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How the Antiquities Act expanded national parks & fueled struggles over land protection

As Americans anticipate summer vacation, many are planning trips to our nation’s iconic national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Acadia and Olympic. But they may not realize that these and other parks exist because presidents used their power under the Antiquities Act, enacted on June 8, 1906, to protect those places from exploitation and development.... 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. Is that freedom rock? Turn it up and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

July 4, 1776

Happy Independence Day

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness... Read more»

Air Guard F-16s to fly over Tucson-area July 4 events

A pair of F-16 jet fighters will streak across the Tucson valley around noon on Monday, flying above a trio of July 4 parades.... Read more»

Ducey: Honor Granite Mtn Hotshots on anniversary of Yarnell Fire

Ordering flags at half staff on Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey said, "Three years ago today, Arizona lost 19 brave Granite Mountain Hotshots to the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history. Our hearts are with their families, fellow firefighters and the community of Yarnell on this solemn anniversary."... Read more»

Sheriff's Chief of Staff Bradley Gagnepain dead at 59

Bradley Gagnepain, a longtime employee of the Pima County Sheriff's Department and the chief of staff for Sheriff Chris Nanos, died Sunday night. He began his career in 1978 as a reserve deputy, rising to bureau chief and then retiring in 2014. He returned to PCSD as an advisor.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Take it from a guy who's been there: We don't know anything about Orlando yet

The Orlando shootings bring back Tucson memories and the most uncomfortable truth of all: We think we know things, but we don't. Omar Mateen, a native New Yorker, appears to have massacred 50 people in an Orlando nightclub. This is the news today. Tomorrow? Who knows? We don't even know what we don't know we should ask about.... Read more»

Muhammad Ali to be celebrated at Tucson interfaith service

Tucsonans of all faiths will join together on Saturday to mourn and remember Muhammad Ali at the Islamic Center of Tucson. The service will include Muslim and Christian leaders, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Councilman Kozachik, and a Ramadan feast.... Read more»

Helen Chavez, widow of late labor leader Cesar Chavez, dies at 88

Helen Chavez, the widow of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez, died in California at age 88 on Monday, said the United Farm Workers of America, an labor organization that her husband helped start. ... Read more»

NW Side park renamed for ex-Supervisor Ann Day

A community park near the Foothills Mall has been renamed for former Pima County Supervisor Ann Day, who was killed one month ago in a car crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver. Northwest Community Park is now called Ann Day Community Park after a unanimous vote by the county board.... Read more»

Photos: Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

It's been 72 years since "the Longest Day" — the landing of Allied troops from the United States, Britain, Canada and other nations as they stormed the beaches of Normandy to press the end of World War II in an attack on Nazi Germany. More than 9,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded, as were thousands of German soldiers.... Read more»1

D-Day: Five facts to know

June 6, 1944, marked the first day of the the Normandy landings during WWII. While this day will forever be marked in history, there are a few facts that go unnoticed. ... Read more»

Obama: Ali shook up the world — and we are all better for it

Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd "handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail." Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it.... Read more»

RIP to the Greatest: Muhammad Ali dead at 74

Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxer and civil rights icon who proclaimed himself "The Greatest of All Time," died Friday after spending days in a Phoenix-area hospital. The 74-year-old Ali had been public about his Parkinson's disease for years. Although the brash and fleet-footed fighter had trembled for years, Ali never lost his deep dignity and ability to command a crowd.... Read more»1

Rogue Columnist

The murder of Don Bolles: A players guide

On June 2, 1976, a bomb detonated under the car of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles in Midtown Phoenix. He survived an agonizing 11 days before he died. The closest assassins went to prison. Yet full justice was never served. The real puppetmasters got away with it. Many in high positions wanted it to go away.... Read more»

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