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Sheriff Arpaio’s criminal contempt of court referral sparks contemplation, rage

When Daniel Magos learned that a judge referred Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal contempt of court prosecution, he felt a flood of relief and elation. And then he wept. Magos, 71, is a plaintiff in an ongoing class action federal lawsuit in which Arpaio and his department were found to have racially profiled Latino drivers. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Med school dean's travel is a hurricane in a squirt bottle

Tucson should put a portable defibrillator in every home if we're going to freak out about $26,000 per year in university spending that can be questioned. Bureaucracy is to universities what analogies are to the SAT. Without the former, there isn't much use of the latter. So 26 grand for comfy travel seems a pittance compared to what could happen on any given day on a college campus. ... Read more»

Judge doesn't deflate World View lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging improprieties in Pima County's backing of high-altitude firm World View will move ahead, as a judge declined to toss out claims made by the right-wing Goldwater Institute. Although she worked to have Goldwater bring the suit, Supervisor Ally Miller is a defendant in the case.... Read more»

FactCheck: Unpacking pot’s impact in Colorado

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said “marijuana-related” traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions in Colorado have “not significantly” increased since the state legalized the drug. That’s inaccurate. Statistics from various official sources show substantial increases.... Read more»

Fort Worth judge blocks Obama transgender guidelines

As millions of children head back to school, a federal judge in Fort Worth has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.... Read more»

Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast

Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.... Read more»

Az earns praise for teacher training database, despite pay concerns

Arizona won praise in a recent report for its program linking preschool teachers with training and scholarships, even as the report said low wages for those teachers could make such systems an exercise in futility.... Read more»

Can birth control reduce Arizona’s wild burro population?

The more than 400 wild burros that are an economic boon for the small town of Oatman are considered an over-populated nuisance by some in western Arizona. The animals are a danger along roadways, and compete with native wild animals for food. The BLM is experimenting with birth control to manage the herds.... Read more»

High school football

Ironwood Ridge rolls past Marana, expects postseason rematch

Friday night’s season-opening clash between Marana and Ironwood Ridge featured two teams that had not met in four years. Now the expectation on both sides is that they’ll see each other once again in just a matter of months.... Read more»1

Federal judge seeks criminal contempt charges against Arpaio

A federal judge recommended on Friday that prosecutors bring criminal contempt charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, finding that the controversial lawman had violated court orders stemming from a racial profiling case. ... Read more»

Police seek suspect in shooting that killed one, wounded another

Tucson police are searching for a suspect in a double shooting on Tucson's Southwest Side that left one man dead and another injured Thursday afternoon, authorities said. ... Read more»

Early ballot request deadline: 5 p.m. Friday

Want to the thousands of early voters in avoiding Election Day hassles for Arizona's primary? The deadline to request an early ballot is Friday at 5 p.m. You can do so online, or via phone.... Read more»

Tail-waggers of the week: Frankie & Cassius

Meet a couple of the many great companions available at our local animal rescue groups: Frankie and Cassius.... Read more»

High school football

Sabino's 41-35 win over Sahuaro 'not the prettiest thing'

Sabino football coach Jay Campos didn't shy away from the truth when his team gathered around him Thursday night, after logging a come-from-behind victory against East-Side rival Sahuaro. "That it was not the prettiest thing I've ever seen."... Read more»1

Childcare pays poverty-level wage, but Az still tops most states

Arizona’s median salary of $20,070 last year for childcare workers was not even the worst in the nation – in fact, it ranked ahead of 30 other states and Puerto Rico, according to the recent report.... Read more»

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