Hot Links: Phoenix had 14th Wettest Year in 2008; ATV Rider and Local Hikers Missing; Cops and Shelter Help Homeless

What drought? Last year will go down as one of the wettest years on record in Phoenix. In weather-related incidents, an ATV rider up north and two hikers in the Superstition Mountains go missing. And the nastier-than-normal weather hasn't been so kind on the homeless in the last few weeks, but cops and staff from a local shelter are trying to meet the needs of the most deperate. Arizona residents still don't know what to make of a new license plate legibility law, and lawmakers already want to change it. Glendale officials are licking their chops over the thought of all that Fiesta Bowl money. Our buddies at the East Valley Tribune begin their "exciting" new journey -- their publisher's euphemistic word, not ours -- as the paper dwindles to four-day-a-week service in a much-tightened territory. Fans mourn with aging heartthrob John Travolta following the death of the star's 17-year-old apparently disabled son.

2008 was 14th wettest year ever in Phoenix

ATV rider and two hikers missing in separate incidents



Police and shelter help needy homeless 

Law on license plates to undergo changes 

Glendale expecting big boost from Fiesta Bowl

Tribune going to four-day-a-week service


Travolta heartbroken at death of teenage son

Suns take Clippers after another injury sidelines another Los Angeles player

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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.