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Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2004 6:16 am | Updated: 6:17 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Random thoughts from a pasta-based life form. . . .

Overheard outside Bank One Ballpark before Thursday’s 10-3 loss to the Houston Astros: A vendor yelling, "Programs! You can’t tell your minor-league players without a program!"

Reports of a ruckus last Saturday at Las Vegas’ Aladdin hotel were greatly exaggerated, Linda Ronstadt told a Tucson newspaper.

Initial accounts said the singer was booed off the stage, barred from her hotel and told never to return after she dedicated her encore to shaggy filmmaker Michael Moore.

Ronstadt told the Tucson Citizen she wasn’t aware management was peeved until she was trying to leave the hotel an hour after the show.

Whatever the details, the brouhaha scratched thin skins all over the country. Conservatives objected to Ronstadt interjecting political views into a stage performance; liberals were loudly outraged at her perceived ill-treatment.

The roles would be reversed if Ronstadt had used her stage time to praise the war in Iraq. It just depends on whose ox is being gored.

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A Las Vegas Sun reviewer, by the way, attended the concert and said Ronstadt’s performance was "generally lackluster, unenthusiastic."

"The fiasco at the end was the most exciting part of the show," he wrote.

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It’s not hard to understand why some folks don’t want to see a new city incorporated in northern Pinal County. It wasn’t a city when they moved there and in their minds it never will be.

But with 20,000 residents already on hand and tens of thousands on the way, the wall is all but covered with handwriting. A mammoth new town is blossoming under our noses — the urban equivalent a volcano building an island in the sea.

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The Rattlers’ new management fired coach Danny White, a consistent winner, saying they wanted to move in "another direction." Does that mean the same direction every other Valley sports franchise has taken this year — down?

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The issue involving Gus Montez, the Mesa accident investigator overpaid by the city while on military duty in Iraq, is not complicated. It’s not his money. He needs to pay it back.

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Three cheers and thanks to everyone who’s been conserving electrons during the power crunch.

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John Kerry walks into a bar. Bartender says, "Why the long face?"

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