Saturday, May 29, 2010

Brewer, Goddard Spar Over SB 1070

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

The New York Times reports:

Gov. Jan Brewer has removed the state’s attorney general from defending Arizona’s controversial new immigration enforcement law, accusing him of colluding with the United States Justice Department as it weighs whether to challenge the law in court.

But the matter remained in dispute on Saturday, as the attorney general, Terry Goddard, said in an e-mail that “I am definitely defending the state” in legal challenges to the law.

Ms. Brewer, a Republican, said she took action after Mr. Goddard, a Democrat and her potential challenger for re-election, met Friday with Justice Department lawyers, who then met with her legal advisers.

Mr. Goddard, who has publicly stated that he opposes the law but has vowed to defend the state in court as its chief lawyer, said he told the Justice Department team that “we need solutions from Washington, not more lawsuits.”

Read the whole thing here.

Friday, May 28, 2010

UA Scientists Sort Out The Polar Icecaps on Mars

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 9:17 PM

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A bulletin from Daniel Stolte of UA Communications:

A team of planetary scientists has used radar and a high-resolution camera to reveal the subsurface geology of Mars' northern ice cap.

The findings — based on data from SHARAD (the surface-penetrating radar) and HiRISE (the high-resolution camera) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — were published May 27 in two papers in the journal Nature.

The group studying a canyon feature called Chasma Boreale included Shane Byrne from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Jack Holt and Isaac Smith of The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics are the papers' lead authors.

"The ice sheet on Mars' northern polar region is about the size and thickness of the Greenland ice sheet," said Byrne. "Just like Greenland, the layers of ice on Mars preserve a climate record that reaches back probably a few million years. Studying this ice sheet and its internal layers tells us about Martian climate and how it has varied in the past."

On Earth, large ice sheets are shaped mainly by ice flow. But on Mars,

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So Long, Gary Coleman

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Gary Coleman, the diminutive star of Diff'rent Strokes and onetime Tucsonan, died today at age 42. Details here.

I got a chance to interview Coleman a few years back when I wrote a story about the locally made Postal video game. He talked about how much fun he had firing automatic weapons in Tucson:

The game even features a celebrity appearance from former Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman. As part of his tasks, the Postal Dude has visit a mall to meet the diminutive celebrity.

"You have to get my autograph," says Coleman, an avid video-game player who enjoys Grand Theft Auto and Sim City. "You can get it one of two ways: you can get it without dying or you can get it with being bullet-riddled. Either way, there's going to be a huge gunfight in the middle of a mall, and either I kill the player and the game ends or the player kills me and he gets to go on to the rest of the days of the week."

Coleman, who has also provided his voice for the game Curse of Monkey Island, calls the chance to appear in a video game "really cool." He especially enjoyed traveling to Tucson over the summer so the Running with Scissors crew could make a videotape of him handling various high-caliber weaponry at a firing range. The footage can be seen on the Web site.

"I got to fire weaponry I'd never had a chance to fire before," says Coleman. "I really enjoyed the machine gun. Sometimes it's just fun to take a weapon and shoot at things and just see what kind of damage you can do."

Desi says the trip to the firing range "was fun, but it was a little dangerous at first, because I just wasn't sure," says Desi. "He's really small and some of these firearms are really powerful and have a helluva kick. We kept a close watch on him."

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CNN Breaking News Bulletin of the Day

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

From our in-box this morning:

BP's top official upgrades impact of Gulf oil spill from "very modest" to "environmental catastrophe."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tucson's Everyday People: From Vietnam to Tucson

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 2:51 PM

In this multimedia project by UA journalism student Kellie Mejdrich, we are introduced to the owners of popular campus eatery Saigon Pho. Owners Son Thu Tran and her husband Quan Chu celebrate the two-year anniversary of the restaurant this month.

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Thursday Night at The Loft: Dark Side of Dr. Seuss

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Tonight at the Loft Cinema: The Dark Side of Dr. Suess. This is your one and only chance to see the Army propaganda films done by the same genius responsible for The Cat in the Hat! Details here.

If that doesn't paint your eggs green, consider heading downtown to see an outdoor movie. Cinema La Placita presents The Island of Lost Souls. Suggested donation is just $3 and popcorn is free. Details here.

Center for Biological Diversity: New Lawsuit to Stop Off-Shore Drilling in Gulf

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 1:25 PM


The Center for Biological Diversity filed another lawsuit today to block off-shore drilling projects that have been exempted from the environmental permitting process. The press release:

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed suit against Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Minerals Management Service to strike down the agency’s exemption of 49 Gulf of Mexico drilling projects from all environmental review. The suit was filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Just like BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling plan, all 49 plans in today’s suit state that no environmental review is necessary because there is essentially no chance of a large oil spill, and if a spill were to occur, it would be quickly cleaned up with no lasting damage.

“Secretary Salazar continues to exercise extremely poor judgment in approving these plans without meaningful

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Walmart Springs Up At El Con

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 12:40 PM

After more than a decade of political resistance, Walmart has finally found a way around the city's Big-Box ordinance and plans to open a store at El Con Mall.

Inside Tucson Business has details here.

We wonder: While the perimeter has a lively collection of shops and restaurants, will anything ever open up inside El Con again? It's been a ghost mall for a long time now.

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