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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»

U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani delivers his first remarks in the House of Representatives, honoring the late Rep. Jim Kolbe on Jan. 24.

U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani should cruise into 2024. However, the showdown over deficits and debt ceilings illustrates the Republican "reality problem" that will dog his future until he decides to do something about it. Read more»

The 2015 Finger Rock Fire, seen burning in the Catalinas from Downtown Tucson, nearly 10 miles away. Tucson High School, the University of Arizona and Banner-University Medical Center are seen in the foreground.

A new study shows a 246% increase in the number of homes and structures destroyed by wildfires in the contiguous Western U.S. between the past two decades, revealing increasing vulnerability to wildfire disasters. Read more»

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Let's just not think about doing 2020 all over again. Or 2021. Or even 2022. 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»

Journalism is best when pursued with purpose. As an independent mission-driven nonprofit, the Tucson Sentinel.com tackles our community's biggest issues. We shine a light on this town because we love it. Read more»

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels was a speaker at a 2019 CSPOA event and openly supports the nullification of certain laws or mandates.

Sheriffs are far more likely to support looser gun laws than the public at large - and that perspective is linked to some sheriffs’ views that they are the highest level of defenders of the U.S. Constitution and Americans’ constitutional rights. Read more»

Pima Community College Chancellor Lee Lambert keeps plodding toward a restored school accreditation.

The PCC Governing Board will discuss the next in a long line of action steps required to get right with the Higher Learning Commission, which put the college on probation in 2013. Plus, OV wants bigger parks, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells an Oro Valley audience about battling the federal government over immigration laws in the state in 2014.

During the 26 years he served as Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio made a name for himself nationally with stunts that critics called cruel and inhumane - and while Arpaio has all but lost his political relevance since, his outsized influence on law enforcement continues. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego has jumped into the U.S. Senate race. For the moment, his prospects are a lot better than independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema's.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is a former Marine Corps combat officer and it shows, as he guns the engine on his U.S. Senate campaign. He is reading the terrain well, surrounding himself with good commanders and has just seized the high ground. 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»

George Santos speaking at the Nassau County Republican Committee meeting.

As reports of Rep. George Santos extensive lies grow amidst reports he claimed to have founded and run a fake nonprofit animal rescue group, they highlight the serious problem of fake charities - scams that divert donations that would otherwise support legitimate causes. Read more»

Oro Valley has millions of federal dollars to spend by the end of the calendar year. The town just has to figure out where the money goes.

Oro Valley's Town Council has some decisions to make involving how to spend its remaining $5.4 million in coronavirus relief money. Marana's OKing a new contract for the town manager — salary unknown. Plus 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»

King delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963.

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»

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