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His Aim is True

In a nation riddled with gunshots, David Acosta helps cops overcome the trauma of a shooting.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - “I spun around to fire at him,” says Phoenix Police Department Sergeant Craig Church about the day he was certain a gunman had taken his life. “He went down, there was an eternity of seconds while I was yelling commands at him, and...

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Shopping for God

Christ confusing? Befuddled by Buddha? It’s time to shop for religion.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - “I’m not lost,” says the sign outside Hooters restaurant on State Street and 6700 South, “I’m just exploring.” Anyone who’s tried to figure out a religious direction in life knows exactly what those words mean. Amidst...

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Dead Reckoning

How the dying profession pulls the Starks family, and other local funeral home directors, closer to life.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - “I could tell by the color of his hands that he was dead,” Shayneh Starks says. It was the beginning of June this year and her father, Bert, who was in the end stages of emphysema, had been dead for several days. He was sitting up in a chair...

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Trailers Trashed

Faced with encroaching development, trailer-park activists fight for their communities.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If trailer-park activist Virginia Marrufo Martinez ever needs a reminder of how high the stakes can be for people who live in mobile homes, she has only to look out the back window of her Rose Park residence. Her garden is full of rose bushes that trailer...

Cover Story

Conman.com

If cybersquatter Robert Paisola is the future of the Internet, then we’re all in big trouble.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // May 24,2007 - “Welcome to the wonderful world of Robert Paisola.”The greeting was scrawled in red on a board in a conference room of a Salt Lake City office complex and storage unit site. Paisola, weari

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Sex Machine

Ex-Utahn Belladonna, faces porn stardom with relish and some reluctance.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Apr 12,2007 - Michelle Sinclair was at a children’s birthday party with her 2-year-old daughter when another mother asked a typical icebreaker question: “So what do you do?”Sinclair took a deep breath. “Actually, I shoot adult movies.”“Oh....

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Mr. Mondo

From Hollywood through minefields to Bigfoot, local director Trent Harris records the story of his life.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Dec 21,2006 - I can see his nuts but I can’t see his head,” film director Trent Harris growls. He sits before a monitor looking at actor Dan Morley squatting before the camera.

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Once a Creeker

It’s been 12 years since Margaret Cook left Colorado City. They still haven’t forgiven her.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Apr 27,2006 - Arizona’s Mohave County investigator Gary Engels is pointing out features of twin cities Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., from a hilltop, when seven cracks echo toward us from the houses

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Members Only

With Walter Hunter long gone from the Boys & Girls Club, who’s got these kids’ back?

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Mar 30,2006 - It started with a question. nn“Why wasn’t I nominated, Walter?” asked 17-year-old Jesus Silva. nnThe Midvale Boys & Girls Club unit director had just announced the 2003 Youth of the Year nomination in October of that year. None of the...
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