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2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
A Reminder About Save a Life Saturday (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        Save a Life Saturday is this week. You can still sign up for free CPR classes at the Red Cross of Southern Arizona website.…
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2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Today’s Food Truck Factoid (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        D and D Island Grill JA—an awesome Jamaican food truck you can read about here —has shaved a “D” of its name and relocated to the corner of Grant Road and Sixth Avenue.
The food truck is now parked in ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
This Kids' Video is Not Making Me Feel Better About Japanese Meltdowns (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        
I don't speak much Japanese best as I can tell, the nuclear power plant in Japan has a stomach ache, and his feces are the nuclear waste, but doctors are trying to limit the number of his farts with a diaper. All I know is ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Arizona CEOs Ask Russell Pearce: 'How Much More Can We Take?' (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        On Tuesday, more than 60 Arizona CEOs responded to the news of more immigration legislation going through the Legislature with a letter to Senate President Russell Pearce.
In a press release on the Greater Phoenix Chamber of ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
A Simulation of the Japanese Radiation Plume (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        Is it just me, or does this simulation clearly show that the radiation plume is heading right for us?
I guess the other question I have is: Should I start hiding under my desk now, or wait until the sirens to start wailing ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
News You Can Use From the Star: NCAA Edition (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        
Information you can also learn from Patrick Finley's NCAA Tournament wrap-up today: There's only one team with a peacock as a mascot, and a few players have kind of funny names. Then again, I posted a photo of a really expensive ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Get Your Irish (Dance) On (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        
Adding to Mari Herreras' blog entry below, viewers can actually see Michael Flatley on the big screen starting today.
Lord of the Dance in RealD3D (Not Rated) is now showing at El Con 20 and Park Place 20.… ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
SB 1621, Featuring the Stick-It-to Sheriff-Dupnik Clause (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        A lot has been said about the 13 budget bills making their way through the Arizona Legislature this week—and there's quite a bit that could concern Southern Arizonans, including deep cuts to education and health care. ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Journal Keeps 104.9 After All—for the New ESPN Tucson (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        The Journal Broadcast Group, which owns and operates the only FM news/talk station in the market, is now hoping the success of that model will carry over to sports: Journal is simulcasting its sports station KFFN AM 1490 on ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Linda Ray Reporting from SXSW, Volume 1 (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        Peter Blackstock shares Howe Gelb's history of Giant Sand told via SXSW experiences. The work is published in the SXSW Scrapbook, celebrating the conference's 25th anniversary.…
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2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
'Senate Education Budget Violates Prop. 100 Public Trust' (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        If you decided to protect your sanity and not watch the Arizona Senate debate the budget bills last night, the good nonpartisan folks at the Arizona Education Network stayed up late for an evening of live blogging. To get an ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Happy St. Patrick's Day With Michael Flatley (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        Remember a time not long ago when it seemed everyone wanted to be Irish? If you don't, I'm happy to help you remember that time when Aunt Hilde just couldn't get enough of Michael Flatley and the whole Lord of the Dance phenomenon ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Beowulf Alley Announces 2011-2012 Season (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        Beowulf Alley's 2011-2012 offerings include a little Shakespeare, an adaptation of a Nobel Prize-winner and more.
Here's the list:
Rough Crossingby Oscar and Tony Award-winning Tom Stoppardfrom an original play by Ferenc MolnarDirected ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
I Appreciate the Effort, Sen. Gallardo (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        Apparently, there is no manner in which the Republicans running the legislature will consider funding transplant coverage, but at least Sen. Steve Gallardo made an effort to embarrass the majority over their apparent hypocrisy ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Coca-Cola Freestyle, You Are Awesome (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        So I hear these Coca Cola Freestyle machines have been installed at a couple of locations around town, but the only one that I’ve been able to verify is the one currently up and running at El Taco Tote at 1340 N. Wilmot ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Plant a Garden With Chef Janos Wilder This Weekend (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/arc

        
        
