Hot Links: Off-Track Betting, Powerball, and Crap Salad

Mesa officials are considering allowing off-track betting on horse races at Phoenix track Turf Paradise. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith says it would bring in more tax money, but expressed concerns about other problems wagering might bring. Several sports bars in Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, and Scottsdale currently offer off-track betting...The Chandler Law Enforcement Association has criticized Chandler officials' plans to cut jobs, saying it would overburden officers with paperwork and keep them off the streets. But City Manager Mark Pentz says the plan to eliminate 17 support staff from the Chandler force would have "no appreciable effect"on emergency response...A police officer responding to an accident in Avondale had a minor crash with an ambulance. One person was hospitalized, and authorities closed 107th Avenue between McDowell Road and the I-10 because of the crash...

Arizona Lottery officials say two winning Powerball prizes from last year are unclaimed. A $10,000 winning ticket from the August 15 game (purchased in Tempe) and a $200,000 winning ticket from the August 19 Powerball (purchased in Wikieup) haven't been cashed in.The deadline to claim the prizes are February 11 and 15...A former ASU student has filed a lawsuit against an ASU fraternity, claiming she was raped at a frat party. The lawsuit alleges that members of the Sigma Chi fraternity got the victim, then underage, drunk, and when she passed out, she was allegedly sexually assaulted. The woman's attorney says they are seeking damages of at least $500,000...A new Consumer Reports study found several bags of salad containing bacteria, including fecal material. Researchers tested hundreds of bags of salad from 16 brands and found 23 of their samples contained fecal contamination, which doctors say can cause vomiting and diarrhea. The report will run in the magazine's March issue.   

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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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