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Happy 239th, Tucson!

Wednesday marks 239 years since Tucson’s founding by Hugo O’Conor, an Irish mercenary in the service of Spain. In the evening, a flag ceremony will be held at the Presidio San Agustin de Tucson Courtyard. The five flags that have flown over Tucson — American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate and the Arizona state flag — will be presented.... Read more»

The Sentinel Quiz: Test your news knowledge

How well have you been keeping up with the news? Feeling lucky? Put your grasp of current events to the test.... Read more»

Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

Robin Williams, a legendary comedic actor whose versatility belied his frequent roles as a bumbler, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Williams, 63, died in his Tiburon, Calif., home, authorities said. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”... Read more»

Analysis

How British promises sowed the seeds of today's Israel-Palestine bloodshed

Gaza and Jerusalem were promised to both the Arabs and the Jews. They’re still fighting nearly a century later.... Read more»

Commentary

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»

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