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An Arizona Republic investigation found school roofs over some Arizona children’s heads rippled and cracked with ceilings stained from rain and tile pieces crumbling onto their desks.
The fissures, sinkholes, creaks and leaks plaguing Arizona schools are not because districts are careless about maintenance, but because of the state’s financial neglect, which comes at the expense of Arizona children.
As Maricopa County attorney, Bill Montgomery spent years building up an arsenal and arming dozens of employees at the prosecutor’s office with semi-automatic rifles.
An investigation by The Arizona Republic found Montgomery’s office spent about $400,000 between 2011 and 2018 on rifles, handguns and ammunition to arm employees and to certify them on the “AR-15 rifle system.”
The office also bought body armor, shields and tactical gear to kit out rifles with scopes, flashlights and 30-round magazines, purchasing records show.
Now, a year after Montgomery left the prosecutor’s office for a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court, the current county attorney is grappling with this surprising — and unwanted — lethal inventory.
On the second-to-last day in June, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey took to the rostrum.The state had issued a stay-home order earlier in the year to combat the coronavirus pandemic, then lifted it in a return to normal. Now, Ducey, after removing the mask he wore into the room, was ready to decree a new round of closures: no bars, no gyms, no gatherings of more than 50 people.
The next day, nearly 50 Arizona Republic journalists fanned out across the state to capture a single day’s impact of the deadly virus on our state.
What they found was that almost everyone had been touched by the virus in some way, and virtually no one was left unscathed.
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It was a photo of a split second in time, captured by Republic photojournalist Michael Chow.
It showed a nurse standing silently in front of the state Capitol in her mask and scrubs. In the frame, an angry, flag-waving protester — who wanted the COVID-19-induced shutdown of the state to end — pushes past her.
An Arizona Republic reporter was able to track down the nurse, Lauren Leander, and not only tell her story, but show why her picture went viral.
Every day, thousands of Maricopa County residents wake up in desert washes, on city sidewalks and inside their cars in Scottsdale, Surprise, Mesa, Phoenix and every city in between.
This is a population that often is ignored, but they have their own stories.
The Arizona Republic dispatched 16 reporters, visual journalists and audio producers across Maricopa County on the same day to chronicle the stories of the men, women and children who live without permanent housing in the Valley.
Landlords wrongfully acted to evict metro Phoenix renters during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic despite a federal law protecting tenants from losing their homes if they couldn’t pay rent.
An Arizona Republic investigation found more than 900 evictions were filed against tenants who likely should have been protected by the federal CARES Act but were also wrongfully charged hundreds of dollars in late and legal fees.
Chaz Schilens and Matt Shaughnessy are living the second part of two-act dreams: They are former NFL players who now work for the Phoenix Fire Department.
“All I ever wanted to do was play sports and be a firefighter,” Schilens said.
Both men played three years together with the Oakland Raiders, and both knew since their formative years that football and public service were in their futures.
They’re part of the collective of former pro athletes who became Valley-area firefighters in their second careers.
On the first Friday of September, a young African American woman who was tired of feeling like an outsider in her hometown of Prescott, decided to hold a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally on the town square with a handful of friends. She expected to hold signs for a couple hours as cars would drive by and honk and wave.
But what happened next was anything but peaceful.
More than 300 angry counterprotesters showed up, many of them heavily armed and some wearing the trappings of militia groups and organizations tied to white supremacist ideology, in a show of force aimed at driving any vestiges of BLM from their city.
The episode exposed how the ugly current of open racism that has run through Arizona’s original territorial capital since its founding continues to this day.
For the past decade, most Phoenix police shootings have been concentrated in lower- to middle-class neighborhoods where people of color are the majority, an Arizona Republic analysis of 234 Phoenix Police Department shootings found.
The Republic’s findings didn’t surprise community advocates who for the past few years have told Phoenix leaders that police shootings have mostly occurred in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods.
