Hot Links: Immigrant Center, Adoption Bill, and Kayak Rescue

Federal immigration officials are opening a processing center in Mesa to handle an influx of Central-American immigrants. The center, which will operate at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, will serve as the final stop before the illegal immigrants are put on planes for home. The facility will open in about two weeks...The Arizona Senate will hear a bill today that gives married couples priority for adoptions. Senator Jack Harper says one of the goals of the bill is to make it harder for gays and lesbians to adopt. The bill already has passed the House...The body of a naked man was pulled from a lake in Sun City Tuesday afternoon. The victim's name had not been released, and authorities are trying to determine the circumstances of his death...


A Phoenix man reportedly shot his daughter's boyfriend. According to police, the father heard noises outside the house, where his daughter and her boyfriend were having an argument. The father went outside and opened fire on the boyfriend, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries...A man who fell into the Gila River while kayaking yesterday has been rescued. The man reportedly fell off his kayak and clung to a tree until rescue workers arrived two hours later. He was checked by paramedics after his rescue, and appeared to be okay...A Surprise man who posed as a police officer has been convicted. David Word, 62, was found guilty on one of two counts of impersonating an officer. Word's undoing was pulling over a real Avondale police officer who was on his way to work in his truck last May. Word will be sentenced on May 5.


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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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