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Former Ariz. cop revisits ‘hitman’ days in book

For Jack Ballentine, balancing work and family was sometimes a life-or-death struggle. The former Phoenix undercover officer remembers a "client" calling during his son's batting practice. As several kids waited nearby, the detective launched into his hitman persona, discussing how he could help his client wipe out his targets with two pounds of C-4 explosives.

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More older volunteers heed calling of Peace Corps

After a lifetime of work, 62-year-old Hazel Powell decided to leave her comfortable Scottsdale home and family behind for 27 months of deprivation and a hard job in Eastern Europe. The recently retired teacher left for Bulgaria, where donkey carts outnumber automobiles. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of the poor villagers she will live with.

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Capitol Christmas tree to come from Ariz.

ALPINE - This year's Capitol Christmas tree will be an 85-foot blue spruce from Arizona's White Mountains. Ted Bechtol, superintendent of the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, made the final selection this week after reviewing 10 candidates from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

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Navajo president recovering from appendectomy

WINDOW ROCKA�-A�Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. is recovering at his home after undergoing an emergency operation to have his appendix removed. Shirley’s spokesman George Hardeen says his boss was released the morning of July 20 from Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital ...

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