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I never thought I'd have reason to blog about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio here on Slice, much less post a photo of him with wackadoodle Paula Abdul. [Photograph: mcso.org]

If you don't live in Arizona, chances are you know Joe Arpaio from his many media appearances. He's the controversial sheriff whose harsh measures against inmates and, in the last several years, illegal immigrants, have drawn fire from critics.

One of those critics, the Arizona Republic's E. J. Montini, reports in this column that the sheriff has been sending the columnist anchovy pizzas any time Montini writes a negative piece about the sheriff. And while some folks would welcome that kind of prank, Arpaio sends the anchovy pies because Montini mentioned that he hated anchovies at some point.

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