Hot Links: Death By Palms, Bashas' Art, and Party Crews

A Mesa man was killed Saturday when 500 pounds of palm fronds fell and trapped him. The 28-year-old man was trimming a palm tree when the accident occurred, and by the time rescue crews arrived, he had suffocated. Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful...Bashas' Inc. is fighting to keep a $16 million art collection in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The collection includes more than 3,000 works of art and so far has not been put on the auction block. But creditors are looking at the collection as a non-business asset that could be used to pay debts...More than 30,000 people turned out for the Pat Tillman run on Saturday. The 4.2-mile run and walk began near Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue, and ended at Sun Devil Stadium. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation, named in honor of the late ASU and Arizona Cardinals football star and Army Ranger...

A hiker and a firefighter are recovering after an intensive rescue on Camelback Mountain on Sunday afternoon. The hiker had fallen 20 feet while descending the mountain, and a firefighter became dehydrated during the rescue, which took several hours. The hiker and the firefighter were both treated at a hospital and are expected to recover...Dozens of people fled the scene of a Phoenix home after police broke up a house party Saturday night. Police say everybody ran when officers arrived at the house near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road, but it's unclear if any arrests were made. Police believe the revelers were part of a "party crew" that uses text messages to recruit new partygoers and find party houses...The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has named Winnie Stolper as executive director. Stolper, a former executive at KPNX-TV Channel 12, replaces Bob Sullivan, whose tenure ended earlier this year. 

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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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