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Not so prime real estate: Closing a golf course brings tax penalties, angry homeowners

Not so prime real estate: Closing a golf course brings tax penalties, angry homeowners

Thirty years ago, Robert “Doc” Graves glanced confidently at the white ball by his feet. Whack! The ball flew more than 300 yards, landing neatly on the green. Graves had four eagles that day and he set the course record at the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in Phoenix. Forty-nine strokes, 11 under par. Today it’s a trashy, weedy wasteland, the victim of demographic shifts, climate change and prohibitively expensive water bills.

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ASU public affairs school chief draws on lessons learned watching Detroit’s meltdown (access required)

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After witnessing the city of Detroit devolve into a shell of its former self working in a clerical job there, Karen Mossberger was motivated to combat the city’s decline. To help accomplish her goal, she earned a college degree. However, after working in the Motor City, her drive intensified to understand and address on a larger scale the issues plaguing Detroit.

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Project aims to improve courts by making them resemble the community (access required)

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During the four decades of merit selection for judges in Arizona’s most populous counties, the number of women and minorities serving in judicial positions has increased gradually. The Arizona Judicial Diversity Project was launched in February to maintain this upward trajectory of increasing diversity, which former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor says results in a better-functioning judiciary.

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