        You’re invited to help Janos Wilder and the staff from Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails expand the community garden at the Children’s Museum Tucson at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 19.
Wilder and his staff will be planting ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Police Dispatch (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/polic

        
        
        Some words on the nature of this column
            by Anna Mirocha
            SOME WORDS ON THE NATURE OF THIS COLUMN We interrupt our regular Police Dispatch reports to bring you a special item: a chat about this column's ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Serraglio (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/serra

        
        
        Adelaide, Australia, could teach similar Tucson a thing or two about permaculture
            by Randy Serraglio
            When I told Tucson permaculture guru Brad Lancaster that I was headed to Adelaide, South Australia ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Red Meat (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/red-m

        
        
        
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2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Soundbites (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/sound

        
        
        In Austin's orbit; Three shows, multiple bands, $8 each; Short takes; On the bandwagon
            by Stephen Seigel
            IN AUSTIN'S ORBIT By the time you read this, I'll be in Austin, knee-deep in free booze and barbecue ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Love and Laughs Online (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/love-

        
        
        The Second City returns to Arizona with a humorous take on modern dating
            by Sherilyn Forrester
            Those of you who saw last year's Second City show at the Arizona Theatre Company, The Second City Does Arizona ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Health Matters (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/healt

        
        
        Pima County retirees' complaints over insurance cuts lead to an AG investigation
            by Mari Herreras
            Nobody has yet been able to convince any of the three Democratic members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Sustainable Scoops (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/susta

        
        
        Isabella's Ice Cream brings eco-friendly, cold and creamy aspects to Tucson's food-truck world
            by Jacqueline Kuder
            Food trucks are all the rage in the culinary world—and they're no longer limited ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Sharon Van Etten: Epic (Ba Da Bing) (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/sharo

        
        
        by Eric Swedlund
            Heartbreak can make prisoners of songwriters, trapping them in a whirlpool of doubt and misery. And whatever good intentions or poetic talent that existed at a song's inception can get swept away ... read more

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Top Ten in Movies (weekly) http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/top-t

        
        
        Casa Video's top rentals for the week ending March 13, 2011
            
            Casa Video's top rentals for the week ending March 13, 2011 1.…
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2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Deaths (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

The deceased are from Tucson unless otherwise noted. Occupations
are given if available.

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Radar van locations (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

The city's two police radar vans are scheduled to snap
photographs of speeders at these locations today:

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Neighborhood Briefs (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

CENTRAL

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Plant sale at Desert Survivors (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
194 people, groups donate to Sportsmen's Fund (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

This year, 194 people, families, businesses and organizations
have donated a total of $22,412 for children to go to camp this
summer.

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Lottery (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

Drawings for Thursday, March 17

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
Angel to grace OV park that Christina loved (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

Christina-Taylor Green was a 9/11 baby, and now a 9-foot,
11-inch angel statue made from World Trade Center steel will soon
stand in an Oro Valley park to honor the youngest victim in the
Tucson shoot

2011-03-18 \Tucson\News\Daily\Mar 18 2011\
AZ health officials: Skip the potassium iodide pills (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

State and federal officials say Arizonans should not be taking
potassium iodide as a prophylactic to radiation from Japan.

2010-07-05 \Tucson\News\Daily\Jul 05 2010\
Celebrating the Fourth by upholding . . . a melon (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

2010-07-05 \Tucson\News\Daily\Jul 05 2010\
Deaths (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

The deceased are from Tucson unless otherwise noted. Occupations
are given if available.

2010-07-05 \Tucson\News\Daily\Jul 05 2010\
Ask the Dean: Governors, stop neglecting universities (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/educatio

Question: State universities are money pits. They keep asking
for more state support and show no accountability for what they do!
Why is that?

