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Last stop for felons is no field of dreams (access required)

FLORENCE — A five-acre cemetery in this small community holds the remains of shattered lives — the lives of the people buried there, the lives of those they touched and, by extension, the lives they took. Here lie murderers by the dozens, as well as rapists, robbers and other felons. There are 457 in all, with room for an additional 440, says Carson McWilliams, warden of the Arizona State Prison Complex at Florence.

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Homecare a lifesaver for many seniors, but funding is in jeopardy (access required)

Charles Harper married his high-school sweetheart, Charlotte, 20 years after graduation. They had rekindled an old romance at a high school reunion. The couple lived in a nice Mamaroneck, N.Y., townhouse and had good jobs. Things changed, though, one day in early 2001 when Charlotte was walking to work. She collapsed when an aneurysm burst in her brain stem, and a blood clot left her paralyzed on the left side.

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Lawsuit says Casa Grande HOA run like a racket (access required)

Desert Carmel is a quiet collection of about 100 houses and mobile homes in Casa Grande. It adjoins the Francisco Grande Resort. The development dates back to the 1960s. Crooner Pat Boone served as a pitchman in ads for Desert Carmel. He even had a home there, for a time. The promise was a thriving community of 3,500 families that would enjoy amenities such as clubhouses with barbecues and swimming pools.

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