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Sheriff: Whetstone mother beat 9-year-old disabled boy with baseball bat

The mother of a nine-year-old boy hospitalized with head trauma has been arrested on assault and abuse charges after telling investigators she struck the boy with a baseball bat, authorities said. The boy has Down Syndrome and is unable to speak, a Cochise Sheriff's spokeswoman said.... Read more»

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Queer Youth Summit 'validating' for LGBT kids

About 35 young people participated in the first “Tucson Queer Youth Summit” held at City High School on Saturday. For some, such as Danie Enriquez, 19, it was about connecting with people who've had similar experiences. "It's good to know you're not alone," Enriquez said.... Read more»

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Ducey: Remember Granite Mountain Hotshots

Today marks a solemn anniversary for the state of Arizona, as we remember the 19 brave men who gave their lives at Yarnell Hill two years ago. ... Read more»1

Arizona to pay families $670K over Yarnell Hill firefighter deaths

Arizona will pay a total of $670,000 to the families of the 19 elite firefighters killed in the country's deadliest wildfire in 80 years and has agreed to reform the way it fights wildfires, state officials said... Read more»

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Kozachik: Review city laws before writing new homeless rules

Instead of adding yet another ordinance to our tool kit, what we need to do is clarify what's already on the books, change language in those existing ordinances so that it's consistent, and transmit a clear message to the police and the public that we're enforcing. ... Read more»

July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day is almost here and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.... Read more»3

Wounded but still fighting — now on a different field of battle

Less than two years after doctors said he might never run again, Safford native Terry Cartwright is proving them wrong. The Army specialist was competing in multiple events this week in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games, which pit 250 athletes representing all branches of the military against one another. ... Read more»

Family divided: Congressman, gay son disagree on same-sex marriage

Matt Salmon celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that said same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right. Matt R. Salmon, that is, the gay son of Rep. Matt Salmon, a conservative Republican from Mesa who, unlike his son, opposes same-sex marriage.... Read more»

Az advocates vow continuing fight as Supreme Court OKs gay marriage

As the Supreme Court ruled states cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, activists in Arizona were sharply split. "Big picture, this isn’t the final word on marriage," said a spokesman for the right-wing Center for Arizona Policy, while a member of the College Democrats said "the fight for equality doesn’t end here at all, this isn’t the moment we get complacent."... Read more»1

Meat and Steele at Smokin' Showdown fundraiser

Barbecue brisket, beer and live music on the plaza of Hotel Congress on Saturday will be the attractions at a fundraiser for the Steele Children's Research Center. Seven local chefs will vie for the title of the Old Pueblo’s Pitmaster, and support the search for effective treatments for pediatric cancer and diabetes.... Read more»

Supreme Court: Gay marriage bans are unconstitutional

Handing gay rights advocates a monumental victory, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled that marriages between couples of the same sex are constitutional, a decision that overrides the long-standing bans on gay marriage in Texas and other states.... Read more»3

Photos: El Dia de San Juan heralds Tucson monsoon

Tradition holds that Tucson's monsoon begins with El Dia de San Juan, June 24. This year, the West Side fiesta celebrating the saint's day worked its magic — much of the city got at least a sprinkle of rain the next day as rain clouds broke the spell of summer heat.... Read more»

3 days of free screening lead up to National HIV Testing Day

Community organizations across Tucson are offering free and confidential HIV testing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, marking the 21st annual National HIV Testing Day. In Pima County, more than 1,000 people are believed to be infected and unaware of it, while about nearly 16,000 across the state were living with HIV/AIDS in 2013.... Read more»

Panel ‘demands’ end to Native teen suicides, but answers hard to come by

The rate of suicides among Native American youth is 2.5 times the national average.... Read more»

States try to remove barriers for ex-offenders

About 70 million people are trying to navigate the world with a criminal record. Some states, concerned with the high costs of keeping people locked up, are removing some roadblocks that ex-offenders face. The goal: to increase the chances they’ll succeed in society and lessen the chances they’ll return to prison. Tucson joined the "Ban the Box" movement last year.... Read more»1

Father charged with 2nd-degree murder in drowning of 2-year-old girl

The father of a two-year-old girl who drowned Tuesday night has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Both he and the mother have been charged with child abuse. Victoria Rivas died at the hospital after her father found her in an unsecured pool at a Northwest Side home, authorities said.... Read more»

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