Brilliant Blurbs

I often use this space to babble about the big things that we do—the cover stories, the special issues, etc.

This week, I'd like to focus on some of the little stuff we do—namely, blurbs. In features like City Week, Soundbites, Media Watch, Police Dispatch and (most notoriously) The Skinny, we regularly bring you powerful information in small packages.

Witness some of this week's bodacious blurbs:

• In Soundbites (Page 42), Stephen Seigel talks about this Sunday's Benefit for Haiti at Hotel Congress, organized by a Tucson musician/humanitarian who knows Haiti well.

• On a much, um, lighter note, Anna Mirocha has this sentence in Police Dispatch: "The subject said the syringes were for 'intravenous injection training,' and the powder was casting material that he was going to use to construct a homemade 'personal pleasure device.'" OK! You can read the rest on Page 14.

• Another fascinating out-of-context sentence, penned by John Schuster, can be found in Media Watch, on Page 12: "Law-enforcement agencies reportedly had to ask KOLD to tone it down on the whole 'tornado watch' thing, as residents of a mobile home park took it upon themselves to evacuate." While that sentence is a delight, so is the rest of the Media Watch from which it's taken.

• Finally, you'll want to read all the way to the end of The Skinny, so you can find out about a potentially fascinating turn in the whole town of Marana/Saguaro Ranch neighbors mess. See The Skinny on Pages 9, 11 and 13.

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