Hot Links: Dust Storms, Alien Spyware, and Oakville Grocery

Two siblings were killed yesterday in an auto accident on Interstatet 10 near Casa Grande. The victims were driving in a dust storm that caused a deadly pile-up wreck. Teenagers Mark and Katie Eide, were on their way to a Dairy Queen when they got caught in the storm...Gilbert police discovered thousands of dollars in computer equipment from the Higley Unified School District at the home of Bradley Niesluchowksi. Niesluchowski is the former IT director for the district, who was terminated for allegedly installing spyware to look for aliens on school computers. Niesluchowski faces charges of using public money for personal use, possession of stolen property, and tampering with computers in an educational facility...US Airways is requiring its reservation-takers to work overtime. The airline is receiving a high call volume for cancellations and flight changes because of winter storms on the East Coast. A labor agreement between the workers and US Airways requires the airline to notify employees at least an hour before their regular shift ends that they'll have to stay longer. Local labor experts say there's no state or federal law against making employees work 16-hour shifts...

The Sunrise Park Resort near Greer is now open, with the holidays only a few days away. The area received more snow overnight and is ready for skiers...Funeral services were held this morning for Chris Marano, the DPS officer killed while laying spike strips to stop a suspect on a high-speed chase. The woman suspected of causing the fatal collision is in police custody, and has reportedly been placed on suicide watch...Oakville Grocery, a chain based in Napa Valley, California, will open its first Arizona store in Scottsdale today. Situated in the Scottsdale Quarter shopping center on Scottsdale Road, the store offers gourmet foods and wines.  

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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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