Hot Links: Fatal I-10 Wreck, Gangplank, and Chateau on Central

A bus collided with a semi-truck on Interstate 10 this morning, at milepost 173 south of Ahwatukee. Multiple fatalities were reported in the about 5:30 a.m. accident. Westbound I-10 lanes will be closed for several hours while emergency personnel try to clear the area. Six fatalities were reported by 8 a.m., but the exact number of deaths and the cause of the accident were not immediately known...Chandler has pledged $400,000 to Gangplank, a non-profit, technology-oriented group that provides space for tech professionals to come together and share ideas. The group plans to use the funds from Chandler to renovate a 6,600 square-foot building on Arizona Avenue...A Phoenix man has been indicted and accused of using young women to illegally purchase weapons, some of which were used in crimes. John Suggs, 27, would reportedly provide the women with a list of weapons to buy. Suggs has been charged with multiple crimes, including assisting a criminal syndicate and forgery. Another man and four women were also indicted in the case...

Large crowds of Valley teachers protested educational cuts yesterday, which was a "National Day of Action" across the country. Among the grievances expressed by hundreds of teachers were the proposals to cut all-day kindergarten programs and override funding. There were 34 protests across Arizona...The owners of Arizona Desert Umpire have been arrested on 35 counts of fraud. William Werner and Bonnie Huffman are accused of not paying umpires after contracting them to work Little League games. An investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office revealed the couple was paid almost $36,000 to provide umpires for games, but that the more than $53,000 deposited in their business accounts has gone toward personal use...A Wisconsin company that manufacturers food-processing ingredients has agreed to buy the Chateau on Central brownstone project for $7 million. The unfinished residential property has been financially troubled since construction began in 2005. A spokesman for the Wisconsin company, Mainstreet Ingredients, declined to discuss what plans the company has for the property. 

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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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