boardroom with a trendy little innovation  

 
Published by AZ Society, February, 2008  
Ryan House aims to give families of children with life-limiting conditions the unprecedented: a break  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, February, 2008  
Arizona's Biosphere 2 gets new management - and finally, respect - as U of A takes the once doomed dome into the forefront of climate change research  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, February, 2008  
Global-warming skeptic and ASU Professor Robert Balling feels the heat as the greenies become meanies  

 
Published by Arizona Republic Special Features, January, 2008  
America's fifth largest city prepares to put on its A-game for Super Bowl XLII  

 
Published by TechConnect, January, 2008  
Google CIO Douglas Merrill has two words for today's advertisers: Give up! Chances are, your brand's already being Googled.  

 
Published by Times Publications, January, 2008  
At High Performance Driver's Ed events, everybody's an Earnhart, at least for the morning.  

 
Published by TechConnect, January, 2008  
Super Bowl puts tech haven University of Phoenix Stadium in the global spotlight  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, December, 2007  
As progressive homebuyers long for greener and friendlier 'hoods, Arizona's "co housing" communities are catching on. Just don't dare call them "communes."  

 
Published by AZ Society, December, 2007  
Beneath the Arizona Science Center's $25 million renovation plan lies an underground (literally) imagination factory bursting with billion-dollar ideas  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, December, 2007  
Warning: That next cannonball dive in the lake just might kill you. Still, that's no reason to skip spring break in Lake Havasu . . .  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, November, 2007  
Most days, they toil in anonymity. But on hot product launch days, store clerks become the shopper's superstars - if only for a morning  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, November, 2007  
When Capt. Craig Button's A-10 Thunderbolt went down while on a 1997 training mission, nobody knew why. Ten years later, the questions remain and four 500-pound bombs are still missing.  

 
Published by AZ Society, October, 2007  
Valley business leaders tap their inner Steve McQueen through vintage auto racing, the thinking man's NASCAR  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, October, 2007  
Don't look now, but your online avatar may be leading a more exciting life than you. Are you digitally dressed for success?  

 
Published by AZ, October, 2007  
 

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, October, 2007  
Never mind Web 2.0. A few Valley entrepreneurs are already staking out the next frontier of online commerce: the Web 3-D  

 
Published by AZ, October, 2007  
A new team, a new home and a new baby. Life is going full speed for the Phoenix Suns' Grant Hill, while his "home team" - his wife and daughters - adapt to that other Phoenix sun  

 
Published by Arizona Republic, October, 2007  
Let the kids command the living room entertainment. New bedroom media centers are becoming the family's second theater  

 
Published by AZ Business Gazette, October, 2007  
Financial struggles know no boundaries, producers say  

 
Published by Arizona Republic, October, 2007  
Buddhas, foo dogs and other Asian artifacts are making a design comeback. How to work them in your home without releasing a skandha of negative consciousness  

 
Published by Arizona Republic, October, 2007  
Pity the stool! Kitchen designers think outside the island for new eat-in environs  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, September, 2007  
When you're alone, are you really?  

 
Published by TechConnect, September, 2007  
The nation's brightest graduate students are the superstars of Arizona universities research departments  

 
Published by Times Publications, September, 2007  
Don't look now, but your online avatar may be leading a more exciting life than you. Are you digitally dressed for success?  

 
Published by Arrowhead Life, August, 2007  
Peoria couple keep top-flight restaurants in organic veggies  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, August, 2007  
 

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, August, 2007  
Once kooky tree huggers are today's green gurus. But would you want one for a neighbor?  

 
Published by Arizona Republic, August, 2007  
Couple share passion for "over-the-hill" cars  

 
Published by TechConnect, July, 2007  
For serial entrepreneurs, rolling again is a chance worth taking  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, July, 2007  
An increase in home foreclosures is bad news for everybody - except the guys who make their living locking and cleaning up the deadbeat dwellings for the mortgage companies  

 
Published by Arizona Republic, July, 2007  
Back to the Future car is a fan magnet  

 
Published by Southwest Super Lawyers, June, 2007  
Peter Baird is a legend in the Phoenix legal community – just don't tell him that  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, June, 2007  
Behind a curious domed house in Cave Creek, transcendental trespassers come to walk Taffy Lanser's labyrinth for enlightenment, inspiration or just a dose of eccentricity  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, June, 2007  
Valley TV hopefuls learn the best route to the small screen is a big personality  

 
Published by Arizona Republic, June, 2007  
Valley thirtysomethings tired of their tricked-out Civics are trading up – to modified versions of the luxury brands their elders used to drive  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, April, 2007  
The Valley is a prime place to test new products. What's in it for the "average mom" whose opinions on pomegranate smoothies can make or break a new brand?  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, March, 2007  
With just forked sticks, bent coat hangers and pendulums, Arizona "dowsers" are discovering water, missing persons and – sometimes – fat fees  

 
Published by AZ, March, 2007  
At 65 and retired to north Scottsdale, the Muhammad Ali of today is a different – some say even greater – kind of champ  

 
Published by AZ, March, 2007  
PV artist Bret Rowe enjoys hanging with big ideas  

 
Published by Scottsdale Times, February, 2007  
Valley Cowboy's Reality TV Show Licks City Slickers  

 
Published by AZ, February, 2007  
Profile: Ben Homan  

 
Published by AZ, February, 2007  
What exactly does it take to sell a $3 million car? Find out with a behind-the-scenes look at Barrett-Jackson  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, February, 2007  
As Baby-Boom bloggers get hip to the new ?Web 2.0? tools, some are creating media-rich time capsules of Phoenix history ? and new concerns for a web-leery generation. The question is, are we ready for an interactive Legend City, KRIZ-KRUX mash-ups and vir  

 
Published by Times Publications, October, 2006  
Ballroom dancing is the latest "gotta try it" phenomenon sweeping suburbia. Valley dancers are, surprisingly, taking the lead  

 
Published by TechConnect, September, 2006  
With Google, CNN and even Hollywood calling, are some research projects at Arizona universities becoming too big for their budgets?  

 
Published by Camelback, August, 2006  
What does the Valley want? Just ask developer Steve Ellman, who?s finally found a buyer for his vision of Phoenix?s second city.  

 
Published by 85255, August, 2006  
Smart, poised and super-skilled in sports, for Stuart and Claire Moty, success is all in the genes  

 
Published by Phoenix Magazine, May, 2006  
A lot of Valley adults are now re-populating the old neighborhoods they used to haunt as kids. Will T-P'ing the neighbor's house ever be the same?