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Arming U.S. agents in Mexico stalling trade agreement

Call it one of the most heralded binational agreements between the United States and Mexico you have probably never heard of. For more than a year, a Mexican customs inspection station has been open at the Laredo International Airport, the only airport in the U.S. where Mexican agents preclear cargo headed south of the border.... Read more»

A modern day ‘harvest of shame’

Half a century ago, the legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow came to this pancake-flat town in central New Jersey to document the plight of migrant farmworkers for a television special called “Harvest of Shame.” Today, many of Cranbury’s potato fields have been built up with giant warehouses that form a distribution hub off Exit 8A of the Jersey Turnpike. But amid this 21st century system of commerce, an old way of labor persists.... Read more»

Appeals court orders another look at 1980 murder of UA student

A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered a new hearing for the confessed killer of 22-year-old Laura Webster, saying Scott Clabourne’s attorney failed to challenge the admissibility of his confession. Clabourne and two other men were convicted in the 1980 murder of the UA student, who they met at the Green Dolphin bar in Tucson.... Read more»

Your starter kit for understanding the chaos unfolding in Crimea

From Sevastopol to Kharkiv: Here are the 13 terms you need to know to understand what’s happening between Russia and Ukraine right now.... Read more»

City Council approves Cesar Chavez holiday

The Tucson City Council approved giving municipal workers a paid holiday to honor labor leader César Chávez. Tuesday’s unaminous vote means the birthday of the civil-rights leader will be added to Tucson’s list of holidays starting next year, at a cost of about $500,000.... Read more»5

Analysis

Ukraine: What the hell just happened?

The images have been burned into the world’s consciousness: a huge square filled with protesters; black smoke billowing over a beautiful and historical city. Bodies are rushed by on stretchers, angry voices are raised. A man with his feet on fire dances madly around before someone shoves him to the ground to smother the flames. Whatever else the recent events in Ukraine may ultimately bring in their wake, they certainly were telegenic.... Read more»

Even caged, Mexican kingpin El Chapo can bite

With cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman back behind bars, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto must decide what to do with his prize, as communities and gunmen the mega-gangster controlled brace for a bloody backlash.... Read more»

Public notice

Ft. Huachuca seeks interest in Mountain View Officers' Club

The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is looking for qualified individuals or organizations with an interest in acquiring a World War II service club through a no-cost lease or sale, to include rehabilitation or removal. Building 66050, Mountain View Officers’ Club (MVOC), served as a black officers’ club from 1942-1945, and in various other capacities after that until deactivation in the late 1990s.... Read more»

The Eleventh Hour

What we can learn from the Great War and the 'Petty Peace that followed'

Commentary: Many of the crises we face today follow from what was done — and not done — after ‘the eleventh hour’ ended World War I.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Brewer: Reflect on patriotism on Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day is a time of reflection and patriotism, as Americans pay tribute to the visionary leaders who helped build and secure the great nation we are blessed to call home.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Presidents' Day

Monday is Presidents’ Day; some businesses and government offices are closed, while local school districts are holding classes.... Read more»

Time magazine just made lots of enemies in Mexico

The upcoming issue of Time features Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, on its cover. That has made the magazine more than a few new enemies. But it’s the accompanying front-page headline that really clinched the Mexicans’ ire: SAVING MEXICO.... Read more»

Mexican Catholics find God in Islam

For almost five centuries Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico. And a small yet growing group of converts are seeking spiritual salvation in Islam. In fact, Pew estimates Mexico will be home to 126,000 Muslims by 2030, up from 111,000 in 2010.... Read more»1

Texas looking at Mexican-American Studies classes

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year.... Read more»

Tucson Citizen archive available - not quite public yet

A visit to the home page of the Tucson Citizen still displays a notice that parent company Gannett Inc. pulled the plug on the website of the shuttered newspaper, but a skeleton of the text archives is available for those who can find it.... Read more»5

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