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What's open, what's closed on Presidents' Day

Monday is Presidents’ Day; some businesses and government offices are closed, while local school districts are holding classes.... Read more»

St. Gregory student wins international math award

Over 400 teams from around the world recently competed in a high school mathematics competition in Beijing, China. Among them was Kylie Zhang, an 18-year-old senior at St. Gregory in Tucson. Although she was the sole member of her team, Zhang’s new 3-D printing method won the Gold Prize.... Read more»

Program schools border youth on dangers of cartel work

When Border Patrol agents stop Arizona youth smuggling drugs through the Nogales port of entry on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and others often find out those kids have been fed lies. One common lie: If agents find those drugs taped to your leg, you won’t be prosecuted because you’re a minor. Not so, said the BP agent running the Operation Detour educational program.... Read more»

Libraries opposing bill to limit hikes by taxing districts

“Pima County can run its own fiscal affairs without being told how to do it by big daddy state government,” said Tucson Democrat Bruce Wheeler, explaining his vote against a measure proceeding through the Legislature that Pima library staffers say would mean cutting staff and hours, and perhaps shuttering libraries.... Read more»

Texas looking at Mexican-American Studies classes

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year.... Read more»

UA prof. nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

James Anaya, a University of Arizona law professor, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Anaya, who has served in that post since 2008, is known for his work protecting the rights of native peoples around the world.... Read more»1

Lawmaker: Reduce military’s residency rule for tuition program

A state lawmaker wants to remove a requirement that children of active-duty military members attend public school for 100 days before applying for a state program that helps families pay for educational alternatives.... Read more»

Az ranked among worst for residents’ financial security

More than 40 percent of Arizona households are on the brink of “financial devastation,” according to a report that again ranked the state among the worst in terms of residents’ financial security. Families hit by the economic downturn are “literally living paycheck to paycheck.” Arizona now has the fifth-highest rate of poverty in the country, with 19 percent living below the poverty line.... Read more»

Paul’s ‘head-scratching’ stats

Sen. Rand Paul was wrong when he said that 60 percent of law students and 55 percent of medical students are women. The share of female students at law and medical schools in the United States is 47 percent each and hasn’t varied much in 10 years.... Read more»

PCC nursing head leaving, dogged by painkiller solicitation allegations

The head of Pima Community College’s nursing program is leaving the school, effective immediately, and another staffer has been placed on administrative leave. Marty Mayhew, a PCC dean since 2010, has been under investigation after an employee union alleged she asked subordinates for their leftover prescription drugs.... Read more»1

PCC not fiddlin' around with heritage project

In conjunction with a production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Pima Community College will host a Family Heritage Celebration next month. The public is asked to share photos, poems and stories as part of a multimedia project that will be featured on the opening night of the musical.... Read more»

First lady invites Arizona teen to join her for State of the Union

Joe Hudy is not your average 16-year-old. The self-described “maker” from Anthem has been to the White House to demonstrate one of his inventions, has traveled the world to show off other creations and has landed an internship at Intel. All before graduating high school. But Joe said he was still excited to be back in Washington, invited to joinMichelle Obama to watch the State of the Union address.... Read more»

Boys Chorus holding auditions

Intent on turning boys to men, Julian Ackerley and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus are holding auditions for the group’s 75th season. Auditions are open for boys aged 8-12. “We use music as a vehicle for developing social skills. We’re called a boys chorus but we try to teach them to be gentleman,” Ackerley said.... Read more»

CoLab relaunches workspace, walks from Gangplank

A nonprofit coworking space in Downtown has reorganized, a move the group’s managers will help the organization remain focused on its mission of incubating local entrepreneurs. The Pennington Street offices of Gangplank are now known as CoLab Workspace. Tuesday evening, about 120 people attended CoLab’s launch party.... Read more»

UA grad killed in Kabul suicide attack

A 27-year-old graduate of the University of Arizona was killed in a suicide bombing Friday in Afghanistan. Chicago native Lexie Kamerman received a master’s in Education from the UA, and was working at the American University in Kabul.... Read more»

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