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Friday, July 3, 2020

Tucson Weekly Removes Isaiah Toothtaker Profile from Website

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 11:22 AM

After consulting with writer Casey Dewey and former Tucson Weekly editor Dan Gibson, I removed a 2013 interview with tattoo artist Isaiah Toothtaker from our website.

Here is Dewey's comment on the article:

Eight years ago I wrote a cover story about Isaiah Toothtaker for the Tucson Weekly. The original idea was to write a shorter piece on his musical output, but it turned into something bigger. It became a sit-down “one-on-one” interview, something akin to a “sit-down with one Tucson’s most notorious residents.”

Looking back on it, it was pure exploitation and it stank of tabloid journalism. I haven’t thought about that article in some time, but numerous, horrific allegations about Toothtaker’s behavior have surfaced throughout this past week and that article has been gnawing away at me. If I had scratched under the surface I would’ve walked away from it, or turned it over to someone who was more capable of an investigative piece. I sincerely apologize to anybody who’s been hurt, abused or otherwise victimized by him. If you felt in any way I was legitimizing his behavior, I am truly sorry. I’m not speaking on behalf of the Tucson Weekly, but I will take full responsibility for this ill-conceived article.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Look Snazzy Through the Pandemic in a Limited Edition Tucson Weekly T-Shirt!

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM

You can ditch the suit-and-tie look while working from home, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still dress in stylish T-shirts. That's why we're excited to announce that we are teaming up with Arizona Uniform in the TUCSON2GETHER program to offer a new T-shirt that allows you to look good in your next Zoom meeting and show off your Tucson Weekly pride.

The TW T is just one of several you can choose from when you visit this virtual showroom. Here's the deal: $10 of the $24 price goes to the Weekly (or any other biz or nonprofit whose shirt you purchase).

But don't delay: This limited-edition T-shirt will only be available through midnight on Wednesday, May 20.

With the current pandemic-related economic crash rippling across our newspaper enterprise just as it's hammering many others, you'll also be supporting independent local journalism, which is vital in this day and age. Plus, we'll be donating half of our $10 take to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, so you'll also be helping feed the community with your purchase.

Get yours today! 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Here's Where You Can Find a Tucson Weekly

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 12:15 PM

It's Thursday, so a new edition of Tucson Weekly is on newsstands now! But with many of our distribution points closed under the stay-at-home order, you may be wondering where you can still find a copy of our latest issue. Good news: There are still plenty of places to pick us up. Here's a list of our current distribution locations. Remember you can find us at Albertson's grocery stores, Quik Marts and 7-Eleven stores. We've asked distribution points that are closed to set racks outside their place of business.


Time Market, 444 E. University Blvd.
Downtown Dispensary, 221 E. Sixth Street
Empire Foods, 540 E. Ninth St.
Flying Saucer, 439 N. Sixth Ave
Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave
Miller's Surplus, 406 N Sixth Ave.
Moon Smoke Shop, 338 N. Fourth Ave.
Hippie Gypsy, 351 N. Fourth Ave.
Mr. Heads Bar, 513 N Fourth Ave.
Boca, 533 N. Fourth Ave.
Brooklyn Pizza, 534 N. Fourth Ave.
Martin's, 557 N Fourth Ave
Magpies Pizza, 605 N. Fourth Ave
Epic Café, 745 N. Fourth Ave.
YWCA, 738 N. Fifth Ave.
Moon Smoke Shop, 2351 N. Alvernon Way
Catalina Market, 2601 N. Columbus Blvd

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Friday, July 28, 2017

You Better Get Those Best of Tucson Ballots in Soon

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 4:15 PM


Where do the days go? It might feel like the monsoons just got here but, somehow, we're approaching the end of July. When this month comes to a close, so too will your chance to vote in Best of Tucson.

Go vote!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vote Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM


You are just about out of time to vote in the first round of Best of Tucson. So, hop on over to the survey, give us your opinion on the 30 (or more!) people, places or institutions you think are the best of the best, and submit your ballot before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

"But wait," you might be saying. "What do you mean 'first round'?"

A good question. A few years ago, the Weekly decided to shake things up a little bit and put the top five vote-getters in each of the many Best Of Categories up for a head-to-head battle and a second round of voting.

