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When you live in Arizona all your life, as my family has for five generations, your state's border with Mexico becomes more than a line in the dirt. The Arizona-Mexico border represents a gateway to business, an entryway for people and a potential pathway to economic opportunity. Left unprotected, however, this 370-mile stretch also represents a source of real and present danger to Arizonans and fellow Americans.
The Salt River Project board of directors approved a plan Monday to increase the utility’s use of renewable energy to supply its electricity customers.
LOS ANGELES - You can do a lot in 95 seconds of a basketball game.
LOS ANGELES - You can do a lot in 95 seconds of a basketball game.
Renewable energy is all the rage these days. With gasoline prices rising, with greenhouse gases and global warming at the forefront of public concern, the lure of pollution-free energy from windmills, photovoltaic solar panels and geothermal wells has never been stronger.
The United States should put the same emphasis in developing alternative fuels this decade as it did in developing a lunar mission in the 1960s and the atom bomb in the 1940s, said Democratic Senate candidate Jim Pederson.
When decorating our homes, we tend to consider things like beauty and comfort, the durability of pieces we might buy or the image they project. But how many of us stop to consider our energy bills?
Homebuilders are navigating this year's traditional selling season without the government tax rebates that a year ago infused the housing market with a short-lived burst of activity.
ARLINGTON, Va. - For years, the U.S. military has explored a new kind of firepower that is instantaneous, precise and virtually inexhaustible: beams of electromagnetic energy.
PALO ALTO, Calif. - This is the state of your Arizona State Sun Devils these days: They had two weeks to prepare for a Stanford team that lost to UC-Davis earlier in the season.
Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden sparred over taxes, energy policy and the Iraq war in a high-profile debate in which Palin sought to reclaim her identity as a feisty reformer and Biden tried to undercut the maverick image of GOP presidential hopeful John McCain.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - In the quest for oil-free power, a handful of small companies are staking claims on the boundless energy of the rising and ebbing sea.
The Suns have only lost three of their first 14 games — but that’s just often enough for a post-defeat pattern to emerge.
Judging by all the outraged Vent callers and letter writers screaming about skyrocketing gasoline prices, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will have plenty of public support for his “Price Gouging Protection” legislation.
Gary Oldman is in a tough spot in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."
It is nearly impossible these days to turn on a television, fire up a computer or leaf through a newspaper or magazine without seeing story after story about the country’s economic crises.
Gilbert's industrial real estate market had the Valley's fifth-highest increase in vacancies during the second quarter, behind the south Phoenix, Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport area, Tempe and Grand Avenue submarkets.
WASHINGTON - More people are feeling that record-high gas prices soon will have their wallets running on empty.
Accepting the nomination of a major political party is a moment when any would-be president simply must shine.
An electric hybrid vehicle running on E85 fuel proved to be the right technological combination for a team from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which won top honors Thursday in a General Motorssponsored competition to demonstrate alternative energy vehicles.
Our energy policy is certifiably insane. We heavily subsidize and mandate ethanol, a polluting, expensive fuel which is driving up food prices worldwide. Ethanol plants are beginning to dot the countryside, even in Arizona.
"NO CHOCOLATE CAKE," Gin Blossoms (429)
The bloom has long faded on Gin Blossoms, and it looks like the group will never flower again if its new "No Chocolate Cake" is any indication. The Arizona-founded pop/rock band was lucky enough to score hits in the 1990s with its ordinary-guy sound, and the one thing the act had back then is largely missing now: hooks.
Charging through 11 songs with straight-ahead blandness, Gin Blossoms struggles to gain any traction. Troubles include the muddy, morose and melancholy "Wave Bye Bye," the clumsily executed "Something Real" featuring painful "vulnerable" vocals by Robin Wilson and an "I Don't Want to Lose You Now" that has one foot in country, one in rock -- and both in a sludgy quicksand of malaise.
The best the band can muster is the comfortable, toe-tapping pace of the mid-tempo "Somewhere Tonight," although there's modest appeal when the group attempts to pump up its energy on "I'm Ready," "Go Crybaby" and "Dead or Alive on the 405."
More typical is the colorless jangle of "Miss Disarray" and the cheesy melodrama "If You'll Be Mine," which tosses out lyrical gems like "We won't fall 'cause we can fly/I'll be yours if you'll be mine."
