November 13, 2013 |
TUCSON - The mother calling from the Mexican state of Chihuahua hadn't heard from her son for days and she feared the worst. Her voice cracked. She spoke quickly. She told the young man on the other end of the phone that she needed help. In Tucson, a meticulously coiffed young operator wearing a dark tie responded calmly in Spanish. "When was the last time you spoke with him?" he asked. They last talked, she said, right before her 23-year-old son embarked on an illicit journey into the United States, trudging through the Arizona desert.
November 10, 2013 |
I call it the swimming pool at the end of time. Roots were chopped, earth scraped, white pipes snaked like the insides of a rocket ship, rebar netted down before the concrete was poured and the tap turned on, filling the pool - which is in my backyard - with water from mountain snowmelt via the Colorado River, the Central Arizona Project and fossil water from the local aquifer. If there's one thing a nature writer shouldn't do, it's fill a big hole with water in the arid Southwest.
November 8, 2013 |
Tucson has been anything but friendly to UCLA's football team. The Bruins have lost four consecutive games at Arizona Stadium, and all came with an abnormal amount of suffering and turmoil. Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel had their fates as coaches sealed in 2007 and 2011. UCLA had a perfect season soiled in 2005. The Bruins walked away embarrassed after the Tucson Tussle, an ugly brawl in 2011. Once more into the breach go the No. 16 Bruins, who travel to Tucson for a game Saturday with no margin for error.
October 25, 2013 |
The Tucson Unified School District has voted to rescind its ban on seven books, including several canonical works of Chicano history, that were ordered removed from classrooms last year as part of a conservative-led backlash against the teaching of ethnic studies. The works have been deemed “controversial” by some local media but are widely assigned in universities and high schools across the West. The seven reinstated books are: “Critical Race Theory” by Richard Delgado; “500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures,” edited by Elizabeth Martinez; “Message to Aztlan” by Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales; “Chicano!
June 15, 2013 |
TUCSON -- U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson region have saved 177 people during the last 30 days in the southern Arizona desert as summer temperatures have reach perilous levels, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Officials said agents rescued 52 of the 177 just in the last week, when temperatures soared near 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The recent rescues by the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol reflect a larger trend. Agents from the sector have performed 372 rescues during the current fiscal year.
May 4, 2013 |
TUCSON - City- or county-sponsored gun buybacks - often used in larger cities to entice people to give up their handguns - have become effectively pointless in Arizona with legislation signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. The bill prohibits cities and counties from destroying any guns that come into their possession; instead, the firearms must now be sold to federally licensed dealers. The law started out as a set of guidelines on how government agencies should handle property that was confiscated, used as evidence, or turned in to law enforcement agencies, with an eye toward generating money for strapped programs.
April 13, 2013 |
In a city still reeling from a shooting rampage that killed six and severely injured a congresswoman, contrasting giveaways are being proposed for a handful of its working-class neighborhoods. One would dole out free shotguns to poor adults. Another would hand out free school supplies to needy children. Talk of the gun giveaway has divided residents in the Tucson neighborhoods of Midvale Park, Pueblo Gardens and the Grant-Campbell area. These communities now find themselves thrust in the middle of a nationwide conversation about gun ownership after they were singled out by a fellow Tucson resident as high-crime neighborhoods that he believed could benefit from free firearms.
April 2, 2013 |
After four decades in prison for an Arizona mass murder he has always vehemently insisted he did not commit, Louis Taylor will sometime Tuesday walk out of the shadow of confinement -- a free man. Now 59, he was convicted in 1970 in connection with a Tucson hotel fire that killed 29 people. Taylor was 16 when he went to jail, sentenced to 28 consecutive life sentences. Now that crime and all that time will soon be in his past. He pleaded no-contest to the charges in a Tucson court, allowing the wheels of justice to move toward his freedom.
March 27, 2013 |
TUCSON -- More than two years after a gunman opened fire in Tucson killing six and seriously wounding former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, authorities on Wednesday released thousands of pages of records about the case that had previously been kept private. The disclosure comes after Jared Lee Loughner, 24, was sentenced in November to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to 19 federal charges in the rampage at a constituent event Giffords was holding at a grocery store parking lot. In addition to the six deaths and shooting Giffords in the head, Loughner wounded 12 other people.
March 27, 2013 |
TUCSON - In hindsight, the red flags seem to be everywhere. By the time Jared Lee Loughner shot and killed six people, wounding 13 - including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - his parents had already taken away his shotgun, tested him for drugs and forbade him from using the family vehicle after dusk. Months earlier, officials at his community college had refused to allow him to return to campus until he passed a mental evaluation. Hours before he went on a shooting rampage, a Wal-Mart clerk had declined to sell him ammunition.