The local news stories tucsoncitizen.com readers clicked on most often this week
1 Rancho Diablo slayings: A former resort 10 miles west is the site of a triple homicide. Pima County sheriff’s officials consider a man spotted near Rancho Diablo – a luxury resort in the 1940s and 1950s – to be an investigative lead.
2 Upside down: That’s a bad position for homeowners to be in. As many as 1 in 3 Pima County homeowners could owe more on their mortgages, at least in the short term, than their homes are worth. Blame plummeting home prices, which hit a 44-month low in August.
3 Shopping center shooting: An Oro Valley police officer shoots and kills a man during a narcotics investigation that led officers to a North Side shopping center.
4 McCain to the rescue: Sen. John McCain announces a temporary suspension of his campaign for president so that he can help forge the federal government’s response to the financial meltdown. Pundits debate whether the move is proof of McCain’s bold, maverick nature; a cynical ploy; or both. Update: McCain unsuspends his campaign and Friday night debates Democratic challenger Barack Obama.
5 The Pie Lady: Pamela Rinella, whose Mount Lemmon Cafe has been a fixture on the mountain for decades, dies. She was 65. The fate of the cafe is not known.