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Obituary

Tucson-raised Garry Shandling dead at 66

Comedian and actor Garry Shandling died Thursday at age 66. Born in Chicago, he spent much of his childhood in Tucson and studied electrical engineering at the University of Arizona before breaking into the entertainment business as a writer.... Read more»1

Win tickets to 'Labyrinth' at the Loft

David Bowie never appeared in many conventional movies, but "Labyrinth," directed by Jim Henson of "Muppets" fame, produced by George Lucas and featuring a young Jennifer Connelly as well as the British rocker, may be among his least predictable. And we've got a pair of tickets that could be yours.... Read more»

Earworm

Feb. 3, 1959: Drove my Chevy to the Levee

February 3 marks the anniversary of "The Day the Music Died," when pioneering rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a 1959 plane crash. Don McLean referenced the event in his hit song, "American Pie." So give today's earworm a listen.... Read more»1

Commentary

Race and beyond: Why #oscarssowhite matters

The film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.... Read more»

Earworm

Not a fish tale: Abe Vigoda dead at 94

It's not a hoax this time, folks: weary-eyed character actor Abe Vigoda, long the subject of rumors of his passing, died Tuesday at age 94. In his honor, here's the theme to "Barney Miller" to get stuck in your head.... Read more»

Earworm

Springsteen standin' on a corner: Tribute to Glenn Frey

Here's today's earworm: The Boss paid his respects to the recently deceased Glenn Frey, performing a stripped-down "Take It Easy" in Chicago on Tuesday night. The singer/guitarist and Eagles songwriter died Monday.... Read more»

Chihuahuas live large in Southwestern folklore

Arizona may not have an “official” state dog, but if it did, it would probably be the Chihuahua.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look ahead to 2017, after Tucson's tumultuous 2016

Megachurch evangelists and political pundits see even more chaos ahead in 2017, after the Chicago Cubs' four-game sweep in the World Series. So the world, indeed, seems on the brink. So as we toast Auld Lang Syne-style to the passing of 2016, let's see what the new year seems to hold for Tucson and Arizona. ... Read more»

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos) — Let us know which of his songs are your favorites.... Read more»

Some Az tribal casinos put bets on risky demographic: Millennials

The same attractions that once lured generations into gaming no longer work for a younger crowd. Slot machines – even casinos as a whole – aren’t enticing enough for the 18- to 34-year-old age group known as millennials. Some casinos have changed their game plan: They treat their businesses as entertainment hubs instead of gaming centers.... Read more»

Photos: All Souls Procession 2015

Tens of thousands of Tucsonans filled the streets Downtown on Sunday night to mark the annual All Souls Procession, remembering loved ones who have died.... Read more»

No joke: Public suggests comedians, former pols for House speaker’s job

If most Americans see Congress as a joke, who better to lead it than a comedian? That’s who Jeff Fearnow of Tucson suggested for the next speaker of the House – Sarah Silverman... Read more»

Update: Tombstone actor shot when live rounds fired during gunfight

An Old West re-enactor was wounded Sunday when another actor fired a bullet from a pistol that held live rounds. Ken Curtis of the Tombstone Vigilantes was shot, a woman was struck by another bullet, and fragments hit nearby buildings. Curtis was in good condition after surgery, and charges may be filled against the man who shot him.... Read more»

Geraldo donates $500k for UA frat plaza

Sometime newsman and noted vault explorer Geraldo Rivera, a 1965 graduate of the University of Arizona, is kicking in a half-million dollars toward the construction of a Greek Heritage Park on campus, in honor of the school's fraternities and sororities.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon center to be dedicated Saturday to late author Chuck Bowden

A much-heralded reporter and author who spent much of his life chronicling the people and places of the Southwestern Desert will be honored Saturday as a community center on Mt. Lemmon is named for Chuck Bowden, who died last August.... Read more»

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