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Lamenting the loss of our rainy season.
And Then There Was Fire
In 'Smokechasing', Stephen Pyne compiles essays that take a new look at wildfires.
The right-wingers in charge say they follow God. Which one?
The News in Review
While things have been all quiet on the local front, national news is picking up.
Give Me Shelter
Refugees in Tucson face an uphill battle gaining asylum.
Angry Computer Gods
Switching Internet providers can be hell.
Return of the Grammar Goddess
Run for cover--the English language is falling apart.
I Can See Clearly Now
How I learned to stop worrying (and love George Bush).
Bulldozers and Bullets
Notable local women mow down century-old mesquites, arm their sisters.
Tucson takes on a different hue when you aren't in your car.
The Boob Tube
Bad television is affecting our sensibilities and judgment.
In Search of Some Good Amusement
When you don't want to watch war coverage, there's plenty to keep you entertained.
A Fine Line
Are we liberators or invaders of Iraq?
Do we really know what we're in for?
All That Glimmers
A profile of Louis Bernal's work shows the photographer's grasp of life's fragile beauty.
It's a Dog's Life
Running and playing at Reid Park, chasing tennis balls and meeting new friends--life is good.
"Southwest Kitchen Garden" elegantly captures Tucson's character and taste.
Texas Two Step
Sometimes a Lone Star murder trial is more interesting than the national news.
La Fuente is great for out-of-towners, but locals might want to look elsewhere for more zesty Mexican fare.
Some aging rockers benefit from the media glare, but others find it a menace.
Just call the bee guys, write a check and all will be as before.
A Lott to be Thankful For
What a great new year it would be if the "guys" finally got theirs.
Wicked Food Hell
During the holidays, it's easy to be tempted by the dark side.
Shower of Gold
Poetry--and weather--that incite and soothe our passions.
Fit for a King
New Delhi Palace serves classic Indian cuisine to thrill your palate. If they would only lighten up.
The Age of Chatter
To avoid information overload, it helps to narrow your vision.
Best o' Ernesto
Oh, to be a star columnist three mornings a week.
A sniper strikes more fear into part of America than invading Iraq.
Tucson hasn't aged gracefully.
All the World's a Stage
Forget Iraq. See a movie instead.
September 11 put the long American childhood to rest.
Feast to Go
Feast Tasteful Takeout combines the best of a deli, specialty food and wine store and laid-back neighborhood joint.
The monsoons make life more sticky. But it could be worse.
Show Us the Money
Make the corporate criminals give their fair share back to the investors they suckered.
If only real life was as refreshing as a computer game.
Our Friend the Mesquite
It will outlast storms, drought and even us.
Did I tell you about the last time I saw Paris?
Martha Stewart is a self-made woman, and now she has to eat her own cooking.
A new crop of TV commercials promises pain relief and pleasure. Why do you think they call it dope?
Of Course It's Hot. What Did You Expect?
Basic survival tips for summering in Tucson.
The Fire This Time
This could be the summer from hell in the drought-ridden Southwest.
A half-penny is only a fraction of what our love affair with our Almighty vehicles truly costs us.
Our business leaders have our best interests at heart. If you don't believe us, just read the 'Star.'
Our feet firmly planted on the ground, we struggle sometimes to explain the heavens.
The proliferation of weed species, humans prominently among them, is ruining the garden that once was Tucson.
A Master of Light
A new exhibit reveals Ansel Adams' darkroom dealings.
Playing in the Street
What's wrong with a neighborhood saying 'Not in my backyard'? Somebody's got to draw the line.
Diamond in the Rough
The bigger the rock, the better the sex, but the truly precious gem is love.
The Filth Estate
Joan Didion rips the press -- as only she can -- for its O.J.-like coverage of the Clinton scandals.
A new T/PAC director rolls up her sleeves.
Activists rally around a film about a janitorial uprising.
A new Ed Abbey biography doesn't quite tell all, but reveals almost enough.