President-elect Joe Biden’s owes his historic — and narrow — victory in Arizona to a coalition of different demographic groups, defying easy credit for the state’s tilt to Democrats by the tiniest of margins, a Republic analysis showed.
One area in particular proved decisive: a swath of Republican and independent-leaning precincts in metro Phoenix along Loop 101, from north Phoenix and Scottsdale south through Gilbert and Chandler, an Arizona Republic analysis shows.
Biden flipped precincts that voted for President Donald Trump by small margins in 2016, turning them into decisive wins for the Democrat.
An Arizona Republic review of more than 100 charter school financial records, audits and federal Small Business Administration documents found the overwhelming majority of the Arizona charter schools that obtained PPP loans didn’t need the money.
One charter school alone, Chandler based Primavera online charter school, received $2.2 million while finishing its fiscal year with $8.8 million in that bank and paying $10 million to its lone shareholder.
The history of Arizona music is the story of myriad scenes and sounds and players, from country to dance to rock and rhythm and blues. Republic music critic Ed Masley listens to all of it – or as much as he humanly can – and writes about the best of it.
This year, he picked his top 100 favorite records produced by Arizona artists over the last 20 years. Some artists, like Jordin Sparks and Dierks Bentley, you’ll recognize. Others you might not. Either way, Ed will broaden your horizons.
When police rounded up six Hamilton High School football players in connection with a hazing and sexual assault scandal in 2017, it made headlines across the Valley.
Despite recommendations that coaches and administrators be prosecuted, only one young man was charged. And he was charged as an adult, even though the alleged crimes occurred when he was just 16.
An in-depth investigation by The Arizona Republic showed how race, class and other factors influenced his prosecution and allowed him to languish in the justice system for nearly three years.
To the world, she was the Rolex-wearing “Karen” who trashed a display of masks at a Target store in Scottsdale and was later taken into custody by police officers.
But behind the viral videos was the story of how one woman’s yearlong slide into mental illness had suddenly accelerated into a public meltdown that held her up to withering ridicule, mockery and contempt on the Internet.
After receiving more than 150 complaints from readers about Arizona towing companies, reporters Rebekah Sanders and Justin Price set out to find out why Arizona has fewer consumer protections against towing companies than other states.
It also uncovered where you are most likely to get towed, and why.
For more than 30 years, Juan Martinez went after the bad guys as one of Maricopa County’s top prosecutors.
For nearly as long, Martinez earned a reputation as a harasser. Law clerks, courthouse staff and attorneys on the opposite side of cases all described Martinez’s unwanted advances and inappropriate conduct.
An investigation by The Arizona Republic documented the accounts of 17 women who say Martinez harassed or mistreated them in various ways dating back to 1990. They include law clerks, judicial assistants, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, two jurors, a trial blogger and a probation supervisor.
Buckeye is the fastest-growing city in the U.S. and the last major slice of metro Phoenix to develop, trading natural desert and family farms for suburban strip malls, distribution centers and master-planned communities.
City leaders once dreamed of being bigger than Phoenix, but there’s a massive roadblock in the way.
Buckeye doesn’t have the water to keep growing at this rate, and The Arizona Republic examined the reasons why.
Crepe Bar in Tempe serves playful interpretations of sweet and savory crepes using local ingredients.
But was also a toxic place to work, employees said.
After one employee began posting about her experiences on social media, nearly two dozen others began sharing stories of being verbally abused by the restaurant’s owner.
Every election year some unlikely candidates emerge — not as political figures but as media darlings.
In 2020, it was Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ turn in the national spotlight.
Arizona was touted as a swing state throughout the campaign, and there was added drama when first Fox News and later the Associated Press called the state for Biden — and then no one else did.
Hobbs seemingly has been everywhere lately: local news, national news — even Sky News Arabia came calling, requesting an interview.
“I was accessible, and I think that was really appreciated,” Hobbs said after things had cooled down a bit. “And I just really felt like that was my job last week, was providing that information.”