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The Skinny

Secret emails, fear of a bugged office, 911 calls: the greatest hits of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller

 

Police Dispatch

Someone illegally entered a man's work van only to steal some rather random, relatively inexpensive stuff—but even more nonsensically, the thief left a single chicken egg behind.

Police Dispatch

A man driving through a T.J. Maxx parking lot had a scuffle with strange man who damaged his vehicle.

Editor's Note

Go team.

Dust Devil

Epictetus! Epictetus! You were a Greek slave,

House Race

Three candidates are seeking two House seats in next week's Democratic primary in Legislative District 10.

Tucson Salvage

We commandeered a big, stupid Budget rental truck from Detroit, Michigan to Tucson, Arizona with all my stuff, slicing a 2,000-mile path straight through this big, beautiful, ugly, joyful, fading country.

Legalization Props

Just as alcoholics make up the vast minority of alcohol users, those who pose the dangers raised by the ARDP are the vast minority of marijuana users.

A Broke Student’s Guide

If you're one of those students who live in a fancy high-rise and drive an Audi RS4, then this listicle is not for you.

Editor's Note

This week, with the help of our UA interns, we get down to reality: the students are back. Some of us grumble at their return, but it's great for the city.

Food​ ​Insecurity

hile many joke about college students only eating Top Ramen because they're always broke, food insecurity is an actual problem facing students.

Dust Devil

The sky, not falling, is melting in-to-out, sliding molten glass about each structure, each crevice.

Five tips for staying out of trouble in the dorms

Let's face it: If you're a college student occasionally you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Here are some tips to help keep you out of trouble.

Police Dispatch

Perhaps in anticipation of the dry-scalp-inducing winter—even in the middle of monsoon season—two men tried to shoplift about $50 worth of Head and Shoulders shampoo (plus some Purell) by concealing the bottles in the clothing they wore.

State of Mind

There is little means of escape, it often seems, from the pressure cooker that is our frightening global context, fed by increasingly violent wars and human suffering, fueled by the bubbling intolerance and fear that can only come when people split further apart on the spectrum of thought and opinion.

Police Dispatch

A rural Tucson woman showed great kindness to an acquaintance, giving him a place to stay and letting him borrow valuable things—only to be led on a "wild horse chase" after she loaned him her horse and he apparently stole it (among other things).

Best Two out of Three

Voters will face a nuanced decision when they head to the polls on Aug. 30 to choose two Democrats to advance to the general election for Legislative District 9 in the Arizona House of Representatives.

The Skinny

Kirkpatrick continues her effort to link McCain to Trump, while McCain links Kirkpatrick to Hillary.

Media Watch

It's no secret media, like a lot of industries, has endured its share of major changes due to transitions in the technological landscape. Many folks who run large media conglomerates are getting paid handsomely to devise strategies that best implement ways to maximize a shrinking bottom line.

Danehy

It's the middle of August, which means that, here in Tucson, it's the sweaty armpit of the entire year's calendar.

Is Prop 205 Right for Arizona?

Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal.

Editor's Note

Working in a newsroom can be grumpy business.

Dust Devil

He's Mighty like a River.

Police Dispatch

A man and his live-in female partner woke up early one morning to find their vehicle covered in savory breakfast foods.

Tucson Salvage

When you're never around a little kid and then you suddenly are around a super-intuitive one, it's like they're from asteroid B-612.

Police Dispatch

A man hastily pooh-poohed his constitutional rights while being detained for threatening to beat up the entire population of a bar.

T Q&A

Other than when the rains come fast filling our washes, we don't have too many bodies of water to call our own, but Lizzie Mead works hard to allow the desert mermaids of Tucson a time to bask in the late summer sun.

Stateless Fear: An Asylum Story

Hammouda is soft spoken, answering in English so quick and quiet that it is difficult to make out over the din of evening passersby and the screech of a halting streetcar.

The Real Madness

For nearly a century officials have touted the dangers of marijuana. Many of us can dip into the memory banks to find attempts of officers visiting our classrooms to enlighten us on how drugs would ruin our lives.

Pleasure Activist

"I think the simplest definition is loving more than one person, but it's so much more than that."

Editor's Note

We spend half the year working on Best of Tucson. Your part is done, now it's on us. Thanks for the votes.

Dust Devil

With a subtle breeze/Heat embraces

Steele Resolve

Democrat Victoria Steele has worked as a mental-health counselor, journalist and former state lawmaker. She is now seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) in November.

Celebrate Love Unironically

Ben's Bells and the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association unveiled the ninth and newest Locks of Love sculpture on Fourth Avenue last week.

Police Dispatch

A woman randomly took her personal problems out on an unfortunate female convenience-store clerk—screaming, throwing things and even pulling out the clerk's hair.

Police Dispatch

A man used a Walmart restroom as his own personal tomato-and-clam-flavored beer bar.

Two-Wheeled Hope

Children's Clinics is ensuring that kids they serve (and children in the community with complex health needs) get the opportunity to just be a kid.

Letter to the Editor

A reader writes in to say although the shopping center development itself is welcome, the special sign approval is just one more example of the dual standard that the southside has faced for decades.

