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Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here’s a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Springsteen and Petty to Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Crank up the volume and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

July 4 BBQ

Green grilling means tastier food, less pollution

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing into the air a lower amount of volatile organic compounds—key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

Bacon shortage? Pig virus worries Az farmers

A swine virus that has already caused a nationwide hog shortage has turned up in Arizona, where one farm official worries it could have “catastrophic effects on the pork buying and producing industry.” The virus is harmless to humans, but the mortality rate for infected piglets has been at least 50 percent.... Read more»

July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day

Barbecue, beer and fireworks: Independence Day is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.... Read more»

No rain, but a flood of family fun for El Dia de San Juan

There was no rain, but the 17th year of El Dia de San Juan Fiesta did bring family fun to Tucson on Tuesday night at Mercado San Agustin. The fiesta began with a procession, including participants carrying a statue of St. John, which was brought to the stage and then blessed in hopes that rain will be plentiful this year.... Read more»

Bring on the rain at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta

The humidity is beginning to rise, and if you breath deeply you might just catch the scent of rain in the air. Yes, Tucson, it’s almost time for the summer rains. And that means it’s time to celebrate the monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta on Tuesday evening.... Read more»

Scottsdale ranked second-best ‘foodie’ city in U.S.

Culinary enthusiasts in Scottsdale can take pride, as their city was named the second-best city for “foodies” in the U.S. The top-10 list from Livability.com put Scottsdale just behind New Haven, Conn., for its restaurants, access to farmers’ markets and other factors.... Read more»

Celebrate Bloomsday, Irish culture Monday

Tucson’s Irish community wants to encourage you to bring your family down to 4th Avenue and celebrate Bloomsday on Monday at O’Malley’s on Fourth, 247 N. 4th Ave.... Read more»

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»

Red wine or white, sir, with your guinea pig?

For the rest of the world, guinea pigs may be perfectly cute, low-maintenance pets, or disposable lab test subjects. But in the Andes, where the species evolved, they have a very different use — lunch.... Read more»

Colibri Center for Human Rights debuts with Saturday screening

Home of the most comprehensive data about missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Colibri Center for Human Rights will celebrate their opening with the local premiere of award-winning film “Who is Dayani Cristal?” on Saturday.... Read more»

Art programs’ move to warehouse boosts ASU’s downtown presence

For Dean Reynolds, pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in painting at a new studio space downtown rather than at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus means greater opportunities to connect with the thriving art community here.... Read more»

Photos: Rain can't keep Fiesta Grande crowds away

A blustery afternoon didn’t dampen the spirits of those enjoying the 12th annual Fiesta Grande on the West Side. The Barrio Hollywood street fair included food and craft vendors, classic car displays and live music that kept audience members dancing even as they packed under a tent to dodge the raindrops.... Read more»

Tucson native chugs in to town for book reading

Journalist, author and Tucson native Tom Zoellner will give a reading from his new book “Train” at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave, on Friday evening.... Read more»

Casinos & offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation.... Read more»

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