Hot Links: Fires, D-Backs Pitcher Schoeneweis' Wife, and Bee Swarm Warnings

In the latest four-alarm fire at a Valley structure (Richardson's restaurant was destroyed last week), firefighters are battling a huge blaze at a recycling plant in Glendale. The fire broke out at 8 p.m. last night at the Tempe-Inland Inc. facility, and crews are expected to battle the blaze most of today...Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Scott Schoeneweis has asked the courts to keep his wife's cause of death a secret. Schoeneweis' wife Gabrielle died suddenly on May 20 at their Fountain Hills home. Schoeneweis' initial request was denied by a judge, and his attorney plans to challenge that decision in the Arizona Court of Appeals...Experts are warning that Valley residents could see an increased number of bee swarms after our wet winter. Firefighters say there have been increased calls about bees across the Valley, with the largest spike in Goodyear (59 calls, up from 18 last year)...More than a dozen cars in Fountain Hills were vandalized over the weekend, with victims saying the vandals spray-painted racist symbols and words on their vehicles, including swastikas. The MCSO has filed a report, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio has allegedly denounced the vandalism...U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce today that his department plans to ban new uranium-mining claims on about a million acres near the Grand Canyon. The land will be studied for the next two years to determine if new mining activity should be permanently banned...Who says senior citizens can't drive fast? Hershel McGriff, 81, has become the oldest driver to participate in a NASCAR series. McGriff qualified for a Camping World West Series event in Portland, Oregon, the latest feat in a six-decade career that's also seen the driver win four NASCAR cup races.   

Four-alarm fire at Glendale recycling plant

Pitcher wants wife's death records sealed

Swarms of bees keep experts busy

Racist Graffiti Taggers Hit Fountain Hills Cars

Feds halt uranium mining at Grand Canyon

81-year-old qualifies for NASCAR West series race

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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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