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Public Enemy No. 1 still lurks at Hotel Congress during Dillinger Days

The 1934 capture of outlaw John Dillinger following a fire at Hotel Congress is highlighted every year by the downtown hotel and club. This year's reenactment takes place Saturday, with a speakeasy fundraiser for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation on Friday night.... Read more»

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos)... Read more»

Casino cancels Bill Cosby show as rape allegations garner attention

Following questions raised by TucsonSentinel.com about whether a performance by Bill Cosby would be held as scheduled, Desert Diamond Casino said that the Feb. 15 show has been cancelled. Allegations by multiple women that Cosby sexually assaulted them, including statements that he drugged and molested or raped some, have gained increasing attention over the past week.... Read more»5

All Souls: A walk to remember the departed

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on downtown Tucson dressed in costumes and sugar skull make-up on Sunday for the 25th annual All Souls Procession.... Read more»

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Haunted roundup: Where to celebrate Halloween

Pumpkins, candy and costumes: Halloween is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in Tucson this year.... Read more»1

Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

Robin Williams, a legendary comedic actor whose versatility belied his frequent roles as a bumbler, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Williams, 63, died in his Tiburon, Calif., home, authorities said. The Marin County Sheriff's Office "suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia."... Read more»

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»1

Dressing up as cowboys and Indians is big in Germany

Inspired by Karl May's pulp novels and the movies they spawned, many Germans are fascinated by the Wild West. But with tens of thousands of German hobbyists donning feathers and camping in teepees on the weekends, real Native Americans have begun to wonder whether some Germans love them just a little too much.... Read more»

Thai men dressing up like Mexican gangsters, it's a thing

They look like Cholos. But appearances are about all these young Thai men have adopted from the notoriously fierce Mexican American subculture.... Read more»

Pulque: What Mexico's hipsters are drinking now

Long the province of peasants and poor townfolk, pulque — say "pool-kay" — the mildly sour, slightly slimy and gently fermented nectar of agave, has been reborn this century as a buzz of choice among young, forward-leaning and better-heeled urbanites. It's about $1.65 a pint, and a nearly hangover-proof means of getting hammered.... Read more»

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: DEA & the cartels, BP shootings, and yes, Bieber

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings,we look at DEA meetings with high-level Sinaloa Cartel members, Border Patrol shootings and surveillance, and Justin Bieber's recent spate of potentially deportable criminal allegations. ... Read more»

Earworm: World Destruction

Is there anything worse than an earworm? That catchy riff, a looping melody, a couplet repeating over and over in your brain? Today's symptom of stuck song syndrome: "World Destruction", the 1984 single by Afrika Bambaataa's Time Zone that featured PiL's John Lydon. Here's the video, so you can share the joy.... Read more»

Video: Flash mob dances 'Overcomer' to mark Jan. 8

A group of about three dozen people danced to celebrate overcoming obstacles and mark the third anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings as a part of a flash mob Downtown on Wednesday. They danced in unison, to choreography set to the song "Overcomer" by Mandisa.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Steven Seagal is not running for governor, so stop talking about it

A throwaway comment by Steven Seagal that he thinks it might be fun to run for governor of Arizona has inspired much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments among your Facebook friends. Even ostensibly serious journalists have been chasing the story, giving the bloated action movie hack more ink than any of the actual candidates have received.... Read more»5

Singing silenced, Ronstadt elected to Hall of Fame

Just months after she told the world that her renowned singing voice has been silenced by Parkinson's disease, Tucson native Linda Ronstadt has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Ronstadt has been eligible since 1992, she recently said she never considered herself a rock singer and didn't give much thought to ever be so honored.... Read more»2

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