Something Special

Flo's Fetes 20 years of chinese food with new recipes By Catherine Hathaway   When a restaurant has been around for 20 years, you know there has to be a good story behind it. Flo's  is no exception. A Hong Kong native, Florence "Flo" Chan has been in the restaurant business since college. "I've always worked in a restaurant," Chan says. "I loved the restaurant business. Especially after I met Dustin an ...

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Meteor Moments

Look to the sky to see some memorable sights in August and September By Steve Kates   With summer well underway, breaks in the annual monsoon will reveal a host of amazing sky events. Get set for the annual Perseid meteor shower, which may be the best meteor shower of the entire year. This year promises to offer up a near moonless sky for this big event. Meteors from this shower start to appear in the ...

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Smash Factor

In part two of fundamentals far a better game, golf pro Scott Sackett explains why inconsistent contact across the club face translates into lost yards. By Scott Sackett In part two of this 10-part series on fundamentals for a better game, I discuss smash factor. It's important for golfers to understand what smash factor is, how it contributes to distance, and what you can focus on to increase yours. First, ...

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Pay Dirt

Ed Schieffelin finds his tombstone.   By Marshall Trimble The tall, lanky prospector brushed back his thick, matted, unkempt hair and looked out across a jumble of high mesa hills, scanning the rough terrain east of the San Pedro River. Somewhere out there he reckoned, lay the vast riches he had long sought. It was a well-known fact that this virtually uninhabited area, some 60 miles southeast of Tucso ...

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Beautifully Made

Clothing designer instills confidence and empowerment with her creations.  By Sondra Barr Photos by Chadwick Fowler   Growing up in Kazakhstan while it was still part of the Soviet Union, Lyudmila Aspeleider experienced the country collapsing around her. Food was scarce and new clothing was hard to come by, so her mother would painstakingly tear her own clothes apart and repurpose the fabric to make cl ...

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On Borrowed Time

Insurance battle continues for area firefighter   By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   Austin Peck always wanted to be a firefighter. He was sociable as a student at Cave Creek's Cactus Shadows High School, about the same time his uncle, then a Glendale fire chief, introduced him to the occupation. "Not to boast, but I was really physical," says Peck, a Goodyear firefighter. "I've been a helpful person ...

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The “Suitest” Thing

Rooms with a view...and so much more. It's no secret that Arizona boasts some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. Here's the insider's guide to some of the most jaw-dropping, sweetest suites at our favorites: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa This nearly 2,300-square-foot presidential suite offers some of the most stunning views-and the most luxurious balcony-in the Valley, not to mention oc ...

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Daniel Shepherd

Artist's vintage collages and minimalist paintings fascinate viewers A self-taught artist based in Phoenix, Daniel Shepherd creates fascinating abstract paintings and collages. Shepherd's abstract paintings are contemplative and minimalist in style. He refers to his painting technique as ambient painting and works with bright, saturated colors that often collide with pastels or minimal abstractions that bec ...

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Spirit of the West

Exhibition features extensive collection of western film graphic arts   By Julie Carlson Photos courtesy of Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West   Throughout history, Native Americans have been portrayed inaccurately in the media. A new exhibit at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West challenges those perceptions and misconceptions by bringing a new understanding to Native Ame ...

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