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Glendale candidate claims support of dead voters in attempt to get public campaign funding

In early March, Phoenix-area Democratic legislative candidate Larry Herrera filed 255 signatures to qualify for public campaign funding. Among them was a form signed on Feb. 3, 2018, by Bernadine Barbara Misiak. Except Misiak died in November 2016.... Read more»

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Listen to MLK's final sermon: 'I've Been to the Mountaintop'

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life: "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Here's a recording and the text of that sermon.... Read more»

Trump declares DACA deal dead, blames Democrats for failure

President Trump declared “DACA is dead” in a series of tweets over the weekend, blaming Democrats for the failure to find a replacement for the deferred deportation program that he said last fall he would rescind.... Read more»

Swartz should have taken cover; shooting unarmed person in back 'unjustified,' testifies BP trainer

An ex-Border Patrol firearms instructor said shooting an unarmed person in the back was "unjustified," and that Agent Lonnie Swartz — on trial for murder — should have sought cover rather than firing three salvos of gunfire into Mexico, killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012.... Read more»

Supreme Court reverses case against officer in Tucson police shooting

The Supreme Court reversed a lower court Monday and said a University of Arizona police officer cannot be sued for shooting a woman who refused to drop a knife as she stood in her driveway.... Read more»

Top off-road vehicle maker Polaris to pay record $27M penalty over fire risks

Polaris Industries has agreed to pay $27.25 million – a record penalty – to settle charges that it failed to immediately notify federal officials about a fire hazard on its recreational off-highway vehicles that regulators have linked to at least one death and more than 180 fires.... Read more»

As teachers rally for higher pay, Az’s tax code exempts $13.5B from collection

If lawmakers and Gov. Ducey were inclined to find money for teachers, one place they could go looking is in the taxes that the state doesn't collect: Arizona allowed more than $13.5 billion in taxes to go uncollected in fiscal year 2017, thanks to a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits. ... Read more»

AARP, critic of scams aimed at seniors, draws flak for own membership marketing

In its newsletters and magazines, in congressional testimony and on its website, AARP warns seniors about deceptive direct mail and other dubious marketing come-ons as part of its mission to protect members from financial abuses. But the huge advocacy group’s own aggressive efforts to coax seniors to join or renew their memberships also have drawn a burst of criticism.... Read more»

Factcheck: Will Trump's wall pay for itself?

President Donald Trump cited a contested report from an organization that advocates low immigration to claim that a wall along the southern border will pay for itself, because those stopped from illegally crossing would not be a burden on taxpayers.... Read more»

Pima softball's Caldera's near-flawless play earns ACCAC Player of the Week

Pima Community College softball player Maria Vanezza Caldera earned ACCAC Division I Player of the Week recognition on Monday for the week of March 26-April 1. ... Read more»

Pima baseball commits 10 errors in doubleheader loss to Cochise

The Pima Community College baseball team (16-20, 8-18 in ACCAC) struggled with errors on Saturday as it dropped two games against Cochise College (29-11, 14-6) at the West Campus Baseball Field.... Read more»

Prieto knocks in 6 runs as Pima softball snatches doubleheader from GateWay CC

The Pima Community College softball team (31-13, 22-12 in ACCAC) earned an ACCAC doubleheader sweep at the West Campus Softball Field on Saturday over GateWay Community College (4-28, 4-28).... Read more»

Weekend music

Tucson cowpunks the Low Wines say goodbye (for now)

Leave your money in the truck and your tall boys at the bar as Tucson cowpunk/country garage rockers the Low Wines say goodbye (for now) ... Read more»

Swartz trial: 3D model shows BP agent shot at fallen boy

A 3D reconstruction shows that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, the 16-year-old Mexican teenager shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent more than five years ago, may have fled more than 16 feet before he collapsed over a curb, and was hit by two volleys of gunfire. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Restraint in responding to border 'rockings' goes to core of social contract

On the Swartz murder trial: Policing a free society is harder than patrolling a police state. It's also going to be more dangerous, because the restrictions society places on cops will get some of them killed. But in that distinction are the tiny degrees between heroism and a reign of terror.... Read more»2

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