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The birth of public schools in Pima County

The office of Superintendent of Schools is rooted in territorial times, and is a critical part of the story of the evolution of the public school system in Arizona. ... Read more»

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Dalai Lama blackballed from Thailand

In the age of growing Chinese influence, there's a simple measure of a country's willingness to test China's wrath. Will they stamp the Dalai Lama's passport?... Read more»

Republicans send out 'Census' form that's really a fundraiser

An editor at ProPublica received a "Census" form in the mail last week. In big, bold letters at the top it announces, "2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS." But it's not from the Census Bureau. It's actually a survey from the Republican National Committee.... Read more»

Inside Somalia

Under fire in Mogadishu

Mogadishu was hit by the worst fighting in months on Jan. 29 as the insurgents marked the anniversary of the Somali president’s first year in power with a series of violent attacks that elicited an equally deadly response.... Read more»

Are US-EU relations on the rocks?

It's not the best of times; it's not the worst of times. But it's surely not the kind of times Brussels and Washington anticipated when Barack Obama took over the White House.... Read more»

Comic: Medical wonders

The Clinton Reflex

Doctors performing a heart procedure on former President Bill Clinton observed a phenomenon they are calling "the Clinton Reflex".... Read more»

Az biz Rx: Solar, renewable energy for sustainable business environment

Gov. Jan Brewer joined business leaders Thursday in calling Arizona to create a climate more attractive to long-term employment, helping the state move away from growth as its primary economic driver.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Goddard: Historic agreement will increase border security

Our $94 million settlement with Western Union ranks as one of the most important legal agreements in Arizona's history. It will provide much needed resources for investigating and prosecuting crimes along the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Border

Unlikely alliance pushes legalizing pot

Drugs and violent crime have created an unlikely commonality between a pro-marijuana group and law enforcement officials, both of whom think that legalizing pot would eliminate the driving force behind much of the illicit drug trade along the border.... Read more»1

Fear of retribution keeps Iran opposition off streets

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent out thousands of troops today to make sure that opposition protesters did not mar demonstrations to mark the 31st anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution.... Read more»1

Border crime

Western Union settles dispute with state on money laundering

Western Union will pay $94 million to fight crime along the border as part of a settlement agreement with the state of Arizona.... Read more»

Immigration

Border Patrol takes wheels off deportation buses

The Border Patrol has stopped a controversial program that shipped busloads of illegal immigrants back to Mexico from Tucson through the tiny, remote Texas border town of Presidio — for now.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

Medusa is Greek for guardian

This is one of those few ideas that comes together all at once, completely formed, like a bolt of electricity. Maybe it's inspired by my recent trip to the Walgreen's pharmacy where, during a month of being in between insurance plans, I spent nearly $200 on two prescriptions. Go Med U.S.A.!... Read more»

Media

Publisher opposes changing legal notice law

Public notices are too important to Arizonans' right to know and the way they access essential information for lawmakers to act hastily in altering requirements that they run in newspapers, a publisher said Wednesday.... Read more»

Housing meltdown

Subprime players get tax money to fix mortgage mess

Firms that fed off the subprime lending frenzy that devastated the banking system are lining up to collect more than $21 billion in taxpayer funds meant to help bail out borrowers now in trouble on their loans.... Read more»

Health care reform

How health care overhaul would affect the uninsured

As Democrats have pushed for a comprehensive overhaul of the country's health system, much of their plans and rhetoric have focused on providing coverage for America's uninsured. Here's a look at who they are.... Read more»

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