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  • Councilman assaulted at town hall

    An alleged assault of Oro Valley Councilman Lou Waters during last week’s turn-in of a petition to recall Mayor Satish Hiremath was disappointing for those in favor of and against the recall efforts, leaders say.“Obviously, we wish this would have never happened,” said Ryan Hartung, leader of the recall group Oro Valley Citizens for Open Government (OVCOG).Hiremath took an admittedly strong tone in condemning the act.“It was disappointing at best, but to be honest with you… it didn’t surprise me,” he said.The kerfuffle, which resulted in one man’s arrest, was a flashpoint in the recall campaign and vocal, local disagreement over the precipitating council decision, the  purchase of the El Conquistador golf courses and country club.Supporters for both sides had gathered as members of OVCOG and other recall allies were at Town Hall on June 24 as Hartung turned in the petitions. He already handed in petitions, which have since been validated, to also recall Waters, along with Mary Snider and Joe Hornat.

  • Mister Bing’s entertains in the Foothills and beyond with smooth retro concept

    Bryan Ewing doesn’t just see a restaurant dining room. He sees his house. And when that restaurant is hosting his Mister Bing’s supper club, he wants everybody to feel at home with him.Occupying a uniquely sophisticated niche in Tucson’s performing arts scene, Mister Bing’s brings together live music, fine dining, and not the least, ambiance. You could also call it a show club or a cabaret, a swanky throwback to the dinner-and-a-show concept of the romantic 1940s with a glamorous chanteuse in a wiggle dress and waiters in sharp white jackets.“It’s all old school,” Ewing says. “Basically, I’m just bringing back what worked years ago but with a 2015 Mister Bing’s spin on it.”Mister Bing’s is the brainchild of Ewing, a hairdresser by trade who admits that his own performing background is in appreciation and organization. He’s not just an emcee and host but a ringmaster, collaborating with his performers to refine the theme, with restaurant leadership to rearrange the furniture and plan and deliver the menu, and with stage technicians to produce the experience.Ewing first hit on the concept some decades ago, when he was a sixth-grader at Schumaker Elementary School on Tucson’s east side. He formed the school’s first entertainment committee and auditioned his classmates for popular variety shows in the cafeteria. It was a Baby Bing’s.Today’s supper club started out about a year and a half ago as an open mic night around the piano at McMahon’s steakhouse, something like a karaoke night with live accompaniment. Ewing dubbed it the Mister Bing’s Performing Arts Lounge (Bing being a contraction of his first and last names) and invited diverse performers. He had opera singers and comics and magicians — and friends to seed a supportive audience. He packed them in, and restaurant proprietor Bob McMahon took notice. So did professional performers, who began seeking out Ewing to get on one of his bills.

  • Marana police officer reducing his role after giving much to prevent DUIs

    Marana Police Officer Jason Cann likes to say he has been in uniform since he was 16, and he will remain in uniform even though at the end of the summer he will be semi-retired. Cann made the tough decision to leave the Marana Police Department as a full-time officer to spend more time with his family. “My family and I are fortunate to be in a position where I can semi-retire from law enforcement to focus on other interests and opportunities,” said Cann, who will be a reserve officer with the department. “I will forever be thankful for my experience with MPD and the opportunity to continue as a reserve police officer. My wife and boys are super excited to have me home more and be more involved with their activities. I only have so much time with my children, and I want that time to be high quality and meaningful.”In one form or another, Cann has tried to serve his community, on both a small scale and a large scale. He became a lifeguard when he was 16 years old and was planning on going to law school. He was an undergrad at the University of Arizona when the events of 9/11 changed his perspective. He was in the Arizona Air National Guard at the time and his unit was activated, and he was deployed. When he returned, he and his wife had to evaluate their situation. They were no longer just poor college kids, but they were poor college students with a child to support. It was at that point Cann chose to leave school and focus on a career in law enforcement. “In the Air Force, I was a law enforcement specialist and a canine handler,” said Cann. “I also had some experience in corrections so the progression to civilian law enforcement made sense.”

Today's Top Headlines

  • (July 7) Today's Top Headlines - Army plans to cut 40,000 troops

    BBC News: The Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years, a reduction that will affect all its domestic and foreign posts, USA TODAY learned Tuesday.An additional 17,000 Army civilian employees would also be laid off under the plan officials intend to announce this week.Read the full story on BBC News. 

