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What the Devil won't tell you

Out of the Death Star: County needs to snatch victory from defeat on World View

So there's a whole lot more of this Pima County-World View-Goldwater Institute legal mess to wade through. Or the county could simply declare victory and move on. While the supervisors were in a closed-door meeting getting geared up to keep the fight going, I was on the phone with Goldwater finding a way out of this imbroglio. ... Read more»2

Pima County to appeal World View lease ruling

By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved an appeal of last week's ruling that the county violated procurement laws in a 2016 build/lease deal with high-altitude tech firm World View. County officials called the lawsuit "job killing" and noted that the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute "ignored" similar economic development deals in Maricopa County.... Read more»1

Judge voids Pima County's lease with World View

A judge ruled Thursday that Pima County violated state laws in not having its lease with World View appraised before signing an agreement to construct a facility for the high-altitude tech company. Judge Catherine Woods rules in favor of a Goldwater Institute lawsuit to block the lease. The building was completed at the end of December.... Read more»5

Ex-UA pres Shelton to focus on building world's largest telescope

The $1 billion Giant Magellan Telescope project in Chile, at 24.5 meters across, will be the world's largest telescope when it's completed in a decade. Heading up the development will be former UA President Robert Shelton. It "will help answer questions about our fundamental humanity, and why we're here on Earth."... Read more»

Backpage.com executives plead Fifth in hearing on sex trafficking

Executives of the online classifieds site Backpage.com refused to answer questions from a Senate committee investigating claims that the site facilitated child sex trafficking through its adult ads section. The hearing last week came one day after the site – whose former owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin co-founded the Phoenix New Times – removed its “adult” ads pages because of what it called unconstitutional censorship.... Read more»2

40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

Tequila makers, volunteers lift endangered bats off the mat

An unusual alliance of researchers and tequila makers have helped rescue a crucial American Southwest pollinator known as the lesser long-nosed bat from the brink of extinction, according to U.S. wildlife managers who want the bat removed from the endangered and threatened species list. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Monsanto hearings tempt wrong kind of fate

Pima County's Monsanto hearings will not be five teachable moments about the virtues of a deal with the ag company. It's just five chances to piss people off. ... Read more»

Arizona still a power in solar industry, despite gains by other states

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader. More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction here, and could have a large effect on our economy, with the potential to attract a skilled workforce.... Read more»

Oro Valley ban on using handheld devices while driving taking effect

Don't hold the phone: Oro Valley's long had a reputation as a place where it's easy to get a speeding ticket for doing just a couple MPH over the limit. Now, the town is banning the use of all handheld devices while behind the wheel — even if you're stopped at a light. ... Read more»

Pima County schedules 5 public meetings on Monsanto

Pima County is having five meetings this month to allow more citizen feedback and let Monsanto respond to complaints about its controversial plans for a greenhouse near Marana. ... Read more»3

Az defense firms may see Trump spending bump, but not soon

Defense businesses in Arizona that have been hit hard in recent years by a downturn in contract spending are looking to a Trump administration for possible relief – but experts said that could take years to arrive.... Read more»

Facebook doesn't tell users everything it really knows about them

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives, including their income, the types of restaurants they frequent and even how many credit cards are in their wallets.... Read more»

How a great-grandmother's body ended up in an Army blast test

The story of how an Arizona grandmother's remains came to be used in a Pentagon experiment shines a spotlight on a growing but little-known industry: the trade in human cadavers and body parts. No federal law regulates body brokers, and no U.S. government agency monitors what happens to cadavers pledged for use in medical education and research. ... Read more»

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