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The Bottom Line - Longtime Tempe sports bar intercepted by condos

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Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 3:20 am | Updated: 4:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

McDuffys, a downtown Tempe sports bar that was popular enough to be voted the No. 6 Collegiate Sports Bar by Sports Illustrated last year, is closed after nearly two decades. General Manager Charlie Nicastro said McDuffy’s owners sold the property and the building. The bar was open 18 years until the doors closed for a final time a week ago.

“It was a very hard decision for the owners to make because it was such a part of themselves,” Nicastro said. “It was a rough decision to make but they thought it was the right decision to do.”

Nicastro said developers plan to build 30-story condominiums on the site, 230 W. Fifth St.

Funny how it seems the places that made the area popular enough for high-rise developments keep getting shut down. So much for walking from your cool pad on the 15th story to some of the old, funky places that made the city desirable in the first place.

McDuffy’s will still have a location in Peoria. And Nicastro says another location or two is on the way, though he declined to say where.


The Valley will soon see some new bank automatic teller machines that allow customers to make deposits without envelopes and deposit slips.

The ATM receipts spit out digital images of deposited checks and cash.

Bank of America recently started putting in the machines in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Later this year, the company will be installing the new ATMs in the New York, San Diego and the Valley as part of the 1,500-machine national rollout.

The bank began a pilot program in 2003 in Charlotte, N.C. and it now has more than 60 of the ATMs in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Customers using the new machines will be able to get immediate credit for cash deposits and same-day credit for deposits until 8 p.m. in the state the account is located.

The company said some of the other advantages of the ATMs include receipts with an image of each check and a verification of the amount of cash.

Also, customers don’t have to do math because the ATM adds up the deposit.


The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants consumers to know about a glut of damaged boats.

The spate of Gulf Coast hurricanes damaged thousands of boats so those looking to buy one should inspect the watercraft and and titles thoroughly, the department said.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has compiled a database of watercraft affected by the hurricanes.

The information in the database comes from insurance companies, salvage yards, and state and local authorities.

The NICB has established a Web site, that allows buyers to check hull identification numbers free of charge to help determine whether a specific watercraft may have been involved in a hurricane.

The Boat Owners Association of the United States, the nation’s leading organization for recreational boaters, estimated that damage to recreational vessels as a result of Hurricane Katrina is between $650 million to $750 million.

Of that amount, only about half, or $300 million to $400 million in damage, was covered by insurance.

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