Atomic Cake: The Story of American Atomics

Recently a 40th anniversary event at Himmel Library recognized an ecological disruption uncovered in 1979 that subjected a downtown neighborhood and many residents of Tucson to four years of a steady diet of low-level radioactivity. Local activist Ted Warmbrand, who led protests then, organized the recent gathering. The article below, published in 1979 in Rocky …

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On Hiroshima Anniversary City Council Adopts “Back from the Brink” Resolution – But Sanctuary Moment Goes Viral

In the August 9 Arizona Daily Star, Tim Steller reported on a viral video that had garnered more than twelve million views since it was recorded at the August 6 Tucson City Council meeting and then posted on Twitter by KVOA’s Nick VinZant. It features the uproarious laughter of #GreenShirtGuy in response to the ranting …

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Diamond Does the Desert (reprise)

Caricature of Don Diamond as a King of Diamonds

[Ed. note: First published in our pages in 2012, we are reprinting this piece in the interests of giving a more rounded assessment of Don Diamond’s legacy than that offered by the Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business, who ran identical articles about him, titled respectively “Requiem for a Heavyweight” and “Mourners laud Don Diamond’s …

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The Class and Cultural Cleansing of Downtown Tucson Nears Completion

Picture of window of Shot in the Dark Cafe showing "open 24 hours", "we never sleep and neither should you", etc.

In his January 13 column for the Arizona Daily Star, “Downscale spots in downtown Tucson in danger of disappearing,” Tim Steller makes two important points: 1) It’s possible that soon there won’t be any places downtown “that don’t cater to moneyed people”; and 2) The overuse of tax incentives offered by the city of Tucson …

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Melanie DeMore Leads Community Sing in Tucson

Photograph (head shot) of Melanie DeMore

“A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.” — Melanie DeMore Melanie DeMore, emissary of tolerance, kindness, and harmony, will lead a Community Sing at Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 W 23rd Street, 7 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019. What is a Community Sing? Foremost, it is a fine …

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