Hot Links: Phoenix Police Chief Warned by City After Sergeant's Nude Picture Flap; Gordon Still Wants Bailout Dough; Light Rail Slows Down at Spot of Collisions

City warns Phoenix police chief Jack Harris: When you're doing your buddy a favor, be careful it doesn't cross the line into favoritism. Phil Gordon is holding out hope for federal bailout cash for Phoenix. Light-rail trains are slowing at a Tempe intersection where a collision occurred -- how many other intersections do they need to slow for? One of the scuzzy serial shooters testifies about the slaying of Mesa's Robin Blasnek, the young woman blown away in her pajamas just feet from her home. Poor and hungry Arizonans are cleaning out local food banks. At Forbes magazine, a bunch of bored editors manage to rile local citizens with a list of supposedly "boring" cities that somehow makes national news. Mesa, boring? Much of it, yes. But we'll take it over Detroit.

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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.