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The Sonoran Desert Toad faces similar risks as any other desert creature: habitat destruction, climate change and changes in the food supply. But this toad in particular faces the extra risk of being captured by humans searching to get a high off its rare and powerful psychoactive poison.

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Tucson is home to another youth flag football champion. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, of the Tucson Under Armour Under the Lights league, won the organization’s fifth- and sixth-grade national championship held in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 4. 

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The Pima County Public Library is hosting a new series of film screenings aimed at better understanding and appreciating Native American cultures. But sometimes, just watching a film isn’t enough; that’s where the “Many Nations” team comes in. 

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Choro Das 3. Choro is a form of Brazilian music that’s sort of like jazz—syncopated, virtuosic and full of improvisations. And even though “choro” translates literally to “cry,” it tends to be wildly upbeat and fun. Choro Das 3 is a family band made up of three sisters, a father, a flute, a …

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More than 40% of people over 65 are Tweeting, posting, or pinning on social media—and their presence on platforms like Facebook and Instagram bodes well for their cognitive and social health. One study found that older adults who use Facebook had a significant increase in their ability to co…

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The first time Jack Dykinga saw the Grand Canyon he was a “typical, motorized tourist in a long line of cars driving from viewpoint to viewpoint,” he writes in the introduction to his new book, “Grand Canyon: A Photographer’s Favorite Viewpoints.”

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Oro Valley’s life science industry is growing even larger with the scheduled groundbreaking of the Oro Valley Innovation Labs announced for Wednesday, September 4. OVIL is a business incubator planned to be built in Innovation Park, and like its neighbors in the park, will focus on furtherin…

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July 26 marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which promotes equality and protects the rights of those with disabilities. AudioEye, headquartered here in Tucson, is a technology company that helps businesses comply with the ADA, and in turn, make the internet mor…

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A local Catholic organization sees a detention facility as a “blank canvas” they can transform into a welcoming humanitarian shelter, but some community members believe it is impossible to repurpose a building that actively incarcerates people.

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Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon while 600 million people watched from Earth, and astronaut Michael Collins drifted quietly overhead. But what does that have to do with Tucson? As it turns out, quite a lot. 

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Members of the Tucson City Council signed off on a preliminary agreement for a proposed hotel and casino on land owned by the Pascua Yaqui tribe last Tuesday afternoon.  

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On Friday, June 28, local high school students gathered at Pima Community College Downtown to take part in the third annual Junior Shark Tank Competition, hosted by the S.Y.STEM Coalition and the Pima Joint Technical Education District. The students pitched products of their own creation in …

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For reasons not entirely clear, the good people at BASIS Oro Valley asked me—a relatively unaccomplished 62-year-old man—to address the class of 2019 and guests at commencement in late May.

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The idea of doing anything athletic in the midst of the oppressive heat which inundates Arizona during the summer might seem asinine to some. To others, the sky-high temperatures serve as an extra jolt of motivation to go the extra mile in preparation for their sport of-choice. 

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In the closing hours of the 2018 legislative session, Arizona Republican lawmakers passed a bill that changed the words in a statute from “primary” to “secondary.” That minor change resulted in millions of dollars pushed onto local homeowners within the Tucson Unified School District.

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It may feel like we just made it to the half-way point of the summer, but school starts in less than a month. That means it’s time for new school supplies: pencils, notebooks, erasers, backpacks, new shoes and new clothes. But for some families, it’s just not affordable. 

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Nearly half of all teens in Pima County have tried a vape or e-cigarette, and the number is only growing. Part of preparing for the new school year means both school districts and health organizations alike are taking measures to educate students on the dangers of vaping. 

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The summer heat may still be with us, but summer vacation is rapidly coming to a close, with most local school districts starting up their classes in early August. But never fear: Tucson Local Media is here with your guide to what’s happening in education this year.

