Monday, August 20, 2018

Charlie Needs a Home and a Yard

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 3:56 PM

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“Do you have a yard I can run and play in?"
- Charlie

Go fall in love with Charlie at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. and bring your family, including dogs! Have questions? Give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173. 

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Welcome Back Wildcats! UA Welcomes 7,900 New Freshmen

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 3:22 PM

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Today is the first day of school at the University of Arizona and 7,900 freshmen from all 50 states are starting their college careers.

The new batch is a smart one, according to UA, with seven percent more students entering with a 4.0 grade point average and 16 percent more students with high GPA's between 3.75 and 3.99.

"We are honored to welcome all of our new and returning Wildcats to campus," said Kasey Urquidez, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs advancement and dean of undergraduate admissions at the UA. "We are thrilled with the increase in applications and the number of students who have selected the UA as their college of choice."

Not only are there more A+ students at the UA this year, the number of applications also went up by 20 percent, with the percentage of freshman students from diverse backgrounds at 45 percent.

"The start of the school year brings a unique feeling of excitement to campus," said UA President Robert C. Robbins in a UA press release. "We have a very strong class of students coming to the UA this fall, and many of them are first-generation students from diverse backgrounds. Along with many others here at the UA, I can't wait to see what this year's new students will achieve during their academic careers."

Along side the new freshmen, around 2,300 transfer students enrolled this semester, with 53 percent of them being first-generation students and many of them online students.

"We're meeting our students where they are – offering opportunities to be a Wildcat from all over the world or down the street from the comfort of their home," Urquidez said in a UA press release.

The on-campus, online and even international student population has grown this year, now with students from over 100 countries.

"The incoming international freshman class is up 36 percent – in stark contrast to national trends – reflecting the UA's commitment to bold new recruiting strategies and growing reputation as a global university," said Brent White, dean of global campuses and interim vice provost for global affairs.

The most popular majors for incoming freshmen are:
- Pre-business
- Pre-Physiology
- Engineering
- Biology
- Pre-Computer Science

New degree options that have been added this semester are:
- Applied Humanities
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- Food Studies
- Statistics and Data Science
- Food Safety
- Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
- Nutrition and Food Systems
- Personal and Family Financial Planning
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Statistics and Data Science
- Deaf Studies
- Mild Moderate Disabilities
- Rehabilitation Studies and Services

An official count of all students enrolled at UA for the 2018-19 school year will be released on Sept. 10. 

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Look What We Got in the Mail Today!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 1:41 PM

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Dear Reader,

We, here at the Tucson Weekly, receive lots of mail every day and so in efforts of paying it forward, here is a letter to you about a book that landed in our mail box.

Every now and again some kind publisher sends us a book with the hopes and dreams that we will write a wonderful review therefore skyrocketing their book sales. We get many books and are not able to read and review every single one, but sometimes one catches our eye.

Well, today that book was "The Best Damn Answers to Life's Hardest Questions" by Tess Koman.

The little pink, brown and gold book is inviting with its sparkly cartoon taco, sunglasses and bra on the cover, and that is where you get sucked in.

First you start reading thinking you are too cool for group think. That there is no such thing as universal relatablility. And then you follow through the flow charts and realize that everything describes your life. Perfectly.

Now, I don't know if this is a good thing or a bit sad of a thing, but it is certainly the truth.

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This book asks the real questions in life, such as is a bra really necessary? Should I buy a plant? Should I text *that person*? And perhaps, most pointedly, am I too old for this shit?

Cute and colorful flowcharts illustrated by the talented Katie Vernon help millennials, and maybe even everyone really, navigate through some of life's smallest yet most important decisions.

And after reading through Koman's advice, my advice for her? Go open that bagel shop! You clearly want to!
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EXTRA: A little interesting note about the author is that she is the features editor at and the former web editor at Web editors often are pretty cool people.

- Tirion Morris, Web Editor

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Justice of the Peace Candidate Keith Bee II Talks About Judge Training

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 12:46 PM

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Many eyes have been fixed on Keith Bee II as he quietly conducts his campaign for Justice of the Peace in Precinct 5. His candidacy initially raised concerns because he is the son and namesake of the man who currently holds this position, Judge Keith Bee.

Bee II has been unusually quiet for a candidate running for an elected office, and has stayed largely out of the public eye. This has raised speculation of an attempt to use his identical name to confuse voters into thinking they are voting for the father as an incumbent. Over the past few months, several news outlets have attempted to contact Bee for interviews with not much luck.

Bee's opponent, Doug Taylor, is a defense attorney with a private practice here in Tucson. He's been upset with Bee's campaign strategy, and has talked to the media frequently in an attempt to make Bee's identity more clear to the public.

On Bee's campaign website, there is a claim that he completed "Arizona Supreme Court Pro Tem Judge Training." A pro tem (short for pro tempore) is a person that works temporarily in the place of an official judge, similar to a substitute. In Pima County, pro tem judges are required to have at least five years of experience as a licensed attorney and cannot be less than 30 years old.

Bee II does not meet these requirements, since he has never attended law school and just recently turned 21 years old. So his claim of completing training for a pro tem judgeship raised a few flags among Tucson's legal community, including Taylor.

