Friday, October 11, 2013

Watch Localish Radio Guy R-Dub on 'Shark Tank' Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM


Tonight's the night for local radio personality R Dub's appearance on Shark Tank, which can be seen at 8 pm on ABC.

Here's what John Schuster wrote about the event in Media Watch this week:

Tucson native R Dub! has worked diligently on his syndicated radio show Slow Jams, featuring rhythmic and pop love songs. Never short on unique marketing approaches, R Dub! came up with an idea that got the attention of a well-known network television program.

My mom got me hooked on Shark Tank years ago,” R Dub! said via email. “If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's listen to your mom! I figured that my business was very different from anything else that's ever been in the Tank, and they can only bring on so many cupcake and peanut spread companies before they really needed some new ideas ... so I pitched my syndicated Sunday Night Slow Jams radio show.”

R Dub! made the cut, which he describes as about a dozen-step process that included a five-minute pitch video, numerous interviews and an avalanche of paperwork.

“The experience was absolutely surreal, and the thing I remember most was me telling myself to ‘take it all in.’ My senses were on overload as I looked around at the massive and intricate set and just breathed it all in. The experience of actually being there is beyond what any words could ever express. All I can say to try to describe the feeling is, imagine you are guest-starring on your favorite TV show. Now imagine that the whole episode or segment is centered on you! It was absolutely a dream come true, in every way.”

Every way? Find out if the Shark Tank investors bought the pitch, which included a singing introduction from recording artist Brian McKnight. The segment airs Friday, Oct. 11, on Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN Channel 9.

R Dub! is currently a program director at a radio station in San Diego.

This isn't R Dub's first brush with television fame. He appeared on a comical segment of Judge Mathis a few years ago:

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Falora Among Nation's "Hottest Pizzerias"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

  • Briana Sanchez, like any good click-baiting website, likes to crank out list after list, but hey, at least they don't make you click a hundred things and when something from Tucson makes one of those lists? Hurray!

Their new 24 hottest pizzerias list included the newest location of Pizzeria Bianco (with the Tucson location likely to make whatever version of the list comes out after January 2014), but also Falora, complete with a somewhat meaningless blurb from the Star:

Earlier this year, Tucson restaurateur Ari Shapiro launched what the Arizona Daily Star wrote is "what some may consider his most ambitious restaurant project." Falora Pizza & Espresso serves Neapolitan-style pies such as the margherita, bianca, uovo, and more out of a brick oven. It has been hot ever since.

Congrats, Ari.

If you'd like to revisit our review (which includes the far more interesting blurb "I have to admit up front that I was secretly rooting for Falora to succeed. And I'm happy to say that, on most fronts, it has."), click here.

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UA Cesar E. Chavez Building Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the UA Cesar E. Chavez Building. The celebration will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on the eastside of the faculty. Speakers include Fernando Chavez, the eldest son of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez; Macario Saldate, the longest running director of what is now the UA Mexican American Studies and Research Center and former UA President Emeritus Peter Likins. Likins was president when the building was renamed in 2003 (previously the Economics Building). A ceremony and blessing will be held during the event, and Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School students will read poems.


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Head Down to Tucson Meet Yourself

Why don't they rename it to Tucson Eat Yourself?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

It's been too long since I attended Tucson Meet Yourself.

I attended Tucson Meet Yourself for the first time when I was a sophomore at Tucson High School. I remember my first time at TMY was a bit overwhelming and a culture shock. I never realized how much diversity and food was in Tucson. Today's experience was no different. The festivities started at 10 a.m. and it didn't talk long to get busy. There was a line at almost every food stand, and there's something for every foodie.


For some reason my family didn't like going downtown or attending these kinds of events. My mother and I met for lunch today. She got some tasty fried rice from LAO, and I finally tried Frankie's for the first time. During lunch I asked my mom why didn't she ever take me and my sister to TMY and she replied with, "now you're old enough to appreciate it. You're welcome." 

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House Approves Border Security Funding, in 13th ‘Piecemeal' Budget Bill

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

By Cronkite News
Originally published: Oct 11, 2013 - 12:10 am

WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to fund Department of Homeland Security operations for fiscal 2014, the latest in a string of votes to reopen specific agencies in a strategy that Democrats deride as "cherry-picking" areas of the government.
The resolution, which passed on a largely party-line vote, would fund security, enforcement and investigations at Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, among other agencies.

It is the 13th such resolution passed by the House, all of which have stalled in the Senate. Leaders there have refused to vote on individual agency budgets, arguing instead for a budget bill that would allow the entire federal government to reopen.

"It's really not the right answer," said Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, of the latest resolution.

She was one of three Arizona Democrats, with Reps. Ed Pastor of Phoenix and Raul Grijalva of Tucson, to vote against the border bill. Democratic Reps. Ron Barber of Tucson and Kyrsten Sinema of Phoenix joined the state's four Republicans to support the measure.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the resolution would provide $19.1 billion for Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Coast Guard and other immigration and customs operations.

