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Soldiers from Turkey and the United Kingdom hoist a child to U.S. Marines during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. and coalition forces scramble to evacuate people in the face of the Taliban retaking control of the country.

A lacerating report this week was the 11th in a clear-eyed series that revealed the US failure to reconstruct Afghanistan over two decades - so why didn’t anyone heed the inspector general’s warnings? Read more»

The first 1,200 attendees at a literacy event will receive free books in Spanish, as well as free backpacks. The sixth annual Feria de la Lectura will be held Saturday at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center by the Mexican Consulate in Tucson. Read more»

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild; Dixie Auer, Reading Seed volunteer reading coach; Tamara McKinney, program director of Reading Seed; and Jennifer Stanowski, program director of English Language Acquisition for Adults for the nonprofit; at a press conference last week.

Literacy Connects is calling for 300 volunteers as a part of the nonprofit group's push to expand its Reading Seed program, which helps struggling readers in grades K-3 catch up to their classmates. Read more»

There are currently more than 30 million adults in the United States whose ability to read, write, and do basic math is at or below the level of the average third grader. Read more»

Featuring an in-depth conversation on poverty and illiteracy in Southern Arizona with Tamara McKinney, Literacy Connects Reading Seed program director, and Bobbie Jo Buel, editor of the Arizona Daily Star. Then, we talked with Penelope Jacks of the Children's Action Alliance as well as Maureen O'Nell, CEO of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton delivers his second State of the City Address on Thursday.

Improving education, reforming immigration and creating a more welcoming business environment can help the nation’s sixth-largest city expand beyond an economy based on construction and real estate, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week. Read more»

An interview with Martha McSally. Will she run for Congress again? Plus, Kathy Byrne, El Rio Community Health Care cxecutive director, and Betty Stauffer, executive director of Literacy Connects. Read more»

Interviews with Joan Lionetti, Executive Director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful; Tucson's new poet laureate Rebecca Seiferle; LD 10 state House candidate Stefanie Mach (D); and Tom Collier, Buckmaster contributor on consumer affairs. Read more»

Is the iPad the end of print? Or the savior of formerly printed "content"? Read more»