Hey, Professor Francis, this goes out to you, good sir. I'm sure you'll be thrilled with this bit of good news: According to a study by mobile ad technology company Marchex, Arizona is one of the top five states where residents are least likely to curse.
The company examined more than 600,000 phone calls over a 12 month-period. Researchers looked at calls placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships and pest control centers. They then scanned for curse words and matched them to the state from where the calls were placed.
Ohio ranked first among states where people were most likely to curse, swearing in one out of about every 150 phone conversations. Maryland came in second, followed by New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois.
The state least likely to drop the f-bomb or some other curse word? Washington. People there cursed once in about every 300 conversations — or half as much as Ohioans. Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas and Virginia rounded out the top five of what Marchex dubbed the “goody two-shoes” category.
OK, so let's get this out of the way, first: Holy shit, they scanned our cell phone calls for curse words! What the fuck? What else did they scan for? Get that NSA word list out. Perhaps my favorite word was added for good measure. Should be. Only terrorists know how to throw that one around.
Ah, Arizona. Well, perhaps the technology company needs to do a new phone scan and come out with a study on most racist state. Interesting correlation: lack of curse words and increase in fear and bigotry. Related? Absolutely. What needs to happen next? We need to encourage more cursing, obviously.
One of the trauma surgeons who saved Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ life is considering a career in politics.
Dr. Randall Friese is preparing to launch a campaign for the House of Representatives as a Democrat in Legislative District 9, which includes central Tucson and the Catalina Foothills.
Friese, an associate professor of surgery who works in the UA trauma center, was among the doctors who attended to the victims of the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting rampage at Giffords’ Congress On Your Corner event.
“He’d be a great legislator and he’s a great guy,” says Cheryl Cage, who is "very excited" to be managing Friese's campaign.
LD 9 is an anomaly in Arizona politics: It’s a competitive district where 37 percent of the voters are Democrats and 32 percent are Republicans. The House seats are currently held by Republican Ethan Orr and Democrat Victoria Steele, who are both in their freshman terms.
Orr is something of an anomaly among Republicans: He was one of the few GOP lawmakers who backed Gov. Jan Brewer’s push to expand Medicaid in the last legislative session. As a result, he has a vocal group of conservatives who want to see him driven out of office, although we have yet to see if that crowd can recruit two GOP candidates who can beat Orr in a primary.
While he has a conservative voting record on some issues, Orr has emerged as one of the most moderate Republicans at the Legislature. He worked alongside Steele to push for funding for a Mental Health First Aid program this year. And a few months ago, he helped head off a hike in the Van Tran rates for disabled Tucsonans by suggesting that the city pursue some state funding to make up for transit shortfalls.
Manzo Elementary School, in part with their scaled-down experiment of Biosphere 2's LEO project, planted a variety of seeds on their miniature hillslopes. The seeds were picked out by Manzo school counselor Moses Thompson, with the idea of choosing plants that are regionally important. The data collected by the Manzo students will be used for research at Biosphere 2.
On last night's AZ Illustrated Politics: Mayor Jonathan Rothschild talked about the new policies and practices related to the Tucson Police Department's enforcement of SB 1070; the lessons from the November city elections; the city's initiative to house homeless veterans; his support for the city's speedcams; and more. Then Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll talked about the EPA's concerns about the proposed Rosemont Mine; the shooting of a mountain lion at Colossal Cave Mountain Park; his support for an increase in the gas tax to boost road repair in the state; and allegation that fellow Supervisor Ally Miller has made about corruption and extortion within the county's Development Services Department.
The Board of Directors for Beowulf Alley Theatre Company has announced that the theatre at 11 South 6th Ave will be closed, effective immediately. The final performance of Savage Bond, by Steve Holiday, was held Nov. 24. Performances that were scheduled for the remainder of the season have been cancelled, and subscribers will receive refunds for those shows.
Electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular with today's youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high school students' use of e-cigarettes grew 2.8 percent in 2012. Arizona legislators, law enforcement officials and anti e-cigarette advocates recently worked to pass legislation limiting sales of the surrogate smokes to ages 18 and over. They're hoping the Arizona law might become a national model.
Dr. Sara Bode, a member of Arizona’s chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the law that took effect in Arizona in September sends an important message that e-cigarettes still deliver nicotine that impairs memory and can lead to cigarette smoking and other addictions.
In September, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and 39 other attorneys general sent a letter asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand to e-cigarettes the current prohibition on advertising and marketing tobacco products to youth.
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