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WWII aircraft rumble over Tucson

A squadron of WWII-era warbirds, including the only remaining flying B-29 Superfortress and several others, arrived at Tucson International Airport on Wednesday and will stay for the next few days for public tours and flights. ... Read more»1

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Race and Beyond: When words are used as weapons

Lately, I’ve become aware of an increase in the amount of kvetching that surrounds me. Whether online, in private conversation, or in public discourse, people seem eager to express their discontent with one thing or another. Rarely do I hear folks expressing an equal measure of praise or satisfaction for the bounty of people, places, or things that they encounter in their daily lives.... Read more»

Obituary

'Citizen scientist' Stan Krzyzanowski dies at 77

In his life, he owned a flower shop, was a (legal) drug salesman, was president of Ballet Tucson, served on the Arts Council and was active in other community organizations. But what brought Stan Krzyzanowski national recognition was his work as a self-taught amateur paleontologist — he even has a dinosaur named after him.... Read more»

Both sides of aisle laud Goldwater as statue takes place in Capitol

It’s been almost 30 years, but former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater is finally back in the U.S. Capitol. But this time he’s 8 feet tall and weighs 1,700 pounds. A statue of Goldwater was unveiled amid praise for the one-time presidential nominee known as "Mr. Conservative."... Read more»1

Political prankster Dick Tuck turns 91

It's not often you can shake the hand of a genuine American political legend, much less wish him a happy 91st birthday. Sunday afternoon, a group of Tucsonans had just such an opportunity, as trickster Dick Tuck marked his 91 years with a party at the Shanty.... Read more»

Public Enemy No. 1 still lurks at Hotel Congress during Dillinger Days

The 1934 capture of outlaw John Dillinger following a fire at Hotel Congress is highlighted every year by the downtown hotel and club. This year's reenactment takes place Saturday, with a speakeasy fundraiser for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation on Friday night.... Read more»

1929-1968

'I've Been to the Mountaintop' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr., who has been gone longer than the 39 years he lived, but his impact remains. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life, April 3, 1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."... Read more»

Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK: 'I have a dream'

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

Jan. 8 memorial design finalists to be displayed Tuesday

The four finalists competing to design a permanent memorial dedicated to the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings will show their work and take feedback on Tuesday night. The January 8th Memorial Foundation reviewed about 60 submissions from architects around the world to narrow the list to four, including one firm from Tucson.... Read more»

Jan. 8: Bells mark 4th anniversary; Obama meets with Giffords

On the anniversary of an assassination attempt that nearly took her life, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, met with President Obama, who was in Phoenix to tout his housing programs. In Tucson, a small group of survivors marked the date at a bell-ringing ceremony at UAMC.... Read more»4

Auld Lang what now? The story of a New Year's song

The history, meaning and lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne," just in time to impress your friends this holiday.... Read more»

Obituary

George Miller, former Tucson mayor, dies at 92

One of the longest serving public officials in Tucson's history died Christmas morning. George Miller, who was mayor for most of the 1990s, was 92. Shot in the leg during World War II, the Marine veteran remained ever-ready to take a stand for his beliefs, whether it was refusing to "name names" during the height of McCarthyism or suing his fellow Council members during political disputes.... Read more»

Obama issues 12 pardons. That’s still far fewer than predecessors

The president’s 18 commutations put him ahead of recent presidents but his use of pardons still lags behind Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. ... Read more»

Raul Castro to Obama: Thanks, Barack. Now end the sanctions

Cuban President Raul Castro says his people want better relations with the U.S. but won’t compromise their independence.... Read more»

Kingman ‘downwinders’ seek recognition from U.S. decades after atomic tests

Decades after atomic tests in Nevada spread radiation across much of the Southwest, the federal government has offered compensation to many so-called downwinders. Kingman residents, however, were not among that group. And they say they don't know why. ... Read more»

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