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Blood on the Corn

Mexico murder of DEA agent becomes int'l obsession

Part 2: The murder of young DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985 became an international incident — and an obsession for his agency. What an investigator's sources tell him changes everything. In a three-part series, Blood on the Corn, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder.... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Into the killing room: Murder of a DEA agent

Part 3: The investigation of a murdered DEA agent has taken agent Berrellez deep into the murky world of drug traffickers, corrupt Mexican officials, and possibly the CIA. His final witnesses take him into the killing room — and threaten not just the case, but his life. In a three-part series, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder.... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Why Chuck Bowden's final story took 16 years to write

The unsolved murder of a DEA agent haunted the celebrated reporter for decades—and he finally completed his investigation in August, just before he died. His co-author talks about why it took so long and meant so much.... Read more»

Support local independent news on Az Gives Day

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»

JD Wallace dropping the mic at KOLD

A veteran local news reporter is handing in his license to question: JD Wallace is leaving Channel 13 to work in public relations for a group of Southern Arizona energy cooperatives. ... Read more»

Cathy Rivers dialed in as new KXCI head

After two months as the interim general manager of KXCI, Cathy Rivers has been unanimously picked by the nonprofit's board as the head of the radio station. "The folks who started this station really came up with a radical concept of this community station and here we are, 31 years later, and it's still a radical concept."... Read more»

Checking the Checkpoints: Az's Border Patrol sites

Support quality border reporting: Pledge your backing for our project to take a tour of every one of Arizona's 11 Border Patrol checkpoints in a single day, showing in dramatic fashion how they isolate rural communities, how residents live with daily interactions with BP, and how effective the checkpoint strategy is.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson charter committee backs off bold action

Mayoral veto and ward-only elections were rejected after a citizens committee tasked with brainstorming charter changes collected public comments. The committee did its job and now should act proud by posting the results, but members are keeping mum about their advice to kick the can on election changes. ... Read more»

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»

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