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Pima men's basketball All-Conference player Wilson signs to Arizona Christian University

Pima Community College men’s basketball player Robert Wilson (Salpointe Catholic HS) signed a letter of intent to continue at the four-year university level.... Read more»

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Haiti: Help with money, not stuff

The images emerging from Haiti’s massive earthquake are gut-wrenching. As usual in such disasters, Americans are responding generously. Millions of dollars will be raised. If you’re considering doing your part, that’s great. But, experts say, whatever you do, don’t donate anything but money.... Read more»

A touch of blarney in Mexico

With pints of thick black Guinness passing over a dark wooden bar, the Pogues’ Christmas melody blasting out of speakers and revelers noshing on bangers and mash, the pub feels like it could be in downtown Dublin — or even Southie in Boston. But this drinking hole sits in the heart of Mexico City; it is one of dozens of European-style bars and pubs that have sprung up in the capital in recent years. ... Read more»

United Kingdom/Northern Ireland

A real-life Mrs. Robinson undermines Irish peace

The political crisis in Northern Ireland arising from a dalliance between a 59-year-old woman and a teenager has underlined the fragility of the power-sharing arrangements that were beginning to be taken for granted. The whole edifice of shared government, painstakingly negotiated over years with the help of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and the British and Irish governments, could fall apart.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

The Marriage Cell

With all the conveniences that cellular technology has given us, few care that it's also fashioned a very stylish leash. There aren't many times these days when a soul can simply get away and say to the world, "Leave me alone!" We're always expected to be available. That being said, nobody should treat his or her partner like the schmuck in this cartoon.... Read more»

As economy toppled, seven Az congressmen paid staff bonuses

While dealing with the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, seven Arizona members of the U.S. House of Representatives granted around $300,000 in total staff bonuses in late 2008. All but one member, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, rewarded staff with extra pay courtesy of taxpayers. Six members confirmed giving bonuses, and payroll data for the staff of outgoing Republican Rep. Rick Renzi showed increases consistent with bonuses.... Read more»

Pets

A dog’s journey through Pima Animal Care Center

Hunter’s owner had him for three years. That was long enough to count him as part of her family, long enough to know he loves to play with her grandchildren and that he is afraid of rain. And long enough to weep when she had to leave him behind after she got laid off from work.... Read more»

Where Santa Claus is not welcome

GRAZ, Austria — Austrian traditionalists have stepped up their campaign against the incursion of Santa Claus into the local delivery business in an effort to support their traditional present provider: Christkind.... Read more»

What health care reform means for: the underinsured

Using results from a questionnaire we did with American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, we’re looking at how the proposed health care reforms will actually affect people facing common health care coverage situations. ... Read more»

How the Berlin Wall still divides one family

One cold day in November 1973, Sabine Masing climbed into the trunk of a car with her father and sister along a lonely stretch of autobahn in communist East Germany. Her mother had arranged the escape attempt while on a week-long travel permit to West Berlin, where she was now waiting anxiously. ... Read more»

Rogue Theatre

No longer a homeless Rogue

The Rogue Theatre’s new permanent home is helping boost attendance for their avant garde productions. According to Joe McGrath, artistic director of the company, attendance at this season’s first project, Animal Farm, was up by 30 percent over previous shows. ... Read more»

DesertRATS

NASA: Arizona will play key role in next moon mission

As NASA plans for the next U.S. footprints on the moon and eventually its first on Mars, Arizona’s evolution into a center of space research means it will have a role even bigger than just a place to study geology.... Read more»

Border & immigration

ATF border gunrunning program has flaws, says Inspector General

Just a few days after the Justice Dep't patted itself on the back for success in halting gunrunning on the border, a new report shows the program isn't using some of its money wisely.... Read more»

Recovery.gov & Smartronix

Obama Admin. refuses to release whole contract for transparency site

The Obama administration has refused, once and for all, to reveal the full details of its contract with Smartronix for a new version of Recovery.gov, the government’s stimulus information clearinghouse... Read more»

Comic:

World's dumbest extortionist hits on Letterman

After years of pointing out the trials and tribulations of others, David Letterman's got a bit of a problem himself... Read more»

Twitter

Tweet Much? Micro-blog service updates its Terms of Service

New Terms of Service released this week by Twitter.com, make clear what content you own and how they intend to use it. Time to re-review the fine print.... Read more»

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