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Feds withheld data on underperforming schools for Native kids for years

New data shows Bureau of Indian Education schools do not teach kids fast enough to close an achievement gap that starts in early childhood, and experts say socioeconomic status translates into fewer resources in the home and fewer educational opportunities.... Read more»

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Daily Star owner furloughing reporters over CV-19 ad decline

With ad revenues falling about as fast as coronavirus cases are increasing, Lee Enterprises — the national chain that runs the Arizona Daily Star — is telling journalists to stay home for two weeks without pay.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Chain newspapers continue death spiral — but those who lead them down still reap rewards

The Arizona Daily Star is in hobbled and heading for layoffs — but the corporate honchos responsible for its precarious position got promoted for their efforts. ... Read more»

Analysis

More layoffs loom for Daily Star, 100s of papers as parent chain taken over

The merger of two chains — Gannett and Gatehouse — will have ripple effects across about 260 daily papers, including the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Republic, with the company saying there will be more layoffs in its already diminished newsrooms.... Read more»

Bombed car of assassinated Az reporter Don Bolles needs new home

The fate of the car in which Arizona reporter Don Bolles was murdered in 1976 is uncertain with the closing of D.C.'s Newseum at the end of 2019.... Read more»

Final locally printed edition of Daily Star will roll off press Sunday

The hulking machinery at the Tucson Newspapers plant will rumble Sunday, as ink is rolled on paper for the last copies of a local daily newspaper to be printed here. The Arizona Daily Star is shifting production to Phoenix.... Read more»1

Daily Star to halt presses; Republic will print Tucson newspaper in Phoenix

The Arizona Daily Star will shut down its local press and print its newspaper in Phoenix, trucking copies to Tucson daily. Sixty jobs will be lost in the pressroom when the hulking three-story machine grinds to a halt in May, and the Star is seeking a much smaller office.... Read more»4

El Chisme: CD2 race turns testy; Kovacs outstanding - in parking tickets

Actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson: Kirkpatrick drops a dick joke, Kovacs racks up tickets, Chew's puzzling stances & Arizona Dems have no idea what the southern part of our state looks like.... Read more»

9th Circuit: Maricopa County worker’s talk with reporter was not protected speech

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office did not violate the First Amendment rights or employee contract of a former worker it terminated following comments she made to the Arizona Republic.... Read more»

Commentary

Standing up for the Arizona Republic

Last week, news was revealed of threats against the Arizona Republic for endorsing Hillary Clinton. Threats against journalists are bad enough, but that they are again being directed at the Republic given its history is particularly unsettling. What is chilling is that at least one of the callers knew this history and invoked Don Bolles’ name. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

The murder of Don Bolles: A players guide

On June 2, 1976, a bomb detonated under the car of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles in Midtown Phoenix. He survived an agonizing 11 days before he died. The closest assassins went to prison. Yet full justice was never served. The real puppetmasters got away with it. Many in high positions wanted it to go away.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

40 years later: Who murdered reporter Don Bolles?

As difficult as it is for some of us to believe, Thursday marks 40 years since the bombing that killed Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. It remains the most enduring mystery and troubling crime in modern Phoenix history.... Read more»

Domestic violence drops along with general crime

The recent Arizona Republic story was all too familiar: “Mesa police said they believe a 25-year-old man was the gunman in an apparent murder-suicide that also left his girlfriend dead Sunday morning in a school parking lot.”... Read more»

Report: Az Republic may cut 'Valley & State' section

The Arizona Republic may be poised to cut a section of its print newspaper to make room for an insert of USA Today stories, the Phoenix Business Journal said Tuesday. An unattributed report said the Republic may axe the section; the paper's publisher said "the result will be an even greater commitment to local news."... Read more»

Comic:

47% Negro

Protesters in Ahwatukee serenaded President Obama on Tuesday with an a cappella rendition of "Baa Baa Black Sheep" ...... Read more»

Az Republic rolling out paywall

The Arizona Republic will institute a paywall for its website, beginning Sept. 10, the newspaper said Sunday. Digital access to the Republic will cost readers $10 per month, but online subscription systems are generally simple to evade.... Read more»

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