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On Arizona Gives Day, please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. We’ll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin. Your donation may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match, doubling its impact.... Read more»

From the editor

Sentinel awarded 2 grants to report 'Untold Stories' from the border

TucsonSentinel.com is proud and excited to announce we were recently awarded two prestigious grants to support our work: a renewal of a $50,000 grant to report “Cuentos sin Cuentos: Unheard Voices and Untold Stories from the Borderlands,” and a $35,000 challenge grant that will match new and increased revenues.... Read more»

Daily Star parent gives execs $1.1 million in bonuses

Lee Enterprises, the troubled newspaper chain the owns the Arizona Daily Star, is yet again giving top executives six-figure bonuses. The company’s reasoning? Lee’s honchos revamped the chain’s debt load, stretching out payment terms while slightly bumping the interest rate as Lee refinanced about $800 million in debts.... Read more»1

Spanish journalists freed in Syria as conflict spreads

El Mundo’s correspondent and freelance photographer had been held captive for six months.

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TPD sued over secret cell-phone surveillance documents

Citing an agreement it signed with a technology company, the Tucson Police Department is refusing to release documents concerning the use of surveillance equipment used to track and collect data from cellphones. The ACLU and an Arizona reporter have filed suit to force disclosure by TPD, citing state laws on public records.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Video: Reinvigorating freedom of information for the digital age

Among the journalism experts testifying before the U.S. Senate last week was David Cuillier, head of the UA journalism school and president of the Society of Professional Journalists, who spoke about the importance of open government and freedom of information in advance of Sunshine Week. (with video and full statement)... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Cuillier: Gov't officials should end spin-control culture

Agencies at all levels, through aggressive and manipulative tactics, are increasingly controlling what information the public receives, threatening the very foundation of democracy. This is more than just about Easter eggs and inconveniences for journalists. Growing message management by the government is something that concerns anyone who cares about holding elected officials accountable.... Read more»

Things you should know about RT, Russia's state-funded news

Russia Today exploded onto the American media scene during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Now it’s imploding over Crimea.... Read more»

Advocates slam proposal to charge for searching public records

A proposal that would allow governments to charge a labor fee for time-intensive public records requests would restrict access to information and undermine open government, a media attorney told lawmakers Thursday. “Bottom line is public records in Arizona belong to the people.”... Read more»

Parisi, Scott back on air Monday

Two longtime local broadcasters are returning to the radio Monday. Talk-show hosts Jim Parisi and John C. Scott are both taking to the air on PowerTalk Radio, AM 1210. Parisi organized the station’s new lineup, which includes other local talk and a satellite sports feed at night.... Read more»

Time magazine just made lots of enemies in Mexico

The upcoming issue of Time features Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, on its cover. That has made the magazine more than a few new enemies. But it’s the accompanying front-page headline that really clinched the Mexicans’ ire: SAVING MEXICO.... Read more»

Az lawmaker targets revenge porn, seeking felony charge

The bill by Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, would make it a felony to knowingly distribute images showing a person who is nude or engaged in a sexual act without the written consent of the pictured individual. It carries harsher penalties if the individual is recognizable.... Read more»

Tucson Citizen archive available - not quite public yet

A visit to the home page of the Tucson Citizen still displays a notice that parent company Gannett Inc. pulled the plug on the website of the shuttered newspaper, but a skeleton of the text archives is available for those who can find it.... Read more»5

Not so fast: John C. Scott to join Parisi in return to airwaves

Just over a month after what was thought to be his final broadcast comes word that a veteran radio talker will again pick up the microphone. The John C. Scott Show will return as part of a “PowerTalk Radio” lineup organized by talk show host Jim Parisi, beginning Feb. 17 on AM 1210.... Read more»1

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it’s time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we’d rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

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