Sanctuary Skirmish

Sanctuary Skirmish

This week we invited Tucson Families Free & Together campaign director Zaira Emiliana Livier to argue in favor of prop 205 and Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik to argue against it.


Police Dispatch

After being thrown out of the University Medical Center, a bum-baring woman—apparently psychologically, not physically, afflicted—wanted to be left alone but didn’t want to leave, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report.

Fighting Words

After an outpouring of anger, along with a rallying cry for justice from the University of Arizona’s student body, two white undergraduate students were arrested for an attack on a black student last week. 

Second Chance

As the city grapples with a crashing market for recyclable materials, several big changes are on the horizon, including a reduction of collection service to every other week and a warning that residents who continue to throw trash into their recycling bins may lose the service altogether.


I’ve lost 100 pounds once and 80 pounds a different time and it just goes right back on. I hate being a cliché. I’m going to do it one more time just to show myself that I can. No surgery, no medication, and, alas, no Popeye’s Chicken.


Proposition 205, also known as Tucson Families Free and Together, is a citizen-led “sanctuary city” initiative that intends to limit Tucson Police Department officers’ ability to work on immigration-related policing and collaborate with federal immigration agencies, such as ICE and CBP.

Vote No on Prop 205

Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik writes why you should vote no on Prop 205.

Vote Yes on Prop 205

Zaira Emiliana Livier, a campaign director for Tucson Families Free & Together, writes why you should vote yes on Prop. 205.

Mainstream Meds

Once the federal Farm Bill of 2018 got passed, the one containing a provision that legalized the non-psychoactive cannabis that gives up CBD, the whole CBD market took off like a rocket because with newly emerging scientific data, the potential of CBD and other hemp products appears to be endless.

Now and Then

Jim introduces the latest Tucson Weekly.

Police Dispatch

A man who’d clearly not breakfasted gave new meaning to the term “hangry” when caught stealing an armful of convenience-store junk food by University of Arizona cops, according to a UA Police Department report.

Letter Degrade

It turns out that publicly dismissing the LGBT community as a collection of “perverts” and “degenerates” might not be great for your professional career.

Troubled Dreams

Two years after the trump administration announced plans to kill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program still has a pulse—though advocates worry about how long that might last.

Smoke Signals

If you want an idea of how far the idea of legal cannabis has come, just check out the day-long symposium on marijuana being held on the University of Arizona campus under the aegis of the UA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Science, and the BIO5 Institute.

A Dying Institution

By the time we left the hospital five days later, Sophie had both the official Trisomy 21 diagnosis (so-called because Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs when a third 21st chromosome appears during conception) and a referral to a pediatric cardiologist for a heart defect.


You don’t have to be mentally ill to become a mass shooter

In Your Streams

Jim introduces the content of the latest edition of Tucson Weekly

Sex Talk

Tucson’s largest school district may soon introduce changes to their sex education curriculum that some families see as an affront to their cultural and moral values. But supporters of the new material say it could improve the ability of students to make key life choices and better understand their bodies.

Digital Debate

For a long time, publishers—who have the rights to print and digital copies of their books—have sold their econtent to libraries at a higher price than what an individual buyer might find online.


While most media outlets were focused on the Democratic primary, the other person in the race was making a move that would greatly strengthen his position heading into the general election. For, on that same day, Independent candidate Ed Ackerley went to court and had his name legally changed to NOT Regina Romero. Suddenly, we have a race.

Tech highway

As the Arizona Department of Transportation finishes up work on their I-10 Picacho Widening and Improvement Project, they are also introducing their Dust Detection and Warning System.

Police Dispatch

A “dude” who’d been hanging out on the couches at the University of Arizona’s Student Union was caught masturbating in a restroom there, according to a UA Police Department report.

Weekend At Donnie’s

Here’s something that many think but few state—the President of the United States is, mentally speaking, rapidly falling apart before the nation’s eyes.

Saints Alive!

A collection of sordid, introspective stories from Arizona suburbs and elsewhere are coming to a streaming service near you! Twelve short films based on Tucson Weekly writer Brian Smith’s book Spent Saints will land on Amazon Prime later this month.

The Skinny

Tucson city councilmember Regina Romero won the three-way Democratic primary for mayor of Tucson last Tuesday, Aug. 27, overpowering former state lawmaker Steve Farley and downtown developer Randi Dorman.

Double Whammy

Vibe: Chill and welcoming Strains: Dozens of sativa and indica strains sold in quantities from a gram up, with pre-packaged flower deals and pre-rolls available.

Arts & Craft

Jim introduces our Fall Arts Guide and the rest of the content in the latest edition of Tucson Weekly.

Splitting the Check

Moms Demand Action wants both Sinema and Arizona’s other senator, Republican Martha McSally, to support a federal law requiring universal background checks. Such universal background checks, which require background checks on all gun sales, have been instituted in 12 states. Arizona does not have them.


It’s not an easy time to be a teenage girl, although it probably should be better than it is.

Tiny Terrors

Worldwide, mosquitoes kill more than 700,000 people a year, more than any other animal by a large margin, by transmitting diseases.

Tucson Salvage

Hannah talks about her mom and stops, a rare breath between difficult subjects. She continues: “It’s an injustice for people to assume others aren’t going to change just because they used to be a certain way. My mom cleaned up and was getting her life together and it was so beautiful.

Born To Be Wild

Jim Nintzel introduces the content in this week's edition of Tucson Weekly.

Police Dispatch

A man was so tired of a skinny, parking-lot-squatting, Jesus-loving methhead roaming his apartment complex that he offered his home up for an all-out undercover surveillance operation, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report.

Creative Buzz

The East Hive is a studio complex where local artists can rent rooms and become part of a community of creators.

Up on Charges

Thanks to a $2.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration, the City of Tucson will put their first electric buses on the street by early 2020.


Sam Borozan was one of those people who allow the rest of us to maintain a positive outlook despite all the crap that goes on in the world. This week, Tom remembers Mr. NAU.

Welcome Back, Wildcats

Tucson Weekly welcomes UA students back for another semester with 50 things you have to do at some point before you graduate.

By the Time We Got to Woodstock…

Jim talks about all the Woodstock anniversary, our #Greenshirtguy column, toads and more in this week's edition.

Police Dispatch

A northside man “accidentally” stole a motorized shopping cart from a Walmart store and rode it down a busy street to make a predawn McDonald’s coffee run, according to a Marana Police Department report.

Viral Message

#GreenShirtGuy speaks! And, he goes beyond the meme.

Don’t smoke the toad

As far as researchers know, the Sonoran Desert Toad is the only animal on Earth that produces 5 MeO DMT, a fast-acting psychedelic chemical. A local naturalist and a print shop and design studio have partnered to spread the message: Leave the toads alone.

Fancy Footwork

Devyn Jambga is a 23-year-old FC Tucson midfielder scoring big. Learn about his journey from his home country of Zimbabwe to the soccer field of Tucson.


This week Tom talks about his daughter Darlene, who was born with darker skin than the rest of the family, and rhetoric against dark-skinned people.

Photo Opportunity

Tim Fuller's life as a freelance photographer was made possible because 50 years ago, he managed to talk his way into a backstage pass at Woodstock.


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