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An event organizer had no idea it was being offensive, or creating a controversy, when it advertised a performance by a Texas touring troupe called Extreme Midget Wrestling as part of the upcoming Rockin’ Taco Street Fest in downtown Chandler.

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The Arizona Department of Transportation is touting another distinctive feature of the South Mountain Freeway.

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Moved by the plight of Texans hammered by Hurricane Harvey, some of Ahwatukee’s youngest residents reached out to touch the victims last week.

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The only Ahwatukee member of the Tempe Union High School District governing board failed to stop his colleagues from approving 3-2 a request by Honeywell International Inc. for a real estate and personal property tax break that will cost the district about $112,000 over the next five years.

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Bart Walker’s first team sale of his new kind of saddle shoe hit a special place in his art.

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A Tempe company was one of four firms named last week to build the first prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, Customs and Border Patrol officials announced.

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A new restaurant coming to Ahwatukee next month is going on a hiring binge – looking for what the company calls “snoozers.”

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