Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Didn't We Do This Same Thing About a Week Ago?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 4:57 PM

We call it Vol. 24, No. 36.

You'll call it the new issue of the Weekly!

Feel free to post your comments-policy-worthy thoughts on the new issue here. Thanks!

Right on Time

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 3:46 PM

A couple of weeks ago, in The Skinny, we predicted that Prop 200 architect John Kromko would file a lawsuit just before the election to get some last-minute attention.

Sure enough ... 

Primavera Low on Bottled Water

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 2:10 PM

This just in, from Primavera's Sarah Murphy:

We are really low on water again and all the homeless people still need it! Could you do the blog again and put a blurb in the paper? The address is 702 South Sixth and the phone number is 623-5111. Ask for Jenny or Richard.

Walkup vs. Croteau

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 10:11 AM

In case you're still trying to figure out who you want to vote for in the mayoral race: Last week's great Walkup-Croteau debate is up at KUAT's Web page.

An warning to Ross: There's no Hispanic candidate in the race, although Croteau does claim some Native American heritage, so that may help you decide which candidate you like.

A Long Day in the Life of a Juror

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 9:21 AM

I was at court from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. one day this week.

Jury duty is not conducive to the self-employed or sole proprietors. I have clients coast to coast (Web copywriting), and when I don't work, I don't get paid. The courts will pay me a whopping $12 for my civic duty.

I was chosen for a one-day case for DUI. (I was not able to get excused.)

What I thought was interesting is that they called a group of 20, and of those 20 people, more than 10 people had some past experience with DUI--either they had a spouse, friend or family member who was cited for DUI. Two people said a family member died as the result of DUI accidents, and one person said a family member killed someone during a DUI and was in prison.

Two people didn’t drink for personal reasons (they were not chosen).

They chose six of us.

I think I remained by process of elimination. They asked if we have bumper stickers on our cars, and what they say. I was the only one who copped to that: My bumper stickers are "Greyhound Racing Kills" and "Impeach Bush." The judge turned beet red, and some people snickered. I thought for sure this brashness would get me booted, but no, it did not.

Another thing that I found interesting is that after the witnesses were examined, and there were no more questions by the attorneys, the jury members could write down questions, and the judge and lawyers would determine whether or not to ask them. All of my questions were read aloud.  I had numerous questions for three of the four witnesses.

They put the defendant on the stand, and everyone in the jury room felt he was a weak link.

We didn’t go into the jury room until 4:30. By then, my blood sugar was hitting bottom. The defense attorney was a real sharp cookie, and the state  prosecutor was dull as dirt. Still, we found him guilty of two counts.

I didn't stick around to talk to the lawyer, because I was tired, but I wondered why they didn't mention the results of his breathalyzer; that came up early and was not mentioned again, and even though another juror asked that question, it never was addressed.

I was gone for 11 hours including transport. I didn't even make $1 per hour, because I had to pay $2 for parking.

They're bringing the checkpoints back--they are a stickler for walking that straight line, heel and toe in 18 steps. Do not deviate!

Here's something I have to start practicing. Even sober, I would fail this test of raising my leg at least 6 inches off the ground and keeping it straight and counting 1001, 1002, 1003, etc.--my balance sucks. I'm going to practice that at the gym, away from the balance bar ...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Your Photo Radar Update for Wednesday, Oct. 31

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 3:01 PM

The Tucson Police Department's photo-radar van will be in the following areas on Wednesday, Oct. 31:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.: Hudlow Elementary School crossing on Kolb Road at Kingston Drive
  • 9 to 2 p.m.: On Camino Seco near Escalante Road
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m.: Mesquite Elementary, 9400 Block Rita Road
  • 4:30 to 8 p.m.: On Tanque Verde Road near Grant Road

Monday, October 29, 2007

Your Photo Radar Update for Tuesday, Oct. 30

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 2:54 PM

The Tucson Police Department's photo radar van will be in the following areas on Tuesday, Oct. 30:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.: School crossing on 10th Avenue at La Paz Street
  • 9 to 2 p.m.: On 22nd Street near Starr Pass Boulevard
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m.: Near Robison Elementary School, on Tucson Boulevard near 18th Street
  • 4:30 to 8 p.m.: On Campbell Avenue near Broadway Boulevard

Glassman vs. Oien

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 12:49 PM

It's been so much fun talking about the Prop 200 debate on Arizona Illustrated that I thought I'd mention that tonight, Democrat Rodney Glassman will be facing off against Republican Lori Oien. They're running for the Ward 2 seat, but everyone in the city gets to vote.

Arizona Illustrated host Bill Buckmaster has invited me to join him in moderating the debate. It airs at 6:30 p.m. and midnight on Channel 6.

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