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Robert Halliday, the newly-appointed director of the Department of Public Safety, criticized the photo enforcement cameras on Arizona streets and highways, saying the system needs to be restructured or scrapped altogether. Halliday says he'd rather see more officers on the highways instead of the cameras, and a restructuring would mean reassessing where cameras are placed and enforcing a penalty for drivers who ignore photo-enforcement notices in the mail...Eric Boyston, who was convicted of killing three people at a Phoenix apartment complex in 2004, has been sentenced to death. Boyston, 29, was convicted of killing his grandmother, uncle, and a family friend after getting into an argument with his girlfriend at the complex...A school bus hit a man riding a motorized wheelchair Wednesday afternoon. The man was reportedly trying to cross the intersection of 31st Avenue and Indian School Road when a bus from Pan American Elementary School struck him. No students on the bus were injured, and the man is in the hospital in stable condition...

An automobile crash caused the Westbound Interstate-10 to be closed this morning. Traffic cameras and scanners showed an overturned motor home, possibly with two people trapped inside. Traffic was being diverted off the freeway at University Drive...Rabbi Albert Plotkin, a spiritual leader at Temple Beth Israel in the Valley for 36 years, died yesterday. Plotkin was also a VA chaplain and founder of ASU's Jewish Studies Program. He was 89...Phoenix Mercury basketball coach Corey Gaines has signed a contract with the team for the 2010 season. This will be Gaines' third season coaching the team, which won its second WNBA championship last year. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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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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