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You're invited: Support local independent journalism at the TucsonSentinel.com holiday shindig

Come celebrate the holiday season with a few drinks, a bite to eat and lots of healthy conversation, as we observe whatever it is you/we/they celebrate this time of year — especially a belated 227th birthday of the Bill of Rights (Dec. 15), or the impending ninth (!) birthday of TucsonSentinel.com (Jan. 22).... Read more»

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Tucson Symphony celebrates with holiday performances of Handel's 'Messiah"

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform George Frideric Handel's pulse-pounding masterpiece "Messiah," including the joyful Hallelujah Chorus, this weekend.... Read more»

Tougher seat belt laws could save more Arizona lives

Safety experts say Arizona's secondary seat belt laws put drivers at risk but the governor's office says statistics dispute such a claim.... Read more»

'Fill the Streetcar' with holiday toys Dec. 14

Help spread holiday cheer this season by dropping off new and unwrapped toys for children during the Regional Transportation Authority's annual Fill the Streetcar event on Friday, Dec. 14, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ... Read more»

AG: Shop safe & smart for holiday gifts

The holidays are just around the corner and consumers are looking for deals in stores and online. To ensure safe shopping, Attorney General Mark Brnovich is offering the following tips.... Read more»

Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here's a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Linda Ronstadt singing the National Anthem, to Springsteen and Petty and Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Is that freedom rock? Turn it up and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

Auld Lang what now? The story of a New Year's song

The history, meaning and lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne" — just in time to impress your friends this holiday.... Read more»

Christmas playlist: Perry Como, Pogues, Prince, Bowie & more!

It might be getting just cold enough in Tucson to gather around the hearth, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart whether you have a fireplace or not — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With hours of music spread over about 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this weekend.... Read more»

From the editor

You're invited: TucsonSentinel.com holiday shindig

Come celebrate the holiday season with a few drinks, a bite to eat and lots of healthy conversation Thursday evening, as we observe whatever it is you/we/they celebrate this time of year — especially a belated 226th birthday of the Bill of Rights, or the impending eighth birthday of TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

Halloween sadism: History behind myth of poisoned treats

What a seasonal fear reveals about our changing relationship to food: Everybody’s heard the unsettling bit about the razorblade-spiked Halloween apple. ... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Columbus Day

As the nation marks Columbus Day (although not everyone is a fan, and neither Tucson nor Pima County observe the holiday), some government services and private businesses will be closed Monday. Here's the low-down.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Labor Day

As the nation celebrates Labor Day, 135 years after the first holiday dedicated to workers was proclaimed in the state of New York, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here's the low-down:... Read more»

Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here's a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Springsteen and Petty to Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Is that freedom rock? Turn it up and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

It's a banner occasion: Flag Day

Flag Day: In the 240 years since the U.S. flag was adopted by the Continental Congress, it's seen the addition of a few stars and a stripe or three has been added and removed.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Presidents Day

Monday is Presidents Day; some businesses and government offices are closed to mark the holiday. Here's a list of what's affected:... Read more»

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