The big brains at the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory are set to start a whole bunch of data analysis as the info trickles in, according to UA News Services. Big congrats to Robert Brown, who heads up the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer team, and who has been part of the planning for the mission for 14 years, as well as Rick McCloskey, who designed the VIMS ground data system. The VIMS team is just getting started on analyzing Titan's methane clouds, while the Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer Team will be closely examining Titan's atmosphere. In all honesty, we're not sure what any of that means.
The issue of $4,000 in missing money arose in the final days of Ibarra's 2003 re-election campaign. Ibarra blamed the theft on Reid, suggesting she was in cahoots with his Republican opponent. A subsequent police investigation found shoddy accounting procedures but no viable suspects.
Reid's case is being handled by attorney Michael Crawford, a former councilman who frequently sparred with Ibarra. What do you bet he's looking forward to Ibarra's deposition?
Brenly was temporarily replaced by D'Backs third-base coach Al Pedrique, who managed the AAA Tucson Sidewinders in 2002 and 2003.
Elsewhere in the D'Backs' organization, Tucson Sidewinder Luis Terrero returned to the Pacific Coast League playing field last Thursday, July 1, following a 34-game suspension triggered by a bizarre moment in Albuquerque, when the hot prospect allegedly threw a ball at a heckler in the stands and struck a female fan. Terrero was batting .335 as of Tuesday, July 6.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Heat softball team had to suspend play against the Akron Racers last Thursday, July 1, after the sprinklers at Hi Corbett Field went off and flooded the playing field during the eighth inning.
In related sprinkler news, TW newshounds Cricket and Scout are coming home much drier now that the sprinklers at the new Ward 3 dog park, 2075 N. Sixth Ave., are no longer erupting at sundown, just as most visitors to the park are arriving. Also, Parks and Rec employees deserve a big belly-scratch for fixing a broken gate at the park, although we think they're going to have to do something about the muddy bog that's beginning to form. Do your part to help out by purchasing a $40 tile to commemorate your pooch and support the park. Contact Councilwoman Kathleen Dunbar's office at 791-4711 for details.
The winning entry came from Martha Retallick, who won us over by appealing to our inner geek with the Borg-inspired Resistance Is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated. Retallick wins a half-dozen tickets to an upcoming Thursday night Tucson Sidewinders game out at Tucson Electric Park. Remember, kids, Thursday night is buck-beer night, co-sponsored by your friends at the Tucson Weekly!