Editor's Note

Welcome Aboard!

David Barajas
Dan Stuart

It's been a while since a Tucson Weekly cover story had an accompanying soundtrack, but this week, musician Dan Stuart of Green on Red fame provides us with both an essay about his complicated relationship with Tucson and a song, "Never Going Back to Tucson," a catchy little number that you can listen to here.

Speaking of TucsonWeekly.com: I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Tirion Morris, who is coming onboard as our new web editor. Tirion was an outstanding intern for us back in the fall, so we're thrilled she's joined the team now that she's a graduate of the UA School of Journalism. She tells me she got interested in journalism because she liked writing and she enjoys learning about a lot of different topics. She's landed in the right place for that. So far, everything is going great (except for that minor incident with the saguaro photo last week; we're terribly sorry about that and it won't happen again).

And speaking of interns: We have a new batch of them here for the summer who are doing great work. This week, three UA journalism students have bylines: Marissa Ryan takes a look at the Trump administration's gag rule that seeks to block low-income women from using Planned Parenthood; Tori Tom fills you in on the #RedforEd initiative that would raise taxes on Arizona's wealthiest to pay for teacher raises and other education programs; and Kathleen Kunz looks into why a Fourth Avenue coffeehouse is closing its doors.

Last week, Kunz told us the story of Keith Bee Jr., who wants to replace his dad as a judge in Pima County Justice Court even though he's just 21 years old. We have a correction from that story: District 5 is actually on the east side of Tucson and includes the Vail and Rita Ranch areas. We regret the error, but we're still hoping Keith Bee Jr. actually reaches out to Kunz to talk about his campaign instead of hiding and hoping not enough voters realize he's not his dad.

Plenty else in the book, but we're out of space. Dig in and let me know what you think.

— Jim Nintzel Executive Editor

Hear Nintzel talk about what's happening in Tucson entertainment on The Frank Show at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings on KPLX, 96.1 FM.

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