Friday, September 28, 2012

Phoenix-Area Man Shoots Self On Live Television

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Fox News was following a high-speed car-chase from its Phoenix affiliate when the driver ditched the car, ran into a field, put a gun to his head, and apparently shot himself.

From the Guardian:

Fox News's live coverage continued as [the suspect] stopped running, raised what appeared to be a gun to his head, and fell to the ground.

The channel went back to the studio, where [Fox News anchor Shepard Smith] was seen looking off camera and shouting: "Get off it, get off it." The network swiftly cut to a commercial break.

When Smith returned, he apologised for the graphic coverage, saying that the channel had been carrying the chase on a delay to avoid such an incident, but made a mistake in broadcasting it anyway.

"While we were taking that car chase and showing it to you live, when the guy pulled over and got out of the vehicle, we went on delay," Smith said.

"We created a five-second delay so that we would see in the studio what was happening five [seconds] before you did, so if anything went horribly wrong we were able to cut away from it, " he said.

"We really messed up, and we're all very sorry. That didn't belong on television. We took every precaution ... I personally apologise to you that that happened," Shepherd continued.

"It's not time appropriate, it's not sensitive: it's just wrong," he said. "That won't happen again on my watch, and I'm terribly sorry," Smith said.

You can see both edited and unedited footage of the shooting at Buzzfeed, if you're so inclined, though I warn you that the footage is both graphic and disturbing.

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An Oktoberfest Wine and Beer Tasting Extravaganza

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The Wine Depot at 3844 E. Grant Road is throwing a big ol' beer-and-wine-tasting event for Oktoberfest. It takes place this coming Saturday, Sept. 29, and tickets are half-price ($15) if you RSVP by the end of the week! Check it out over here.

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6th Annual Tucson Musicians Museum Celebration Of Music & Culture

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

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It's time for the 6th Annual Celebration of Music and Culture Charity Event, a multi-genre showcase that hosts a variety of professional musicians. It will be hosted at the TCC Leo Rich Theater on Sunday, September 30, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40.

The event's proceeds will support the Tucson Musicians Museum Mentor Program for Youth. TMM's Mentor Program will give the guidance of a qualified professional musician to youth who otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford this service. TMM would like to develop sustained youth/mentor relationships and reach out to as many young people as possible. It will be the support of the community that helps to make this program successful for Tucson's youth.

The evening will include live performances by this year's inductees, free appetizers, a cash bar, a silent auction, and a ceremony for this year's inductees, including Brian, David and Howard Bromberg.

For more information, including ticket info and a full list of inductees and performers, see below the jump.

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This Week In Tucson Bicycling

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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The photo above was left on a bike a the University of Arizona. It's good advice if you want to see your bike when you come back from your class. For more tips on keeping your bike and finding if it is stolen, read this.

Arizona is the newest state to get a high school mountain biking league. Find out what that means and when the first race will be.

Check out the cool ride and walk that will check out local architecture around Tucson with guides who are architects. Find out where and when you can join the ride or walk.

For the last five years the Pima Association of Governments has been counting bicyclists and pedestrians in October. They need volunteers however. Find out how you can help.

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KOLD Is Apparently Reporting On An Alternate-Dimension Version Of TUSD

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Before we jump in, let's give some praise to Valerie Cavazos at KGUN Channel 9 for her series on the Rose Hamway retaliation case and the Tucson Unified School District special education issues she's unearthed in the process. So far, Cavazos at KGUN and Weekly World Central are the only Tucson media outlets to dig a little deeper.

If you haven't had a chance, take a look at Cavazos' work on the KGUN website under Education Watch. And you can get to our work here. A third Weekly story with a parent interview runs this week, followed by an additional parent story and a story on the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' process.

So let's get to the matter at hand with a question: With this body of work out there on the Hamway story, what is the point of a recent KOLD piece on TUSD's "Exceptional Education" department that not once mentions the issues raised by the school psychologist in her complaint?

While it's true, not every special ed student or parent in TUSD has had the same experiences as the 14 parents Hamway helped during her short time in the district, this story only takes a small look at a program, a couple of parents, and makes the district's program seem like a sought-after gem it must keep hidden.

The truth on special education, its successes and its difficulties is somewhere in between both stories. Nonetheless, Hamway's issues should be alarming, because there are other schools and many other kids who didn't have a Hamway intervene on their behalf or help parents' file much-needed OCR complaints.

Point is, Hamway isn't an anomaly.

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Come Support Homicide Survivors and Remember Lost Loved Ones

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Homicide Survivors, a nonprofit organization operated in conjunction with the Pima County Attorney's Office, is holding a safety fair and candlelight vigil Saturday in conjunction with the annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., and begins at 3 p.m. with the safety fair. The memorial is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and anyone who has lost a loved one to homicide is encouraged to attend.

