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Royal baby fatigue sets in amid Britain's celebrations

Now that the baby has been born, the golden easel displayed, the gun salutes fired and the congratulatory anthems played, it is time to pose the question — is anyone just the tiniest bit sick of the royal baby coverage yet?... Read more»

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Pope Francis: A radical at heart?

Some in the region see a streak of liberation theology in Francis, who is in Brazil this week for World Youth Day.... Read more»

Kidnappings expose Mexico City's dark criminal underbelly

Is Mexico City the oasis from gangland crime folks say it is? Try asking the 12 youngsters kidnapped two months ago in daylight right near the US Embassy and police station.... Read more»

Factcheck: Spitzer's false claim on licenses for immigrants

Eliot Spitzer falsely claimed that allowing immigrants living in the United States illegally to obtain driver’s licenses is now the “law of the land.” Forty states, including New York, do not currently issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. It is true, however, that the policy has been spreading rapidly in recent months.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Kromko on failed red-light petitions

Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker, Director of the Supportive Services to Veteran Families Program at the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter Mary Laughbaum, President and CEO Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Glenn Hamer, TUSD Boardmmber Mark Stegeman, petition organizer John Kromko, developer Richard Studwell... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Vail wants to convert 3 more schools to charters

The Monday Political Face-Off featured commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Also, activist John Kromko gave an update on his crusade to ban red-light cameras in the city of Tucson. Plus, Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker.... Read more»

Eight Mexicans rescued by Border Patrol, another migrant dies in desert

Eight Mexican nationals were rescued on Thursday night near Sells by Border Patrol agents after being abandoned by their smuggler and becoming lost in the desert. One other migrant died before the group called 911.... Read more»

Tucson for Trayvon vigil speakers hope to spark change

Saturday morning, about 100 people gathered in El Presidio Park for a day of action in honor of Trayvon Martin. The event, organized by the UA Black Student Union, was one of hundreds of vigils planned to take place throughout the nation. “We don’t want it to stop here. A lot of times we see people get enraged and angry about things like this and then it just sort of dies down,” one attendee said.... Read more»2

McCain praises Obama speech: 'Still got a long way to go' on race

Sen. John McCain called on lawmakers across the country, including in Arizona, to review the Stand Your Ground law that allowed George Zimmerman to walk free in the days after he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and conceded that the country still has “a long way to go” towards achieving full equality for African Americans.... Read more»

$3.3M helps local orgs assist homeless veterans

Three local organizations have been awarded almost $3.3 million to help fight homelessness among military veterans in Southern Arizona. Seven-year Army vet Bobby Diaz and his family are among those who’ve been helped by the Red Cross. “It was fast, a lot faster than I thought it would be,” he said. “They have services and I got a home within a week.”... Read more»

Obama touts health-care benefits for Az; lawmakers vote for delay

More than 420,000 Arizonans will get health insurance rebates under Obamacare, the White House said Thursday, as President Barack Obama went on the offensive for his beleaguered health-care plan. The announcement came one day after House Republicans and a handful of Democrats – including three from Arizona – voted to delay the law’s mandates until 2015.... Read more»

Drop of doubt: Water’s safe but survey says residents aren’t so sure

Valley health officials insist that it’s safe to drink the water, but area residents don’t appear to be so certain.... Read more»

Pelosi parsing words on ‘employer mandate’

Nancy Pelosi was playing a semantic word game when she claimed there “was not a delay of the mandate for the businesses” in the new health care law. That was in fact the effect of a decision announced recently by the Treasury.... Read more»

Bachmann cries wolf

Rep. Michele Bachmann ginned up a bogus doomsday scenario for Republicans in 2014, falsely warning that President Obama would “wave his magic wand” to grant voting rights to newly legalized immigrants if Congress passes an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship.... Read more»

D.C.-based groups spent big in special elections

Carpetbagging super PACs and nonprofit groups are dominating this year’s special congressional elections in a potential foreshadowing of the 2014 midterms, where even the sleepiest locales aren’t immune from out-of-state, cash-flush special interests.... Read more»

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