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Sotomayor a flashpoint for Hispanic vote (access required)

Stores have not reported stocking Sonia Sotomayor action figures. But as the first Hispanic and only the third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, she has become one of America's top role models. Her confirmation also led to lot of political guesswork - namely if the state's Hispanic community will exact a political toll on the two Arizona senators who voted against seating her.

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On cattle guard: Ag officer investigates crimes against livestock (access required)

Scanning the laptop bolted to a stand in the cab of his pickup, Darrell Hale ran down the list of complaints. Topping it was a call about horses with oozing eye infections. The call was made to Hale's employer, the Arizona Department of Agriculture. He's one of nine livestock officers in the agency's Animal Health and Welfare Program, all reporting to the state veterinarian.

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ASU students to study the classics — without opening a book (access required)

Philosophy Professor Ted Humphrey plans to share his appreciation of the classics with 40 to 60 incoming students this fall, assigning them more than a dozen works - from Aeschylus to Virgil. Academically, it's a heavy load. But in the a strict Newtonian sense, all those hundreds of thousands of words will weigh little more than a loaf of bread. That's because Humphrey's students will not be reading between the covers of standard textbooks.

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GOP lawmaker starts ‘food fight’ with blind vendors

As a freshman lawmaker in 2007, Rep. Sam Crump's first order of business was to find a good place to eat at the Capitol. He had hoped for something along the line of a Paradise Bakery, a favorite of his. The Anthem Republican instead found cafeteria service run by legally blind operators under the state's Business Enterprise Program (BEP).

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