2010-07-05 \Tucson\News\Daily\Jul 05 2010\
Lottery (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

Drawings for Saturday, July 3

2010-07-05 \Tucson\News\Daily\Jul 05 2010\
Tucson Oddity: Starr Pass is homage to stage driver, not a spelling flub (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

Starr Pass Boulevard ... read more

2010-07-05 \Tucson\News\Daily\Jul 05 2010\
What's closed: Services affected by the Fourth of July holiday (starnet-local) http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_

Garbage and recycling

2010-03-08 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Twice the education for half the dollars
Two years ago, Borton was but a "Performing" school (managed "Excelling" only last year) while most charter schools in Tucson have been "excelling" for almost a decade. The reality is TUSD is a below average school district in a state educators rate last ... read more

2009-06-02 \Tucson\News\Daily\Aug 18 2007\
HIGH WATER BILLS TUCSON WATER
Tucson water department Is havIng many complaInts of hIgh water bIlls In the past and not takIng any responseablIty and after receIvIng a four tIme over the average amount bIll I contacted TWD and they saId It would be addressed to fInd the problem. So ... read more

2009-02-16 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
sigh...
Actually, my daughter goes to an excellent public school (Borton) here in Tucson and has an amazing teacher.  She is doing much more homework than I did at her age, and her writing skills have improved by leaps and bounds over the two years she has been ... read more

2009-02-15 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Why can't we retain teachers?
Let me explain it to you, "Wonder why."

It's simply that Democrats hate teachers. First, they insist on paying lazy (home by 3pm) incompetent (can't pass AIMS themselves) teachers the same as any other teacher (public education is the best examples ... read more

2009-02-05 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Gee I wonder why!
Lets see, the legislature makes it clear that public ed is about the lowest of their priorities; No Child Left Behind creates a testing hysteria in the schools; new teachers face a gauntlet of constant evaluations and classroom oversight; and **scripting ... read more

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Volunteers made 'Makeover' possible for Lizzie, Bell family (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
Lizzie Bell, 14, clasped her hands to her face and hugged her parents as the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" bus moved from her front yard Tuesday to reveal the family's new home.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
4th Avenue merchants: What recession? (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
Fourth Avenue merchants have not let the economy and closed nearby underpass on the avenue stop them from undertaking a flurry of moves and expansions.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Tucson Water budget cuts delayed (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
The City Council voted Tuesday to delay approving Tucson Water's financial strategy until the city tries to sell  Central Arizona Project water to nearby towns.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Cox Communications donates $100,000 to UA scholarship program (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
Into the darkness of bad budget news at the University of Arizona, Cox Communications is shining a $100,000 bright light.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Lawmakers push to tighten incest law (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
PHOENIX - Among other charges, Arizona officials wanted to prosecute polygamist leader Warren Jeffs for allegedly arranging the marriages of two underage girls to their adult half-cousins.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Humane Society yard sale to aid anti-cruelty programs (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
Folks looking for a fun way to benefit animals this weekend will be barking up the right tree with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's two-day yard sale.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Democrats in Legislature to meet here Thursday (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
Democrats in the Arizona Legislature will hold a hearing Thursday in Tucson to hear citizens' concerns about proposed state budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Builders' alliance seeking nonprofits' applications for free renovation (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
The Arizona Builders' Alliance, a trade association of commercial builders, is seeking applications from local nonprofits for free renovation services.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Arizona court overturns local government budget payment (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court put red ink back into the state budget on Tuesday by overturning a provision requiring local governments to pay nearly $30 million to help balance the current state budget.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Some Arizona rest stops, MVD offices may close (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
PHOENIX - Several rest areas may close and wait times for driver's licenses may increase as the Arizona Department of Transportation scrambles to cope with state budget cuts and declining revenues, the agency's director told lawmakers Monday.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
8 state parks face closure after lawmakers make cuts (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
PHOENIX - Eight state parks  face possible closure due to budget cuts but Parks Board members hope there are alternatives to save at least some from shutdowns that could be just the beginning for the 27-park system.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Coconino County to charge $20 to challenge speeding tickets (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
FLAGSTAFF - Drivers busted by photo-enforcement cameras along state highways in northern Arizona's Coconino County will have to pay to challenge speeding tickets.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
North Side collision Monday night kills Tucson woman (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
An investigation continues  into a collision that killed a 55-year-old Tucson woman.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
City finance director resigns after only four months (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
In the middle of talks about how to cut about $80 million from next fiscal year's budget, the city of Tucson's Finance Department is again without a permanent leader.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Arrest warrant issued for resort burglary suspect (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
Sheriff's detectives have an arrest warrant for a man in connection with a rash of resort burglaries.

