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The low-and-slow approach to food safety reform keeps going up in smoke

For more than 70 years, consumer advocates, government experts, members of Congress and several presidents have called for a single food safety agency - but the idea has stalled again and again, easy to propose but all but impossible to enact.... Read more»

The magnificent history of the maligned and misunderstood fruitcake

Nothing says Christmas quite like a fruitcake – or, at the very least, a fruitcake joke - and haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition: The website Serious Eats reports that over 2 million fruitcakes are still sold each year.... Read more»

Analysis

How Mrs. Claus embodied 19th-century debates about women’s rights

The writers who created Mrs. Claus were not just interested in filling in the blanks of Santa’s personal life - the poems and stories about Mrs. Claus spoke to women’s central role in the Christmas holiday and also provided a canvas to explore contemporary debates about gender.... Read more»

Hungry holidays: Break from school means break from meals for some kids

Holidays bring a break from schoolwork for students, but for more than a half-million Arizona children they can also mean a break from their only reliable source of a nutritious meal – the subsidized school meal. ... Read more»

Christmas playlist: The all-time best holiday songs

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 dozens of songs, these Christmas classics will liven your spirits, even if we're not gathering in festive crowds again quite yet. ... Read more»

Nearly 2 years into pandemic, Az theatres & performers adapting to 'new normal'

Live theatre was among the industries hardest hit by the pandemic - many companies had to furlough staff members, cancel performances and forgo various planned events - but for the first time in almost two years, companies are finding ways to make sure the show goes on. ... Read more»

'Big Jim' Griffith built bridges, not walls, in the Borderlands

No one can fill "Big Jim" Griffith's shoes, for he — more than any other Tucsonan — triggered enormous and lasting community pride in our "folk" traditions of music, food, santos, architecture, and border culture. — Gary Nabhan... Read more»

More than memories: 'Big Jim' Griffith dedicated himself to keeping Southwest traditions alive

I am lucky to have had Big Jim Griffith as a friend. And so is all of Tucson. We will profoundly miss our friend, who died this weekend at 86. But we will see him all around us, at Tucson Meet Yourself every year, and in our community's appreciations for traditions every day. — Daniel Buckley... Read more»

'Twas the night before Christmas' helped make the modern Santa – and led to a literary whodunit

The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known as “‘Twas the Night before Christmas,” has inspired the modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly old man sporting red and a round belly - but the poem has been steeped in controversy, leading to a literary whodunit.... Read more»

4th Avenue Street Fair means road closures for Tucson motorists, transit changes

Tucson's 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair is this weekend, meaning road closures to accommodate the event. ... Read more»

Carillo school's 85th Las Posadas continues Tucson Christmas tradition on Friday

The 85th annual Las Posadas celebration will be held at The Carrillo Communications and Creative Arts Magnet School on Friday, Dec. 10. ... Read more»

Overcrowded PACC shelter needs 50 foster homes for cats and dogs

The crowded Pima Animal Care Center needs to open up 25 to 50 kennels in its shelter immediately after taking in a large number of animals from an overwhelmed pet owner.... Read more»

From the editor

Sentinel's new Culture & Values journalist supported by Report for America, local readers

A new fulltime reporter will be covering Cultural Expression and Community Values in Southern Arizona next year, with support from TucsonSentinel.com's readers and the national Report for America program.... Read more»

Tucson is putting on the holidays

From Winterhaven to the Historic Canoa Ranch, the Tucson area is preparing for a Yuletide celebration.... Read more»

Inversión histórica ​​de dólares revitaliza a grupos artísticos en comunidades marginalizadas de Arizona

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, muchos grupos artísticos se apagaron y el regreso fue todo menos seguro, pero el Plan de Rescate Estadounidense dio un impulso al Teatro Meshico y a otros pequeños grupos artísticos, muchos de ellos en comunidades marginadas.... Read more»

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