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World War I still etched into European psyche

Later this week, the world will mark 100 years since the assassination of an Austrian prince in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo dragged the great powers of the time into a conflict they called “the war to end all wars.”... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Arizona's lethal irony

The death penalty is a serious issue, and a very ironic one. The very idea of punishing killing by killing does not make sense. It makes matters worse when payback can’t even be done correctly. This past week convicted murder Joseph Wood was put to death in an Arizona prison through the use of not-all-that-lethal injection.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on party lines over immigration

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the “far-left” scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was “honored” by his perfect score.... Read more»3

VA agreement includes $20M for Phoenix outpatient clinic

The Phoenix facility was one 27 projects, worth more than $230 million, that were part of the tentative $17 billion deal between the House and Senate on the overall veterans health-care package. The two chambers have only a few days to act before leaving town for their August recess.... Read more»

Wheels on Sun Tran to keep going around, at least for another week

Tucson’s municipal bus system will continue normal operations until at least Aug. 6, as officials with Sun Tran and Teamsters Local 104 agreed to extend the current labor contract for a week. The agreement was set to expire on Thursday, but drivers will avoid a strike — at least for the moment.

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Casa de los Niños needs clothes for abused, neglected kids

Children at Casa de los Niños are in desperate need of summer clothing, the agency said. The crisis shelter has been full for several months, some children staying for months at a time, and its supply of warm-weather clothing is almost gone.... Read more»

Study: 10 million Americans gained health insurance

About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.... Read more»

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

Public relations techniques rule as dialogue gives way to talking points: Politicians have misled voters for as long as there have been politicians. At times, though, and not so long ago, it was not a death wish to claim to be a moderate willing to work with members of the other party. That’s hardly possible when message makers call the shots.... Read more»

Monday is deadline to register to vote in August primary

The deadline to register to vote in the August primary election is midnight on Monday. The Pima County Recorder’s Office will be open until 10 p.m., or you can register online at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

Latin America’s military is making a comeback

Bloody military coups may now be practically unthinkable in Latin America, but experts say the risks to democracy are real.... Read more»

Free ride: 60k hop on Sun Link in first days of streetcar ops

The offer of a free ride was taken up by about 60,000 Tucsonans over the first three days of streetcar operations, as the opening of the Sun Link streetcar led to long lines of potential passengers waiting to board.... Read more»1

CLITT parodies Sun Link

Aguirre pokes at Tucson streetcar with Facebook prank

A social media stunt is mocking the Sun Link streetcar project, and Tucsonans are falling for the joke. A page dubbed Community Link Integrated Transit of Tucson invites locals to “Ride the CLITT.” The man behind the satire is longtime Downtown arts activist David Aguirre.... Read more»6

NAU piloting 'competency-based' degrees

Congress this week approved a bill which calls for the Department of Education to authorize up to 30 pilot programs in competency-based education at colleges across the country. NAU is one of only a handful of accredited schools nationwide to offer a “competency-based” option to students.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction in El Grande Market triple murder

A federal appeals court Friday upheld Martin Fong Soto’s murder and robbery convictions in the 1992 robbery at El Grande Market in South Tucson that left three people dead. Fong claimed his trial was tainted, noting two co-defendants whose convictions were overturned after it was learned that a detective gave false testimony in their cases.... Read more»

Feds declare Arizona’s Zuni bluehead sucker endangered species

The Zuni bluehead sucker, a once-common fish now only found in the Little Colorado River watershed, has granted been granted endangered species status by the federal government.... Read more»

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