Pans and Props

One of the things The Weekly hasn't been doing enough of lately is exploring the other side of Tucson.

By "the other side," I mean parts of the city that are never heard about--things beyond the arts, politics and publicized goings-on.

This week's cover package delves into a small part of that "other side": Tucson's homeless.

A month or so ago, local writer/photographer David Burckhalter approached me with the photographs published this week. They were beautiful, compelling and non-cliched portraits of a slice of Tucson that few of us know anything about.

I am sure these photos will impress you--and make you think.

Now, onto something The Weekly is doing well: winning awards.

The Weekly took home three awards from the Arizona Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest, a nice feat considering we only submitted a handful of entries.

Leo W. Banks won first place in the best news feature story (non-dailies over 10,000 circulation) for "At War on the Border" (Dec. 19), which examined rising tensions related to illegal immigration. Jim Nintzel took third place in that category for "Shoot to Thrill" (Dec. 12), a piece about local video-game manufacturer Running With Scissors. Finally, Nintzel won second place in the best news story category for "Free to a Good Home" (April 24) about the Mountain Avenue public art controversy.

Congrats to Leo and Jim.

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