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Jury to see 'racially offensive' texts by BP agent accused of running down suspect

A jury will see most of the texts sent by a Border Patrol agent accused of running down a Guatemalan man with his patrol pickup and then lying about it, a judge ruled. Matthew Bowen called people apprehended by agents "disgusting subhuman sh-t," and repeatedly used "tonk," a word widely known as a racial epithet.... Read more»

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Border & immigration

Tohono O’odham feel squeezed by gangs, Border Patrol

The Tohono O’odham Nation is under siege by smugglers and gangs, according to a story in the New York Times. With tougher border security, more smuggling traffic is being forced through the reservation, and residents are paying the price.... Read more»

Interfaith Community Services

Northwest Side food bank to open Saturdays

Interfaith Community Services announced that it will open its food bank on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 30.... Read more»

Education budget

State budget woes could cripple education funding, supporters say

Gov. Jan Brewer's efforts to offset a budget shortfall could hurt education in several ways, education advocates say.... Read more»2

Immigration

Tucson sector sees jump in number of Chinese border crossers

Stephen Ceasar, a reporter with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, is changing the image of the typical illegal immigrant crossing into the US.... Read more»

Local blues

Tucson bluesmen take their award-winning duo to Memphis

Local blues duo Tom Walbank and Arthur Migliazza represent Tucson blues at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis, to much acclaim.... Read more»3

Walkup, Uhlich, Romero targets

City recall activists get down to business

A small group of political activists came out into the cold on Saturday morning. Spurred by radio talk shows and political blogs, they signed up to circulate petitions calling for a recall of Mayor Bob Walkup and council members Karin Uhlich and Regina Romero.... Read more»1

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»

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