Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Today in Strange First Sentences of News Stories

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

From the Oregonian, a story that turns out far better than one might expect:

A man who was intoxicated and masturbating to pornography when he drove a stolen car through the crime scene tape surrounding the homicide of a teen-age boy last year will not have to register as a sex offender.

In case you don't feel like actually reading the story, the once-intoxicated masturbator has been participating in drug treatment and has apparently cleaned up his life, leading to the judge allowing the man to withdraw his guilty plea for public indecency. Hooray for happy endings, right?

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A Tough Day for Bars: Colors Closes

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM


While there might not have been much cross-over in their clientele, Colors Food and Spirits and the Cactus Moon are only a few miles from each other off Craycroft and now they're both closed. On the Colors Facebook page, there's no word from the owners or anyone else from the establishment, but several of the bar's entertainment providers have chimed in to eulogize the club:


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Check Out Border Fact Check for Border Truth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Next time you find yourself arguing over border politics in the lunchroom with that coworker who swears they saw a headless body near Gates Pass, turn to the Washington Office on Latin America's Border Fact Check.

WOLA's border project monitors border issues and the impact of security policies on undocumented immigrants. What that translates into is when someone like Sheriff Joe Arpaio flaps his lips about DREAMERS, the Border Fact Check counters with something you don't hear much — the truth.

Their latest post took a look at the allegations made in the PBS Need to Know report, Crossing the Line, on abuses undocumented immigrants experience from some U.S. Border Patrol agents:

Are migrants routinely abused by Customs and Border Protection agents?

“We do not tolerate abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.”

— CBP spokeswoman Jenny Burke

The Facts:

As is highlighted in PBS’ new Need to Know report “Crossing the Line”, allegations of abuses by Border Patrol agents are widespread, and those responsible are seldom investigated and sanctioned. Border groups, human rights organizations and regional and international human rights bodies have documented multiple human rights violations committed by Border Patrol agents against migrants during the detention and deportation process.

From fall 2008 to spring 2011 the Arizona-based organization No More Deaths interviewed almost 13,000 migrants who had been in Border Patrol custody, in the Arizona border towns of Naco, Nogales, and Agua Prieta. Their report, A Culture of Cruelty, documents an alarming pattern of abuses including denial of or insufficient water and food; failure to provide medical treatment; verbal, physical and psychological abuse; separation of family members and dangerous repatriation practices.

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McCain Still "Proud of Sarah Palin"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

There was been a dust-up in the GOP universe after Dick Cheney, the former vice-president in the Bush administration, told ABC's This Week on Sunday's that John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential nominee was a mistake.

Cheney said:

I like Governor Palin. I've met her. I know her. ... Attractive candidate. But based on her background—she'd only been governor for, what, two years—I don't think she passed that test ... of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.

McCain returned fire on Fox and Friends yesterday morning, telling host Brian Kilmeade:

Well, I’m always glad to get comments four years later. Look, I respect the vice president. He and I had strong disagreements as to whether we should torture people or not. I don’t think we should have. But the fact is I’m proud of Sarah Palin. I’m proud of the job she did. I’m proud of the job she continues to do. Everybody has their own views and I respect those views. But I’m proud of what we did.

Time has more details.

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More Local Breweries In Store for Tucson?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

How many brewing operations do we have so far here in Tucson? There's Gentle Ben's, Barrio Brewing Co. Thunder Canyon Brewery, Nimbus and the two newcomers: Borderlands Brewing Co. and Dragoon Brewing Co.

There's also the small outfit Catalina Brewing Co. up in Catalina, a couple of locations of the chain BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse and the small brewery called The Address that's run by the owner of 1702.

But it looks like there are still more people planning to get involved in the local brewing business. In recent weeks two liquor license applications have been filed for two more brewing operations: Corbett Brewing Company and Sentinel Peak Brewing Company.

The name on the application for Corbett Brewing Company is Scott James Cummings, who I think is the owner of a bar and restaurant down on Fourth Avenue. I put in a call down there to see what's up with this new place, but haven't heard anything.

The name on the Sentinel Peak Brewing Company liquor license application is Jeremy Hildebrand, who I have never heard of. The listed address is 1102 W. Grant Road, though, which I believe is the old slaughter house where they've been holding haunted houses for the past several years.

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The Cactus Moon Is Apparently Closed

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM


The Cactus Moon in Williams Center has been in business a long time, but it looks like the nightclub's reign at Broadway and Craycroft has come to an end, as the management announced to the staff on Saturday night they wouldn't open the doors again. While no official word has appeared on the club's website, word is that equipment was being removed from the premises today and several employees have posted on Facebook that they've been let go.

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A Note For the Guy Who Left a Voicemail About Our "Piece of Shit Website"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I readily admit our website isn't perfect, which is why we're always working on improving the functionality and design, moving things around and trying new things ahead of a forthcoming full redesign. But still, the search can be kind of wonky, some of the pages get a little ragged at the bottom, and there's always a list of things I want to find time to work on. Still, while I think TucsonWeekly.com largely does what its supposed to, as the web producer, I'm always willing to hear out suggestions of what we can do better.

However, a quick note to "Dave," who left me a message on my voicemail yesterday: calling me and telling me how you can't find a list of concerts on our "piece of shit" website and suggesting we hire a high-schooler so that we have "someone who knows what they're doing" isn't terribly helpful at all. I appreciate that you think that we're Tucson's community newspaper and I guess I'm sorry that we disappoint you, but hey, if you can't find where we keep the concert listings on our website, here's a step-by-step guide:

1. Go to TucsonWeekly.com, but I imagine you figured that part out.

2. Click on the "MUSIC" tab on our toolbar...I used MS Paint to illustrate where to go:


3. Under the "MUSIC" tab, click "Live Music Calendar (New)" It says new, because it is.


4. Then, shazam! There's our music calendar, with shows across town and the ability to listen to music by the groups performing. Sorry to break it to you, but Hoobastank canceled tonight's show, but that frees you up to see the B-Side Players and the Jons at the Rialto, so it all works out.


How easy is that? Almost easier than picking up the phone and dialing a number to leave a rude, anonymous voicemail! Hope that helps, Dave! I would have called back to walk you through the process personally, but you didn't leave a number for some reason. Anyhow, thanks for visiting TucsonWeekly.com!

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Daggwood Cafe Has a New Look and New Owners

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The new owner of the Daggwood Café at 736 E. Fort Lowell Road says the longtime Tucson restaurant has a new look and menu.

Owner Coral Hendon says she took the reins of the business about five months ago, revamping both the interior and the food served there. Being that it is the Daggwood, the sandwiches are still enormous, but now the emphasis is as much on high-quality ingredients as it is on providing more-than-ample portions.

"Our emphasis is great tasting, high quality sandwiches rather than mere sandwich bulk," wrote Hendon in an e-mail.

There's more on the restaurant here. See the menu right here.

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