President Barack Obama, whose administration has already deported more than 2 million people since he took office, wants to send back these kids coming to the U.S. from Central America as soon as earthly possible. Today, the White House made public a letter to Congressional leaders seeing addition ... More >>
Two shots were fired from a helicopter being operated in the U.S. by Mexican law enforcement yesterday morning.The helicopter crossed about 100 years into the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Colony collapse disorder got you down? Well, it should, but there might be a bit of good news for lovers of honey, butterflies, and basically our entire ecosystem. President Barack Obama recently signed a memorandum setting up a governmental task force to come up with a plan on how we can protect po ... More >>
Here's a side-effect of Arizona's perennially high rate of high-school dropouts -- economic costs of $7.6 billion.That's the estimate provided this week by a study from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. Did we mention that's just one year's worth of dropouts?
A sort of moral sickness has gripped this country in the face of the unprecedented number of minors crossing the border in Texas, one that manifests itself in panic, falsehoods, sheer stupidity, and knee-jerk nativist hatred. In Lawrenceville, Virginia (population 1,300), residents recently pitched ... More >>
The number of local organic farmers seems to be on the uptick every time we hit a farmers market, but, according to a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, our state is one of the absolute worst when it comes to eating locally. In fact, the only states worse than Arizona on the index are Nevada a ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer says neither her office nor the Arizona Department of Public Safety had any idea that the federal government was dumping off undocumented immigrants by the busload in Phoenix in Tucson.Brewer, in a letter to President Obama, says her administration learned from news media reports ... More >>
At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.This week, we found some real one-of-a-kind offenders -- which usually means ... More >>
The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales issued an emergency message on Sunday warning United States citizens to take the "highest precautions regarding personal safety in and around Nogales."The message says this warning is due to "credible threat information," but as of today, Tuesday, there's been n ... More >>
It's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a sma ... More >>
We're just a day away from the start of Arizona Spring Restaurant Week, so if you still haven't made your reservations, you'd better act fast. There are dozens of places all over town that will be offering special three-course menus during the 10-day event, each of which will be priced at either $30 ... More >>
Back in 1990, Arizona had the 12th-largest share of immigrants in its population.More than two decades later, Arizona now has the 11th-largest share of immigrants among the 50 states, according to the Pew Research Center.
A large majority of Arizonans think the land of SB 1070 is a "good place for minorities."Gallup polled residents of all 50 states, asking, "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place to live for racial or ethnic minorities."In Arizona, 84 percent of residents said it's a goo ... More >>
America's Taco Shop says it will donate 20 percent of all proceeds on Friday, May 9, to Phoenix Children's Hospital. The initiative, called "Carne for a Cause," combines the local chain's cheap tacos and burritos with charitable giving inspired by the founder's young daughters.
I might get hate mail for this one, but I'm just going to say it: Vodka is a waste of my time and a waste of your time. If I'm looking for flavor from a spirit, I'll look to gin for crisp botanical notes or mezcal for roasted, smoky notes. I don't look to vodka for anything unless I'm making somet ... More >>
Johannesburg, South Africa, is not immediately associated with rock music, at least in the United States. However, there is a 25-year-old rocker, born and raised in the African music scene, looking to change the way we view music in the African culture. Jesse Clegg is currently on his first North A ... More >>
Arizona is leading the nation in both cuts to higher-education funding and increases in tuition costs since 2008.The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at pre-recession levels of higher-ed funding and tuition costs in all 50 states. While a vast majority of states made both funding cuts a ... More >>
"Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich." -- Liz Lemon, 30 Rock "Sandwich Day" Truer words were never spoken. From brown paper lunches as kids to business b ... More >>
There are a lot of people in Arizona who'd rather live somewhere else.According to polling done by Gallup, 38 percent of the Arizonans they polled said they'd like to move to another state. There were only 11 other states where higher percentages of people wanted to leave.
Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1397, nicknamed the "Liquor Omnibus" bill, into law on Wednesday and while you might not realize it yet, the new law could directly impact you -- particularly if you like to drink craft beer. That's because one of the biggest changes the bill will bring to the state co ... More >>
There's going to be a new design for Arizona driver's licenses, starting June 16.As you can see from the sample above, it's hideous.
After years of litigation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services designated over 700,000 acres in Arizona and New Mexico as "critical habitat" for jaguars.While jaguars have been on the endangered species list since 1972, it's only been as a foreign species, meaning the U.S. government did not need to com ... More >>
Last night the Arizona Restaurant Association announced the winners of the second annual Foodist Awards during an event at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale. The awards celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Finalists were announced in early April wit ... More >>
People who text and drive are notoriously bad drivers, but according to recent crash statistics, most accidents caused by distracted driving don't involve cell phone use.As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the results of car accident ... More >>
If you've always wanted to own a farm but don't have a good idea of where to start, this University of Arizona Cooperative Extension workshop would be a good place. The annual Turning Dreams into Reality: Starting a Farm in Arizona workshop will cover everything from what equipment a future farmer w ... More >>
The laser-cut state love fad isn't going anywhere quick. We've seen Arizona-shaped cookie cutters at ABC Cake Decorating Supplies, but now you can get your chop on Grand Canyon State-style, thanks to Epicurean. Whether you love the trend or are completely fed up with it, these home state pride kitsc ... More >>
Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
They're called the Dream 9 -- young men and women who were brought into the country when they were children but who returned to Mexico, their birthplace, and then attempted to re-enter the United States last summer. They didn't cross under the cover of darkness. They didn't hike for days through th ... More >>
Summers in Northern Arizona are some kind of magical. I spent my childhood helping my dad load our battered red farm truck up with alfalfa bails, unloading them under building monsoon clouds, racing from the barn to the house as the rain fell, hay hooks in hand. As idyllic a scene as that is, that's ... More >>
No surprise here: Phoenix isn't exactly one of the safest cities in Arizona.Read on to find the 10 safest cities in Arizona, where you might die of boredom, but most likely not as a result of a violent crime:
Arizona Barbecue Festival Saturday, April 5 This Saturday the "Biggest Honky Tonk in Town," the fifth annual Arizona Barbecue Festival will take over Scottsdale's Salt River Fields. The event will bring together more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, local restaurants, and numerous bars for an event ... More >>