  • (July 7) Today's Top Headlines - Greece debt crisis: 'No new plan' as eurozone leaders meet

    BBC News: The eurozone says Greece has submitted no new proposals to secure a deal with creditors ahead of a key meeting of the group's leaders which is now under way.It had urged Greece to submit fresh plans after its people rejected a draft bailout in a referendum.Read the full story on BBC News.

  • (July 7) Today's Top Headlines - Dad who allegedly jumped off bridge with baby accused of threatening mom

    CNN: A 22-year-old Connecticut father who police say jumped off a bridge holding his infant son -- the man is in critical condition, the child likely did not survive -- was recently accused of threatening the child and the child's mother, according to court papers CNN obtained.The mother, Adrianne Oyola, alleged in a June restraining order application that Tony Moreno struck her and told her that he could make the 7-month-old "disappear."Read the full story on CNN. 

Local News

  • Marana Utilities becomes Marana Water

    The Marana Utilities Department is reverting to its original name. The Marana Town Council approved the department changing its name back to Marana Water. “Transitioning to Marana Water better reflects the services we provide,” said Marana Water Director John Kmiec in a press release. “Marana Water is committed to ensuring a safe and reliable water supply for our growing community. This change will give the department a strong identity in the region, and concentrate on the water and water reclamation services we provide.”Kmiec and his staff noticed that there was plenty of confusion as to what services they provided and that residents had trouble finding answers for their water questions.“What we have found staff-wise is that the name Marana Utilites is not a very strong brand in the community,” Kmiec told the council. “Many people are confused with what our actual services are.”New residents to the area seemed to have the most issues with the name.“New people moving into the community often call us for gas service, electrical service and then when we explain to them that we are water and wastewater their usual response is ‘why aren’t you called Marana Water?’,” explained Kmiec.

  • Desert Museum receives grant for new exhibit

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has received a grant totaling $300,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. This significant award from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will support the creation of “Hidden in the Midden,” a new conservation exhibition and education program at the Desert Museum.“Hidden in the Midden,” an artificial, human-sized packrat midden, is a project that will allow individuals and families with children a fun, hands-on, applied learning experience. This exhibit and learning space is a natural extension of the museum’s existing award- winning Desert Loop Trail and will deepen the interpretive learning experience in this core area of the Museum grounds. Packrats build middens, large messy “houses,” woven from sticks and cactus parts which are also home to geckos, snakes, kissing bugs, Gila monsters and many other inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert region. By studying their content, scientists can determine what plants and animals existed thousands of years ago. 

  • Top five exercises to help maintain your health

    As people age, staying active becomes more and more important. Maintaining fitness is important for overall health and longevity. Exercise improves a person’s chances of living longer and also means a better quality of life while spending those extra years on the planet. Some of the most basic exercises are also some of the most important. They keep vital muscles strong, helping maintain balance and stability. But knowing where to start is difficult if you haven’t kept up with an exercise regimen or don’t belong to a health club. So, how can someone get back to fitness? Which exercises are most important as we age, and why? Following are the top five exercises recommended by Todd Lutz, Get Fit coordinator at Splendido, an all-inclusive community for those 55 and better in Tucson:  1. Squats — Squats are a great exercise for a number of reasons. Squats help preserve physical function and are good for strengthening the hips, thighs and buttocks, which are all important for walking, jogging and climbing stairs —basically maintaining mobility.

Entertainment

  • Come get tickets to see Amy Schumer's new film 'Trainwreck'

    If you're into Amy Schumer, movies in Oro Valley or free stuff, get excited. We've got tickets to see the upcoming film Trainwreck. There is a catch. The passes (which each admit two people) are only good at AMC Foothills 15 (The Foothills Mall theater) on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m.Want to go? Come by our office. 7225 N. Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741—It says “Explorer” above the door, and “Tucson Local Media” on the door. We are located one block West of the Foothills Mall on Ina. Our newsroom closes at 5 p.m., and we're only here on weekdays. We're not even raffling these tickets off—come and pick 'em up.Limit one pass per person. I'll update this post when we're out of passes.Movie details from Rotten Tomatoes: Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo-enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment-but in actuality, she's kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