On Facebook, Taylor accused Bee of lying about the judge training because it isn't possible for him to become a pro tem judge. He also sent emails to several news outlets, including Tucson Weekly, urging reporters to look into his "false" claim.

Heather Murphy, public information officer for the Arizona Supreme Court, said that there are different types of pro tem judge training with different requirements for each one. The training that Bee completed was an online course that came in the form of computer software that can be completed on a self-paced schedule. This is not the same as orientation training for official pro tem judges, which is what Taylor assumed Bee was implying in his website credentials.

Over the weekend, Tucson Weekly reached out to Bee to clarify the specific training that he completed and he responded, to our surprise. It's important to note that although he used vague terms on his website, Bee II never said that he was in a position to become a pro tem judge.

In an email Bee wrote:

The Arizona Supreme Court Pro Tem Judge Training is produced by the Judicial College of Arizona. Between June-July 2018 I successfully completed all of the required modules.

Matthew Schwartz, Investigative Reporter from Channel 4 News, has thoroughly researched this story. Here are his response and findings on the topic.

"Feel free to tell anyone who asks that I informed Mr. Taylor that your statement is not a lie, prompting him to delete it from his Facebook page. After I received the proof from you, I called the media person for the State Supreme Court and she confirmed your statement. She said Mr. Taylor 'is apparently confusing the New Judge Orientation' with the pro tem training you completed."

As of today's deadline, Taylor could not be reached for comment.

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Claytoon of the Day: Parade Gets a Deferment

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 9:16 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, Aug. 20

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Tucson’s 243rd Birthday Party and Happy Hour. Some people’s drinking slows down as they get older, but Tucson’s nearing a quarter of a millennium, and it’s still all about that happy hour, which its residents certainly appreciate. The Tucson Presidio and the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission are presenting this birthday bash at La Cocina Restaurant, where there will be live performances by Los Canguitos Feos and Gertie and the T.O. Boyz, VIP guests including the mayor, free birthday cake made by La Cocina’s pastry chef and a special unveiling of the new Presidio Museum sign (that’s at 4:15 p.m.). You can also take a free one-hour tour of the Presidio District with historian Ken Scoville at 7:30 p.m. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. La Cocina Restaurant, 201 N. Court Ave. Free entry. Details here.

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Volunteer Mondays.
Have you ever driven down Campbell and passed by the cute patch of green growing by the river and wondered what is that magical oasis? It's the Tucson Village Farm! Every Monday from 8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. volunteers can learn the secrets of gardening in the desert and help the farm at the same time. Tucson Village Farm is a program of the University of Arizona and helps local youth learn about healthy eating, responsible farming practices, urban farming and more. Volunteer and check it out. 4210 N Campbell Ave. Details here.

Welcome to Spring Break AKA Nightmare Beach. Today is actually the first day of school for our local Wildcats and you can celebrate the bright start of a new semester with this creepy campus film. As part of The Loft's College Cut-Ups month, movie-goers can get in the school spirit of dreaming of spring break in Florida. But wait, there's a crazed killer on the loose! Join Skip and Ronnie as they figure out the mystery of Diablo, the motorcycle-riding bikini-obsessed murderer ruining spring break in Miami. General admission $3, only $2 for Loft members. Show starts at 8 p.m. The Loft Cinema. Details here. 

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Banner - UMC Phoenix and Tucson Named Best Hospitals

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 4:19 PM

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Our local Banner - University Medical Center and it's counterpart in Phoenix have been recognized as "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report.

Banner - UMC Tucson was named number one in Tucson, number three in all of Arizona and ranked nationally in three specialties: number 36 for gynecology, 49th for pulmonology and 50th for nephrology.

"We are honored that U.S. News has recognized the hard work and dedication of our caregivers, educators and researchers at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Our team's continuing commitment to our patients and our community is unparalleled," said Sarah Frost, interim CEO of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

This year U.S. News and World Report ranked more than 4,500 medical centers across the country, with 25 specialties.

Banner - UMC Phoenix ranked number two nationally, and placed among the best in five categories including geriatrics, pulmonology, nephrology, cardiology and heart surgery, and neurology and neurosurgery.

"To be among the medical centers recognized in five specialty areas is a significant accomplishment, and is a testament to the work that our team does every day in support of building the relationship between our college and Banner," said Guy Reed, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. "Let us continue to raise the bar for our students and patients, the community, and one another."

Read the full report here.

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Celebrate Nandi the Elephant's Birthday!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 3:56 PM

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Nandi is another year older, and the Reid Park Zoo is throwing her a party! The elephant is turning four years old and her favorite activity is rolling in the mud so what better way to celebrate than with a Muddy birthday bash.

The event will be held Saturday, August 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will include a line up of activities such as singing happy birthday, elephant ear crafts, mud pit fun and mud paintings.

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And how can you celebrate a birthday without cake? There will be free birthday cupcakes for the first 100 people in Expedition Tanzania.

There will also be a Nandi Special salad for sale featuring her two favorite fruits, melon and oranges!

Head over to the Reid Park Zoo to join in on the birthday bash fun.

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Tucson's Birthday Party at 1912 Brewing Company

Tucson is turning 141 years old and we are going to Celebrate with Beer Raspados!… More

@ 1912 Brewing Company Mon., Aug. 20, 6-9 p.m. 2045 N Forbes Blvd Ste 105

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