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Downtown's Hotel Arizona is shutting down. An employee of the hotel declined to comment and hung up the phone when reached Monday afternoon, but a press release from a public relations firm said the hotel is closing "due to economic conditions." Read more» 2

The Tucson City Council gave the nod to a tentative timeline that lays out the process for negotiating agreements necessary for a new downtown hotel. Developer Humberto Lopez asked the city to fund a rehab of his Hotel Arizona, and to assist with another new hotel. Read more»

Recall supporter Eugene Hildreth (left) speaks with Humberto Lopez at a rally Jan. 23.

The recall effort against the mayor and two council members has fallen flat. Businessman Humberto Lopez announced that he would end the recall in a statement Wednesday. Read more»

Eugene Hildreth (left) speaks with Humberto Lopez.

A small group of political activists came out into the cold on Saturday morning. Spurred by radio talk shows and political blogs, they signed up to circulate petitions calling for a recall of Mayor Bob Walkup and council members Karin Uhlich and Regina Romero. Read more» 1

Take Back Tucson, a group dedicated to recalling Mayor Bob Walkup and two City Council members, will be collecting signatures this weekend to aid in its efforts. Read more»