A storm making a rare white Christmas in parts of the South was complicating life for some travelers as airlines canceled hundreds of flights, and snow was predicted Sunday for the nation's capital and the Northeast.
John Flores, who began pleading with the developers for space for a high school (for a while, Maricopa schools were admitting 300 new students every month). But it was to no avail. Amy Haberbosch, Maricopa's former director of planning, told me that developers believed high schools lowered property values; she said one developer told her he'd rather build a jail on his property than a high school.
This was a disaster with two distinct parts -- first a blowout, then the destruction of the Horizon. The second part, which killed 11 people and injured dozens, has escaped intense scrutiny, as if it were an inevitable casualty of the blowout. It was not.