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A proposal to rein in predatory lending splits the Tucson City Council.
Costs are climbing for Tanque Verde's push to build a new high school.
Grand Old Phantasy
Republicans want Tom Volgy thrown off the ballot for participating on a redistricting committee.
Getting Back to Basics
As funding is chopped, the City Council tweaks its neighborhood and downtown reinvestment plan.
Clear Channel has traffic reporters in Tucson. Our mistake.
Skyrocketing city pool fees are leaving many high and dry.
Voice of the Desert
Tucson Q&A with David Yetman.
Clear Channel provides Tucsonans with traffic reports from Phoenix.
Pima County spending will top a billion dollars for the first time.
A Night at the Triple T
Despite business struggles, TTT still features interesting characters on a regular basis.
The Principal's Principles
A TUSD investigation of Maxwell Middle School's Ruben Ruiz reveals numerous rule violations.
Quiet on the Set
Fade to Black at Old Tucson.
He's never voted in a muni election, but Armando Rios Jr. says he's found the light in politics.
Local lawmakers vote for more payments to HealthSouth, a move that hurts Pima's patients.
A judge says the Tanque Verde School District violated the Open Meeting Law.
TUSD counselor moonlights for nudie mag.
The county hospital will no longer take medical patients starting next month.
No Peace in the Valley
The battle over a high school in the Tanque Verde school district rages on.
The Battle Over Old Tucson
The county and two of its wealthiest residents keep fighting--with no end in sight.
Tucson's Name in Lights
Does the Old Pueblo have a future as a movie production mecca?
All in the Family
After a fight with a student, a monitor--the principal's brother-in-law--gets promoted to substitute teacher.
Release the List!
KXCI's management loses a battle in the war with some frustrated listeners.
Behind in the Count
The Sidewinders are off to a great start, but can they draw enough fans to survive?
Tucson City Hall's proposed property tax hike is a whopper--for some folks.
A TUSD assistant high school principal was in trouble with drugs a mere five years ago.
Can University Physicians save Kino Community Hospital?
"The Star" doesn't walk its talk when it comes to taxes.
Delinquent Community Leaders
Tax lists show many well-known Tucsonans aren't paying their fair share.
Passing the Buck in Oro Valley
Officials in Pima County's richest area want the county to pay some of its "discretionary" bills.
The Battle Over the List
The fight that could determine KXCI's future goes to the courts.
The Bucks Go Here
In the face of budget cuts, Mayor Walkup's administration still outspends his predecessors by a large margin.
The future of the GOP county chairman-turned-felon sits in the hands of Democratic Gov. Napolitano.
Stone, Sixth would become two-way under city plan for Five Points traffic.
Protesters get their Irish up after KXCI radio ousts show, host.
Move That Ball and Chain
Arizona to ship 645 prisoners to private prison in Newton, Texas.
County open space purchases top $24 million since '97 vote, mostly in Tucson Mountains, Canoa Ranch.
What's the Impact?
Supervisors may increase the fee on new homes to help pay the costs of growth.
Gateway owner, youth hockey backer spar over who's allowed on the ice.
Gail Leland doesn't need to be reminded of Tucson's mean streets. She remembers.
State of the County
What you won't learn at the big Expo this week.
The Sidewinders wriggle out of lease provisions, leaving county taxpayers holding the skin.
Lawyers, Guns and Money
Attorneys Phil Higdon, Stanton Bloom, Amelia Craig Cramer, Fred Kay and Paul Gattone
Drs. Leonard Ditmanson and Brendan Phibbs
Armen Dirtadian, golfer-singer-teacher
Arizona's tax system is full of inequities, but reform looks unlikely.
Alvina Gutierrez watches the tax on her 40-year-old home go up and up and wonders where it will all end.
The Prince of Peace, or, rather, his namesake, seeks election as Justice of the Peace.
A mother battles state prison officials to keep her son's testicular cancer from becoming a life sentence.
Supervisor drives county vehicle to promote his candidacy at political functions.
'Lifelong Democrat' Raúl Grijalva belonged to another party, La Raza Unida, when it suited him.
Out of Bounds
A candidate, UA football tix and big shots.
City stores spare buses for Sun Tran at the former Mackey property on Broadway.
Night and Day
Supervisor wants to change the culture of county government, but don't shine the light into her office.
