Hot Links: Tuition-Tax Rules, Museum Liquor, and GameStop

The Catholic Tuition Organization for the Diocese of Phoenix has changed its rules for tuition-tax-credit donors, disallowing donors to name recipients. Under the old plan, taxpayers recommended specific students for the scholarships. Critics of such programs, which are practiced by many private schools in the Valley, say it allows for parents to effectively swap donations, claim tax credits, and cut their private school costs...The city of Mesa is seeking liquor licenses for two city-owned institutions, the Arizona Museum for Youth and the Arizona Museum of Natural History. The plan is to make both buildings more fundraiser-friendly...Three suspects have been arrested in the murder of Cave Creek resident Douglas Engstler. Two of the suspects are Robert Pleickhardt and Kathleen Ann Madden, who were said to have entered the home of Engstler with the intention of robbing him. The name of the third suspect has been revealed as Corion Babers...

A robbery at a GameStop store near Thomas Road and 73rd Avenue early this morning resulted in all the glass at the front of the store being smashed in. Police are investigating...More than 400 banks are on the FDIC's "Problem List," and three of them are in Arizona: Mesa Bank, Desert Hills Bank, and Community Bank of Arizona. Among the practices "problem banks" are being told to clean up are lending habits and management...Phoenix veteran attorney Peter Baird has died. Baird participated in litigation related to the Exxon Valdez oil spill and worked as a partner with Phoenix-based Lewis and Roca LLP. He was 68.

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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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