The largest water park in the state, Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix, is scheduled to open in mid-June. The $30 million, 35-acre park includes 30 slides and a coaster called Maximum Velocity. The park replaces the WaterWorld Safari park in north Phoenix...In Tucson, Reina Irene Gonzales was sentenced to two 22-year terms in the starvation deaths of her boyfriend's children. The boyfriend, Christopher Payne, was convicted of two-counts of first degree murder in March and sentenced to death... The animal-rights group PETA will protest products that use exotic animal skins at Washington Street and Central Avenue today. The protest, which starts at noon, includes a naked protester whose body will be painted with a snake skin design...A man who ran a red light in Scottsdale in 2007, hitting a car and killing five people, was sentenced to a year in jail for five counts of negligent homicide. The convicted man, Robert Logan Myers III, was also ordered to pay more than $450,000 to the victims' family...A teenager was killed Monday night after being struck by a semi-truck. The teen, who was riding a skateboard, was struck at about 8:15 p.m. and later died at the hospital from his injuries...Astronomers at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii snapped telescopic shots of a gamma ray burst more than 13 billion light years away. The burst is the most distant object in space to be seen by the human eye.
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