Friday, September 7, 2018

Zona Politics: Cartoonists Fitz & Rand, Former U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and Author Alice Hatcher

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 4:48 PM

On this edition of Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel: I talk with Arizona Daily Star's Dave Fitzsimmons and Tucson Weekly's Rand Carlson about what it's like to be a political cartoonist in such a target-rich environment (and highlight their show of strips at Contreras Gallery this month). Then I talk to Ron Barber, the former Southern Arizona congressman, about his memories of John McCain and his thoughts about this year's race for CD2. Finally, we talk with Alice Hatcher, whose book The Wonder That Was Ours is excerpted in this week's Tucson Weekly.

Internships to Help Veterans

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 4:29 PM

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The nonprofit Pay It Forward Tucson has internship opportunities for students or veterans who want to better the lives of veterans and their community.

PIFT assists low income families and veterans in need by providing financial and material resources in many different ways, from necessities like clothing and bedding to helping with an unpaid electric bill.

The current internships are unpaid, but depending on potential grants PIFT may offer paid internships in the future. The positions, which are primarily done online from anywhere you feel like posting up with a computer, include grant writer, social media specialist, administrative assistant, donations development coordinator and volunteer coordinator. (For detailed information on each volunteer position, click on the links.)

Also, PIFT is looking for office space, but since all their funds go to helping veterans they're looking for an individual or organization who can sponsor a work space for the small nonprofit. If you have any leads, contact PIFT Director Engel Indo at

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Saturday Evening Lit With Fitness

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 4:10 PM

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It usually isn’t until after the yoga stretch that we find ourselves gleaming with fresh sweat, and if we are glowing, it’s a glow of accomplishment. If you want to be glowing the whole time, Yoga Oasis on Campbell is offering a “Yo- Glow” class this Saturday, September 8th at 7:30 p.m.

According to Wellnessliving, combination classes are one of the hottest trends in the yoga world right now. Have you noticed the amount of beer and yoga classes around town? Or maybe dogs and yoga? Goats even? This is one of three upcoming, hour-long vinyasa style yoga sessions in which yogis can stretch in glowing body paint or accessorize with glowing bracelets.

Yoga Oasis is glowing all out with a black light lit ambiance, and is even providing bracelets and body paint with admission. Their website advises to come early for the body paint ($10 in advance, $12 day at the door). BYOM (Bring your own mat)

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Finnish Folk Duo Release Tucson-recorded Debut Album

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 3:40 PM

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Tuomo & Markus released their debut album, Dead Circles, to American audiences today. The folk duo recorded the album at the WaveLab Recording Studios in Tucson with the help of Joey Burns, John Convertino and Jacob Valenzuela of Calexico, as well as John Stirratt and Pat Sansone from Wilco. 

Hailing from Helsinki, the duo is made up of jazz/soul musician Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng. Making music described as “Nordic Americana,” Tuomo & Markus say their influences are songwriters like Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Dead Circles features vocal harmonies between Tuomo and Markus, mixed in with meticulous folk instrumentation. The Tucson-influence is clear: driving rhythms and droning organs. But the upbeat, Scandinavian vocals differentiate the album from being explicitly in the desert folk-rock scene.

Although the album originally released in Scandinavia in 2016, today marks the first time Dead Circles is released on a North American record label, Schoolkids Records. This release comes ahead of a North American tour this December.

For more information, stream the album on Spotify or visit

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NextGen Arizona to Host “Wet n Woke” Back to School Voter Registration Pool Party for UA Students

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 3:09 PM


Young voters can dive into a new semester of political involvement with pool party hosted NextGen Arizona this Saturday at Catalina Terrace (2440 E Hedrick Dr, Tucson, AZ 85719).

NextGen is hosting a pool party to encourage engagement from freshly returning UA students at 1 p.m. There will be free food, drinks, music, water games and the opportunity to get registered to vote.

Over the next few weeks, NextGen will be reaching out to students on over 23 campuses across Arizona and will host several major events, like “Wet n Woke”. They have already registered more than 12,000 voters this year.

If registering to vote is already checked off the to-do list, there is also an opportunity to get signed up to volunteer. Next on NextGen Arizona’s agenda is ensuring young people all over Arizona are informed and empowered to vote for candidates like David Garcia this November.

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Have You Ever Seen Something So Cute?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 2:35 PM

The new baby tamandua born at the Reid Park Zoo. - REID PARK ZOO
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  • The new baby tamandua born at the Reid Park Zoo.
Today the Reid Park Zoo announced there is a new baby at the zoo.

The little one doesn't have a name yet, but is a male tamandua. His parents, 12-year-old Lety and 15-year-old Santiago welcomed their son on Aug. 31. The baby weighed 420 grams (0.9 pounds), a healthy weight for baby tamanduas.

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The baby is not visible to the public yet and is spending important time bonding with his mom.

“He has been doing great,” said Katie Hutchinson, Lead Keeper at Reid Park Zoo. “He has been staying pretty close to mom by climbing onto her back and has been very curious about his environment.”

Tamanduas are a genus of anteaters and live in a variety of habitats, ranging from gallery forests next to savannas and lowland, to mountainous tropical rainforests. They eat ants and termites and don't have any teeth. Tamanduas have a long, sticky tongue that scoops up to 9,000 ants per day!

Updates about the new baby tamandua will be posted on the Reid Park Zoo Facebook page.

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Get Good Karma and Save a Life

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:17 PM

On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a football-themed Community Blood Drive at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Oral Surgeons, Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, and Dr. Negin Saghafi have partnered with United Blood Services Arizona for this blood-drive.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get a chance to win tickets to the University of Arizona football games as a raffle will be hosted at the event! Help save lives and give back to your community. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. need blood and one donation can potentially save up to three lives.

click image On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a football-themed Community Blood Drive at Arizona Oral  & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Just one donation can save three lives. - UNITED STATES BLOOD SERVICES
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  • On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a football-themed Community Blood Drive at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Just one donation can save three lives.
3 Benefits of Donating Blood

1. You get a free physical.
Before giving blood, you must get a quick physical to measure your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin levels. After giving blood, a lab takes your blood to do 13 tests for infectious diseases.

2. You will have a balanced iron level
Five grams of iron in the blood is healthy. When you donate a unit of blood, you lose about a quarter of a gram of iron. You regain that iron from the food you eat in the weeks after you donate blood. Having too much iron could affect your blood vessels. Lowering iron may also reduce the risk of a heart attack.

3. The feeling you get knowing you are saving someone’s life.
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to someone else. It is the gift of life. You become a real-life superhero. It’s a quick, easy way to give back to your community and feel good about yourself!

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AVATAR: UA's Deception Detection

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 12:35 PM

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A new deception detecting software has been developed by the University of Arizona’s Center for the Management of information. AVATAR, as its been dubbed, stands for Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time.

In essence, the program shows the user an automated interviewer who asks the user a set of questions. The user’s voice, body language and eye movement are analyzed as the interview takes place. These then get sent through a system of complex algorithms that will respond in one of three ways: green means no issues were detected, yellow means there are some issues to be investigated and red means there are serious issues that need to be addressed.

Jay Nunamaker is the director of the Center for the Management of Information at UA and will serve as the CEO for Discern Science International Inc., the company UA licensed to commercialize the program.

The main application for AVATAR is border security. With somewhere between 70 to 92 percent accuracy, the program could enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of border checkpoints.

The Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, FRONTEX and Department of Homeland Security provided funding for the work, with Tech Launch Arizona helping with the transition to commercialization.

Learn more here

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