Phoenix News 4/30/2008

Posted under Metro Area News by Administrator on Wednesday 30 April 2008 at 3:37 pm

Suns lose. D’Antoni fired?

William Craig Miller, the man who killed five people in Mesa two years ago, pleads guilty to fraud

3 shot, 1 dead during argument at east Phoenix apartment

1 dead, 1 critical after late night shooting

Phoenix News 4/29/2008

Posted under Metro Area News by Administrator on Tuesday 29 April 2008 at 2:59 pm

Phoenix ranks second in nation for fast food violations

Police seek help identifying the body of a teenage girl who died of a cocaine overdose and was then dumped behind a Tempe business

DPS: Driver involved in 10 hit & run wrecks before capture

Motorist gets 23 years for fatal hit-and-run

Classes canceled after school bus tires deflated

ABC’s ‘Wife Swap’ show features Gilbert family

Higley teacher accused of sex with student, 17

Accused murder Miller enters fraud guilty plea

Gruesome pit-bull attack on 9-yr-old Phoenix boy

Police search for athlete’s killer

The Billy Letters

Posted under Humor,On the Web,People by Administrator on Monday 28 April 2008 at 2:26 pm

In the late ’90s, pop-culture historian Bill Geerhart had a little too much time on his hands and a surfeit of stamps. So, for his own entertainment, the then-unemployed thirtysomething launched a letter-writing campaign to some of the most powerful and infamous figures in the country, posing as a curious 10-year-old named Billy.

To his surprise, replies soon started pouring in. Everyone from Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (on tree-fort diplomacy) to Oprah Winfrey, Mister Rogers, Janet Reno, and members of the Supreme Court had words of wisdom for Billy. (“I like the Egg McMuffin,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas when asked about his favorite McDonald’s food. “Actually, I like almost everything there.”) Responding to Billy’s idea for a “Hustler for kids,” Larry Flynt wrote back encouraging the fourth grader to “Hang in there. You’ll be 18 before you know it.”

As it turns out, no group hates to disappoint a child more than convicted killers, all of whom responded promptly to Billy’s questions about dropping out of school. Their letters, published here for the first time, range from criminally insane to downright sensible, offering snapshots of the personalities behind some of America’s most hideous crimes. Recently, Radar asked Billy to follow up with his mentors as a college student. (Click here to skip ahead and read Billy’s correspondence with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry Flynt, and other non-murderous celebrities)


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