Hot Links: Lethal Injections, Tribal Theft, and Jesus In Concrete

A federal judge ruled yesterday that Arizona's lethal-injection procedure is similar to the method approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. Executions have been on hold in Arizona since November 2007, when the Arizona Supreme Court stalled the execution of inmate Jeffrey Landrigan pending a federal decision about lethal-execution methods in other states...San Juan Southern Paiute Vice President Evelyn James admitted Wednesday to stealing almost $300,000 in tribal funds from the northern Arizona Indian tribe when she was tribal president. She faces up to 25 years in federal prison...A Glendale resident claims she found an image of Jesus on a slab of concrete near her family's front door. The family says they don't know how the image got there, but have been praying to it...Phoenix resident and former Girl Scout troop leader Trisha Proud, 29, was arrested for theft after allegedly embezzling $8,000 from a Scottsdale Girl Scout troop. The troop had been saving the money for a trip to Disneyland...Phoenix-based Opus West Corp. has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Opus West developed some of the Valley's high-profile projects, including the Scottsdale Waterfront and the Tempe Gateway office project...A man in Oregon was arrested after calling 911 to complain that McDonald's had robbed him by not giving him proper change on his order. The operator told the man it wasn't an emergency and to resolve the issue with McDonald's management, but he continued to call 911 until he was finally arrested.

Execution method of lethal injection approved

Ariz. tribal leader pleads guilty to theft