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Supreme Court gives thumbs-down to Tucson inventor of Spider-Man toy

The Supreme Court ruled against the Tucson inventor of a Spider-Man toy Monday, saying Marvel Enterprises no longer has to pay him royalties. Stephen Kimble had argued that a previous court ruling, cutting off royalty payments after a patent expires, is outdated and anti-competitive and needs to be overturned.... Read more»1

Club Congress wants your memories

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the rock venue's debut, the folks at Club Congress will set up a "Tucson's Rock n' Roll Museum" exhibit in September. They're asking for copies of old show posters and flyers, photos, fanzines, videos and other artifacts from three decades of strum and twang. ... Read more»

Read the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera

Selected excerpts from the works of Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano to be named the U.S. poet laureate. The appointment of the author, who is published by the University of Arizona Press, was announced Wednesday. Poems included are from "Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream" and "Half of the World in Light."... Read more»

UA Press author Herrera is first Chicano appointed U.S. poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant workers who has penned more than a dozen collections of poetry, along with numerous short stories, novels and works for children, was named the U.S. poet laureate Wednesday. Herrera, whose primary publisher is the University of Arizona Press, is the first Chicano to be named the national poet.... Read more»

Love a rainy night ... A monsoon playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»2

Tucson, other Az cities in top spots among best places for retirees

Arizona grabbed three of the top four spots in a new national ranking of the best cities for retirees, based on a town’s crime, weather, taxes and other factors. Mesa, Prescott and Tucson were ranked in first, third and fourth places.... Read more»

1000px: Backyard bobcat

"Draw me ... like one of your French girls." The heat and humidity haven't just made humans languid; here's a young bobcat enjoying a late-afternoon nap Sunday in a backyard near River and Swan.... Read more»

Pima Writers' Workshop kicks off Thursday

Whether you’re a tyro (and if you have to look it up, you are) or a pro, the 27th annual Pima Writers Workshop has something to offer you. The weekend program begins Thursday night with an informal “Meet the Authors” get-together.... Read more»

Some states yell 'cut' on film tax credits

Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But Louisiana and some other states are starting to question whether they are giving up too much to attract such star power.... Read more»

Takeover of 3 Tucson grocery stores by Haggen just days away

The Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen is growing by leaps and bounds, having acquired 146 stores in five states as a result of Albertsons' recent swallowing up of Safeway. Three of those stores are in Tucson — two East Side Safeways and the West Side Albertsons.... Read more»

Weekend music

The thrill remains the same: Honor BB King and go listen to live music

Like most music lovers, I'm listening to some sweet old B.B. King cuts on Friday. But, recalling the magic of the three times I was lucky enough to see him play, here are a few recommendations for Tucson spots to catch the fleeting magic that is live music this week, including blues, chamber music, and Latin fusion.... Read more»

Tombstone banks on history to attract visitors

In Tombstone, history is a part of the fabric of everyday life, one that draws visitors from all over the world. Reenactments, museums, and tours are big business here. The “Town Too Tough To Die” survives on its history.... Read more»

Multinational Celtic band RUNA makes Tucson debut

RUNA, one of the hottest young bands in Celtic music, will make its Tucson debut at the Berger Performing Arts Center on Friday. Their performances feature a kaleidoscope of instruments by the multi-talented musicians, as well as intricate Irish step-dancing.... Read more»

Mexicans don't understand why you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is no big deal.... Read more»1

Famous psychic Coffey finds joy in the paranormal

Psychic Chip Coffey's talking tour "Coffey Talk" will be in Tucson on Saturday. Coffey starred in A&E's shows "Psychic Kids" and "Paranormal State." ... Read more»

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