Dead Men Don't Vote
Or sign Justice of the Peace candidate Armando Ronquillo's petitions, a court rules.
New houses, commercial development and car sales a big boost to Pima County tax base.
Supervisor got no-bid contract for consulting on South 12th road project before he joined board.
Legal maneuvers continue in the latest TUSD scandal.
Another tawdry scandal rocks Tucson Unified School District.
New city budget shifts police resources downtown, at the expense of neighborhoods.
What's Swat, Doc?
The question for U.S. surgeon general nominee Richard Carmona is . . . what's the question again?
The Color of Money
State seeks to slow runaway tax hikes for desegregating Tucson schools.
All roads lead out of Tucson
Most of the big supporters of the road tax don't live inside the city.
Blue Ribbon Committee Proposes City Charter Changes.
Raúl Grijalva still firmly supports farmworkers. But in his bid for Congress, he's currying the favor of a big-money California grower.
City touts transportation plan to its workers, some of whom take to the streets on its behalf.
Tucson's aquarium project is roiled before it even gets off the ground.
Mold infestation prompts closure of Kino Community Hospital's fourth floor.
Short End of the Stick
Feeding the parking meter is a stretch when you're confined to a wheelchair.
The mayor walks on water, or is it just magic?
Change is in Order
County road construction costs go up as contractors win approval for add-ons that boost the price.
The Next Raúl
Supervisors will choose from 12 applicants for Grijalva's seat. Whomever is selected will have to win at the polls this fall.
What They're Worth
County supervisors reveal their assets on public disclosure forms.
Pride of the South Side
A skinny basketball player who has paced the region in scoring this season, setting a state record along the way, is the latest in a long line of Pueblo High School stars.
Mayor, City Council members show us the money.
Those who ignore transit tax-proposal history are doomed to repeat it.
Sucking the Deseg Teat
Lawyer Laurence Marc Berlin wants TUSD taxpayers to pay for his Harvard degree.
Buon compleanno, capo di tutti capi, in pensione.
Birthday greetings to the capo di tutti capi.
Back by popular demand--the top 6 fixes of the year!
When Grijalva resigns to run for Congress, who will get his county seat?
County officials bicker over road improvements that are both expensive and stalled.
Rumors of the Rialto's demise are greatly exaggerated.
He Keeps South Tucson's Political Machine Purring And Growling.
Breakfast of Champions?
If Tucson Republicans hope to continue their winning streak, whitebread politics will soon be toast.
The Fix Ain't In
Much work remains before various interest groups can reform the city charter.
Driven to distraction at traffic school.
Attack of the Killer Gerrymander
New county redistricting has created a monster.
There Goes the Neighborhood
In a campaign that divided the city geographically, the winners couldn't carry their own neighborhoods.
Local baseball is still losing money--ours.
Sick Transit, Gloria Mundi
Can new transportation boss Kurt Weinrich repair the county's road troubles?
Requiem for a Heavyweight
Gary Triano's sensational murder remains unsolved after five years.
You can save Tucson's trauma centers for as little as $4.50.
It may be hard to meet legitimately with elected officials, but if you're up to no good in the County administration building, walk right in.
Charges that Paula Aboud manages junky property are piling up.
Blade 'n' Grade
One tract along the Tortolitas suggests the future of Marana's surrounding desert.
Terrorists in Tiny Town
Tucson is both cosmopolitan and isolated enough to shelter violent subversives-in-the-making.
Raúl Grijalva may have an easy ride to Washington.
A county contract for cactus-conservation PR goes to the land of the Sopranos.
Drivers In A Box
Bond money for major-road improvements is increasingly diverted to neighborhood projects.
TUSD just realized it owes money in a retirement-system lawsuit, and guess who pays?
Tu Nidito's lawsuit saga continues.
Where There's Smoke
Northwest Fire District has money to burn.
Union busting may underlie many of the Brewster Center's problems.
TUSD's "fantasy" tax increase will be all too real to small businesses.
If you think Blockbuster Video's late fees are high, wait until you see how much some stores are taxing you.
Taken at its word, the City Charter excludes women from local government.
A TUSD janitor fights for his job, and his life.
City governance may need reform, but are the proposals of Tucson's business elite the reform we really need?
Pima County supes can't stop guzzling property taxes, which are the state's highest.
