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Daily Star parent gives execs $1.25M in holiday bonuses - on $78M loss

Just two weeks after acknowledging a $78 million loss in 2013, the parent company of the Arizona Daily Star gave top executives Thanksgiving-eve gifts of company stock worth over $1.25 million — including 200,000 shares worth $722,000 given to Mary Junck, head of Iowa-based Lee Enterprises. Plus, what’s up with the Star’s paywall for online readers?... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Carr on CPS: Lack of gov't transparency a path to tyranny

CPS is an incredibly powerful but notoriously secretive, unresponsive, and opaque bureaucracy. Of course it’s broken. For governmental agencies, functionality rises in direct proportion to transparency. And secrecy multiplied by public and journalistic complacency equals tyranny. The equation really is that simple.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Time running out for year-end charitable giving

Interviews with Barbara Brown of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Andrew Morrill of the Arizona Education Association, Easter Seals Blake Foundation CEO Ema Kammeyer, developer Richard Studwell, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: 6,000 allegations of abuse ignored by CPS

Interviews with former KTKT GM Phil Richardson, Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans, Children’s Action Alliance CEO Dana Naimark, Republican state. Rep. Ethan Orr, Democratic state. Sen. Steve Farley, Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Why the JFK assassination still matters

An interview with Dr. Richard Buyer, author of “Why the JFK Assassination Still Matters.” Then, the Reporters’ Roundtable featured Dylan Smith of TucsonSentinel.com, and Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun. Plus, the Weekend Watch with Matt Russell.... Read more»

One year later, reporter James Foley still missing in Syria

Last Nov. 22 was Thanksgiving Day here in America. And on that day, nearly 6,000 miles away in northern Syria, four armed abducted Jim Foley. We haven’t heard from him since.... Read more»

Think again

Murdoch, Ailes, and Fox: Right from the start

A new book from reporter David Folkenflik details how Fox News’ shady practices have been around since day one.... Read more»

Judge denies motion to bar reporters from murder trial

A judge Thursday denied a motion by the defense and prosecution to have all media coverage banned from the third trial of a man charged with the 1991 slayings of nine people in a West Valley Buddhist temple. “I’m not going to ban the media,” Judge Joseph Kreamer said. “That’s not going to happen ... This case is of historical significance. It is of public interest. I think that’s very important that they see it and they see what happens.”... Read more»

Commentary

For a brief moment on Nov. 22, White House became a backwater

Commentary: A young reporter found the president’s staff arguing over whether to order the American flag lowered after reports that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.... Read more»

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

The U.S. cable industry’s largest trade association last year helped bankroll several groups that spent millions of dollars in attempts to defeat President Barack Obama, new disclosures indicate.... Read more»

Bear Essential News for Kids marks 35 years of serving schoolchildren

Bear Essential News for Kids, a Tucson-based education newspaper aimed at elementary and junior high school students and their families, has been published monthly for 35 years. Eighty percent of its distribution is directly to about 550 schools in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas and into Pinal County.... Read more»

Daily Star parent lost $78 million in 2013

Lee Enterprises, the troubled newspaper chain that owns the Arizona Daily Star, lost $77.7 million in FY 2013, far exceeding 2012’s loss of $16.3 million. The company did manage to pay down $98.4 million of its near billion-dollar debt. An analyst for Seeking Alpha blogged that investors should short the stock of a company that is “burning the furniture.”... Read more»2

J.C. Scott: Huckelberry on extortion accusations

Interviews with Sunnyside Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo and spokeswoman Mary Veres, attorney Bill Risner, mortgage banker Chuck Byler, developer Richard Studwell, sportswriter Anthony Gimino, and Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.... Read more»

Think again

10 years of false equivalence and still going strong

The mainstream media’s greatest failure has been its members’ inability to acknowledge the problem of false equivalence and an outdated commitment to objectivity.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: McCain pondering another Senate run

Interviews with former Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, U.S. Sen. John McCain and Attorney General Tom Horne.... Read more»

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