Hot Links: Cardinals, the Blue Basket Bandit, and Alcor

In a football preseason opener, the Arizona Cardinals lost 10-20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Steeler turf last night. The Cardinals' only touchdown in the game was fourth-string quarterback Tyler Palko's 20-yard pass to Onrea Jones...A hiker has died in the Grand Canyon after running out of water. The hiker, 18, was part of a group of hikers that flagged down rafters on the Colorado River to say they needed help. Park Service rangers received a report that one hiker was dead; the body was located and flown out by helicopter...Chandler police are looking for a man known as the "Blue Basket Bandit." For the past two years, police say he's entered Walgreen's stores, picked up a blue basket and filled it with cosmetics items, then put the cosmetic items in Walgreens bags he kept in his pockets. The bandit is described as a white male with a medium build and brown hair...The owner of a grocery store in Congress, Arizona has been arrested and charged with stealing $10,000 in lottery winnings from a customer. The store owner, Katrina Younan, allegedly kept the customer's winning ticket. Arizona State Lottery officials alerted deputies, and vow to make good on the customer's $10,000 ticket...Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against three people charged with murdering a father and his young daughter in Arivaca. The subjects are accused of dressing as police officers and forcing their way into the home, then committing the murders. All three suspects have plead not guilty...Scottsdale foundation Alcor has filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court in a dispute over the remains of Orville Richardson, who died in Iowa in February at age 81. Alcor claims Richardson paid $50,000 for a membership and that he wanted his body delivered to Alcor. Richardson's siblings will have nothing to do with the idea, and a judge ruled in their favor in July.

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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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