The Press: Arizona Invasion Force

On the 13th floor of the Adams Hotel in downtown Phoenix, there is an unmarked suite, guarded by a security man and bristling with typewriters, telephones, dictating and duplicating equipment. Last week the first of some 18 investigative reporters from 14 papers across the U.S. began drifting into that mini-city room to start the most remarkable journalistic joint effort since Woodward met Bernstein.

What drew them to Phoenix was the death of Don Bolles, 47, the Arizona Republic investigative reporter killed four months ago when a bomb blew up his car. Bolles had for years been digging into local political corruption and...

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