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Court revives death-row inmate’s complaint that prison read his mail

A federal appeals court Monday ordered a new hearing for an Arizona death-row inmate who said prison officials violated his constitutional right to counsel by reading a letter he sent to his attorney. Scott Nordstrom was convicted in a 1996 murder spree that killed six at Tucson’s Moon Smoke Shop and Fire Fighters Union Hall.... Read more»

Frustration over SB 1070 remains, Villaseñor defends TPD

Sunday’s arrest of an illegal immigrant rekindled frustration over the enforcement of Arizona’s SB1070. While protestors argued that Tucson police don’t use discretion in calls to Border Patrol, the police chief said TPD calls half as often as it could.... Read more»5

Two big lies about pot in Uruguay

There’s a lot of outrageous buzz about Uruguay’s marijuana revolution. Let’s take a sober look at some rather implausible claims.... Read more»

Immigration activtists plan protest at TPD HQ

Activists are planning a protest at noon Monday at Tucson Police Department headquarters, 270 S. Stone Ave., to protest the arrest Sunday of a man suspected of being in the country illegally.... Read more»4

Deputies: Missing Green Valley man found, taken to hospital

An elderly man missing from his Green Valley home since 10 a.m. Sunday was found lying on the ground but conscious, and was taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said. Richard Bock, 89, was found in a wash near Abrego Drive and La Huerta, on the other side of Interstate 19 from his home.... Read more»

Texas gov vows to secure border, spread 'red-state policies'

Promising to secure the border and take the Texas approach to government national, Gov. Rick Perry delivered an impassioned speech Friday morning in which he called for conservatives to wage a “war” on “the battlefield of ideas.”... Read more»1

Undocumented family goes into sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian

Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto, her husband Gerardo and their two sons entered the Tucson church Thursday to the applause of around 100 supporters and more than a dozen religious leaders from around the city.... Read more»

Rip-crew recruiter indicted for role in Brian Terry killing

The recruiter for the rip crew that allegedly killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry during a 2010 firefight north of Nogales has been indicted in the case, and charged with first degree murder, authorities said.... Read more»

Apprehensions of migrant families up 471 percent

While this summer’s influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors has become the central focus of the immigration debate, the number of families apprehended along the southwestern border has more than quadrupled from last year. Nearly 63,000 people counted as part of a family unit — a parent or guardian traveling with one or more children — were apprehended.... Read more»

Women in Chiapas working toward a ‘life free of violence’

About 30 percent of women in the Mexican state of Chiapas are domestic violence victims - and that’s the best rate for all of Mexico. After some gains, women in Chiapas have seen progress toward the rights, and safety, level off but they have not given up the fight.... Read more»

Activists continue to demand names of officers involved in May arrests

Three border activists were offered the chance to pay a court fee and have their charges dropped after an incident in May when they were arrested at the Nogales Port of Entry. During a press conference Wednesday, the federal officer who cited one of the activists demanded the activists disperse.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

Southside Presbyterian set to offer sanctuary to Mexican woman

Updated: Unless her deportation order is delayed or canceled by immigration officials by Friday, a Tucson resident will take sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church. Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto is a Mexican national who has lived in the United States since 1999. She would be the second person the church has offered refuge this year.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agents seize $321K in drugs, detain 15 suspects

Border Patrol agents seized four vehicles, a firearm, more than $321,000 in narcotics, and detained 15 people in connection with criminal cases since late-June, authorities said.... Read more»

Europe has a growing anti-Semitism problem

The war in Gaza is drawing attention to growing anti-Semitism in Europe.... Read more»

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