2009-02-04 \Tucson\News\Daily\Feb 04 2009\
Emergency notifications go modern in Arizona county (citizen-local) http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/10
PRESCOTT - Residents in northern Arizona's Yavapai County can now get notifications of floods, fires and other emergencies on their cell phones and other electronic devices.

2009-02-04 $10 offer for porn intrusion is for all area Comcast users (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278774.php
Any of Comcast's 80,000 local subscribers can collect on the $10 credit being offered as compensation after clips from two adult channels cut into the Super Bowl broadcast — whether they saw the porn or not.
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2009-02-04 $100K from Cox aids UA scholarships (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278795.php
Cox Communications has donated $100,000 to help fund a UA scholarship program designed to allow qualified low-income students to graduate debt-free.
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2009-02-04 2 big marijuana seizures made; tip leads to body (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278787.php
Border Patrol agents made two large marijuana seizures Monday and Tuesday and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies discovered the body of a suspected drug smuggler last week.
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2009-02-04 34% of homes sold at a loss here in '08 as values plunged (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278781.php
A third of Tucson homes sold last year went for losses as foreclosures continued to drive down values in Southern Arizona, Seattle-based Zillow.com reported Tuesday.
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2009-02-04 4th Avenue merchants: What recession? (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109309.php
Fourth Avenue merchants have not let the economy and closed nearby underpass on the avenue stop them from undertaking a flurry of moves and expansions.
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2009-02-04 8 state parks face closure after lawmakers make cuts (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109250.php
PHOENIX - Eight state parks  face possible closure due to budget cuts but Parks Board members hope there are alternatives to save at least some from shutdowns that could be just the beginning for the 27-park system.
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2009-02-04 Arizona court overturns local government budget payment (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109246.php
PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court put red ink back into the state budget on Tuesday by overturning a provision requiring local governments to pay nearly $30 million to help balance the current state budget.
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2009-02-04 Arizona gets low grade on teacher retention (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109254.php
A report looking at how well states retain effective new elementary- and high-school teachers gives Arizona a D+.
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2009-02-04 Arrest warrant issued for resort burglary suspect (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109249.php
Sheriff's detectives have an arrest warrant for a man in connection with a rash of resort burglaries.
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2009-02-04 Asarco cancels plan to reopen El Paso plant (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109269.php
EL PASO, Texas — An Arizona-based copper company says it will not reopen its El Paso smelter and plans to demolish the century-old plant.
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2009-02-04 Builders' alliance seeking nonprofits' applications for free renovation (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109298.php
The Arizona Builders' Alliance, a trade association of commercial builders, is seeking applications from local nonprofits for free renovation services.
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2009-02-04 City finance chief departs; less than 2 months on job (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278783.php
Tucson Finance Director Frank Abeyta resigned abruptly Friday, amid a huge city budget crisis causing deficits of $80 million this year and $80 million next year.
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2009-02-04 City finance director resigns after only four months (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109278.php
In the middle of talks about how to cut about $80 million from next fiscal year's budget, the city of Tucson's Finance Department is again without a permanent leader.
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2009-02-04 City votes to sell big chunk of CAP water (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278797.php
