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Sonoran Ramblings

Effective border wall: Information on ice

Watching CBP PIOs stall, hedge, misdirect and scheme via email left me with no doubt that keeping the public in the dark is an art of the highest order, as well as a talent for which we should all be grateful: if not for their deft non-disclosure, we might suddenly find ourselves weighed down by the unsettling knowledge of what precisely they are doing with billions of our dollars in the borderlands.... Read more»

Just 2 percent of Latin Americans are rated as having free media

Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says.... Read more»

News drones over El Salvador

Illegal in the US, news-gathering drones are taking off in Latin American media.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Evans: I chose unemployment rather than work for 10/13 Communications

Editor Mark B. Evans on why he chose not to continue at Inside Tucson Business: “I choose not to elevate 10/13’s reputation in town by lending it mine, nor do I want to risk seeing my reputation tarnished by attaching it to 10/13’s. I would rather be unemployed and risk financial ruin than work for Randy Miller.”... Read more»7

Phx teens' video on mental illness garners national recognition

Three students at Metropolitan Arts Institute turned concerns about treatment of mental health in the U.S. - an issue that affected some friends - into a short documentary on the topic. That work has been recognized as one of five national winners in a C-SPAN contest.... Read more»

Guest opinion

KOLD jumps the shark with 'psychic' report

The last few weeks have been tough on anyone who still believes that the media should have a serious role in the public dialogue in Tucson. As if to remove any doubt that things are in a downward spiral, KOLD decided to observe the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Isabel Celis with a “special report” with a Phoenix-area psychic giving “insights” into the as-yet unsolved case.... Read more»2

Evans leaving as new owner takes over ITB, Weekly

Mark B. Evans, one of the city’s most respected journalists, said Friday that he’s leaving his post as editor of Inside Tucson Business, which is being sold to 10/13 Communications, a chain with a history of cutting newsroom staff. Evans said that he refused to apply for a post with the new owner, but won’t comment on why until after his term of employment ends April 30.... Read more»2

AZ Illustrated to go 'on hiatus,' new Metro Week to debut

The flagship news program at Arizona Public Media will be off the air through the summer, and a new weekly program on local public affairs will begin June 6. “Metro Week” will be hosted by reporter Andrea Kelly. When AZ Illustrated returns, it’ll be a once-a-week half-hour broadcast.... Read more»3

Sold! Weekly, Inside Tucson Business change hands

Updated: A pair of Tucson publications — the Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business — is being sold to a national publishing chain that also operates the Explorer, 10/13 Communications. Sources said all employees will be laid off, with the opportunity to apply for an unknown number of positions with the new owners.... Read more»1

Commentary

In 2014, privacy is dead in an increasingly Orwellian world

There is one surveillance camera for every 14 people in Britain. In the US, 68 percent of Americans believe current laws don’t protect their online privacy. This is 2014, not 1984, right?... 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»

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

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