Media Watch

Lee Enterprises, not-yet-erstwhile owners of the Arizona Daily Star, recently trimmed the workforce at the Tucson daily by about 20 employees. As major balloon payments on the company's bankruptcy debt loom, Lee has already relieved itself of some of its holdings, including real estate sales put into place to bring in cash for locations that once housed these archaic things called newspapers.

Danehy

What is so freakin' hard about saying "Oops, sorry, I messed up?"

Spice is Not So Nice

As any republican with truly conservative beliefs will tell you, government intervention leads to negative consequences. In the case of prohibition, it leads to black markets that, without the option of regulation, create more harmful scenarios than their potentially legal analogues.

T Q&A

Have you ever heard of a group called the Residents?

Editor's Note

Am I tired of suffering from voter's remorse? You bet. Do I think I just might suffer again if Clinton is elected? Probably. But throwing a vote in any other direction won't help.

Dust Devil

What was once their own/Heard now is only his groan

Police Dispatch

Sheriff's deputies took one more local "seafood pusher" off the streets after they caught a guy in a southwest-side Walmart with numerous bags of frozen shrimp shoved down his pants.

Police Dispatch

Two local apartment-complex residents were relieved of a noisy neighbor when he was finally jailed after screaming and banging around in the predawn hours (and treating the cops beyond rudely).

Doctor’s Orders

Democrat Matt Heinz is an emergency room physician and former state lawmaker who is seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.

The Skinny

Tucson Salvage

Dorreen Martinez is one of those who can't help but remind you of little wonders that bring a certain joy to city nights.

Desert Angel

On three separate days of the week, Smith takes up to 12-hour trips to check on the quality of the water and refill the tanks. "I love the desert," he says. "This is my land and I don't want anyone to die here."

Keeping it Brief

From marijuana strains to blows on big pharma

T Q&A

Nikko Kimzin, a graduate from the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television, is working hard to see minority performers and artists take the stage in new and important ways.

Marijuana Like Alcohol?

Opponents of a ballot initiative that seeks to ask voters to legalize recreational marijuana for adults filed a lawsuit on July 11 to keep the measure off the November ballot, citing that the would-be law misleads voters in its petition summaries concerning how many of Arizona's laws it would affect.

Editor's Note

Mari says she'll see you soon, Tucson. Here's hoping it'll be a bit cooler and rain-soaked as she makes the drive in.

Eyes on the Streets

Manny sits slumped by a brick wall, eyes half closed, hand outreached and grasping, begging passersby for a cigarette. His brow is furrowed into a grimace, clothes rumpled.

Dust Devil

Little yellow flowers/From the mighty palo verd

Blood and Education

Enrique Santiz begins to cry when he thinks about the last days of school with his students—all between 10 and 11 years old. He wonders about their future.

Police Dispatch

A man with a figurative toilet mouth got arrested for trying to fight his nephew over a literal clogged toilet.

Police Dispatch

A crew of vandals effectively started the "demolition" process of a home being renovated, starting with a part of the property the homeowner was still using.

The Skinny

McCain and Kirkpatrick both raise $1.8 million in second quarter and McSally continues dominating the money race in Congressional District 2

Media Watch

Given the continued swoon of print journalism and numerous rounds of previous layoffs at the Arizona Daily Star, it's hard to imagine the local daily had 15-20 people to release, but that's what happened Friday.

Danehy

Tom doesn’t think the recreational marijuana initiative stands a chance with voters

Sonic Wave Rider

"We only get 88 notes on the piano," he continues. "Humans can hear like 1400 notes in this range. It's evil! It takes all the nuance out of music."

Second-Hand Supplies

Parents will get the chance to pick up some much-needed supplies for the kids at the Just Between Friends Back-to-School event.

Lend a Hand

Succeeding in school takes more than attending classes and a willingness to study; having the proper tools and supplies is essential for any student, from kindergarten to doctoral studies.

T Q&A

This fall, Andrea Edmundson and Victor Quiros are opening a creative reuse arts center called Upcycle Tucson.

Editor's Note

Now we live in a world where everyone has to face the reality that's existed for different communities for decades.

Civil Action

Members of Tucson's black community met with high-ranking officials within the Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff's department to discuss their relationship following the deaths of five Dallas police officers the day before.

Dust Devil

I have grandbirds!!

Pocketbook Politics

The campaign for a ballot initiative to increase Arizona's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 submitted more than 217,000 signatures to state officials on Thursday, July 7.

Police Dispatch

An extraordinarily trusting Tucson woman put a lot of time, effort and money into trying to purchase a puppy through eBay, only to apparently become the victim of a ridiculously long-running, intricate and disturbing scam.

The Skinny

It was another wack week with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump continuing to divide a party he is supposed to be leading.

T Q&A

In a first for the UA, graduate students Ian Ellasante and Mel Ferrara have been named Point Scholars for their work in scholarship and advocacy for the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Soul Strip

One by one, bodies cram into Fourth Avenue's favorite dive bar, the Surly Wench, and wait, beer (or fireball shot) in hand, for the ladies to take the stage.

Free Kyle Catlin

Suson Catlin has been letters to the Governor's Office hoping someone out there will help get her 27-year-old son, Kyle, out of prison—where he's been since mid-January

Pleasure Activist

Sometimes, there's just no avoiding it.

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