March 27, 2013 |
TUCSON -- Jared Lee Loughner, convicted in a shooting rampage that killed six and wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grew up in what was described as a “kind of a hostile environment,” a high school friend told law enforcement officials, according to documents released Wednesday. Zachary Osler told investigators he didn't like being around Loughner's parents, Randy and Amy Loughner. Osler told authorities that Loughner described his parents as heavy drinkers who may have abused him, according to previously sealed documents released Wednesday by the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
March 27, 2013 |
TUCSON -- The mother of Jared Lee Loughner, the man who went on a shooting rampage that killed six and wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said she took away his shotgun after school officials warned her about his increasingly odd and angry behavior, according to thousands of pages of records released Wednesday about the case. In an interview with Det. Mark O'Dell of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Amy Loughner said her son had been acting strangely for about a year, often talking to himself, and was angry with the government, though she did not say why. She said her son was angry after having to withdraw from Pima Community College, after an incident in which he made comments about abortion that his fellow classmates and others found so disturbing that the campus police were called.
March 23, 2013 |
TUCSON - Arizona lawmakers passed a law to dismantle a Mexican American studies program in Tucson schools, but the legislation has had an unintended effect: The controversy is renewing interest in the state and nationwide in ethnic studies and Chicano and Latino literature. Some Tucson students have found new ways to study the subject while receiving college credit to boot. Others who had no interest on the topic say they are now drawn to the material. "Underground" libraries with Chicano literature are popping up across the Southwest and are set to open soon in unexpected places such as Milwaukee and Louisville.
March 18, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are among the players who will take a two-hour bus ride on Thursday to play in a charity game in Tucson, Manager Don Mattingly announced. The proceeds from the game, which will be against the Chicago Cubs at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, will benefit the Christina- Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. The daughter of Dodgers scout John Green, 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green was killed in a 2011 shooting that wounded then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
March 12, 2013 |
TUCSON - An Arizona law that put an end to ethnic studies courses in Tucson schools has been largely upheld as constitutional by a federal judge, but supporters of the program say their legal fight to restore the program will continue. U.S. Circuit Court Judge Wallace Tashima on Friday found most of the law that bans public schools from teaching certain race-related courses, such as Mexican American studies, constitutional with one small exception. Tashima ruled that the portion of the law that prohibits courses designed for certain ethnic groups was unconstitutionally vague.
March 6, 2013 |
Survivors of the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and victims' loved ones gathered at the site of the attack Wednesday to call for tougher gun-control laws. Giffords, her husband, Mark Kelly, and others took turns at the podium to call for universal background checks. “It's very hard for me to be here today, here where my son was gunned down,” said Emily Nottingham, whose son, Gabe Zimmerman, was killed along with five others during a meet-and-greet constituent event for Giffords.
February 21, 2013 |
In most places, hoopla about an official snowfall reading of less than one-tenth of an inch sounds silly. In Tucson, it makes sense. On Thursday, a day after the Sonoran desert's saguaros got a rare -- albeit thin -- blanket of snow, the winter weather system had gained strength and traveled east to the Midwest where it closed malls, theaters and an airport and was expected to continue east and pummel New England over the weekend. “This is a very significant winter storm,” said Andrew Orrison, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
February 18, 2013 |
TUCSON - It's routine for immigration officials in Arizona to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally. Monday, however, the detention of two men - an immigrant rights activist and a father of six in Tucson - sparked protests, frustrated local authorities and illustrated the difficulties of complying with SB 1070, the state's controversial immigration enforcement law. "This is unjust," Alma Hernandez yelled in Spanish to...
January 24, 2013 |
TUCSON - This was a game the young UCLA Bruins seemingly had no business winning. Yet at the end, there was Kyle Anderson trying to give high fives to Arizona students, and finding no takers. There was Jordan Adams, weary from two days of illness, bouncing toward the locker room, grinning at the silence. There was Shabazz Muhammad having the last laugh, as the student section at McKale Center left behind the placards personally addressed to him - some funny, some not. Freshmen having fun. The 84-73 victory over sixth-ranked Arizona on Thursday probably won't sink in for a bit, at least with UCLA's freshmen.
January 22, 2013 |
There are no guarantees in life. But UCLA freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad came close to making one. The Bruins, who lost to Oregon on Saturday, face sixth-ranked Arizona in Tucson on Thursday. “We have to win this game, especially after losing to Oregon,” Muhammad said. Muhammad took it a little further, taking personal responsibility. “I'm taking it upon myself to win this game,” Muhammad said. Easier said than done. The problems UCLA had against Oregon could pop up again in Tucson.