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The Arizona Department of Transportation plans to hold a giant "garage sale" on Saturday, to sell more than 120 fleet vehicles to pay for snow-plowing across Arizona. ADOT decided to hold the auction to help balance their budget shortfall, and will be selling more than 50 sedans, 35 pickup trucks, and eight snowplow trucks. All vehicles will be sold "as is"...The two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury will hold tryouts for an all-male practice squad at the end of March. The team is looking for a squad of 15 men who will train and scrimmage with the team. Mercury head Coach Corey Gaines said, "I encourage any man who thinks he is on the same level, or even thinks he can outplay the women from the Mercury, to put his skills to the test." Interested men can register for tryouts at mall may be getting a makeover since parent company Westcor is pulling out. Efforts to save the mall include renting empty retail spaces to private schools or healthcare professionals. Security has increased at the mall, along with a neighborhood block-watch program...

The Phoenix Coyotes made seven trades before the NHL deadline, acquiring significant players such as wing Wojtek Wolski and defenseman Derek Morris. Players the Coyotes traded to other cities include forward Peter Mueller (to the Colorado Avalanche) and defenseman Matt Jones (to the Toronto Maple Leafs)...ADOT has postponed the removal of metric signs on Interstate 19 near Tucson. It had originally allotted $1.5 million in federal funds for the project, but so many people expressed support for the metric signs that the funds went elsewhere. It's currently seeking another source of funds for the sign removals...An aquarium for kids called the "Ocean Tunnel" is set to open in May in Tempe. The seven-ton aquarium is to include ocean creatures on both sides of a transparent tunnel.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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