Embrace the carpetbaggers. That's the message sent last night by the boards of Tucson's two biggest school districts, both of whom made new commitments to superintendents.
You could imagine the eye rolls around Tucson when it emerged June 7 that Arizona Game and Fish may end up killing some mountain lions in order to repopulate the Catalinas with bighorn sheep.
I walked into a "sealed" courtroom in downtown Tucson Thursday afternoon and saw something interesting: six Justice Department staffers at one table, two plaintiffs' advocates at the other.
The majority on the Sunnyside school board seems to want it both ways.
Jeri Taylor didn't hesitate to take charge of her son's medical care when University Medical Center discharged him in February.
An attorney general, three photocopier manufacturers and the White House all are confronting patent trolls, but what really demonstrates the trolls' retreat is their response to The Eagle.
The place was packed on Sunday at Revolutionary Grounds coffee shop, which every first and third Sunday of the month hosts a Marxism discussion group.
Talk of "proletarian revolution" may sound antiquated, but it remains topical every two weeks at a Tucson coffee shop.
The death of a three-month-old Tucson baby named Izayah Garcia was tragic in itself. But the tragedy has deepened in the aftermath, leaving five more children in foster care.
If you want to know The Truth, you know whom to ask. Steve Smith, a talent agent from the town of Maricopa, apparently has a corner on it.
Children learn quickly that it isn't a valid excuse for misbehavior to say "Everybody was doing it."
Dennis Burke, the former U.S. attorney for Arizona, tried to undermine a whistleblower in the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking case by leaking a document to a journalist, but he failed.
You can't say that schools for lower-performing students get no recognition.
The city of Tucson has an opportunity and a problem.
At 26, Reno Roethle is going through a time of life when people make big decisions - about careers, lovers, moves.
For more than half an hour Tuesday, former Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally spoke enthusiastically to Pima County GOP activists.
The view from Picacho Peak's slopes, looking east, shows the surrounding man-altered terrain. A large Union Pacific rail yard is proposed for the same area. Critics say it would have signficant harmful impact on the area, already affected by visual pollution and traffic noise from Interstate 10.
PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK - As you climb the northeast side of Picacho Peak, distant noise accompanies you: Interstate 10 traffic, the long passing trains, the occasional flyover by F-16s apparently using the mountain as a landmark.
No school arouses passions around Tucson like Basis does.
June 8, 2002 was the day when, for me, border-crosser deaths changed from an issue into a crisis.
It's an annual rite of self-congratulation. U.S. News and World Report ranks Basis Tucson and University High School among the best in the country.
It's not the recruitment video you'd expect. One by one, workers hit you with the tough reality of working for Child Protective Services.
Tucson Unified School District administrators surprised the school board last week by revealing they want to require a ninth-grade multiculturalism course at three high schools - before the board has even seen or approved the curriculum.
Residents of Southern Arizona's borderlands are on a frontier, but it's not the one they're used to.
At Sunnyside Unified School District's raucous board meeting Tuesday night, critics of the financially troubled superintendent continued their calls for him to be fired. The non sequitur of a response from his defenders: But the district's performance is improving.
"What happened is a terrible thing, but I know that my kids have nothing to do with it. I know it. I am mother. I know my kids. I know my kids. Really, my kids would never get involved with anything like that."
South Tucson leaders call it a new era for the city. We'll see.
Tucson's English-speakers have long loved throwing Spanish words onto a new street or subdivision to give the place-name some panache.
It's hard to pick the best symbol of Manuel Isquierdo's nearly six years as superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District.
Ten years ago the passionate debate over the newly launched Iraq War found a touchstone in Tucson - the giant "A" on Sentinel Peak.
So much for working from home. Sitting in my backyard and writing last week, I was seduced by a pretty tree waving at me in the breeze. It was an African sumac, and I pointed to that species in last Wednesday's column - on the scourge of palm trees - as an example of a good non-native tree t…
On Sept. 15, 2006, Katie Bolger promised her boss, Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich, that she would do better if she could have her job back.
Merchants from Fronteras, Sonora, gave the man a wad of money to spend on guns and ammunition in Douglas and smuggle them back south.
Arizona's Department of Veterans Services has 366 employees.
Enough with the palm trees, OK Tucson? For almost a century, this city has indulged its sense of itself as an oasis in the desert by trying to make the Old Pueblo look like one.
Reports released last week show that Jared Lee Loughner's parents remained in denial about their son's mental condition up until Jan. 8, 2011, when he shot 19 people.
It horrified Tucson native Sean Elliott to learn in December that he and his wife were the second-biggest users of water in San Antonio.
Jared Lee Loughner's parents took away his shotgun and disabled his car nightly but didn't make sure he got a mental-health evaluation in the months before his Jan. 8, 2011, Tucson shooting rampage.
When Gov. Jan Brewer toured the Arizona-Sonora border area last month, she met only with people who share her view of the borderland as out of control.
We're already forgetting Adyson Gaxiola. When the toddler died of abuse March 15, at 18 months old, it merited a short item in this paper.
You've probably been traumatized over the last 14 years by all the transgender people in locker rooms and public restrooms around Tucson.
Thursday marks two years since U.S. Border Patrol Agent Lucas Tidwell shot and killed Carlos LaMadrid at the border fence in Douglas.
The day after police raided the Get Legal Cannabis Certification Center, 6647 E. 22nd St., a crowd of about 20 angry customers gathered outside.
We can hope now for a relatively peaceful return of ethnic studies to the Tucson Unified School District.
Stashing and locking guns in schools may seem a laughable response to school shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn.
Dozens of reporters and onlookers in Tucson witnessed a key transition last week, one that may affect us all for years to come.
The patent-trolling effort that threatened a Tucson firm is drawing a national response.
A galvanizing opponent is finally bringing Southern Arizona's fractious Republican Party groups together into a nearly united front.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants us to trust them. Since Friday, Feb. 22, ICE has released 2,000-plus detainees nationwide in anticipation of budget cuts connected to the sequester - 302 of the releases in Arizona. The detainees released were not dangerous, the agency says, and that…
The two women from Oregon enjoyed the Sabino Canyon shuttle ride, they said as they got down at the visitor center Thursday around noon.