But we're still not hammering fast enough as a state to keep up with Nevada, which edged us out of the No. 1 spot. We think Pima County just isn't keeping up. C'mon, SAHBA: Get it in gear!
In other get-to-know-yourself news: A depressing 28 percent of Pima County single moms and their kids--or, as the government puts it, "families with a female householder with no husband present"--live in poverty, as do 15 percent of the overall households, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
As if that's not bad enough: Our old folks are lazy bums! Nationally, roughly one in four seniors between 65 and 74 is looking for work, but here in Arizona, less than one in five wants a job. What do those people do all day?
Simpson, who was acquitted of charges that he killed his wife, Nicole, and innocent bystander Ron Goldman in 1994, was arrested on charges of assault, conspiracy, robbery and burglary. Robbery and burglary? Isn't that just piling on the poor guy? O.J. may be facing up to three decades behind bars.
Tenuous Arizona angle: Busted with Simpson was Walter Alexander, 46, a Mesa resident who was also arrested for assault, conspiracy, robbery and burglary. Alexander may be ready to roll over on The Juice, according the Web site TMZ.com, which also posted an audio recording of the hotel-room incident.
Speaking of the Book Stop: A slightly belated congratulations to Claire Fellows and Tina Bailey, who have re-opened the used-book shop at 214 N. Fourth Ave. We've missed you guys!
And while we're mentioning our old Campbell Avenue haunts: Don't forget that Santa Barbara Ice Creamery, with its multitude of gourmet flavors, has relocated to 1058 N. Campbell Ave., near the intersection with Speedway Boulevard.
The mood was so grim by the end of the night that the dean of Southern Arizona sports columnists, Greg Hansen of the morning daily, suggested that Stoops must be wondering if his career as a head coach is over. As Hansen puts it: "Progress since last season? None. It has gone backwards, way back to the Mackovic years."
Next up: Arizona plays its first Pac-10 game of the season against No. 6 Cal in Berkeley at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.