So, vote before the calendar flips over to June (!!! already? How?) if you want a say in who makes it into the finals, then check back on June 15 to see the finalists and help decide the victors. (Note: You can vote in the second round even if you don't vote in the first round—but it's way more fun if you vote in both).

Vote here! Vote now! Vote before the clock hits 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Celebrating and Showing Off the Best of Tucson

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Perhaps Tucson doesn't exactly shine in May—or perhaps it shines too much. Either way, the question is: Where shall I take my summer visitors? - BIGSTOCK
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  • Perhaps Tucson doesn't exactly shine in May—or perhaps it shines too much. Either way, the question is: Where shall I take my summer visitors?

I've lived in Tucson my whole life—Well, I grew up in Oro Valley, but try not to hold that against me. I flirted with the idea of moving to a bigger city when I was in my late teens, but somehow I couldn't quite bring myself to leave. These days, I'm not even tempted. For better or worse, I've fallen for this place and I don't see myself packing up in the near future.

There are places in Tucson that I love and visit more than others and they, of course, usually get my vote when it comes to Best of Tucson. This year, I'm looking at my ballot under slightly different lighting: I've got some family coming to town and next week my full time job is entertaining them.

The visitors are my dad, and his wife and daughter. Dad lived in Tucson for years, but left almost 15 years ago. My stepmother is visiting the United States for the first time, and my sister hasn't been here since she was a toddler. This city is essentially new to them, which means it's up to me to make it look good.

Thoughts like that run through my head now, as I'm filling out my Best of Tucson ballot. Time is running out for me to decide what is going to make the cut on my little family tour of Tucson—they fly in on Friday. But you've got until May 31 to fill out your ballot and tell me all about what you consider the Best of the Best the Old Pueblo has to offer.

Get voting!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

We Made One-Fifth of a Lotería Deck For You

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Today's the day! The results are in for Best of Tucson. You can read up on the winners here, but you should pick up a physical copy and keep it in your glove compartment for the next time you find yourself in need of a veterinarian, comic book or a really good veggie burger. 

The other reason you should pick up a copy of the paper is to enjoy the lotería cards our in-house graphic designer Oliver Muñoz made for the issue. It's been a few years since we've had any made-for-Best-Of-Tucson illustrations, and we're pretty excited about it. 

Below is a slideshow of the 11 cards (we're just 43 cards short of a functional deck!) and the cover Oliver made for us.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly Wins Five Writing Awards at AZ Newspaper Association

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Tucson Weekly political writer Jim Nintzel with his wife, Jennifer Hard, and his new boss, Olivia "YaYa" Nintzel.
  • Tucson Weekly political writer Jim Nintzel with his wife, Jennifer Hard, and his new boss, Olivia "YaYa" Nintzel.
The Weekly brought home five writing awards in this year’s Arizona Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest in the competition among large non-daily papers.

Political writer Jim Nintzel won two first place awards. His long-running Skinny column took first place in commentary/analysis with “Technical Issue” (Jan. 28, 2016), a look at how Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP lawmakers zeroed out funding for career and technical education at high schools and were dragging out efforts to restore the JTED dollars, threatening highly successful programs across Arizona. The Skinny also took home first place in the feature column category for Nintzel’s remembrance of his late father. (“Goodbye, Dad,” Jan. 21, 2016).

Nintzel won second place in the Best News Story category for “Bern Notice” (July 30, 2015), his examination of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign after Sanders visited the Netroots Nation conference in July 2015. And he nabbed third place for sustained news coverage for his work on the 2015 Tucson City Council elections. The judges observed that Nintzel provided “well balanced coverage” and “has a knack for colorful quotes and language, without distracting from the issues.”

Former staff writer Maria Ines Taracena won third place in the Best Feature Story category with “Dignity” (July 16, 2015), a look at the plight of the homeless.

Elsewhere in the Tucson Local Media family, Marana News staff writer Brad Allis won second-place in Best Sports Column for “Me, Jimmie Lee and Willie McGee,” a tribute to his late grandmother. 

In the Excellence in Advertising Awards, the Explorer Newspaper production manager Brandon Hays brought home first-place honors in the Best Special Section category for the “Best of the Northwest” edition (April 6, 2016). The judge noted that it was a “fun, informative section. I’d keep it in the glovebox to consult while on a road trip!”

Ad graphic designer Louie Armendariz won third place in the Best Paid Ad—Color category for his Title Boxing ad.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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