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While the Supreme Court took the rare step with Lynch of issuing a summary reversal to force Arizona's compliance with Simmons, about 30 prisoners have still been denied this right.

The Supreme Court awarded postconviction relief to a man on death row for killing a police officer after Arizona courts kept jurors in the dark about its policy of denying parole to anyone sentenced to life in prison - despite the fact the court called the policy unconstitutional in 2016. Read more»

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Phoenix) speaks about the importance of the Native American Child Protection Act bill during a press conference held at the Family Advocacy Center on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Feb. 17, 2023.

A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives geared toward helping Indigenous children and families by providing tribal nations with the tools and resources they need to treat, prevent, investigate, and prosecute instances of family violence, abuse, and child neglect. Read more»

The $2.5 trillion raise to the nation’s borrowing capacity that Democrats approved last year ran out last month, when the nation’s debt limit reached the $31.4 trillion limit.

Congress and the Biden administration have until sometime between July and September to raise or suspend the debt limit if lawmakers want to avoid a first-ever default, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Read more»

Exclusion of essential topics presents an inauthentic, sanitized version of African American studies in order to make the course palatable for white politicians like Gov. Ron DeSantis, who banned the course — before the revisions — in Florida last month.

Following the College Board’s decision to buckle under political pressure and strip their Advanced Placement African-American studies course of essential topics - and similar sanitization in its AP American history course - will help usher in a new era of ignorance. Read more»

Gary Kittell works in the photo lab at Jones Photo days before the business permanently closed it doors.

Vacation snapshots. Family portraits. Romantic landscapes of the desert Southwest. For most of the last 61 years, Gary Kittell has cared for thousands upon thousands of photographs as a film processor and developer for Jones Photo, which closed its doors last week. Read more»

Southern Arizona Rep. Juan Ciscomani delivering the Republican Spanish-language response to the State of the Union address.

Rep. Juan Cicomani's Spanish-language response to President Biden's State of the Union offered a more mature casting of the GOP than the heckling and woke paranoia that animated his fellow Republicans' reactions. Read more»

One of Major League Baseball’s priority is to make the game more attractive to Black youth at a time when only 7% of MLB players are Black.

Baseball has come a long way since Jackie Robinson etched his name in the game’s history books, but the feeling of being the odd one out still remains as only 7% of major league players are Black — but the next generation of minority players hope to increase that number. Read more»

As we enter Black History Month, we have an opportunity to spotlight Black history which is American history, and reaffirm our commitment to Black joy, Black futures, and ensure a thriving Black community here in Tucson. Read more»

Bill Russell with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Sylvia Mendez at the White House before receiving the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

As dozens of GOP-controlled state legislatures across the U.S. have either considered or enacted laws restricting how race is taught in public schools, numerous stories have been published over the years exploring the rich terrain of Black history. Read more»

Lourdes 'Lulu' Pereira is a student worker at the Labriola Center and the official archivist for the Hia-Ced Hemajkam LLC, which was established in 2015 to work toward federal recognition and reclamation of ancestral lands. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2022, at Hayden Library in Tempe.

Descendants of the four surviving Hia-Ced O’odham families who fled their ancestral lands in the mid-1800s to escape yellow fever are researching the history of the Hia-Ced to prove their existence, and working to advocate for recognition with the federal government. Read more»

April Ignacio, a citizen of the Tohono O’odham Nation, shares her family’s experiences with boarding schools during the Road to Healing tour hosted by the Department of Interior at the Gila Crossing Community School on Jan. 20, 2023.

Arizona indigenous people shared their stories during The Road to Healing tour, part of the Federal Indian Boarding School initiative, began in 2021 by the Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland to examine the legacy of federal Indian boarding school policies. Read more»

Men dressed in uniform at the inaugural tribute in 2022.

The second annual Salute to the Nogales Buffalo Soldiers will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, honoring the lives of African Americans who joined the U.S. armed forces in the wake of the Civil War. Read more»

A look at the roadwork projects in the draft RTA plan would suggest Tucson is doing OK in the fight for projects.

Tucson looks like it's coming out OK in a draft RTA Next plan, with 24 of 37 projects slated for the region's urban core. Plus, Pima County dives into initial appearances and Buffalo Soldiers, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. isn't just a giant of American history, on whom we can shine our most anodyne civic slogans. His true legacy is one of action, not rhetoric, and his words challenge anew each generation to climb toward the mountaintop, and to put their own shoulders to the lever to bend our society toward justice. Read more»

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»

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