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A twin-engine plane taking off from the Tucson airport crashed Monday afternoon, killing the two people on board, authorities said.

The crash of the Beechcraft 300 occurred at about 12:40 p.m. and resulted in a large fire near the main terminal. The plane was privately owned.

John Ivanoff, chief of public safety at the airport, said it wasn\u2019t known why the plane crashed.

\u201cIt hit the ground, skidded for some distance before coming to a rest,\u201d he said at a news conference.

Airport fire crews, assisted by the Tucson Fire Department and Air National Guard firefighters, put out the fire.

\u201cI can\u2019t offer a reason for the event. It\u2019s only a few hours old and, therefore, we have a lot of work to do to find out why exactly this occurred,\u201d Ivanoff said.

He said the plane was on its way to Mexico.

The plane did not crash into the airport parking garage, but hit a wall near the structure, the airport said.

Ivanoff said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. Federal Aviation Administration officials were on the scene Monday and NTSB investigators were expected to arrive Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The crash occurred shortly after takeoff, said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.

The NTSB usually releases a preliminary report of its investigation about one week after a crash, Weiss said.

A photograph posted on Twitter by someone at the airport shows a large plume of black smoke billowing above the airport\u2019s parking garage. A video posted by another person shows burning wreckage against a wall on the tarmac of the airport.

The Beechcraft 300 is described as a twin turboprop airplane that has a crew of two and can carry between 6 and 14 passengers. It is commonly used as a corporate airplane.

The names of the pilot and passenger were not released as of Monday evening. Officials were in the process of notifying their relatives.

\u201cWe give our greatest condolences to the family members of the victims,\u201d Ivanoff said.

There were no injuries on the ground, he said.

Commercial flights were not affected by the crash, the airport said in a tweet.

Ivanoff said it has been many years since a fatal airplane crash has occurred at the airport. A search of Star archives show that two people were killed when their small airplane crashed during takeoff at the airport on April 25, 1993.

@whatsuptucson small plane crash at Tucson Airport. No other info so far. pic.twitter.com/Re1f5bQHpm

\u2014 susanaaa\u269c (@susancsuarez) January 23, 2017
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It's here! The strongest winter storm of the season will be arriving to town tonight, and a winter storm warning will be in effect from 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday morning for elevations above 5,000 feet.

Expect light to moderate valley rain and mountain snow tonight through tomorrow morning, then moderate to locally heavy rain (and mountain snow) as early as Friday afternoon. Storm activity is expected to peak Friday night into Saturday morning, but gusty winds are very likely during this storm.

High: 60

Low: 49

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Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller finally did comment on Allonzo Trier\u2019s status Monday, in a way that might be fitting after the sophomore guard\u2019s 18 unexplained absences.

\u201cAllonzo\u2019s situation is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime situation,\u201d Miller said Monday, on the College Hoops Podcast, later adding: \u201cI can\u2019t even say that I\u2019m optimistic. I\u2019m just kind of neutral. It\u2019s a very, very unique situation.\u201d

Miller later added: \u201cWe have our fingers crossed that at some point maybe he gets the green light, but at this point I can\u2019t say when or even if it\u2019s going to happen.\u201d

Miller\u2019s \u201conce-in-a-lifetime\u201d statement spoke to the bizarre nature of Trier\u2019s season-long suspension, over which the UA and NCAA have declined to detail. Trier has also not been made available for comment since he began sitting out games on Nov. 1.

By making his statement, Miller also appeared to further back away from a Pac-12 Networks\u2019 Jan. 7 report during the UA-Colorado game that Miller told them he believed Trier would play sometime this season.

During his news conference with local reporters later Monday, Miller was asked if not being optimistic was now how he felt.

\u201cI\u2019m ambivalent,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation. So when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control.

\u201cFor me, the purpose every day is we have to coach Rawle (Alkins), Kobi (Simmons), and all of those guys. We are coaching Allonzo. Academically he\u2019s in a great place.

\u201cHe does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d

Miller thanks Byrne

Miller praised departing UA athletic director Greg Byrne for spearheading a $30 million renovation of McKale Center and overall leadership since arriving in 2010, a year after Miller was hired by then-AD Jim Livengood.

\u201cI have a hard time believing that an athletic director anywhere did a better job for his university than he did here for us at Arizona,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIn the seven years he was here a lot of great things have happened. \u2026 I couldn\u2019t imagine a better relationship, better leadership.\u201d

Miller said the McKale renovations, which were completed in 2014, came at a \u201ccritical time.\u201d The Wildcats have recruited Top 5 classes every year since 2011, and Miller has often said that the renovations have a big effect on recruiting targets, who often visit in the offseason when there aren\u2019t games to take in.

\u201cYou walk into McKale right now ... it looks like a brand new arena, it shines, and the impact is for everybody,\u201d Miller said. \u201cTelevision, fan base, our team, the guys who play here, and from a recruiting perspective, that is a big, big deal on why young people choose the place that they go to school. ...

\u201cIf it impacted our ability to be better, then he was going to find a way to get that done for our program.\u201d

Miller said Byrne\u2019s decision to leave is also an \u201cempty feeling\u201d because of the close relationship they have developed since Byrne was hired away from Mississippi State in 2010.

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LOS ANGELES \u2013 For weeks even before he took his team into Pauley Pavilion for one of the biggest upsets of his UA career, Sean Miller has said UCLA has a chance to win the national championship.

He said that again while closing up his postgame interview Saturday, too.

\u201cUCLA is a great team,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI think they have a chance to win the whole thing. I really do. They\u2019re great on offense, for sure.\u201d

Um, well \u2026 Arizona just beat the Bruins 85-96 on their home floor.

So that must mean the Wildcats might have a chance to win it all, too, right?

Miller grinned when presented with that logic.