To help bridge a $6.5 million budget hole for Tucson Water this fiscal year, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sell more than one-third of its Central Arizona Project water share to pay it off.
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2009-02-04 Coconino County to charge $20 to challenge speeding tickets (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109252.php
FLAGSTAFF - Drivers busted by photo-enforcement cameras along state highways in northern Arizona's Coconino County will have to pay to challenge speeding tickets.
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2009-02-04 Court: State budget move was illegal (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278767.php
PHOENIX — Former Gov. Janet Napolitano and state lawmakers had no legal authority to demand cities and counties give up more than $29.7 million to help the state balance its budget, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
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2009-02-04 Cox Communications donates $100,000 to UA scholarship program (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109277.php
Into the darkness of bad budget news at the University of Arizona, Cox Communications is shining a $100,000 bright light.
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2009-02-04 Crowd sees unveiling of 'Makeover' house (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278771.php
The normally quiet Foothills streets of Presidio Sunrise Village were transformed into a roiling sea of good will Tuesday afternoon for the unveiling of the house built in a week for the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
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2009-02-04 Deaths (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109314.php
Compiled by Savannah Kurkowski. For more information, call 573-4561
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2009-02-04 Deaths (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278739.php
The deceased are from Tucson unless otherwise noted. Occupations are stated when available.
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2009-02-04 Democrats in Legislature to meet here Thursday (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109300.php
Democrats in the Arizona Legislature will hold a hearing Thursday in Tucson to hear citizens' concerns about proposed state budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
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2009-02-04 Dems to hold budget hearing at Amphi (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278782.php
Legislative Democrats are holding a public hearing in Tucson Thursday on the state budget.
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2009-02-04 Emergency notifications go modern in Arizona county (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109273.php
PRESCOTT - Residents in northern Arizona's Yavapai County can now get notifications of floods, fires and other emergencies on their cell phones and other electronic devices.
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2009-02-05 Gee I wonder why!
Lets see, the legislature makes it clear that public ed is about the lowest of their priorities; No Child Left Behind creates a testing hysteria in the schools; new teachers face a gauntlet of constant evaluations and classroom oversight; and **scripting teaching methods that are designed specifically for mediocre teachers but required for all!**  I don't think requiring more evidence is the key.  Just let parents request to move their kids and it will become clear which teachers are less effective.  The great teachers don't need constant oversight or a proscribed script, all these policies are designed to require mediocrity - so the great teachers leave.  A few schools (like Borton Elementary) are keeping excellent teachers, by giving them freedom to teach!  A good principal knows who her ...read more...
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2009-02-04 Humane Society yard sale to aid anti-cruelty programs (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109302.php
Folks looking for a fun way to benefit animals this weekend will be barking up the right tree with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's two-day yard sale.
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2009-02-04 Jimmy's forecast (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278765.php
Strong high pressure aloft will result in continued unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions today and Thursday. A strong Pacific storm system will bring a good chance of valley rain, mountain snow and much cooler temperatures this weekend.
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2009-02-04 Law and Order (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278760.php

