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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Oct. 25-27

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The Phoenix tour date addition for a legendary rock band, the shutdown of an aircraft at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and reduced bail for an indicted Maricopa County official.

Here are some stories that headlined the news cycle, both locally and nationally, over the weekend.


What a nice surprise: Eagles add Phoenix to ‘Hotel California’ tour

It won’t be on a dark desert highway, but the Eagles will perform their legendary “Hotel California” album in its entirety in downtown Phoenix next spring.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers this week added an April 21 show at Talking Stick Resort Arena to their limited 2020 tour schedule.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.

The initial tour announcement came on the heels of a three-night September and October run in Las Vegas in which the band played its 1976 masterpiece plus a greatest hits set.


3 airlines ground aircraft at Phoenix Sky Harbor ahead of holiday season

Southwest, American and United Airlines have grounded the troubled Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft right before the busy holiday travel season.

One aviation expert said Phoenix Sky Harbor and other U.S. airports could face “dire circumstances.”

“There are routes that have been cut, there are new routes that can’t be flown and there can’t be any growth right now,” said Brent Bowen, professor of aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

Bowen also said travelers should book their tickets now to secure seats. Demand could send prices soaring. The airlines will lack reserve aircraft.


Bail reduced for Maricopa County assessor in adoption fraud case

A Utah judge has reduced the bail for an Arizona county elected official charged in an alleged human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women.

The Deseret News reports that a district judge Friday reduced Maricopa County assessor Paul Petersen’s bail to $150,000 from $3 million.

Petersen, 44, was arrested Oct. 8 and indicted on 32 counts — including human smuggling, sale of a child, conspiracy and fraud.

He faces charges in Arizona, Arkansas and Utah.


New apartments, office space to join downtown Phoenix Fry’s at Block 23

Wednesday’s opening of the long-awaited Fry’s Food Store in downtown Phoenix was just a taste of what’s to come at the Block 23 mixed-use development.

While the project’s first phase is complete, RED Development still has work to do on new apartment and office space at the complex.

“As each phase opens at Block 23, we look forward to seeing the impact this destination will have on the community as we continue to attract the best local, regional and national tenants to improve the daily lives of those who live, work and play within this vibrant city,” Mike Ebert, managing partner at RED, said this week in a press release.


Chandler ice cream shop offers $1 cones for grand opening

An East Valley ice cream shop that pasteurizes its sweet treats is offering $1 cones during its grand opening festivities Saturday.

The Screamery debuted its second metro Phoenix location in Chandler last month but waited until this weekend for the celebration special.

The new shop is on Arizona Avenue just south of Chandler Boulevard in the Overstreet mixed-used development.

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