In a speech on the House floor Thursday, Barber said his first priority is "the safety and security of Southern Arizonans," and that the shutdown was causing border patrol agents "uncertainty about their pay and the future of their mission."

"These brave men and women are our first line of defense in securing the homeland," he said. "They deserve our respect and support."

Barber and Sinema were two of just 21 Democrats who broke with their party to help pass the funding measure on a 249-175 vote.

But Kirkpatrick said she hoped that instead of passing a series of spending proposals, House Republicans would allow a vote on the comprehensive spending bill.

"We could end this government shutdown tonight," she said of the comprehensive bill. "It's already gone through the Senate, the president is ready to sign it."

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, called the "lack of cohesive voting" among Arizona Democrats interesting, and called the resolution "essential for Arizona." Individual appropriations are nothing new, he said, and the measure passed Thursday is "common sense" for the security of Arizona and the nation.

"It's sad that we have to articulate these premises to the administration," Gosar said. "The executive branch has decided that it's going to make it hurt for the citizens and individuals throughout this country if they don't get their way."

Gosar said 82 percent of the government is operating, and that number would rise to more than 90 percent if the Senate would pass the 13 funding bills already approved by the House. But that will not happen, he said, as long as President Barack Obama refuses to negotiate.

"I think everybody would start to move if the president showed some leadership in regards to not saying, ‘My way or the highway,'" Gosar said.

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UPDATE: Operation Streamline Blockades Continue

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Final Update 12:48 p.m.: With buses turning around and Streamline hearings cancelled today, those chained at the federal courthouse parking lot entrance decided to unchain themselves, save the PVC pipe for the next action and end the protest. Puente organizers announced other ICE shutdown actions are planned for Monday in Phoenix. Those who blocked the parking lot entrance at the federal courthouse were arrested anyway.

Update 12:30 p.m.: Bus action is almost over. TPD cut through pvc tubes and chains, and folks blocking buses were arrested. Those at federal courthouse are standing up and celebrating, but remain linked together. Remaining protestors are now off the sidewalk and in the street. Also announced: Streamline court shutdown for today in Tucson as a result of the action.

Update: Tucson Police Department officers are at the scene of the bus blockade at I-10 and 18th Street with equipment to cut through PVC pipe and chains. You can follow along at

Early this morning, folks from Puente, Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths blocked two buses carrying undocumented detainees on their way to the federal court house for their Streamline hearings. The buses were stopped at I-10 and 18th Street, and people chained themselves to tires at each of the buses, while another group chained themselves at the entrance to the DeConcini Federal Courthouse parking lot.

At the bus blockade and action, reporters have been told to stay away from the buses and behind yellow tape, while at the DeConcini courthouse, everyone is being asked to stay on the sidewalk and are prevented from taking photos on the mediums. At the federal courthouse, about two hours into the action, about 24 armed U.S. Marshals were dispatched to surround the protest in different areas across the street, on the mediums and each end.

U.S. Marshals and other security personnel outnumber protestors almost two to one.

Reports are that Tucson Police are preparing to move in—first getting rid of photograhers and reporters. TW web editor Henry Barajas is headed back to the office with an update.

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McCain: GOP's Gov't Shutdown Over Obamacare Was a "Fool's Errand"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Talking Points Memo flags an interview that Sen. John McCain did with Fox News:

When anchor Martha MacCallum asked him about the White House's handling of the suspension of death benefits to military families, McCain said that while the administration deserves blame it was a GOP-induced shutdown that caused the problem in the first place.

"Let's have a little straight talk, Martha," McCain said. "[The administration] wouldn't have had the opportunity to handle it that way if we had not shut down the government on a fool's errand that we were not going to accomplish. The whole premise of shutting down the government was the repeal of Obamacare. I fought against Obamacare harder than any of the people who wanted to shut down the government."

Pedersen Prep Football Preview

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Entering the home stretch for high school football, with only four weeks of games remaining before the playoffs begin. As of now, local teams are poised to strongly represent Southern Arizona in the postseason, but a lot can still happen since most the playoff hopefuls have to face at least one fellow in-the-running team.

Except, that is, for Sabino.

The Sabercats (4-2) are currently rated seventh in the Division III power points standings, but the remaining opponents on their schedule are a combined 6-18. The "best" of the group is Pueblo (3-3), which sits 30th, while this week's foe Catalina (1-5) is 37th.

A soft finish to the season after such a tough beginning — Sabino got thumped by Salpointe Catholic and Goodyear Desert Edge, both of whom are unbeaten and rated No. 1 in their respective divisions — can be both good and bad for the Sabercats. Good because it can get them prepared for an almost certain playoff berth, since every section is guaranteed its top-rated team. But bad because Sabino could finish 8-2 yet still end up outside the top eight spots due to the weakness of their future foes, meaning it would open the playoffs on the road.

As for all the other locals in playoff contention, here's what they're facing tonight:

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