The Foilies 2018

The Foilies 2018

In its fourth year, The Foilies recognizes the worst responses to records requests, outrageous efforts to stymie transparency and the most absurd redactions.


Walking for a Cure

This year, the MS Walk has two routes through the Reid Park Zoo. Participation is free, but donations that go to MS research are encouraged and rewarded.

Editor's Note

This week's cover story is an amusing-but-enraging piece that shines a light on how governments across the country are going to great lengths to thwart the people's right to know.

Broken Dreams, Broken Promises

The deadline Trump created when he ended DACA last September came and went with little acknowledgement from Congress. In D.C. and around the country, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and their allies marched, protested, chanted and were arrested.

Trigger Unhappy

The group of teens in a science class room at Tucson High are not there to talk biology. They're talking about how fear of being shot hinders their studies.

Police Dispatch

A day-drinking southwest-side man learned an expensive lesson but at least avoided jail after breaking into his own (former) apartment.


Unfortunately, instead of the attention being focused on whether Virginia's stifling defense can lead the Cavaliers to a title or if another dark horse can make it to the Final Four, all the talk these days is on whether college athletes should be paid.

Maybe it’s Marijuana

Arizona’s anti-marijuana forces have been railing against one of the biggest examples of the plant’s medical efficacy: decreasing opioid addiction.

Editor's Note

We're doing a little literary celebration this week with an excerpt from an upcoming UA Press book by original Biosphereans Mark Nelson.

Poop Patrol

The use of a local park in Marana by dog owners has left some local sports teams with less-than-ideal field conditions in recent weeks.

Agony on the Border

Just two days into his new job as a Border Patrol agent, fresh out of the training academy, Francisco Cantú and other raw recruits out in the desert found a cache of backpacks stuffed with clothes and food.

Court Controversy

After six days of silence, University of Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller addressed allegations of impropriety from deep inside the confines of McKale Center.

Police Dispatch

A woman called law enforcement about a neighbor she was feuding with who'd allegedly made a habit of scattering dog feces, rotten vegetables and other unpleasant offal around her yard.

Police Dispatch

As a cop started serving a woman on a warrant, this mysterious and apparently intoxicated subject was very vocal in stating her desires.

Fourth Dimensions

Tucson is at a critical juncture with our priorities for local ownership and the identity of our community.

The Skinny

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller is on the warpath again-this time against Rio Nuevo.

Testing Trials

One of the biggest changes to the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act passed a major legislative hurdle when SB1420 cleared the state Senate with a 27-3 vote Feb. 22.

Fair House

When Kate retired from a career in social services, she started working as a housing tester for the Southwest Fair Housing Council.

Tax Troubles

Deficits, entitlements, healthcare scarcity, higher education and a resulting recession were just a few of the topics at a recent panel on Trump's tax reform.

Editor's Note

After she was shot at Gabby Giffords' Congress on Your Corner, Pam Simon has thrown herself into the fight against gun violence.

Class Warfare

Schools are now talking to kids about being prepared in the event of an emergency, but they, like many other schools, shy away from talking about causes or solutions to our current national plight.

Guest Opinion

Sitting on my desk is a little glass bottle that contains a small, snub-nosed 9-millimeter bullet.

Police Dispatch

A family came home from some errands to find that someone had stolen two big, valuable and perfectly functioning appliances.

Police Dispatch

A random act of kindness that many would pair with simple human decency took place at the UA Poetry Center.


Here are the 10 stupidest things I heard in the aftermath of the Worst School Shooting of the Year…of the week.

White Lawmakers on Dope

With last week's deadline for legislation to clear its chamber of origin, several bills that would have created new regulations for Arizona's medical marijuana program have gone up in smoke, though a few remain alive.

Information Overload

Vincent del Casino Jr. is UA vice president for academic initiatives and student success as well as professor of geography and development.

Gazing into the Abyss

UA’s astronomy department and Steward Observatory are making advancements toward both seeing and understanding black holes.

Editor's Note

This week's cover story is an extensive package on the Tucson Hip Hop Festival, coordinated by staff writer Danyelle Khmara.

A Ray of Hope at the Rodeo

Everyone is wearing pink. There's hot pink shirts and pale pink cowgirl boots and couples wearing bright pink, matching bandanas.

Police Dispatch

A man appearing to brandish a "machete" against some northside teens caused a wave of fear in the Foothills.

Tucson Salvage

Jack Martin trundles his acres as if on a private mission, pointing out war beasts with excitable affection.

Double Trouble

Two more state bills are trying to restrict medical marijuana use, despite the intent of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

Growing Pains

Fourth Avenue's Flycatcher nightclub may be demolished this summer, with plans for new apartments and retail space.

Troubled Tram

For some, there's only one thing that can break the magic of this place: the Sabino Canyon shuttles.

Burçin’s Galaxy

A few decades ago, a young Girl in Turkey pasted images and quotes from Albert Einstein into her journal.

Editor's Note

A preview of the cultural events in Tucson this spring!

War and Remembrance

Veteran Jonathan Green not accustomed to getting emotional, and was surprised by his reaction to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Police Dispatch

A drunk man went out shoe-shoplifting and landed himself in jail, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

The Skinny

If you're terribly surprised that the GOP-controlled Congress is on a mad spending spree now that they hold the nation's purse springs, you have forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush administration.


Have you ever been watching something on the news and your mind just starts spiraling?

Irrational Immolation

After last week's excitement over SB1420, the Arizona bill that would reduce registration fees for patients, it reached an impasse as Republicans refused to allow lower fees.

Tap Dance

In addition to the dozens of collaborations between local brewers and food pairing events, the Tucson Craft Beer Crawl takes over the city for a day.

Let Love in

Valentine's Day might seem a bad time to ponder the perplexing dichotomy of our rapidly connecting yet rapidly isolating world, but here we go.

Hop to It

We've scoured the Tucson landscape of beer-themed events and picked out some of the best and bubbliest for your enjoyment.

Loophole Lessons

As part of the Fair Share Campaign, ACEP will hold events to educate people on how "fiscal decisions affect the priorities that Arizonans care about."

Editor's Note

Our cover story will tell you what you need to know about Beer Week and Tucson Craft Beer Crawl.

Methodists Help Migrants

This church's heart includes a drum kit and electric guitar below the dais, water harvesting to feed the native trees in the yard and, now, an immigration legal services clinic.

Police Dispatch

A couple tries to dine and dash their Christmas dinner at Waffle House.

Police Dispatch

A guy wandering the University of Arizona campus was trying very hard to get into a fight.

The Skinny

Jim Nintzel watches McSally go full Trump since announcing her Senate run and takes a closer look at a panel discussion with Mexico-based photographers.

Tucson Salvage

A dust devil charges down the swap-meet walkway and stirs the shop's neatly displayed sunglasses, silver trinkets, and daisy-happy pillows.

Practical Progress

Last week, state Sen. Sonny Borrelli introduced a bill that would significantly lower card fees for patients.


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