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Sentinel reporting wins Arizona Press Club awards

TucsonSentinel.com's coverage of border and immigration issues and watchdog reporting on local elections won several awards from the Arizona Press Club, with recognition for Paul Ingram, Joe Watson and Dylan Smith.... Read more»

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The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

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Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor Marine killed in Yuma crash

To honor a Marine killed Wednesday in a civilian aircraft crash in Yuma, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags at state offices to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday. "It's a sad day for our state and country as we mourn the loss of a brave Marine and a good man," he said in an afternoon statement.... Read more»

70 years ago, Ira Hayes helped raise flag over Iwo Jima

Generations have passed, but one of the most memorable moments of World War II happened 70 years ago Monday, as a Pima Indian from Arizona helped raise an American flag over the scarred island of Iwo Jima. Ira Hayes died in a ditch just a decade later, but he lives on in photographs and in song.... Read more»

'Pro-troop' charity misleads donors, gives money to Tea Party

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs, and its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission.... Read more»

Prescott veteran in D.C. with others to remember ‘Forgotten War’

Bill Cheek was 20 when he shipped out to Korea in 1950, with no clue that he would soon spend nights camped out in subfreezing temperatures or see one of his friend killed in the Korean War. But Cheek, now 83, did know that he was going to live through the conflict – simply because he was determined to. "It was my job to do."... Read more»

Decades after Vietnam, memory of Morenci Nine preserved

Folks here didn’t make much of the fact that nine members of Morenci High School’s class of 1966 enlisted together in the Marine Corps. But after six of those young men were were killed in Vietnam, national media dubbed them the “Morenci 9″ and this eastern Arizona copper-mining community was left to preserve the memory of their sacrifice.... Read more»1

Mexico to release jailed ex-Marine Jon Hammar

Hammar's release comes a day after two Republican congressmen urged Americans to cancel their travel plans to Mexico until the country freed the ex-Marine.... Read more»1

F-35 jet: Bouncing too much to find the enemy

A host of problems plague the military’s newest jet fighter, the F-35, but one of the simplest yet most troublesome is identified in a new government audit as unreadable “symbology.”... Read more»

Memorial Day

Honoring our heroes

We pause to reflect on the service of the brave men and women who left their homes and their families since the founding of this great nation to protect their country and advance the pursuit of security and prosperity the world over.... Read more»

Wounded Warrior Regiment

Hurt twice: once in war and once in treatment

A Department of Defense report said a program aimed at helping wounded Marines and sailors has resulted in terrible medical care, long delays in service and service members who felt like they were in a “petting zoo.... Read more»

Marines accused of urinating on Taliban dead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a video that appears to show United States Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. The unverified 39-second video, posted online Wednesday, claims to show combat-ready soldiers desecrating the remains of several bodies on the ground.... Read more»4

Hekmati death sentence raises U.S.-Iran tensions

Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, an American and former Marine, has been sentenced to death by the Iranian Revolutionary Court, shocking the world and increasing tensions between the United States and Iran.... Read more»

U.S. cancels Tucson co.'s IED-fighting contract

After receiving more than $50 million in government contracts, a Tucson company that once promised to revolutionize warfare with a weapon that shoots lightning bolts is seeing its hopes for further federal funds vaporized. ... Read more»

Afghanistan: As tanks roll in, shades of Soviet failure

As winter settles across Afghanistan, American M-1 Abrams tanks are just about to roll in, right past the bombed-out hulks of Soviet tanks scattered across the rugged landscape as rusted symbols of the failures of the last empire that tried and failed to occupy Afghanistan.... Read more»

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