  Tucson woman, 55, killed in collision
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2009-02-04 Lawmakers push to tighten incest law (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109253.php
PHOENIX - Among other charges, Arizona officials wanted to prosecute polygamist leader Warren Jeffs for allegedly arranging the marriages of two underage girls to their adult half-cousins.
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2009-02-04 Legislative GOP skeptical of stimulus (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278803.php
PHOENIX — When state lawmakers passed a plan last week to balance a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, they side-stepped cutting about $500 million, betting a federal stimulus package would cover the difference.
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2009-02-04 Meeting may find a path for traditional education in TUSD (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278789.php
Change could be brewing for the traditional-education students within the Tucson Unified School District.
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2009-02-04 North Side collision Monday night kills Tucson woman (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109244.php
An investigation continues  into a collision that killed a 55-year-old Tucson woman.
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2009-02-04 Parks Board members seeking different route instead of 8 closures (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278777.php
PHOENIX — Members of the state Parks Board balked Tuesday at a proposal to shut down eight locations, saying they want to see if there are better alternatives.
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2009-02-04 Radar van locations (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278734.php
The city's police radar van is scheduled to snap photographs of speeders at these locations today, according to the Tucson Police Department's Web site:
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2009-02-04 Rape case settlement to change university policies (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109251.php
Arizona will revamp the way its three state universities respond to sexual assault and harassment claims as part of a settlement over a rape case at Arizona State University in Tempe.
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2009-02-04 School's gardening way yields national attention (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278780.php
Primary school teacher Molly Reed can cook, but she's no Rachael Ray in the kitchen.
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2009-02-04 Shamrock Foods issues 'precautionary' recall (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109258.php
Shamrock Foods has issued a voluntary recall of its Nutty Sundae Cones.
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2009-02-04 Some Arizona rest stops, MVD offices may close (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109256.php
PHOENIX - Several rest areas may close and wait times for driver's licenses may increase as the Arizona Department of Transportation scrambles to cope with state budget cuts and declining revenues, the agency's director told lawmakers Monday.
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2009-02-04 Spat costs legislator his post as panel leader (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278784.php
PHOENIX — A two-term Republican lawmaker was stripped of his committee chairmanship for refusing to back House leadership in a fight over one element of the just-enacted budget fix.
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2009-02-04 State AG hopes to absorb $2M cut (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278786.php
A decision by state Attorney General Terry Goddard to lay off 20 attorneys and investigators last month will make it harder to prosecute criminals and fight appeals by those who are convicted.
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2009-02-04 Tucson Time Capsule : group played at downtown event (starnet-local)
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/metro/278747.php
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2009-02-04 Tucson Water budget cuts delayed (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109286.php
The City Council voted Tuesday to delay approving Tucson Water's financial strategy until the city tries to sell  Central Arizona Project water to nearby towns.
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2010-03-08 Twice the education for half the dollars
Two years ago, Borton was but a "Performing" school (managed "Excelling" only last year) while most charter schools in Tucson have been "excelling" for almost a decade. The reality is TUSD is a below average school district in a state educators rate last in a country studies suggest is below two thirds to all developed nations (one study put the U.S. just above South Africa). But, this wasn't the case 50 years ago (when we spent half as much, accounting for inflation) when SAT score peaked (SAT scores dropped 38% just from 1972 to 1982 and why they had to be re-centered in 1995). Even Elementary Readers from 1862 are considered too hard for our kids today (the most popular Reader from 1920 introduced 345 words but a popular one today only intros 53). In no state do even half of 8th graders ...read more...
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2009-02-04 Volunteers made 'Makeover' possible for Lizzie, Bell family (citizen-local)
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/109275.php
Lizzie Bell, 14, clasped her hands to her face and hugged her parents as the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" bus moved from her front yard Tuesday to reveal the family's new home.
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2009-02-15 Why can't we retain teachers?
Let me explain it to you, "Wonder why."

It's simply that Democrats hate teachers. First, they insist on paying lazy (home by 3pm) incompetent (can't pass AIMS themselves) teachers the same as any other teacher (public education is the best examples of how and why communism doesn't work). Democrats killed Governor Hull’s Education Task Force recommendation in 2001 that Arizona move away from a uniform salary schedule with bonuses based on student progress, achievement, parent satisfaction, and professional development. While Lisa Keegan had initiated the country's first TAP (Teacher's Achievement Program) in 1999 (teachers flocked to apply for positions where they could get better pay for doing better) and pushed through Prop 301 for individual teacher bonuses. But, Jamie Molera fired ev ...read more...
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2009-02-16 sigh...
Actually, my daughter goes to an excellent public school (Borton) here in Tucson and has an amazing teacher.  She is doing much more homework than I did at her age, and her writing skills have improved by leaps and bounds over the two years she has been in public school.  I could keep bragging but only other parents would understand ;-)

I actually do agree with school choice, charter schools, and merit pay if based on objective metrics probably does have a place.  However, other aspects of the 'no child left behind' law and its Arizona implementation are worrisome, and I know some really good and caring teachers who are either frustrated or have left the profession specifically because of the micromanagement that has come about.  Last year as I understand it, there was a mandated comput ...read more...
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