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For years, Arizona teachers have struggled to make ends meet, while working in classrooms that are overcrowded, under-supplied and falling apart. This reality came to a climax last year, when the Red for Ed movement descended onto the capital and put pressure on the state government to adequ…

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Many people believe that water aerobics or other types of aquatic exercise are for those with bad knees or brand-new hips—a last resort for staying fit. But in fact, working out in water is great for everyone. People of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels can use aquatic exercise to impr…

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Paragon Space Development earns NASA contract. Tucson’s Paragon Space Development Corporation, partnered with Giner Inc., recently announced they are now under contract for the development and testing of the “ISRU-derived water purification and Hydrogen Oxygen Production (IHOP) a patent-pend…

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A 45-acre development for cyclists in Saguaro National Park East received the green light from the Pima County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday morning. 

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Cardiothoracic surgeon Zain Khalpey could have worked anywhere when he joined Northwest Healthcare earlier this year. He has worked at Columbia University, Harvard University and was awarded the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Medical Sciences in 2016. Serving the Tucson community since 201…

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With a major research university right in our backyard, a strong military presence and innovative companies throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting recent deve…

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Attention pets, pet-owners and those who just like to throw a ball from time to time: Tucson Local Media is happy to announce our 2019 Best of Pets special! We’ve been busy these past few weeks sorting through all the pet photos our readers submitted. While last year’s Tucson Local Media pet…

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Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States just because there isn’t enough room in shelters. But there’s a great way to reduce this number, according to several Tucson-area pet shelters. It’s simple, easy and almost rhymes: Adopt, don’t shop! 

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Sol Dog Lodge, a local nonprofit offering boarding, training, and day camp for dogs, plans to open a new location in Marana by the end of the year that will allow the organization to better fulfill is secondary mission of strengthening the bond between humans and pets.

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A gap existed in our life in Tucson, we had recently lost our 17-year-old cat. Storm, a black and white feline Godzilla, had traveled the country with us over his life. When we returned from Argentina, Storm was in terrible health. There was a tearful but necessary parting of his soul. 

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The annual Influential Health and Medical Leaders Awards brought Southern Arizona’s best and brightest doctors, nurses, trainers and healers under one roof to celebrate their career-long achievements.

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In a city of many talented cuisiniers, there can be only one Iron Chef. The competition heats up at Casino Del Sol for a night of fire and fury as Chef Wendy Gauthier attempts to knock standing champion Chef Brian Smith from the throne. 

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If you want a quick and comprehensive workout that continues to burn calories long after your session ends—or you tend to get bored with your fitness routine—consider Aging Well with circuit training. Circuit training is a fast-paced, intensive workout that involves cycling through multiple …

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Leading into the Fourth of July, Pima Animal Care Center is hosting a free microchip clinic June 16 through July 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the shelter located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road. PACC is holding this event in the covered overflow parking lot next to the shelter. During the drive-through …

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By the end of July, The Loft Cinema will boast a new marquee, though the updates may actually look old to longtime residents. With the new “Light Up the Loft” fundraising campaign, The Loft Cinema plans to restore their marquee to its former, taller size, while still maintaining a retro aesthetic. 

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With a major research university right in our backyard, a strong military presence and innovative companies throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting recent deve…

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While it’s true the Greater Tucson Metro Area is full of great hiking trails, plenty of shopping and a burgeoning downtown scene, there’s plenty of adventures to be had across Arizona.

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They had their spot in the stairwell. They were Chicano kids—Mexican Americans—growing up in Tucson in the 1950s. They were The Chasers. You either were, or were not, a Chaser. 

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Whether you are a long-time artist or find yourself sitting in front of an easel for the first time, pursuing a creative endeavor is good for all aspects of your health—particularly in the later years. Older adults who actively participate in creative pursuits have shown improved physical an…

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On Aug. 10, 2018, a semi-truck drove between Tucson and Phoenix without any human intervention. That truck will grow into a fleet of 50 vehicles by June. 

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If you or someone you know has a picture of Fido with a tuxedo, Princess in a dress or Bella in a ball gown, then Tucson Local Media has an upcoming competition worth keeping an eye on.