The former home of Senator John McCain is going up for auction. Near Glendale and Central avenues, the house has 13 bedrooms, two guest houses, and 14.5 bathrooms. The auction price will start at $5.9 million...Queen Creek officials are asking residents to help decide on a slogan for the city. The city is following the lead of several other municipalities and trying to give the city a brand or identity to try to bring in businesses. Residents will be able to vote on three different slogans including "smart design, perfect fit."...A teen had to be airlifted to a hospital after suffering a 12-foot fall at a skateboard park in Glendale yesterday. The teen is said to be speaking and consciousl but had serious injuries to his head and face...An Arizona man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for distributing crystal meth in Nebraska and Kansas. Witnesses testified that 39-year-old Ignacio Sandoval-
Sianuqui was living in Phoenix while arranging for the sale of more than 500 grams of meth across state lines...A border patrol agent in Pima County was convicted of raping a fellow agent. Brian Dick, 36, is looking at from five to 15 years in prison after a female agent claimed he went into the bedroom where she was sleeping and raped her... State park fees will be going up in 2010. The Arizona State Parks Board approved the increase last week to begin in March. An annual pass will be increased from $125 to $200, and day passes will jump from $10 to $15.
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