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Steven Hsieh


Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Steven:

How to Get an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card Without Any Qualifying Conditions

I had been told by a friend who knows such things that nobody walks out of an Arizona medical marijuana clinic without a card. I wanted to see if that was actually true. → Read More

COVID-19 Takes Pittsburgh Soul Radio Host Who Became Juvenile Probation Officer

A former Pittsburgh radio personality who hosted a soul music show for 14 years before settling down in Mesa for a second career as a juvenile detention officer has died of COVID-19. → Read More

OnTrac Call Center Staffers Say the Company Won't Let Them Work From Home

Amid the coronavirus emergency, call centers across the world have come under scrutiny. OnTrac workers also said they could be doing their jobs from home, where they could better follow the CDC's social distancing recommendations to slow the spread of coronavirus. → Read More

Arizona Officials Predict COVID-19 Hospitalizations Will Peak in May

State models predict that Arizona has more than a month before it reaches peak illnesses and hospitalizations from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Department of Health director Dr. Cara Christ said during a press conference on Wednesday. → Read More

'Incredibly Broad': Mayor Gallego Criticizes Ducey's Essential Services Order

Beauty salons would be protected from any enforced closures intended to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus under an executive order from Governor Doug Ducey. So would golf courses. And payday lenders. Mayors from several Arizona cities say that's way too broad. On Tuesday, five of them sent a letter to... → Read More

Phoenix vs. The Pandemic: How Valley Residents Are Taking on the Coronavirus Crisis

The pandemic has damaged every home, every industry, and every expectation of normalcy for the foreseeable future. This week, we spoke with 18 Valley residents about how they’re adjusting to our new reality. Here are their stories in their own words. → Read More

Arizona Man Dies After Trying Substance Touted by Trump to Treat COVID-19

An Arizona man died after he and his wife ingested a chemical in an attempt to prevent a coronavirus infection, Banner Health said in a press release. His wife is in critical care. Both are in their 60s. The chemical — chloroquine phosphate — is commonly used to clean fish tanks. → Read More

ASU and University of Arizona Switching to Online Classes Over the Coronavirus

Arizona State University is transitioning from in-person classes to online instruction "whenever possible," announced ASU president Michael Crow on Wednesday."The university has been busy planning and preparing for the possibility of transitioning to an online teaching and learning environment to help manage the... → Read More

Phoenix-Area Chinese Restaurants Are Seeing Sales Plunge Amid Coronavirus Scare

Valley Chinese restaurants like Shaanxi Garden, Spice Spirit Chinese Cuisine, and Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House report declining sales as coronavirus fears continue. → Read More

Gila County Cop Attacked by Gunman Can Get Workers' Comp For PTSD, Court Rules

Gila County and the Industrial Commission of Arizona were wrong to deny Sheriff's Deputy John France workers' compensation, according to an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling published on Tuesday. → Read More

Jaywalking Ticket on First Offense Would Be More Likely Under Phoenix Plan

A new proposal from the Phoenix City Council would make it easier for cops to ticket jaywalkers. Under the current city code, if a police officer in Phoenix catches someone jaywalking for the first time, they must give the pedestrian a warning. Only after that first offense can an officer hand someone a ticket. ... → Read More

No Charges Filed Against Tempe Officer Who Shot Teen in the Back

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel on Friday announced that her office will not file charges against a former Tempe police officer who fatally shot 14-year-old Antonio Arce in the back more than a year ago. → Read More

Drunk-Driving Lawmaker Accuses Reporter of Drug Problem After Question on Affair

State Representative David Cook, the rancher Republican under fire for writing love letters to a married lobbyist, did not appreciate it when CBS5 News/3TV reporter Dennis Welch asked him about his alleged affair. → Read More

State Rep. Jay Lawrence Rallies Against Abortion and Discovers His Daughter

Arizona State Representative Jay Lawrence had an eventful week.The Scottsdale Republican and former talk show host joined thousands of people outside the capitol on a beautiful, 70-degree day to march against abortion rights. He also discovered he has a daughter from a "brief affair" he had when he was a... → Read More

5 Things Arizona Cities Can't Do Thanks to State Pre-emption Laws

During his State of the State speech on Monday, Republican Governor Doug Ducey announced that he wants to ban "sanctuary cities," the colloquial term for places where local cops limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Ducey's anti-sanctuary proposal is hardly the first time Arizona lawmakers... → Read More

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick Taking Leave to Treat 'Alcohol Dependency'

Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, whose district includes most of Tucson, announced in a statement that she will be taking a leave of absence next week to treat her "alcohol dependence." In a statement vague on details, Kirkpatrick said she had a "fall" last week in which alcohol use was the "underlying cause." → Read More

Phoenix Could Require Short-Term Rental Owners to Register With the City

A new City Council proposal would require property owners renting out homes on sites like Airbnb and VRBO to register with the City of Phoenix.The proposed ordinance, scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, would make it easier for neighbors to complain directly to property owners over noise, parties, and... → Read More

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen Resigns Over Adoption Scheme

Maricopa Coutny Assessor Paul Petersen, who was indicted for an adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands, resigned from office on Tuesday. → Read More

Paul Gosar Tweets Fake Photo of Obama Shaking Hands With Iran's President

Paul Gosar strikes again. This time the Arizona Congressman tweeted a fake image of former President Barack Obama shaking hands with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.The Prescott Republican captioned his photo: "The world is a better place without these guys in power."Obama has never met with Rouhani, though he has... → Read More

City to Pay $1.6 Million to Victim of Illegal Cavity Search by Phoenix Police

The Phoenix City Council is set to approve a $1.6 million settlement with a woman who reported that a Phoenix police officer subjected her to an unwarranted body cavity search. → Read More