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12 Gen-X Republicans who will have some explaining to do some day soon

Now that it is clear that those who pushed Arizona's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history, they all better start thinking up what lame excuses they are going to be making. Their grandchildren’s generation is sure to ask questions.... Read more»

Residents claim racial profiling at Border Patrol checkpoint

Arivaca residents said Sunday that they have evidence of racial profiling against Latino drivers during two months of observation of a Border Patrol checkpoint south of Tucson. Although thousands of drivers passed through the checkpoint, no arrests were made as observers recorded the actions of border agents.... Read more»3

Reineke, Colibri Center recognized with human rights award

Tucson's Colibri Center for Human Rights, and its director, Robin Reineke, received one of three Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards this week at the Carnegie Hall Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.... Read more»

Pima County issuing licenses after judge OKs gay marriage in Az

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can "issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately." Pima County began doing so Friday morning.... Read more»3

Turning 65? 9 tips on signing up for Medicare

Even for me, a consumer reporter who has written about health-insurance issues, enrolling in Medicare is a daunting task. The terminology is confusing and the options are seemingly infinite, based on the amount of promotional material that's begun arriving in my mailbox. Here are some of the lessons I've learned since I embarked on my Medicare sign-up mission.... Read more»

Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

Part one in a two-part series examining how financial companies charge high fees to the families of prison inmates.... Read more»

A 6-year-old Honduran migrant goes to Washington

With U.S. immigration reform long delayed, a Honduran mother and son head to the capital to tell lawmakers why they came to Boston and should be allowed to stay.... Read more»

Calif. study: Common Core can help English learners

The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English.... Read more»

BLS: Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined, according to preliminary data released in September by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

Nogales marks two-year anniversary of teen's fatal shooting

On Friday, around 150 people marched in Nogales, Sonora, to mark the second anniversary of the death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, killed when he was shot by Border Patrol agents firing through the border fence on Oct. 10, 2012. ... Read more»

How a weird law gives one group American nationality but not citizenship

Members of the small American Samoan community are in a legal fight for new recognition. A strange loophole in citizenship law has created two types of Americans: U.S. citizens, and second-class American Samoan U.S. “nationals.” People born of all other U.S. territories — including far­-flung places like the Northern Mariana Islands or Guam — are automatically granted citizenship. So why are American Samoans excluded?... Read more»

The Irish village that’s built a cottage industry as Obama’s ancestral home

Barack Obama’s approval ratings have plunged to George W. Bush levels of unpopularity, with half of Americans saying they don’t like the job he’s doing. But if that news has the president feeling low, he can always take heart that at least one place in the world will always be glad to welcome him home. That would be this tiny County Offaly village in central Ireland that’s built a cottage industry around its unlikely status as the ancestral home — well, an ancestral home — of the 44th president.... Read more»

Arizona foster-care cases rose over decade, as national numbers fell

Arizona saw the number of kids in its foster care system rise significantly from 2002-2012, a time when most other states were posting sharp drops in their foster care rolls, according to new federal data. Advocates said the numbers are more evidence of a state foster care system in crisis, one that has been “overworked and overwhelmed” as budgets have been cut.... Read more»

VA calls for firing of four officials; Phoenix director not on the list

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended the removal of four senior officials around the country, but missing from that list is the director of the troubled operation in Phoenix. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said in an email Friday she was “appalled that Sharon Helman (the director of VA health care facilities in Phoenix) continues to receive a paycheck.” ... Read more»

Obituary

Remembering Alexander Britain

Longtime Tucson resident Alexander Britain, 81, passed away on Sept. 9, 2014. Alexander, a retired opera tenor who specialized in Strauss and Wagner, is survived by his daughter Marni and two grandchildren. ... Read more»

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