Editor's Note

Before We Get Serious...

Around the end of the year, the staffs at many publications, including the Tucson Weekly, try to take it easy. It's usually the perfect time to chill out: There are two straight weeks with a holiday. People want to take time off to see out-of-town-relatives. The period is generally slow, news- and events-wise.

However, at Weekly World Central this year, we're getting no such downtime.

Instead, we're working hard to prepare for next week's special issue, which will be on stands during the one-year anniversary of one of the biggest news stories to ever happen in Southern Arizona: the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting that resulted in the deaths of six people and injuries to 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Our Jan. 5 issue will include some reflection on that horrible day for Southern Arizona, but primarily, we'll be focusing on how things have changed in the year since.

I'll give you a brief preview: There's a lot of good news—led, of course, by the inspiring recovery of Giffords, and the continuing good works of many of our friends and neighbors. However, there are some reasons to be discouraged, too, especially regarding the status of Southern Arizona's mental-health system, and the availability of guns and high-capacity magazines.

However, that's all fodder for next week. This week, we're looking back on other, more-dubious 2011 events, with our annual year-in-review, penned by Jim Nintzel and Leo W. Banks. Check that out here—and don't miss our New Year's Guide. Enjoy.

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