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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»

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Omicron puts kibosh on annual Tucson homeless survey

A surge in coronavirus cases has forced a coalition of social service organizations to cancel an annual count of homeless people living in Tucson. ... Read more»

Native activist found not guilty in border protest after new arguments on religious freedom defense

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist facing two federal charges for protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, was found not guilty by a judge on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

MLK's final sermon: 'I've Been to the Mountaintop'

Monday, the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life, April 3, 1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."... 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»

Religious gatekeeping in Arizona's red-rock country

Sedona's Enchantment Resort sits at the mouth of Boynton Canyon - a place sacred to the Yavapai-Apache people - effectively making the resort the gatekeeper to Indigenous lands, but it has recently been tone-deaf when it comes to their relationship with Native people.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Rep. Boebert's cards for killers

You may think it was bad timing for Rep. Lauren Boebert to issue a gun-themed Christmas card right before there was a mass shooting in her state of Colorado. You would be right except there have been several mass shootings in Colorado. Boebert knows better but she doesn’t care. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

What Kwanzaa means for Black Americans

The weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa, beginning on Dec. 26 this year, are a time of communal self-affirmation for the African-American community and a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile. ... Read more»

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Tucson Sentinel!

Whether you celebrate a specific holiday or prefer to mark the longer nights and chillier days of winter in some other way, as we near the end of the year, you have the best wishes of all of us at the Tucson Sentinel.... Read more»

Native activist gets new hearing over 'religious freedom' defense in Az border wall protest case

A federal judge agreed to reconsider ruling over how a law intended to protect religious freedom may shield a Southern Arizona border activist from prosecution after she was arrested last year while protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs.... Read more»

Utah makes welfare so hard to get, some feel they must join the LDS Church to get aid

Utah has been counting millions in LDS Church welfare work every year as part of the state’s welfare budget, as a way of meeting the minimum level of effort the state is required to put into addressing poverty so it can collect on federal dollars and increasing church membership.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: 'Little Shooter Boy' Rittenhouse

America’s Little Shooter Boy is aiming (pun intended) for a great Christmas…for himself. Kyle Rittenhouse is being wined and dined by what used to be the Republican establishment. Today, it’s a cult.... Read more»

How Christmas became an American holiday tradition, with Santa Claus, gifts & a tree

Each season, Christmas has conservatives complaining about the commercialization of the holiday, and many people believe there was once a way to celebrate the holiday in a more spiritual way - but such perceptions about Christmas celebrations have little basis in history. ... 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»

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»

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