Hot Links: Teachers at Capitol, Bodies on Lawns, and Taggers

The number of illegal immigrants in Arizona has dropped by a third in the past two years, according to a study by the Center for Immigration Studies. Arizona had the largest decline of any state, thanks in part to a tough job market and stricter immigration laws and policies...Dozens of Valley teachers and parents rallied at the state Capitol yesterday, protesting a proposed budget that would include cuts to education, including teacher salaries...The body of a woman who'd been shot and killed was dumped on the lawn of a home near 79th street and Shea. Police are trying to determine if the woman, who did not live in the home, knew the homeowners...In a move to offset small business owner concerns about health reform, Delta Dental of Arizona has frozen the rates of its small-employer group plans. This is the third consecutive year Delta's frozen its rates for small businesses...Police spotted several taggers spay-painting graffiti near 21st Avenue and Denton this morning. When officers confronted them, the taggers opened fire on the officers. No one was injured, but a nearby house and a car were hit by the gunfire. Police have taken the suspects into custody...A woman in Germany has had a piece of her ear sewn onto her buttocks. Part of the woman's ear was severed in a fight. Doctors were waiting for her head to heal before re-attaching the ear, and meantime, they sewed her earlobe onto her rear for safekeeping. Their first attempt to re-attach the ear was unsuccessful.  

Illegal-immigrant populace in Ariz. falls by a third, study says

Teachers rally at state Capitol

Woman's body found outside Scottsdale home

Delta Dental bucks trend, freezes rates

"Taggers" Open Fire on Police Officers

Ear stitched into woman's bottom

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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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