July 16, 2005 issue

Desire, talent, hard work helped Stanford-bound athlete
On his nearly lifelong quest to attend Stanford University, Blaise Johnson needed more than a good throwing arm. By combining muscle with academic prowess, the 2005 Corona del Sol High School graduate managed to accomplish what only two percent of the nation’s college hopefuls do every year: qualify to play athletics at Stanford on the basis of grades.

By Ethan Holly

Growing up in Arizona: ‘An uneasy peace’
To read “Grover Canyon” is to wonder if prejudice is a universal human trait. Sammy Echeveste believes it is.

By Doug Snover


Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
Summer’s the season to savor a good eggplant—if you can find one
If summer in the Valley of the Sun has redeeming factors, one of them is the abundance of great summer produce--not only imported from more reasonable climates, but some of it even grown right here, in the inferno.

Aspiring writers turn out for children’s-book workshop
In the world of children’s books, fantasy rules. Judging by the crowd at Changing Hands bookstore for a panel discussion on How to Write A Children’s Book, a popular fantasy among women writers is to become the next J.K. Rowling.
By Doug Snover  

Ambassadors’ trek proves music to the ears
Maybe it was London’s renown cosmopolitan atmosphere. Or the famous French cuisine. Whatever the reason, dozens of Kyrene Corridor students have come home from a two-week tour of not one but seven European countries a little bit wiser and anxious to return.
By Jonathan Cooper  


Drive to help offset teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses
Students, teachers and even local businesses all are winners from a new effort that will pump extra money into Kyrene classrooms.
By Jonathan Cooper

$1.9 million grant to fund Warner Road improvements
Chandler has learned it will receive more than $3 million in federal transportation funds to offset the cost of several major transportation improvements, including widening of the intersection at Warner and Alma School roads.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Wonderful remake of Roald Dahl children’s classic about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket, a good boy from a poor family dreaming of touring the town’s mysterious chocolate factory.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Although Roald Dahl delighted in twisting the minds of children, his marvelously unwholesome stories cannot be called immoral. Probably his most famous book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is nothing if not a moral tale.

Event to raise funds for animal rescue 
The Bowl-A-Rama brings together more than 60 animal organizations to participate in this third annual fun-filled day to help the animals.

Book store readies for next round of ‘Potter-mania’
The newest entry in the Harry Potter series of children’s fantasy books, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” goes on sale Saturday, July 16, at one minute past midnight.

By Doug Snover