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Missing elderly man found safe — again

A senior citizen who suffers from dementia has been returned home, after going missing from his Drachman Street home for the second time in two weeks. Paul Carpenter, 69, called police Sunday afternoon after leaving home around 9:30 a.m., officials said.... Read more»

Advocates blast lawsuit by Az, other states over Obama immigration plan

Legal experts on Friday dismissed as groundless a lawsuit that 18 states, including Arizona, brought this week against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The suit claims that deferred deportation of illegal immigrants and other initiatives“ amount to a unilateral suspension of the nation’s immigration laws.” But a top immigration lawyer derided the suit as “a factually challenged press release." ... Read more»2

Arivaca residents plan 24-hour vigil at BP checkpoint

Residents of Arivaca, south of Tucson, plan to launch 24-hour vigil and observation effort at 10 a.m. Sunday at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, just west of Interstate 19. Activists have argued that the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, 25 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, is the site of civil rights violations, including unconstitutional searches and seizures, racial profiling and excessive use of force.... Read more»2

Deadline extended to collect holiday cards for troops

The office of U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has extended the deadline to collect holiday cards for hospitalized veterans and troops deployed overseas. Hundreds of cards are still needed.... Read more»

Az college leaders tout STEM at White House meeting

Hundreds of college leaders from across the country – and at least four from Arizona – reviewed hundreds of different programs at the second White House College Opportunity Summit. They included Michael Crow of ASU, Brian Mueller of Grand Canyon University, and Lee Lambert, chancellor of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Gila River teen joins hundreds at White House tribal conference

Darius Jackson wants to make a difference for the people of the Gila River Indian Community – and meeting with the vice president of the United States on Wednesday wasn’t a bad place to start.... Read more»

Seniors face health care gaps, despite Medicare

Americans older than 65 are more likely to have chronic illnesses and to say they struggle to afford health care – despite qualifying for the federal Medicare program – than are seniors in other industrialized countries, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund.... Read more»

Analysis

Technology skills only scratch surface of digital divide

The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines. According to U.S. census data, for example, more than 30 million homes have no broadband access, most of them concentrated in some of the poorest parts of the country.... Read more»

Charter school power broker turns public education into private profits

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls. ... Read more»

Lack of understanding about insurance can lead to poor choices

They know less than they think they know. That’s the finding of a recent study that evaluated people’s confidence about choosing and using health insurance compared with their actual knowledge and skills. As people shop for health coverage this fall, the gap between perception and reality could lead them to choose plans that don’t meet their needs... Read more»

Arizona lags in homes with high-speed Internet

Arizona homes trailed the nation in both their access to high-speed Internet and their computer ownership, according to a recent report from the Census Bureau.... Read more»

Photos: Thanksgiving in sanctuary

Members of the congregation of Southside Presbyterian Church held Thanksgiving with Rosa Robles Loreta and her family, breaking bread Thursday with a woman who has been in sanctuary for more than 100 days while facing a deportation order.... Read more»

Blaze destroys Bisbee home on Thanksgiving

A Thursday morning fire in Bisbee has left a married couple homeless, with one receiving minor burns. A dog is missing and thought to have died in the blaze.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed for Thanksgiving

As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving Thursday, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here's what you need to know:... Read more»

Arizona has fifth highest rate of homeless children

The number of homeless children in Arizona fell slightly last year to 62,616, according to a new report, but that still ranked the state among the worst in the nation for homeless kids. The state ranked 45th among states on an overall score card of youth homelessness factors. ... Read more»

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