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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.... Read more»

Obituary

Arizona poet, 'Legends of the Fall' author Jim Harrison dies at 78

Jim Harrison, a writer whose "voice came from the American heartland," died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, south of Tucson. Often likened to Hemingway and Faulkner for his personality and prose alike, Harrison wrote vividly of the outdoors and sharply of man's interaction with the land. ... Read more»

Win: Tickets to sold-out Greenwald screening of 'Citizenfour'

The Oscar-winning documentary "Citizenfour" is sold out Thursday night at the Loft. The film will be followed by an onstage discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, and you could win a pair of free tickets!... Read more»

Snowden to Skype in for UA's 'Conversation on Privacy'

Centennial Hall will host a powerhouse panel on privacy issues Friday, including a Skype appearance by Edward Snowden. Also appearing will be activist Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald, a reporter who will also speak after a screening Thursday night at the Loft.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Party lines & party lies: Blame national political media for Trump

The media has chosen to present competing talking points as news and let the public decide for themselves. But even giving voice to a seemingly ridiculous point lends that statement credibility. The public doesn't see the craziness. It sees the imprimatur of a respected news outlet.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

Will the First Amendment survive the information age?

This is Sunshine Week in the U.S., when news organizations spotlight the public’s right to know and size up government openness and access to public records. This year, we should add a more sweeping question to the list: How will the First Amendment survive the dramatic changes in information technology? Complicated disputes are popping up in both predicable and surprising places.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

True disclosure demands full accountability

With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. After all, transparency is the best disinfectant, to paraphrase Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous quote. Sadly, the type of transparency and disclosure envisioned by the justices doesn’t exist.... Read more»

Commentary

Trying (and trying) to get records from the ‘most transparent administration’ ever

I experienced firsthand the incompetence and neglect behind Obama’s failure to make good on his FOIA promises. ... Read more»

BP union head, Babeu accuse feds of 'lack of enforcement' at border

Members of the Border Patrol's union and Sheriff Paul Babeu accused the Obama administration of "manipulating data," claiming BP supervisors are ordering agents to release immigrants without documents requiring them to appear in court. A staffer for Babeu blocked a Phoenix reporter from the announcement. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Trump owes success to media nit-Twits

Few candidates understand Twitter. Fewer know how to use it. Donald Trump does, though, and - frankly - owes a good portion of his campaign’s success to a bunch of lazy journalist nit-Twits. Real journalism takes time, effort, sometimes a bit of shoe leather, and a lot of thought. It can be expensive, both financially and emotionally. And sometimes all that work, sweat and all-too-frequent blood and tears gets completely ignored by the public. ... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Let's not get duped by state schools audit this year

It's nearly time for a February tradition, when auditors publish a report on Arizona school districts, and the press declares too much is spent on bloated "administration" that should instead go into classrooms. It's a festival of dyscalculia, celebrating journalists' ignorance of basic math under deadline pressure and politicos' skill at lying with statistics.... Read more»1

Analysis

Your graphic guide to every debate ever

Fit for any political debate, with candidates for any office at any level, here's a handy guide to what you'll actually hear when politicians try to bolster the base and expand their audience: Buzzwords, meaningless platitudes, arithmetic and grammar errors, biographical exaggerations, dog whistles and all.... Read more»

With bodies piling up, no end in sight in war on Mexican journalists

The Mexican press has been stifled over the past decade, caught in the crossfire of drug violence and government corruption. Today, the country is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. 90 have been killed and 23 have disappeared over the past 15 years.... Read more»

UA photography center appoints (another) new curator

Rebecca Senf, already a curator of a UA collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum, has been named the latest in a series of chief curators of the troubled Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Her predecessor lasted less than two years, and the CCP's director also recently quit — the fifth in seven years.... Read more»1

Parisi waves goodbye to radio, moves station to Internet

Local AM talk radio now has one more channel that's just static and noise: station manager Jim Parisi has taken his PowerTalk to online-only broadcasts after two years on AM 1210. The KEVT station stopped transmitting around 9 a.m. Monday.... Read more»

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