Hot Links: Final Preparations for NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix; Hispanic Grocery Store Opens In Mesa Despite Recession; Cop Rescues People From Burning Home

You may have heard that the NBA All-Star Game is coming to Phoenix -- final preparations are being made. Help wanted: Pro's Ranch Market, a Latino-flavored grocery store chain, is opening a new location in Mesa and looking for workers -- it might help if you habla some espanol. A Phoenix cop helps rescue 14 or 15 people, depending on which TV news station you watch. Tragic beating: Cops have few leads in the severe beating that left 57-year-old Phoenix teacher struggling to remember her own name. Mexican authorities hope to find fugitive thugs from a drug-war skirmish that left 21 dead. The Estrella Falls mall planned for Goodyear has been pushed back until 2011 -- maybe it should consider a Pro's Ranch Market as the anchor. Aspiring bong models beware: Cops are making arrests based on the now-infamous Michael Phelps smokefest photo. Congress doesn't have enough cash in the stimulus package for the Arizona Republic's liking. Mexican cops nab -- for the second time -- the guy who ran over a Yuma-area Border Patrol agent. A former Phoenix cop is sentenced for forging prescription drugs. Cosmic collision: A U.S. satellite smashes into a Russian satellite -- no, we're not going to war over it.

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Preparing for the All-Star game, in photos

Hispanic-themed grocery store opening in Mesa

Cop and neighbor help rescue 14 from burning Phoenix house
Channel 5 (KPHO-TV) says it was 15

Phoenix teacher brain-damaged after beating; suspect at large

Mexican authorities seek killers from skirmish with soldiers

Goodyear mall delayed again; opening now planned for 2011
Click here for Estrella Falls press release on delay

Cops make arrests based on Phelps bong photo

Stimulus package leaves in Arizona some wanting more

Man accused of running over border agent arrested

Former Phoenix cop sentenced for forging prescriptions

U.S. satellite slams into Russian military satellite

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.