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LGBTQ community victimized by increased threats, violence

The influx of hate mentions on social media and hateful rhetoric from far-right groups has has marked June’s Pride celebrations and led to an uptick in threats, causing many Pride events to cancel or switch online.... Read more»

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Supreme Court blocks Texas social media censorship law

A divided Supreme Court blocked a Texas social media censorship law that would prevent companies like Facebook and Twitter from banning users, a move industry groups warned could force sites to disseminate harmful speech. ... Read more»


Arizona Rep. Gosar tweeted baseless claims about gender identity of Uvalde shooter

Police are still investigating the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, but despite having no evidence, conservatives - including Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar - spread unsubstantiated claims the gunman was transgender. ... Read more»

Uvalde mass shooter was confronted by law enforcement before entering elementary school

The gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers in the same classroom in Uvalde on Tuesday was confronted by a law enforcement officer before he entered the elementary school that became the site of his massacre, but many questions still remain.... Read more»

A dozen Arizona GOP lawmakers follow at least 1 far-right Facebook group

More than 1 in 5 Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report, and in Arizona, 12 have done so — about 25% of the state’s GOP legislators.... Read more»

Az Sen. Wendy Rogers facing Senate ethics probe after blaming Buffalo mass shooting on 'feds'

The Arizona Senate is launching an ethics investigation into Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers for her comments blaming the mass shooting in Buffalo on federal law enforcement instead of the white supremacist who is accused of carrying out the attack. ... Read more»

Texas law prohibiting social media companies from banning users over their viewpoints reinstated by appeals court

A panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints.... Read more»

FactCheck: COVID-19 vaccines reduce hospitalization and death rates, contrary to social media claims

Those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are more prone to serious illness and are dying at higher rates than those who are vaccinated, contrary to social media accounts that continue to misleadingly suggest the vaccines are unnecessary.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima County to vote on new boss, Tucson considers homeless plan

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is retiring six months after a nasty bike accident. As one era ends, supervisors are set to consider making Jan Lesher a permanent replacement.... Read more»

Arizona bill would make bad Yelp and Google reviews a possible criminal act

A bill brought to the legislature by business leaders would add social media messages to the state’s extortion law and could make it so those who leave bad reviews could be subject to a class 2 felony, the typical minimum sentence for which is 3 years in prison. ... Read more»


U.S. rallied world vs. Russian aggression by releasing top-secret intelligence

International relations scholar Stephen Long analyzes why the U.S. government made the choice to provide the public with a running stream of intelligence of the sort that is usually classified and what effect it had.... Read more»

Fitness industry struggles to adjust as COVID-19 pandemic endures

Like most businesses, the fitness industry took a hit during the pandemic - about one in five health clubs have shut down permanently since March 2020 and most other gyms and fitness centers closed their doors temporarily, forcing people to find new ways to work out.... Read more»

Social media, fentanyl a 'deadly' combination, DEA warns

The DEA confiscated millions of counterfeit fentanyl pills and over 28,000 pounds of methamphetamine as of 2020 - but keeping track of the transportation and distribution has become more complicated, because drug traffickers are using social media to sell the pills.... Read more»

Scammers are using fake job ads to steal people’s identities

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front - and scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment benefits. ... Read more»


Already had COVID-19? Vaccines boost immunity, not 'wipe out' antibodies

Studies show COVID-19 vaccines boost antibody levels and improve the immune response of those who previously had COVID-19; the vaccines do not “wipe out” antibodies developed by people who recovered from the disease, as social media posts have falsely claimed.... Read more»

Trump won Texas county in landslide. His supporters still hounded the elections admin until she resigned.

Michele Carew, who had overseen scores of elections during her 14-year career as an elections administrator in North Texas, submitted her resignation Friday, following a monthslong effort by residents and officials loyal to former President Donald Trump to force her out of office.... Read more»

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