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The Joe Arpaio I knew

The ex-Maricopa sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement. His office at one point stopped investigating sex crimes against children, depleted its patrol division and nearly bankrupted itself.... Read more»

Arizona edges to front of states eyeing blockchain technology

Arizona is one of a half-dozen states to embrace blockchain legislation, and lawmakers here hope it will bring new business to the state.... Read more»

Elias: Miller 'must apologize' for comments on white supremacy

"I am deeply saddened by one of my colleagues' response to the violent and heartbreaking events in Charlottesville. Instead of calling for unity after the deaths of three Americans, as Neo-Nazis and domestic terrorists marched on the streets of an American city, Miller called for further division."... Read more»2

SaddleBrooke Republicans censure McCain, Flake for 'abandoning' Trump

A group of GOPers north of Tucson has censured Arizona's pair of U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. The elected Republicans have "continued to attack" President Trump, the SaddleBrooke group said, noting McCain's vote against the bill that would have repealed Obamacare and Flake's stance on trade with Cuba.... Read more»1

CBP spent $5 million on lie detector tests for disqualified applicants

Customs and Border Protection spent more than $5 million on lie detector tests for applicants to be Border Patrol agents or customs officers, despite their previously admitting to officials that they were involved in crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking. ... Read more»

TUSD superintendent candidates to appear at nightly forums

The four finalists to lead the Tucson Unified School District are being interviewed this week, including by the public at nightly Q&A sessions with each candidate. ... Read more»

Photos: Tucsonans march against racism in wake of Charlottesville killing

Around 1,500 people slogged through the August heat in Downtown Tucson on Sunday to express "love and support" from our community in response to a bloody neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., a day earlier. ... Read more»

Quick take

Ally Miller: 'I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary'

Responding to comments about Trump's platitudes about the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally, Pima Supervisor Ally Miller said, "I'm sick and tired of being hit for being white....It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary."... Read more»2

Expensive, slow, frustrating: Renters, landlords have little government support

The Arizona Residential Tenant and Landlord Act outlines basic regulations, but no local or state government agency enforces those regulations. ... Read more»

Judge rejects motion to dismiss murder case against BP agent

The case against Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, will move forward after a federal judge rejected a motion from the defense arguing that the case should be dismissed. ... Read more»

Analysis

Juvenile justice figures show kids are becoming more all right

Teenagers in Arizona and elsewhere in the country have been turning away from crime in remarkable numbers, according to federal and state-level data. And nobody’s sure why.... Read more»

‘Hard choices’ at VA could include cut to unemployability benefit

Faced with a “hard decision” on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again considering new limits on the Individual Unemployability benefit that currently helps more than 200,000 disabled veterans.... Read more»

Majority of Az’s Native Americans now speak only English at home

Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.... Read more»

Familiar faces - and controversial outsider - as TUSD releases list of sup't finalists

Among the finalists to be the next TUSD sup't are three familiar faces and one outsider: Donna Hargens, ousted from her Kentucky district, which is being audited over mismanagement allegations. The sweeping review could lead to a complete takeover of the district by the state.... Read more»3

News analysis

TUSD continues pattern of secrecy with sup't hiring process

TUSD picked four finalists for the district's next leader Tuesday night: B, G, P and W. And as far as they're concerned, right now that's all the public needs to know about who might lead Tucson's largest school district. "Unbelievable," said an expert in public records law.... Read more»16

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