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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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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Warren Buffett’s Son Backs Border Vigilantes (and Tucson Press Ignores Story)

Cover of New Times Weekly

In a major investigative piece for the Phoenix weekly New Times, independent reporter Beau Hodai details the Cochise County activities of Warren Buffet’s eldest son, Howard Buffett. These include Buffett’s allying himself with known border vigilantes, building a large, armed compound along the border, making massive donations of money and arms to the Cochise County …

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LA POSADA — A Contemporary Christmas Story

Posada (signifying Inn) is a Christmas tradition in much of the Latin world. Joseph and Mary search for shelter. Mary is about to give birth to Jesus. Shelter is refused several times and finally one house opens its door to the couple. In the Bi-National Migrant Posada Joseph and Mary represent migrants in search of asylum. The …

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“Sister” Publications Tucson Weekly and ITB Now Incestuous

Logos of Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business

“Just like Tucson itself, the upcoming TENWEST Festival is both expanding and thriving” opened an article in the October 11th Tucson Weekly, and I had to look twice to see if it was the Weekly I was reading. Tucson, thriving? Who would write that besides a PR firm? But then I looked at the adjoining …

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