Then there's the distractingly mundane closer "Goin' to California" that truly goes nowhere as Wilson sings, "I may never leave again."
The most inviting aspect of the release is the slice of chocolate cake a model holds behind her back on the cover photo. And for a release titled "No Chocolate Cake," that's almost tragic.
Rating (five possible): 2
"ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER," Hayley Taylor (Hayley Taylor)
Hayley Taylor desperately needs a lyricist.
Although her full-length debut, "One Foot in Front of the Other," feels a bit too carefully produced, the songs are solid in their structure, built on an adult-alternative-friendly foundation of strings, guitars and keyboards. Meanwhile, her voice is strikingly dulcet, sometimes as bold as Fiona Apple's and as clear as Dido's.
It's odd that the former child actress would come undone with the lyrics: Many singer-songwriters only have their lyrics to fall back on, and it's the one major shortcoming here. The 33-year-old Vassar College graduate sounds like a lovesick teen fretting through cliches.
Taylor is paralyzed by the concept of a lasting relationship on "What's Going On," looks back on a busted coupling with "It felt like love ... It felt just like love" ("Felt Like Love") and tosses out a sassy "I just erased your number" on "Pretty in the Dark." Also, she humbly sings "I'm willing to be the one that you put on a pedestal ... The one you want to please" on "No More Wishing" (at least she also offers to reciprocate), and the initial poignancy of "The Orange Tree" withers under lines like "I know happiness will never come/You're so afraid to lose someone."
Then there's "Plans," where Taylor sings about trite dreams such as watching a meteor shower from the Eiffel Tower and adds, "It's not too late."
The polished and sophisticated arrangements demand more than superficiality, and her comely voice is wasted on such lyrics. It's enough to make listeners wonder if the songs were simply manufactured to be placed on soundtracks for teen-skewing TV shows and movies.
The thought alone is enough to create a sick feeling inside. And it's not love.
"THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS," The Hundred in the Hands (Warp)
Eleanore Everdell and Jason Friedman may have a touch still to learn about songwriting and production, but they've perfected their attitude. The Brooklyn twosome behind the Hundred in the Hands frequently radiate cool sophistication on their new, self-titled release -- often with such self-assurance, the quality of their music is almost secondary.
Yet the artfully paced, well-sequenced collection is broadly appealing for its emotional range and stylistic diversity.
"The Hundred in the Hands" offers a few instantly gratifying, debonair dance songs, starting with the politely prodding opener "Young Aren't Young" that establishes an air of dreamy melancholy. Following suit are the contagious "Pigeons" with its inescapable refrain of "Saturday comes, Sunday comes, we go" and a "Killing It" that marries rattling pulses to Everdell's near-spoken, echoing vocals as she sings, "Tell me why, tell me why."
However, there's a difference between chilled and cold, and Everdell and Friedman get it. So to break up the potential monotony of beautifully detached dance songs, they scatter more heat and electricity into the mix. In so doing, they gravitate to a Yeah-Yeah-Yeahs-like rock realm with tracks such as the sprawling "Commotion" and raucous "Gold Blood," both of which are more subtle in their infection, though rewarding all the same.
The two also reconcile mod-pop with experimentalism, meshing accessible vocals into the pounding energy of "Dressed in Dresden," rolling through the retro-as-futurism dichotomy of the propulsive "Last City" ("You saw nothing with your sunglasses on") and closing out the release with an undulating electro-ballad, "The Beach."
Although that finale works, sometimes the Hundred in the Hands loses itself in overly deliberate arrangements, tethered to lumbering bass on "Lovesick (Once Again)" and strolling off course in the spacey "This Day Is Made."
Ironically, the pair may have been guilty of overthinking on their intelligent release -- a transgression that's easy to overlook.
At 23, Johnette Marmo looks like she’s taken a dip in the fountain of youth: Wrinkle-free skin. Ageless appearance. Glowing good health. Ah, but how will she look at 25? Marmo says she doesn’t worry about lines and wrinkles.
Jimmie Johnson gets a bit riled up over all the opinions floating around on how to make NASCAR's Chase for the championship more competitive and exciting for the fans.
Some people aren’t meant to play nice. Army generals. Linebackers. Theater critics. Add to the list Julian Marsh — the fictional, tyrannical Broadway director who attempts a post-Depression comeback in the musical comedy ode to Broadway, “42nd Street.”