  • The Power of Reddit: Users Holding the Website Hostage

    Reddit is a website with quite a mixed reputation. Structured under different, thematically-based forums called “subreddits,” the site allows users to post their own pictures, videos, and written submissions for others to see and comment on.  Many people have been put off by Reddit because of its insular, sometimes exclusive community as well as some questionable subcultures within the website. Though the accusations of incubating hatred and bigotry are true in some cases, the site in its entirety cannot be judged based on the actions of some.One of the brighter spots of Reddit, the r/IAmA (“I am a / Ask me Anything”) subreddit, was responsible for allowing celebrities, business professionals, and other interesting people from all walks of life to host question and answer sessions with users. Everyone from famous actors, authors, teachers— even President Barack Obama— have hosted sessions through the subreddit.With such a successful and popular operation as r/IAmA, dismissing the woman who acted as the main facilitator for these sessions came as more than a shock to many in the Reddit community. Victoria Taylor, one of the more visible and popular Reddit employees, was completely vital as the point-of-contact between people trying to coordinate for the website and the actual celebrities. With her sudden and inexplicable removal, moderators from the r/IAmA community say that they are now in a position in which they cannot effectively run Q&A sessions.  This sudden dismissal sent many in the Reddit community into an uproar against Reddit interim-CEO Ellen Pao. Within an hour of Taylor’s removal being announced many moderators of the site’s more popular sections decided to fight back by privatizing some of the most popular sections of Reddit. By going private, only a small, predetermined list of users will be able to access the subreddit, disallowing general internet users to fully enjoy the content on the website.Staff members, including Pao herself, immediately responded to the general outcry by telling Reddit users that the company is restructuring and redesigning their systems to allow better communication between users and employees.Communication, or lack thereof, has been a key issue between Reddit moderators and the administrative staff for quite some time. There has been a long-running feeling amongst Reddit moderators and users that the Reddit staff does not seriously appreciate the massive amount of volunteer work that must be done to keep the website running. Reddit moderator, “Gilgamesh” best describes the animosity:

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Sports

  • CDO defies the odds to win District 5 title

    Nothing about the CDO Little League’s District 5 10-11 baseball All-Star championship was easy. CDO not only had to beat Oro Valley twice but had to come from behind in the championship game to do it. If beating a previously undefeated team was not daunting enough, Oro Valley beat CDO 13-0 in bracket play. The win advanced Oro Valley to the championship bracket, while the loss meant CDO not only had to win another game to get to the championship bracket but could not lose again. CDO won the title with a 15-13 win over Oro Valley. Due in part to a pair of Mason White home runs, Oro Valley jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but CDO cut into the lead with four runs, thanks in part to a Carter Mitchell home run. Oro Valley got two runs back in the third and added three more in the fourth. Logan Brown led off the inning with a double and scored on a passed ball, then White hit his third home run of the game, a solo shot to center field. Oro Valley loaded the bases but managed just an RBI single to take an 11-4 lead. CDO scored three in the fourth, a critical two-base error allowed two runs to score, but were down 12-7 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

  • Late rally downs Continental Ranch at state

    Continental Ranch jumped out to an early lead in their first round game of the Arizona state Majors Softball Tournament in Marana, but fell to Pinal Mountain 8-3.Continental Ranch scored two runs in the first and led 3-1 after three innings, but failed to muster any more offense.Pinal Mountain’s bats came alive in the late innings as they plated four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to earn the win.The lost drops Continental Ranch to the Loser’s Bracket and they will have to win three straight games to advance to the four-team championship bracket. They will face Williams Little League on Tuesday night at 5 p.m.

  • IRHS grad earns academic honor

    Former Ironwood Ridge and current Northern Colorado junior Marissa Baca was named to the Big Sky Conference Spring All Academic Team. Baca, a tennis player, is majoring in English with a minor in Spanish and has a 3.6 GPA.Baca won 10 matches as a sophomore, tied for second best on the team and won six conference matches, the most for the Bears.Baca was part of the 5A state doubles championship team as a freshman, state doubles finalist her sophomore, junior and senior year at Ironwood Ridge and helped the Nighthawks win the 5A team championship in 2012. Marissa graduated from Ironwood Ridge High School in 2013.

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