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Grimes leaving editor's desk at Explorer, ITB, Weekly

Thelma Grimes, the editor of media chain 10/13 Communications' holdings in Southern Arizona — the Tucson Weekly, Northwest Explorer, Inside Tucson Business and smaller publications — is stepping down after a year. Grimes, who was the managing editor of the Explorer for three years before 10/13 expanded in Tucson, is moving to Denver.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

We have a love/hate relationship with violence

“It’s the most perfect feeling in the world to know you’ve hit a guy just right, that you’ve maximized the physical pain he can feel . . . . You feel the life just go out of him.” No, these aren’t the words of a hit man or a serial killer. This celebration of savagery was offered by former NFL star Michael Strahan, now a TV commentator known for his smiling, affable ways. ... Read more»1

Sunshine Week commentary

World passing U.S. by in strength of FOI laws

Sunshine Week has helped foster government transparency in the United States during the past 10 years, but while we have focused inward at state and federal transparency the world has passed us by.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

Despite official stonewalling, reporters let sun shine on gov't

It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee citizens’ right to information, turning the right to know into just plain “no.” And that is why it is vital that we all fight every attempt — from federal foot-dragging to outrageous photocopying bills — to hide the public’s information behind a big, padlocked door. We need to let the sun shine in.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

An inconvenient truth: Open government requires transparency

Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. Journalists, good government watchdogs, private citizens and even members of Congress often butt up against a byzantine bureaucracy that makes it tough to track down answers.... Read more»

Video: Chuck Bowden's Southwest

Sunday at the Tucson Festival of Books, three colleagues of the late Chuck Bowden spoke on a panel, remembering the Southwestern journalist and author who died last year. Watch a video of the discussion by authors Luis Alberto Urea and Jim Harrison, and editor Clara Jeffrey.... Read more»

'Migrahack' coding event to focus on immigration

Arizona Migrahack, to be held this weekend at the UA, is a free training session and “hackathon” for community members interested in using data to tell stories about immigration.... Read more»

Quiet sadness for rodeo photogs this year

Rodeo photography is an experience difficult to describe. It's not the same as sitting in the stands, overlooking the arena at altitude. Photographers are ground-level, eye-to-eye with the livestock. It's dirty, a little dangerous, filled with nervous energy, and it's fun. There was a quiet sadness in the press room this year at the Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Without knowing that Louise Serpa was up in the stands with her camera, and without Will Seberger's wry humor down in the photo pit, it was difficult to get through the events. ... Read more»

Analysis

City Hall fights transparency in manager search

The search for a Tucson city manager is proceeding, with the Council having winnowed down a list of candidates. Who those potential municipal CEOs are, we don't know. And despite that list being a public record, no one at the city will tell us — or you.... Read more»5

Arizona firms cautious about net neutrality rules

Arizona technology companies and rural broadband providers expressed concerns about the Internet regulations approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission – partly because they don’t have all the details, which makes the ultimate impact unclear.... Read more»

‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblowers welcome effort to protect others

Two men who exposed the government’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-running probe in Phoenix said they hope a new Senate caucus can keep other whistleblowers from enduring the retaliation they faced.... Read more»

Bill would let governments deny ‘unduly burdensome’ records requests

Saying local governments are wasting resources responding to public records requests filed by a handful of individuals intent on harassment, a state lawmaker wants to give agencies the power to deny such requests.... Read more»2

Ducey reopens calendar, assault on open meetings slows

Open government advocates found hope late last week after the governor reopened his daily calendar for public inspection and the legislature began discussions to change the language of a bill that allows most state business to be conducted behind closed doors. ... Read more»

Latin stereotypes prevalent in film, TV. Will Disney’s new princess be another?

Disney introduced a new princess to its Magic Kingdom this month, but the public’s response was about much more than the style of her dress or what type of animal friends she will have. Princess Elena of Avalor will arrive to the Disney Junior network in 2016 as the first Latina princess and her character is spurring conversations on what it truly means to represent a Latin American in pop culture.... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

SB 1435 a politicians' cover-up?

Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, says Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and has introduced a bill requiring that only meetings where action, such as debating or voting, begins to take place be held in public.... Read more»

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