Behind In The Count
The squeeze play at Tucson Electric Park.
Walking a Tightrope
The City Council belatedly studies a no-impact property-tax boost to balance the budget.
GOP leaders and mining company want Ironwood Forest National Monument changes.
Tip O' the Hat
Sen. Andy Nichols earned respect from conservatives as well as his fellow progressives.
Yrun is the One
Supervisors name former Planned Parenthood head to fill Nichols' vacant Senate seat.
Invasion of the Bar Snatchers
Marathon has fallen to the UA, but its Sixth Street neighbors aren't fleeing yet.
Redistricting the county will mean a whole new look for the supes.
What's in a Name?
In the restaurant biz, sometimes a lawsuit.
Pima County's process for sketching political boundaries is underway.
Incorporating Casas Adobes could mean reducing taxes for the rest of us.
Diamond in the Rough
Pima County got taken, out at the ballgame.
The Battle of Marathon
A family fights over the sale of their restaurant, while the UA Foundation toys with their fate.
A tribal judge on the wrong side of the law tries to pull her life together.
Despite rosy projections, the county budget's weedpatch of deficits is choking any hope of tax relief.
The supes welcome a lawsuit against them as their last chance to fight the state law against downzoning.
Voters approve a sales tax for education, but will they ante up for city buses too?
El Tour de Tucson gives financial life support to a troubled hospice.
Tucson bids farewell to Elsa Paine Mulhern.
Open Meeting Flaw
Old Amphi adversaries unite for a curious interpretation of the law.
The only surprise in the TUSD race is how long it's taken Judy Burns to join the board.
Two angry people collide on a Tucson street.
Amphi follows a new leader.
Is Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry's proposed budget for real?
Bringing The Peace
Stan Paz returns to lead TUSD.
Amphi's ruling majority is outta there!
In the final weeks of the recall campaign, incumbents use student files to boost their campaigns.
See Ya in Court
A recap of Amphi's recent legal adventures.
Three candidates seek to unseat Amphi's ruling majority.
County Waste Water Management chief George Brinsko is calling it quits after more than two decades.
The recall is on at Amphi.
All Done In District 1
Rich Genser decides not to seek the Republican nomination for the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
Trials And Tribulations
Three members of the Amphi School Board face a recall election, and Ken Smith has his day in court.
An intractable TUSD threatens the Arroyo Chico flood control project.
With the help of local contributions, Steve Soboroff is seeking the Los Angeles mayor's seat.
The secret's out: County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is developing a proposal to acquire three-quarters of the Canoa Ranch.
Past election results indicate the three Amphi Board members facing recall have something to fear.
Republican Rich Genser tosses his hat into the Board of Supervisors' ring.
A parents' group forces a recall of three Amphi Board members.
Try, Try Again
After a tedious day in court, Ken Smith's fate remains in limbo.
Ken Smith continues the good fight in court on Monday.
Why is the county doing business with PricewaterhouseCoopers after the SEC reported the company had violated 8,064 federal rules?
Back In The Saddle Again
After seven years, former County Manager Enrique Serna is back in the Pima ranks.
Coup De Todd
A closer look at the effort to boot Ken Smith from the Amphi School Board.
The Bruce Is Loose
In his new post, Postil will continue to show his bosses that the unmanageable can in fact be managed.
John Nachbar heads home to Kansas.
Under New Management
City Manager Luis Gutierrez calls it quits.
All Too Soon
Tucson says good-bye to deputy Pima County attorney Richard McKee.
The Road To MDA
Jerry wants his kids' needs met.
What's The Prognosis?
High-flying SWAT Doc Richard Carmona is grounded until next month.
War For Ward 4
Just who is Debra L. Johnson?
The Board of Supervisors manage to pare down a few costs as they pass the largest budget in Pima County history.
City Hall Showdown
Four Democrats battle for the nomination in Tucson's mayoral contest.
A closer look at the latest City Council campaign finance reports.
The Doctor Is Out
Embattled Dr. Richard Carmona resigns his post heading up Pima County healthcare system.
After four successful years, Principal Mendoza is goin' back to Cali.
Dash For Cash
Take the money and run.
Pima County supervisors are flirting with a 15 percent property tax increase that they hope not many voters will notice when tax bills arrive just after Labor Day.