Meanwhile, on the heels of a triumphant albeit sloppy home opener against Brigham Young University, the UA football team got smacked upside the head by the Louisiana State University Tigers--quite literally, in the case of quarterback Willie Tuitama, who got so hammered during a helmet-on-helmet collision on his first play of the game that he never recovered, throwing for only 50 yards and allowing two interceptions. Tuitama suffered a concussion and may not start this week's game.
Final score: LSU 45, Arizona 3.
The Wildcats next battle the powerhouse Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin University at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Nearby warehouse artists complain that Town West is getting a sweetheart deal, because the city will sell the land for the project for a mere $750,000 and will share costs for sidewalks, lighting, infrastructure and environmental cleanup.
Meanwhile, Capt. David Neri of the Tucson Police Department told council members that the battle against methamphetamines is showing some success, with meth labs moving outside the city limits and into the county. Neri said less meth was available in the city, but many local users were switching over to heroin, which, when mixed with meth, helps mellow out users.
Supervisor Ray Carroll, who represents the area, proposed the resolution to oppose the mining operation.
"This Canadian company wants to decimate the Santa Ritas," Carroll said. "The landscape will be altered forever."
Other supervisors said they opposed the resolution, because they wanted to demonstrate that they were negotiating with Augusta in good faith.
"No amount of mitigation is good enough to justify the sacrifice of one of our mountain ranges," Carroll said.
The indictment says that the defendants--Mark Elias of El Paso, Texas; Juan Carlos Martinez-Esquer of Sonora, Mexico; Manuel Flores Jr. of El Paso; Wei Tun Lam of Gambia; Sau Kuen Chan of Hong Kong; and Peng Liu, aka Charleyworld, of Hong Kong--plotted to smuggle 15 shipping containers with roughly 135,000 pairs of bogus Nike Air Jordans. Estimated street value: a cool $16 million.
Authorities are searching another 62 containers in Long Beach, Calif., and El Paso.
Paul K. Charlton, the U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona, said the indictment against two U.S. citizens and four foreign nationals represented a major victory in the fight for intellectual property rights. "It may not be obvious, but the consequences are huge," Charlton press-released. "Intellectual property is the bedrock of innovation and entrepreneurship in our society. This indictment reflects efforts to not only counterfeit goods illegally, but also to bribe officials whose job it is to protect and monitor the flow of goods across our borders."