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PHOENIX – Some households have suffered serious threats to their health that went beyond COVID-19 over the past 18 months: domestic violence. Arizona has the fifth highest rate of domestic violence in the country, according to the World Population Review, and throughout the pandemic, domesti…

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Frank Zappa once famously asked “Who needs the Peace Corps?” but apparently a lot of people have needed it in the decades since the 1968 release of the Mothers of Invention album “We’re Only in it for the Money.” 

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Tributes at the Gaslight Music Hall. Oro Valley’s Gaslight Music Hall is continuing their indoor concerts with a series of tribute shows this weekend in a variety of styles. On Friday, Sept. 17, the Music Hall is hosting a “vintage rock dance party” featuring music from the 60s through 80s, …

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a broad term for many health care treatments and medicines not generally used by the traditional medical community. Complementary or Integrative therapies are applied in tandem with traditional western medicine whereas alternative therapies are…

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Living in the desert, water is often a top concern for towns and businesses alike. But efficiency in the water industry is about much more than limiting water usage. A local business affiliated with the University of Arizona Center for Innovation recently won at what is dubbed the world’s la…

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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, medical and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting re…

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I grew up in Southern California in the late '60s and early '70s. I’ve always considered myself having grown up in poverty, thus learning to appreciate what’s really important in life, and to have attended schools with a very high percentage of minority students, allowing me to grow up witho…

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Look. I know this time of year can be a little contentious. There are always some people ready to throw hot sun to the wind and proclaim Sept. 1 the start of Halloween, and there are other people still mourning the end of monsoon season who just need a gall-dang minute, okay? It feels height…

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Oro Valley’s town council met in-person on Wednesday, Sept. 8, for the first time since the pandemic hit Arizona to pass new changes to the town’s water code.

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An uptick in drowning deaths is raising new concerns and reminding Southern AZ residents to become more vigilant and make sure they understand and adhere to pool barrier requirements to help keep young ones safe. Last month, the Tucson Fire Department responded to an incident where a 3-year-…

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A strong majority of Arizona voters — but only a small fraction of Republicans — support face mask mandates and vaccine requirements in schools and government buildings to combat the spread of COVID-19, according to a new poll commissioned by organizations representing school boards and publ…

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As our community experiences another COVID surge, I write today with gratitude for the resilience of our provider teams at Northwest Healthcare. Each and every employee in our system has played a role in keeping our community healthy, and in caring for those who do become sick. I am incredib…

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The Arizona Department of Transportation has completed improvement work on Oracle Road between Magee Road and Calle Concordia.

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University of Arizona Professor Dr. Floyd Chilton is on the precipice of finding a new treatment for patients suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms that commonly lead to death.

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For high-school senior athletes, the spring of 2020 was the absolute worst of times. Seasons abruptly canceled, dreams crushed, a permanent cloud of what-might-have-been hanging over their heads for the rest of their lives. They certainly got the worst of it, but for those who followed behin…

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I have worked in the fire service in Southern Arizona for over 40 years. In that time, I have had the privilege to help people in their time of need. I have also observed many emergency situations that were mitigated by people’s efforts to be prepared. In some instances, emergencies are comp…

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Will our diets include bugs in the foreseeable future? Anthony Bourdain, the late TV chef, would eat anything, but how about the rest of us?

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Oro Valley Town Council meetings will return in person starting Wednesday, Sept. 8, with live streaming available on the government website. Meetings will be held inside the council chambers at 11000 N. La Canada Drive at 6 p.m.

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As if it wasn’t difficult enough to choose between all the great places to eat across town, for this year’s Sonoran Restaurant Week, Tucson is just showing off. Sonoran Restaurant Week is a 10-day celebration of our local food culture, giving participating restaurants the opportunity to cook…

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Earlier this year, as long-empty sports stadiums finally started letting fans back in, Mexico was forced to go in the other direction. The national soccer team is known as El Tri (the tricolor of red, white…and green, as Martin Lawrence said in “Blue Streak”). Well, it seems that the many fo…

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Return to Woodstock: The Tributaries. I think we can all agree with Garfield that Mondays are rough. So, thank goodness we have the Gaslight Theatre’s Monday night concert series to take the edge off a little bit. This particular Monday is basically a highlight reel of Woodstock—you’ll get a…

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MESA — Kelsey Shaw and her two children pick up large yellow and green caterpillars just off the Bush Highway near Saguaro Lake. The children have no hesitation handling these nearly 2- to 3-inch-long caterpillars, letting them crawl all over their clothes.

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Pima County health officials warned this week that COVID cases are rising among children 11 and under—a population that remains ineligible for vaccines.

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Because I am cursed with a pretty-good understanding of mathematics, I don’t gamble. I almost never have. I’ll bet on myself to make a free throw or win a tennis match, but gambling in a casino is a sucker’s bet. (Next time you feel like placing a bet in a huge, lavish casino, stop and try t…

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Friday Night Concerts at Steam Pump Ranch. The Town of Oro Valley is continuing their free community concert series at Steam Pump Ranch on Friday, Sept. 3. Now that it’s no longer the dead center of summer, and monsoons aren’t overflowing everything, the evenings are actually kinda nice arou…

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More than 1 million Arizonans have tested positive for COVID as the Delta wave continues to wash over the state.

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Ahh, there’s really nothing like a live theater show, is there? If you’re a theater fan who’s been itching to watch a curtain go up and transport you to another world, then to feel all blissed out and grateful for artists in general for several hours afterward, then get excited! The Tucson t…

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A new age of legal gaming has come to fruition for Southern Arizona casinos as Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio symbolically shot the first round of dice on Casino Del Sol’s new craps table at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, five days after Gila River’s Wild Horse Pass Casino in Phoeni…

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Citing environmental impacts and effects to Tucson’s existing I-10 businesses, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose the route of a possible new interstate highway west of Tucson that would pass through Avra Valley.

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As we move into our second pandemic autumn, the big news on the cultural calendar is that that nearly every arts enterprise is open. Galleries are swinging their doors wide, theaters are pulling up their curtains, and ballerinas are preparing to dance once more.