Hot Links: Stoudemire, Medical Bargains, and Conspiracies

While delivering a lecture about education to students at Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school, Phoenix Suns star Amar'e Stoudemire indicated he may only be in Phoenix one more year. Stoudemire, who underwent surgery on his retina in July, could opt-out of his final contract year and become a free agent...A two year-old boy was found safe in Surprise just hours after his father took him from his mother at knife point. Surprise Police Sergeant Mark Ortega described the case as a "domestic violence situation that got carried away"...A man was found dead in his Cave Creek home yesterday by a family member, the victim of an apparent homicide. Police do not know the details of the homicide yet, and do not have any suspects. The victim's name has not been released at this point...A Mesa-based company called No Insurance Club plans to offer discounted medical services through a new web site, Healthcare Crisis News. People who sign up for the service will receive mailers three times a week filled with medical bargains in their area for services like blood tests and mammograms...

A conspiracy indictment against an accused rapist was tossed out by a judge and remanded to a grand jury after defense attorneys argued prosecutors "misrepresented" evidence in the case. The accused, James Williams, was in jail on rape charges when prosecutors say he concocted a plan with two other men to murder the rape victim to prevent her from testifying...For the first time, people enrolled in Cigna insurance plans will have access to John C. Lincoln Health Network's two Valley hospitals. The four-year contract took about ten years of negotiations.

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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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