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Arizona Sen. Sinema cited in new book, but analysts wonder what impact it will have

Political analysts say it’s too soon to tell what impact, if any, a new book about the Biden administration’s first year will have on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, who is reportedly quoted in the book as mocking the president. ... Read more»

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'Maus' books donated to TUSD to help teach about Holocaust

Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham donated 10 copies of the graphic novel "Maus," about surviving the Holocaust, to TUSD in response to a Tennessee school banning the book. Cunningham, who knew survivors, said he hopes local students find the book inspiring. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Unable to cope with 70 years of progress, Republicans want to return Arizona to the 1950s

Arizona Republicans are wistful for days gone past, and they’re determined to do everything they can to catapult the state backwards in pursuit of winding back the clock. ... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Burning down the Maus

Can the school board in Tennessee at least appreciate the irony of banning books about people who banned books? Hello? Is anyone home?... Read more»1

Court says Arizona inmate can sue over confiscation of music, religious texts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that an Arizona inmate’s lawsuit can proceed against corrections officials who confiscated his hip-hop CDs and Nation of Islam books as banned materials. ... Read more»

From the editor

We're hiring: Sentinel's new Cultural Expression & Community Values reporting position open

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

From the editor

Your support for Sentinel watchdog reporting TRIPLED by NewsMatch & Challenge Fund!

Give to real local journalism that matters — your donation TRIPLED (or more) before Dec. 31! Support the nonprofit independent watchdog reporters of TucsonSentinel.com.... 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»

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»

'Historical' infusion of dollars resuscitates marginalized Arizona arts and cultural groups

Because of COVID-19, many arts organizations went dark during the pandemic, and the comeback was anything but certain - but the American Rescue Plan Act gave Teatro Meshico and other small arts groups, many in marginalized communities, a boost through grants.... Read more»

Guest opinion

'Driving While Brown' and Arizona’s 'Latino resistance'

The trouble with recounting the drama surrounding Arizona’s decades-long cultural and political clashes over immigration is there have been so many villains and heroes it’s hard to know where to start - so find two people whose personal experiences virtually tell the story for you.... Read more»

Author & historian Lydia Otero to headline Pima Library's annual LGBTQ+ talk

Tucson historian and author Lydia Otero will headline the Pima County Public Library's annual LGBTQ+ Author Talk, discussing their books focused on Hispanic and queer perspectives in the context of Tucson's growth as a city. ... Read more»

Latino cartoonist’s ‘TOONDEMIC’ fights COVID misinformation

Gilberto Lopez, assistant professor at ASU’s School of Transborder Studies, launched the COVID Latino project, spotlighting the work of political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, with a goal of using art and social media to disseminate information about COVID-19 throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

Joy Harjo, first Native American U.S. poet laureate begins third term, publishes memoir

Joy Harjo of Oklahoma, the first Native American woman to serve as the nation’s poet laureate, has begun her third term – an honor bestowed only once before. Robert Pinsky was the first U.S. poet laureate to serve a third term, in 1999.... Read more»

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