Hot Links: Airpark Project, Flu Invades ER, and Bear Seeks Beer

A massive project is planned for 230 acres of desert near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Phoenix-based Kitchell Development Company proposes to build offices, shops, and hotels on the land, ultimately stretching the Gateway 202 Airpark to 3.3 million square feet. Mesa's Planning and Zoning Board will review the project at their meeting today...A British couple who married in Tombstone in 2002 and returned every year to celebrate were killed Monday night, when they were hit by a truck while crossing State Route 80 in the middle of the city. Tombstone Marshal Larry Talvy said Tombstone has no authority to build crosswalks or add lights along the highway because it's state property...Emergency room workers at hospitals are seeing lots of patients with swine flu symptoms. Richard Watts, ER Director at Banner Good Samaritan, says they treat almost 180 people a day, and about three dozen have flu-like symptoms. Watts urges people with flu symptoms to visit their primary-care physician or urgent care before going to the ER...

Chandler man Santana Batiz-Aceves, who is accused of raping as many as five girls between the ages of 12 and 14, is due in court today for a pre-trial conference. If convicted at trial, Batiz-Aceves could face more than 250 years in prison...A bear in Wisconsin stunned grocery shoppers when it walked into the store through the automatic front doors and climbed into the beer cooler. Wildlife officials tranquilized the bear and removed it from the store. Store workers say the bear "seemed happy" and didn't drink any beer.   

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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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