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Updated Nov 19, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Final Word: Not learning -- George Zimmerman's violent streak resurfacing

The latest George Zimmerman arrest is a big story, and I think Zimmerman is finally getting the attention he deserves.

Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted of murder charges in the Trayvon Martin trial, became kind of a cult hero after the trial and his acquittal caused riots and demonstrations and comments from the president.

But if you watched the trial, you had to admit, the defense did a masterful job and the prosecution was less than stellar.

So when the trial was over, you had to think that if he had a brain in his head, he would go away quietly, maybe write a book, start a blog, and abide by the law.

But as it turns out, Zimmerman may be just a violent troublemaker after all.

The tape of the girlfriend's 911 call painted a picture of a very angry guy, who doesn't seem to EVER want to back down from a possible fight.

I didn't care when Zimmerman got pulled over for speeding three times. Anyone can get pulled over for speeding. I don't consider speeding to be an act of aggression so when his ex-wife called the cops, I wrote it off as bad blood between spouses.

But did you know that he toured the factory that made the gun that killed Trayvon?

Look, there's a difference between graciously and gratefully accepting that a jury has found you not legally responsible for an act you took, and celebrating getting away with something.

The gun factory tour felts like a celebration. It's kind of like holding a gun rights rally on the anniversary of the shooting.

Zimmerman had a chance to fade into the background, instead now he has been arraigned on felony aggravated assault charges.

Shame on those who made him into a modern-day hero for supposedly "keeping his neighborhood safe." I don't know if his legal defense fund will fill up as fast this time as it did before.

I am OK with that.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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