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Wanted: Documents!

Information, like a gallon of milk, has an expiration date.

We still don't know exactly how much oil has been sent gushing into the Gulf of Mexico because of the BP oil spill—and if that figure doesn't come out soon, the public won't care whether it's 85 million or 385 million gallons.

What's the danger in not getting an accurate figure? A report that came out four years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill found that the initial estimate was three times smaller than what was actually leaked. The problem? No one cared anymore.

Enter a site called WikiLeaks.org, a forum that allows people to anonymously post documents that governments and corporations would rather not see released to the public. That veil of anonymity has led the site to feature purported CIA reports, banking misdeeds, Scientology documents—and even the content of Sarah Palin's Yahoo! e-mail account.

But this activity has slowed dramatically as of late. According to a post on Wired.com, WikiLeaks has only posted 12 documents since the beginning of the year, due in part to server problems. (A New Yorker article stated that WikiLeaks was getting 30 submissions each day at peak operations.)

The site did get some play in 2010, with the publication of a classified 2007 Baghdad airstrike video that showed the killing of two Reuters journalists and a handful of civilians.

I'd imagine that one day, a series of documents will come to light that shows just how off the Rio Nuevo money spent/money gained ratio actually is—and if anyone wants to send us a memo on why thousands of dollars were spent on that orange griffin sculpture, I'll be all ears.


THE WEEK ON THE RANGE

We shared the reaction of Congressional District 8 candidates on the comments from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele that Afghanistan "was a war of Obama's choosing"; let you know that Congressman Raúl Grijalva said he opposed using budget gimmicks to continue funding the war in Afghanistan; posted new Rasmussen poll numbers that showed Gov. Jan Brewer with a healthy 18-point lead over Democrat Terry Goddard; and let you know that Republican Buz Mills has spent more than $3 million on his flailing gubernatorial campaign.

We told you about Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Barry Wong's nutty plan to shut off power to illegal-immigrant households; shared a clip of Congressman Gabrielle Giffords telling Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that she thought the feds should not sue Arizona over SB 1070; and filled you in on the latest news about musicians and actors who are boycotting Arizona.

We posted new videos on the battle between U.S. Sen. John McCain and GOP challenger J.D. Hayworth; informed you that Democrat Cheryl Cage had raised a lot more money than Republican Sen. Al Melvin in Legislative District 26; and shared interviews from KUAT Channel 6's Arizona Illustrated, featuring U.S. Senate candidate Jim Deakin and economists Marshall Vest and Dennis Hoffman.

On the Chow beat, we let you know that the opening of May's Counter Chicken and Waffles has been delayed until August; told you about a new beer at Thunder Canyon Brewery that's been aged six months in a Kentucky bourbon barrel; and let you know that Lindy's on Fourth is now offering a "honey pot"—a burger patty stuffed in a bread bowl and covered with Doritos and cheese. Yum!


COMMENT OF THE WEEK

"One normally does experience high-quality fireworks after lots of free spicy tacos! Some prefer lots of wide-open space to experience the brightly colored explosions, but others prefer closed quarters, because they insist you get more bang for your buck. Either way, I'm sure Tucson Weekly would be in the nose ... err, KNOW."

Cindy Williams, via Facebook, in response to last week's Tucson Weekly motto: "Tucson's source for weekly fireworks."


BEST OF WWW

A couple of months ago, we brought you a mashup of Arizona campaign videos. The gloves are coming off as the races progress; in a recent attack ad, John McCain implied J.D. Hayworth was a common huckster, because of an infomercial the former congressman once filmed. Now, we've obtained imagined John McCain's next attack ad, in which he reaches even further back into Hayworth's past to show how having poor penmanship in third grade makes him unfit for office. In other news: This week's TQ&A features the creator of the Poets Responding to SB 1070 page on Facebook. Head to TucsonWeeklyTV.com to hear what some of these poets are saying.

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