Flash of light across Phoenix skies a mystery

From wire reports
Posted March 09, 2012, at 8:41 p.m.

PHOENIX — A large, fleeting flash of light appeared in the darkened skies over the northwestern edge of Phoenix was captured by a traffic camera on Interstate 17 around 4:45 a.m. Thursday and happened to be broadcast by KSAZ-TV when the station showed footage of the roadway during a report on the morning’s commute.

The two electric utilities that serve metro Phoenix said they had no reports of electric transformer explosions that might explain the flash.

Charlotte Dewey, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said there was no weather activity that might explain the flash.

Messages left for officials at nearby Luke Air Force Base weren’t immediately returned Friday afternoon.

In 1997, dozens of people saw lights in a V-formation over Phoenix, a mystery that was captured on videotape and spurred calls for a government investigation.

Papers move, scrap ‘Doonesbury’ abortion law strip

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A national syndicate will offer replacement “Doonesbury” comic strips to newspapers that don’t want to run a series that uses graphic imagery to lampoon a Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, executives said Friday.

A handful of newspapers say they won’t run next week’s series, while several others said the strips will move from the comics to opinion pages or websites only. Many already publish the strip by cartoonist Garry Trudeau, whose sarcastic swipes at society’s foibles have a history of giving headaches to newspaper editors, on editorial pages.

The comic strips feature a woman who goes to an abortion clinic and is confronted by several people who suggest she should be ashamed. Among them is a doctor who reads a script on behalf of Texas Gov. Rick Perry welcoming her to a “compulsory transvaginal exam,” and a middle-aged legislator who calls her a “slut.”

The Bangor Daily News will not be running the series.

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