Last night there was a reverberating boom over the Old Pueblo and a large meteor shower that lit up the night sky.
The meteor shower took place around 7:11 p.m.
NASA is referring to it as the 900-pound gorilla of meteor showers.
Everyone started freaking out on Twitter:
#tucson I saw the meteor and heard an explosion about 90 seconds later. It was very bright over OV
— Ali Boelts (@AliBoelts) December 11, 2013
Just saw the crazy #meteor in #tucson. Lit up the sky like a camera flash. Heard a faint blast about 4 minutes later. Not sure it's related.
— Jason Canfield (@reeljc) December 11, 2013
A meteor sighting over the AZ skies tonite! A beginning of the Geminid Meteor shower event from dec 13 -18, 2013! pic.twitter.com/lYZcNwev55
— waynesworld photos (@waynedaniels) December 11, 2013
Hey Tucson, did a meteor crash? Asteroid? Aliens?
— ami (@_ami_d) December 11, 2013
Between reading a local blog and the local daily this morning, I'm kinda wondering what all the celebrating is all about. According to both, the law firm DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy is no longer representing the Tucson Unified School District. The law firm has received a share of criticism from deseg and Mexican-American studies supporters in how different aspects of the MAS administration court case was handled, as well as helping TUSD take an adversarial approach to the deseg process—which in the end hasn't been good for the district, for its kids and has cost the district a load of cash (the Star reported this morning more than $800,000).
But to declare that DeConcini is completely out is not just moronic, but may be wrong. According to a legal notice filed with the Ninth District Judge David C. Bury by DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy, two DeConcini attorneys remain part of the desegregation case. The new firm now representing TUSD and its attorneys were added today: "J. William Brammer, Jr., Michael J. Rusing, Oscar S. Lizardi and Patricia L. Victory of Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C. associates as counsel of record for Defendant Tucson Unified School District in this matter along with Lisa Anne Smith and Sesaly O. Stamps of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., and Nancy H. Woll of Tucson Unified School District Legal Department."
Here's a copy of the notice filed today in federal court:
Plus it's not like Brammer hasn't eaten at the DeConcini buffet before. According to a Yahoo Business Wire story filed on Feb. 6, 2013, Brammer, was appointed an Arizona Court of Appeals judge 15 years ago before leaving to joing Rusing Lopez and Lizardi. Before that ... yep, he worked for DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy and he worked on the TUSD desegregation case in those golden years. OK, well maybe the post-golden years.
Instead of throwing around vitriol for the masses, why look a little more closely and recognize it's just keeping it in the family and legal musical chairs, and what this means for the district, the deseg case and students in the district ... time will tell.
At 5:43 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, UA Professor of Planetary Science Dante Lauretta unveiled the countdown clock for the OSIRIS-Rex mission.
At that point, exactly 999 days remained until the launch window opened for the UA’s latest foray into the final frontier: A robotic space probe designed to swing up next to an asteroid, take photos and gather data, and then swoop in close enough to grab a sample from the space rock that will be launched back to Earth in a capsule.
“This is a constant reminder now to everybody in this building and everybody on the team: Every day when you come into work, you’ll see that the clock is ticking, time is going by and the launch window is inescapable,” said Lauretta, who serving as principal investigator on the OSIRIS-REx mission. “The asteroid is not going to wait for us. We have to get off the surface of the Earth starting in September of 2016.”
While that may seem like a long way off, there’s much work that needs to be done in order to get OSIRIS-REx off the ground. Before the launch, the team will have to build and test a collection of cameras and other instruments that will work in concert with each other to ensure that the $800 million mission is a success. (Wikipedia has a good rundown of the various instruments.)
The first step happens between now and April of next year as the team puts the components through what’s called a “shake and bake” test.
“We’re going to shake it harder than the rocket is going to shake it,” Lauretta said. “We’re gonna bake it hotter than the sun is going to bake it. We’re going to put it through all the different environments that it is going to experience in deep space and make sure it can still operate.”
Arizona Education Network President Ann-Eve Pedersen, Tucson Metro Chamber President & CEO Mike Varney and Inside Tucson Business editor Mark Evans talk about the uproar over more than 6,000 uninvestigated CPS reports, the budget challenges facing the city of Tucson, the important of downtown revitalization and turning around TUSD's tarnished reputation.
