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Michelle Obama has a duty to visit detained migrant kids

Commentary: There are few universal truths we can settle on in this world. But one of the few truths we can probably all agree on is that children are not political animals — they are not motivated by politics and while they are often caught in political spheres, they are never the actors.... Read more»

Analysis

Sarajevo centennial: Today's turbulence a legacy of WWI

The tinderbox of circumstances and realities that required only the tiniest of sparks to plunge the world into thirty years of global chaos a century ago are in many ways still with us today.... Read more»

Analysis

Why World War I still matters, 100 years after it began

One hundred years ago, on the morning of June 28, 1914, a slight, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist raised a small pistol. He fired at the motorcade of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife Sophie, killing them both and triggering a chain reaction as the world’s empires reacted to the murders. Within 37 days, the world was at war.... Read more»

World War I still etched into European psyche

Later this week, the world will mark 100 years since the assassination of an Austrian prince in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo dragged the great powers of the time into a conflict they called “the war to end all wars.”... Read more»

700 years later, Scotland's still debating independence from England

Nationalist campaigners are stirring patriotic passions ahead of a landmark referendum in the fall.... Read more»

Book review

'Outlaw Arizona' entertains with true-crime stories

Best-selling true crime author Ron Franscell has cast his eye on his former home state with the latest in his six-volume series, “Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Arizona,” and each brief entry brings out the elements of the crime that make it unique and worthy of retelling... Read more»

A Mountain fireworks light up the night

A rain shower or two kept A Mountain from catching fire this year, but Tucson’s fireworks display blazed into the night sky over Downtown.... Read more»

Analysis

Race and beyond: The surprises of a changing nation

I have been challenged lately to think in surprising ways about the nature of our country’s shifting diversity. Despite spending nearly all my working hours buried in studies and analyses of the racial and ethnic demographic trends sweeping the nation, I’m not a know-it-all on the subject. Still, it takes quite a jolt for a list of facts or figures to stun me.... Read more»1

Pentagon finally decides to dig up remains of long lost soldier

After years of refusing to act, the U.S. military has reversed course and has decided to disinter the possible grave of Arthur “Bud” Kelder, a POW from World War II who is buried anonymously in an American war cemetery in the Philippines.... Read more»

Go Fourth: Az band in DC to march in Independence Day parade

Lots of high school bands will march in Fourth of July parades Friday, but not many will have flown 2,000 miles to do it. When a marching band from Surprise, Ariz., steps off Friday for the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C, it will be a long from home.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Brewer: Remember the true meaning of Independence Day

The Fourth of July is an occasion for celebration, reflection and appreciation, as Americans from all corners of the United States gather with friends and family to commemorate our nation’s independence. I encourage all Arizonans to take a moment to remember the true meaning of this important anniversary, and to recognize how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on Earth.... Read more»

Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here’s a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Springsteen and Petty to Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Crank up the volume and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

Obituary

Remembering Carmen Canchola

Carmen Canchola (July 16, 1931-June 29,2014) was a gentle loving soul whose life was devoted to her children, her beloved husband, and the people of Tucson and Nogales, Arizona.... Read more»

Az woman looks back after almost 10 years fighting Redskins’ name

Amanda Blackhorse said things have changed since a 2005 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins, when she and other protesters faced fans’ verbal abuse for having the audacity to suggest that the teams’ names were racist. Today, Blackhorse has President Barack Obama on her side.... Read more»

No rain, but a flood of family fun for El Dia de San Juan

There was no rain, but the 17th year of El Dia de San Juan Fiesta did bring family fun to Tucson on Tuesday night at Mercado San Agustin. The fiesta began with a procession, including participants carrying a statue of St. John, which was brought to the stage and then blessed in hopes that rain will be plentiful this year.... Read more»

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