An anonymous graffiti artist painted Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in a bulletproof vest near the spot in Nogales, Sonora, where he died

DEATH ON THE LINE: Supreme Court Kicks 4th Amendment Cross-Border Shooting Decision Back to Appeals Court (Commentary)

U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz shot through the Nogales U.S. border fence on October 10, 2012, leaving ten bullets in the back of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The trial of Agent Swartz on second degree murder charges, delayed six times, is rescheduled for next October 12. Border Patrol withheld video of the […]

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Washington Lobbyist Sister Simone Campbell Calls Tucson to Action Ahead of Senate Health Care Vote

If you want to praise–or blame–the lobbyists responsible for last minute passage of the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, that would be NETWORK with Sister Simone Campbell at the helm. Sister Simone, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and a Sister of Social Services, delivered her “Health care is patriotic” message to […]

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Painting of a canary in a cage wearing a gas mask

Tucson Stratosphere Geo-engineering Canary in a Cage!

“Tucson is poised to become a world-class commercial space center,” a commentator wrote in the Arizona Daily Star in 2016. “Tucson already boasts of space-related entities such as the Planetary Science Institute, the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab (LPL), Optical Sciences and Astronomy Departments, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.” Does it surprise […]

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"Happy Mother's Day" followed by a heart.

Commentary

You’re the BOMB, Mom? by Norah Booth It’s Mother’s Day, a time to give thanks to the one who birthed you. This year it’s also time to reflect on what a mother is, and is not. Pope Francis has brought a serious question to the world’s mind about motherhood. “. . . we call this […]

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Proposition 101: Yes or No?

The City of Tucson’s initiative to increase city sales tax by 1/2 per cent over the next five years raised serious issues for me. In principle, I usually oppose sales taxes and increases thereof as regressive taxes that hit poor people, most of whose income is applied to subsistence consumption needs to which sales taxes […]

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