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What the Devil won't tell you

Rothschild lacks urgency in State of the City address

If a mayor is going to discuss the condition of his fair city, he should discuss its actual condition. Rothschild didn't do that, instead opting for a "huzzah," cheering on his own stewardship. Leadership would have meant owning our city's sorry economic reality.... Read more»1

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Pac-10 expansion

Could Pac-10 be a 12-Pac?

Pac-10 commissioner Scott says new schools would have to fit 'academically and culturally.' The big question: Will snobbery or financial concerns swing the tide?... Read more»1

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

Heading out with the James Gang

For any scofflaw, thug, or desperado, anonymity is key. Unless, of course, you've got a seamstress in the family who's just trying to be nice.... Read more»

Comic: Pakistan

Pentagon names 14-year-old commander of drone fleet

Sometimes you've got to call in the real experts.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen words for snow

The science teacher

Without even knowing it, these lucky learners are receiving lessons in chemistry, probability, AND malevolence!... Read more»

Baby Boomers vs. Gen Y

Mom, daughter get different things from Facebook

My mother is my Facebook friend. I know a lot of people my age simply don’t let their family members befriend them on Facebook.... Read more»2


Taiwan says hello to arms

Taiwan's reaction to America's formal offer of $6.4 billion in weaponry could be summed up as follows: "Thanks — but next time, give us the good stuff. And can we talk about the price?"... Read more»

City of Tucson

Text of Mayor Walkup's 'State of the City' speech

Text of Mayor Walkup's 'State of the City' address, as prepared for delivery. "For generations, men and women from all over the world have chosen Tucson to be their home. They choose Tucson for jobs, health, military service, climate, culture, safety, education and inspiration."... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen words for snow

A womb of one's own

Time spent in utero is no picnic for adventure seekers.... Read more»


Blackhawk down... to Chinatown

U.S. arms sales to Taiwan raise Chinese ire... Read more»


So much for health-care reform: What about workplace reform?

It looks like the life-changing, world-altering health-care reform we've been hearing so much of will likely be no more than insurance provider reform. There's another big issue, one that affects millions, but that is hardly a blip on the politico's radar: workplace reform.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen words for snow

Shake your feet

In 27 years of Arizona living, I never found a single scorpion, centipede, tarantula, solpugid, vinegarroon, spider, wasp, roach, snake, lizard, arrowhead, or Ed Abbey disciple nesting in my shoe.... Read more»


After 9/11: A new world history timeline

Timeline of a new era in world history: Before - 9/11 - After. That is the real meaning of the back-to-back events in the British capital this week... Read more»


How to report the news

Video: Brit Charlie Brooker explains how TV news works.... Read more»

Fact-checking the State of the Union

President Obama peppered his State of the Union with facts, which were mostly right but sometimes cherry-picked, strained or otherwise misleading. The Republican response had its problems, too... Read more»

Haiti earthquake

Haiti's suffering result of environment

Most people wouldn’t consider an earthquake to be an environmental issue. But while the tremors that shattered Haiti early this month have nothing to do with the island’s degradation, the extent of the suffering they unleashed is a direct result of the country’s ecological woes.... Read more»

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