The safety fair will include information provided by the attorney's office, the Pima County Sheriff's Department, 88-CRIME, Tu Nidito, and the Southern Arizona Mental Health Center, among others.

For more information call 740-5729 or go to the Homicide Survivors Web site.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The $4 a Day Challenge, Day Four: Somebody Please Shoot Me

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Beans and rice! Its whats for dinner (and lunch).
  • Beans and rice! It's what's for dinner (and lunch).

What is freedom? Is it the right to think what you want, say what you want, sleep with who you want? Does it include eating what you want or participating in social activities? And how is any of this related to the fact that I am fucking starving and about to jump ship on this ridiculous $4 a day food challenge?

What I've realized is that without the freedom to eat what you want you are often ostracized from social activities. No lunches out. No after-work beers or appetizers. No pitching in for the coffee run while your coworkers chirp and skip down the hallway with fists full of money. You couldn't even afford to have somebody over for supper on this budget, unless your dinner date was o.k. with noodles and butter. Instead, you end up alone with a Tupperware of beans and rice like some sort of a leper. I wish I was kidding, but it actually feels a little bit like that. Food in this culture is as much about socializing as anything else, and if you don't have the cash for it, you don't get to play. It's as simple as that.

And, honestly, $20 a week doesn't really buy anything. Sure, I've got pancake mix, but I couldn't afford syrup. The jalapenos I bought are wilted - I'm totally eating them tonight anyway - and it takes three hours to cook the beans so I have something to put on the tortillas. The bananas are browning; the garlic is holding up pretty well. Technically I still have 70 cents left in my budget, so I guess I could actually afford a tomato for the top of my bean tacos, but it would cost me $2 in gas to go to the store. Being poor sucks. Period. Actually, exclamation mark.

How did it become like this? People freak out if you even hint at taking their guns away, yet families can have their ability to nourish themselves snagged away by tragedy and poverty and nobody gives a shit but a few non-profits and programs like SNAP, which nurse them along on an endless wave of just-getting-by. It's a shame. I'm all for the idea of people working hard to get what they want, but forcing people to live on this budget is wrong. It's like a war of attrition against the poor, but what if the poor lose? I keep wondering if these are the sort of "entitlement" programs the Republicans keep talking about, because I just don't feel very entitled right now.

Anyway, I've got beans to soak and minutes to count until this whole ordeal is over. It's only been four days. To all of the people struggling to get by, please know that, in my own very small way, I get it right now. You deserve better. That is all.

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Don't Forget: Davis-Monthan Operation Snowbird Public Comment Period

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Here's your cheerful Weekly World Central reminder: The U.S. Air Force extended the Operation Snowbird public comment period to Oct. 4. Last time Weekly World Central wrote up about the project — the draft environmental assessment for the National Air Guard training program bringing U.S. and foreign jets to Tucson, the public comment period first ended Sept. 14.

From the Robin Gomez guest commentary in our Aug. 16 issue:

The expansion of Operation Snowbird, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, would increase the number of flights from 1,190 to 2,256 a year. Night training flights would be allowed. Strangely, the assessment (which can be found in PDF form at www.dm.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-120730-035.pdf) concludes that the expansion will have no significant impact on the surrounding community.

The fundamental deficiency of the assessment is its failure to explain how the total number of Operation Snowbird flights can be almost doubled and yet have no significant effect on the surrounding human environment. Residents who live under the current Snowbird flight paths, as well as simple common sense, tell us this can't be true.
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.—The U.S. Air Force is extending the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment concerning Operation Snowbird here until Oct. 4.

From the Air Force:

This additional 20-day extension allows citizens more time to analyze the proposal to implement National Guard Training Plan 60-1 supporting Operation Snowbird. The public comment period began July 31, 2012.

The Air Force also has provided a Spanish translation of the draft Finding of No Significant Impact as a convenience for bilingual community members.

The draft EA, including the translated draft FONSI, has been placed at the following local libraries:

Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 East 36th Street, Tucson, Ariz. 85713, and
Salazar-Ajo Library, 33 West Plaza Street, Ajo, Ariz. 85621.

Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4355 East Calle Aurora, Tucson, Ariz., 85711 (NOTE: the Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library has moved to a temporary location, which is slated to be open to the public starting Sept. 24)

The Spanish translation of the draft FONSI and the draft 2007 data collection site visit report are also available online at http://www.dm.af.mil/library/operationsnowbirdenvironmentalassessment.asp.

The English translation is the official document of record. The translated draft FONSI is provided for convenience.

Please contact 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at 520-228-3406 with any questions.

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