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In the first three days of paid ridership, nearly 10,000 Tucsonans jumped aboard the new Sun Link streetcar system. Last weekend, some 60,000 took advantage of three days of free rides on the four-mile route. Officials said the paid fares were just less than projections, but cautioned that ridership should be judged over time.... Read more»   10

Five of six Republican candidates debated the cost of border enforcement and the use of National Guard troops to secure the border, and took shots at Doug Ducey for not attending the last two debates. While most of Arizona’s GOP gubernatorial hopefuls have worked to attract Tea Party support, the discussion was neither strong nor heated.... Read more»   

Two Pima County workers, Hank Atha and Amelia Craig Cramer, are among the winners of the 2014 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award, which recognizes non-elected public employees who serve citizens. The awards are named in the memory of the slain congressional aide.... Read more»   

Pima Community College filed a 300-page report with accreditors on Wednesday, laying out the school’s work to fix systemic problems pointed out by the Higher Learning Commission last year. Chancellor Lambert called the self-assessment “part of a continuous process of improvement.”... Read more»   8

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The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who’s aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»   

Arizona could become the world’s solar-energy capital - with some help from Congress, said Eric Fitzer, of the governor’s energy office. He and La Paz County Supervisor D.L. Wilson were supporting a bill to make it easier to develop renewable-energy on federal land.... Read more»   

The family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodiguez, the Mexican teen killed in Nogales Sonora, by U.S. Border Patrol agents when they fired through the fence into Mexico in 2012, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday. “I’m asking the people who killed my grandson to have the courage to show their faces,” the 16-year-old’s grandmother said.... Read more»   1

Set to the strains of “Old Pueblo Ska,” here’s a tour of the entire route of the Sun Link streetcar. Sped up almost 20 times normal speed, the hour-long complete circuit takes just under three minutes in this video.... Read more»   2

Tucson native Linda Ronstadt was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama on Monday. The White House cited the singer’s “one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music,” and Obama confided a boyhood crush on her. A day after both women were honored, the singer was interviewed by Diane Rehm. “I felt like a fraud,” she told the veteran reporter. (with video)... Read more»   2

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Arts & Entertainment  

Linda Ronstadt awarded Nat'l Medal of Arts for 'one-of-a-kind voice'

Tucson native Linda Ronstadt was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama on Monday. The White House cited the singer’s “one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music,” and Obama confided a boyhood crush on her. A day after both women were honored, the singer was interviewed by Diane Rehm. “I felt like a fraud,” she told the veteran reporter. (with video)... Read more»2

Nation/World  

Time runs out for Congress to address border crisis

Lawmakers spent hours earlier debating the merits of a border bill. But CSPAN reported that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, failed to garner enough support from his GOP colleagues, who argued the measure was not strong enough.... Read more»

Sports  

FC Tucson falls hard to Kitsap Pumas in championship

FC Tucson’s run in the PDL playoffs ended with a loud thud against a physical and confident Kitsap Pumas squad Saturday night. By the time the match was over, Tucson was down three goals and three players. It was only the team’s third defeat in league play, and their first since June 21.... Read more»

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Daily Star paywall to charge online readers

Changes are coming to the website of the Arizona Daily Star. The site has changed its URL, from azstarnet.com to tucson.com, and a long-delayed paywall was rolling out on Sunday, with publisher Chase Rankin offering scanty details in a paean to the shifts in the site.... Read more»19

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