“I wanted to create a platform for hard-working musicians with good hearts,” Murs says during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “All the artists I have lined up are good people who want to see their dream manifest and I’m trying to help them do that. I feel like I do have a lot of knowledge and wisdom to impart to other emcees. It’s a platform where I can do all of those things, do features for artists, help them out, give them advice, put them on some shows with me and help out people I felt had a similar work ethic.”Murs 316, the new record label, does not give advances or sign long term contracts. The article says, "The company partners with an artist on one project and will share ownership of the masters in perpetuity with each artist on its respective project." Murs says this is strictly business and a way to help the artist make a living with their music. “I always promote the label as, ‘This is not a crew. This is a business,’ because so many people get so involved in, ‘This is my crew. This is my family."
Longtime Republican political operative Emil Franzi takes aim at Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller in his new Inside Tucson Business column:
Since her election, Miller has combined the delusions of Moore and the cluelessness of Marsh without the personal charm of either. She seems driven by a pathological dislike of fellow GOP Supervisor Ray Carroll. She and her staff isolate themselves behind locked doors and rarely talk to anyone. What she tells people is often false and even bizarre. Paranoia lurks.
Miller attacked Democratic Supervisor Richard Elias for traveling to Israel “at the county taxpayer’s expense.” It was an American-Israeli Political Action Committee trip paid for by them. That erroneous cheap shot at Elias also insulted AIPAC.
Miller keeps claiming that Supervisor Ray Carroll voted against her budget study sessions even though the official record indicates the vote was 3-2. Carroll - who has a long record of supporting fellow Republicans from Congressman Matt Salmon to former county assessor candidate Bill Heuisler - even co-hosted a fund-raiser for Miller.
Miller has aligned herself with some of the scurvier elements of the local GOP and several bottom-feeding talk show hosts. She was flanked at a recent appearance for Quail Creek Republicans with Carroll’s defeated opponent from the 2012 GOP Primary, Sean Collins, and former State Rep. Randy Graf who mouthpieced for Collins during one of the sleaziest political campaigns in local history.
A major connection between these folks is a scuzzy online hate sheet, the Arizona Daily Independent. They smeared Carroll with phony “corruption” stories but failed to produce any evidence claiming their “source” feared retaliation. Miller has done the same with claims of “corruption” in county contracts and attacked Huckelberry — again, with no evidence. As with Carroll, several talk gypsies chimed in, including 104.1’s J.T. Harris.
Harris, who hasn’t been here long enough to pronounce “La Canada,” is a self-appointed arbiter of local Republican purity. Besides Carroll, he’s trashed Congressional candidate Martha McSally, GOP National Committeeman Bruce Ash, and former State Sen. Frank Antenori. He regularly quotes from the ADI apparently unaware that its material, when not imagined, is plagiarized from genuine news sources like the Yellow Sheet of the Arizona Capitol Times. Harris uses ADI publisher Loretta Hunnicutt as a regular source and guest as he does Supervisor Miller.
Congressman Raul Grijalva joined 27 other Democrats to urge President Barack Obama to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to all undocumented immigrants now in the United States.
Obama established the DACA program, which allows potential DREAM Act kids to be safe from prosecution and deportation, last year. But in a November speech at a fundraiser, he dismissed the idea of expanding the program in response to a heckler who demanded he stop deporting undocumented immigrants.
"What you need to know, when I'm speaking as president of the United States and I come to this community, is that if in fact I could solve all of these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so," Obama said. "But we're also a nation of laws. That's part of our tradition. … So the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. What I'm proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic process to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve. But it won't be as easy as just shouting. It requires us lobbying and getting it done."
In a letter to Obama, Grijalva and his fellow Democrats said they "cannot continue to witness potential citizens in our districts go through the anguish of deportation when legalization could be just around the corner for them. We look to you to firmly contribute to advancing inclusion for immigrants by suspending deportations and expanding DACA."
"Every deportation of a father, a sister, or a neighbor tears at our social consciousness; every unnecessary raid and detention seriously threatens the fabric of civil liberties we swore to uphold," the letter reads. "We are talking about American families and American communities. Criminalizing American families or giving local law enforcement the responsibility to choose who stays and who goes, is not the right option.”
"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said.The revolutionary died peacefully in his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. He was 95.
"Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," the president said in his late-night address. "We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."
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