Hot Links: Mom leaves kid home alone; Fire destroys 100 California homes; Brown cloud is back

By Ray Stern

Parent-of-the-year story in the Repub: Wasted mommy shows up at a daycare to pick up her 4-year-old daughter, but she had already driven the kid home hours before. Back at home, a neighbor finds the girl alone, eating Ovaltine powder from a can. Other news today: A wildfire in the Santa Barbara, California, area destroys 100 expensive homes. Retail sales slump - where are all the shopaholics when the economy needs them? Wake up and smell the brown cloud. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and the mayors of Atlanta and Philadelphia have thought of a brilliant way to relieve their cities’ money problems: Grab some of the $700 billion federal bailout funds. The East Valley Tribune reports that photo radar cameras are popping up on freeways all over town - except in Scottsdale, the city that made freeway speed cameras famous. Two photo radar companies that operate in the Valley, meanwhile, will battle in court after one files a lawsuit against the other.

Police: Drunk mom leaves 4-year-old alone at home

Wildfire levels 100 homes in California

Americans buying a lot less: October retail sales drop was worst ever

Cooler weather traps brown air over Valley

Phoenix mayor seeking chunk of federal bailout billions

Scottsdale overlooked in photo enforcement freeway placements

Photo radar company sues its rival