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Arizona education gets low marks on annual report card

Arizona education scrapes the bottom ranks in the nation, receiving a D+ for school funding and the poverty achievement gap in an annual report card released Wednesday.... Read more»

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Health care

Health-care reform: Friend or foe? Area politicians split along party lines

I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t exactly been following all the hubbub about health-care reform. I’m one of the lucky people that has pretty good medical insurance through my employer. But I also know there are a lot of people who aren’t so lucky. ... Read more»5

Arizona legislature

Bill would dock legislator pay for skipped votes

Rep. Jerry Weiers is fed up with fellow lawmakers who skip floor votes. His solution: Dock their pay and list their names on the Web. "Nobody can sit in your seat and vote for you," said Weiers, a Glendale Republican. "We are paid to vote no matter how you look at it."... Read more»

Winter weather

Severe storm conditions surprise Tucson

After a rare tornado watch, Tucson remains under a flood advisory from the National Weather Service until 11:30 a.m. While Tucson was spared the worst of the storm that hit most of Arizona yesterday, Tucsonans battened down the hatches nonetheless.... Read more»

Hello world

Welcome to TucsonSentinel.com!

After months of planning and preparation, it’s time to take TucsonSentinel.com for a shakedown cruise. Help us break some champagne over the bow as we launch the good ship Sentinel.... Read more»10

Sonic Youth throws down musical gauntlet for 2010

What's your prediction for the best upcoming 2010 concert in Tucson? Read ours here and let us know in the comments.... Read more»2

Recall election

Rally to push Mayor, Council recall effort Saturday

Take Back Tucson, a group dedicated to recalling Mayor Bob Walkup and two City Council members, will be collecting signatures this weekend to aid in its efforts.... Read more»

Traffic

Radar van scanning Midtown, East Side on Friday

The city's two police radar vans will be beaming tickets the way of unwary speeders at the following times and locations on Friday, according to the Tucson Police Department... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

There're two sides to every sign

Driving west on Valencia Road toward the casinos, I'm always amused by the many billboards announcing how much farther away they are. Each billboard seems so overtly promissory that all visitors will win and win big. This, of course, has often left me wondering: what do the other sides of the billboards advertise, for the gamblers who are returning to reality from their fleecings? I always forget to look.... Read more»

Spring training

Report: Cubs leaning toward staying in Mesa

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly staying in Arizona, according to myfoxphoenix.com.... Read more»

Radar van locations for Thursday

Tucson's radar vans will be beaming tickets the way of unwary speeders at the following times and locations on Thursday, according to the Tucson Police Department.... Read more»

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Grijalva not reconciled to health care reform loss

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is pushing a plan for the Senate to pass the House health care reform bill with budget reconciliation, reports The New Republic. Reconciliation would only require 51 votes in the Senate, removing the threat of a filibuster. ... Read more»

Center for Biological Diversity

Obama earns 'C' for environmental efforts

The Center for Biological Diversity awarded the Obama administration a C grade for its environmental record Tuesday. In its "Report Card," the Tucson-based environmental advocates found that the administration has a mixed record on protecting endangered species, climate, public lands and oceans.... Read more»

Chicago Cubs baseball

Will Cubs leave Arizona for Florida?

More and more signs are pointing to the very real possibility that the Chicago Cubs could leave Mesa, their spring training home for 57 years, and head to Naples, Fla.... Read more»

As economy toppled, seven Az congressmen paid staff bonuses

While dealing with the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, seven Arizona members of the U.S. House of Representatives granted around $300,000 in total staff bonuses in late 2008. All but one member, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, rewarded staff with extra pay courtesy of taxpayers. Six members confirmed giving bonuses, and payroll data for the staff of outgoing Republican Rep. Rick Renzi showed increases consistent with bonuses.... Read more»

Pets

A dog’s journey through Pima Animal Care Center

Hunter’s owner had him for three years. That was long enough to count him as part of her family, long enough to know he loves to play with her grandchildren and that he is afraid of rain. And long enough to weep when she had to leave him behind after she got laid off from work.... Read more»

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