\u201cWe\u2019ll see,\u201d Miller said.


If nothing else, though, the Wildcats are bound not only to vault well into the Top 10 of the major polls on Monday but also into the basketball consciousness. Arizona has played under the national radar really all season, with few national media of any sort talking much about them except for the odd Allonzo Trier reference.

Now, attention is probably unavoidable. Arizona is 18-2, just beat the third-ranked team \u2013 which won at Kentucky \u2013 on its home floor.

That\u2019s the kind of success that can gain attention in every time zone.

\u201cLike I told our guys, when you come to a place like UCLA or L.A., it\u2019s not really what you say or think, it\u2019s what you do,\u201d Miller said. \u201cYou earn respect through performance and today I\u2019m sure we earned the respect of a lot of people because of how we played against a great team.\u201d

Kobi Simmons said UA is trying to earn respect every game.

\u201cWe knew we had to gain respect and every game we\u2019ve kept grinding and grinding, and we came up with another road sweep,\u201d he said.


About that: UA\u2019s sweep in Los Angeles was only its second of the Miller era in seven tries (The Wildcats did not play in L.A. in 2014-15 because of the unbalanced Pac-12 schedule), and first since 2013-14.

Moreover, the Wildcats\u2019 four-game road sweep of California in league play is its first such sweep since 2002-03, when the Jason Gardner-Luke Walton Wildcats were ranked No. 1 for most of the season.


One of the few things about Trier that Miller did say before Trier\u2019s PED-related suspension was lifted Friday was that Trier has practiced with the Wildcats all season.

\u201cThe one thing we\u2019ve always done is treated him as if he could play the next game,\u201d Miller said. \u201cSo (picking up) our offense, and the repetitions, he\u2019s been getting those. But when you don\u2019t play 19 games, it\u2019s not easy to get there.\u201d

Not only that but, according to a UA spokesman, the Wildcats practiced Friday still not knowing that Trier would be cleared to play Saturday.

Yet Lauri Markkanen, for one, found Trier\u2019s presence a smooth transition.

\u201cI think it was easier than I thought,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cHe hasn\u2019t played a game since what, last March or something? It\u2019s a little bit tough but I think moving forward every game is easier. It was a little bit different than practice.\u201d


One thing about Trier that Miller appeared most excited about, on top of his obvious statistical contributions: His presence gave the Wildcats an additional quality talent to ease the pressure on his other players, keeping them fresher as the game wore on.

This especially applied to guard Kadeem Allen, because he needs all the energy he can get as the team\u2019s top perimeter defender.

Miller indicated Trier\u2019s presence for that reason helped UA fend off the Bruins after UCLA trimmed UA\u2019s lead from 14 points to four in the second half.

\u201cWe\u2019ve had a tendency this year to not be as good in the second half as we\u2019ve been,\u201d Miller said. \u201cBut today\u2019s a reminder that to be good late in the game and the second half, you need depth, and part of what we\u2019ve run into is we\u2019ve given great effort and we run out of gas.

\u201cToday we didn\u2019t do that. Kadeem is great example. He played only 30 minutes and at the end of the game he was a lot fresher. Especially in the Pac-12 (that\u2019s important) because (in the second game of the weekend) you\u2019re coming off the heels of another game, too.\u201d

It was only two days earlier at USC that Miller fretted repeatedly about his team\u2019s lethargic late-game efforts, even suggesting that he might bench underperforming players to send a message \u2013 when in fact he had only three bench players at the time.

Now he has four, including Trier. That gives Miller a legitimate hook to threaten players with.

\u201cDuring the long course of a season, you have injuries, you have foul trouble, you have players who maybe aren\u2019t playing well,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThe biggest thing from a coaching perspective is if you don't play with effort, you\u2019re not going to play. That right there is worth a lot.\"

Now \"that won\u2019t be compromised because the answer is easy. You\u2019ll just get subbed out. So you have a chance to have even greater effort level.\u201d


The downside of having nine players all of a sudden is that chemistry could suffer if a player gets too upset over having minutes and/or shots cut. Miller said he isn\u2019t concerned, though, because \u201cwe have an unselfish group of guys for sure,\u201d even as he said everyone\u2019s role will get tweaked a little.

\u201cWe\u2019re gonna have to sacrifice,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019ve had great team chemistry and it\u2019s our job to continue to have that great team chemistry. Really, everyone will play a little bit less but hopefully we can accomplish more as a group.\u201d


Here\u2019s how Miller carved 27 minutes on to Trier\u2019s plate Thursday:

Rawle Alkins played just 17, which is 14 fewer than his average in previous Pac-12 games.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright played 18, down from 23.

Keanu Pinder played four, down from 10.

Dusan Ristic played 22, down from 26.

However, Kobi Simmons was up to 33, three over his Pac-12 average, and Markkanan was up three to 32.

Allen\u2019s 30 minutes was actually only a minute less than he\u2019s averaged in conference play, as was Chance Comanche\u2019s 17 minutes.


Our full coverage is attached to this post, as our the box score and updated stats.

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Tucson is full of sandwich shops, each with their own creations, but two of those delicious flavor combinations have made it onto a sandwich bucket list.

OnlyInYourState.com, a website that curates restaurants across the country, decided earlier this week that Tucson deserves two sandwiches on the list of eight in Arizona that must be tried before you die.

\"Truth be told, all these sandwiches are good but nothing quite beats the Matt's Special\" at Roma Imports,\u00a0627 S. Vine Ave., the article says, calling the Italian sub \"simple yet flavorful.\"

A little further down the list is the Everything Reuben at any of Beyond Bread's three locations.

The article says that the pretzel bun, Russian dressing and tasty vinegar slaw is the perfect fix if your day isn't living up to expectations.

Read the full article here.

What's your favorite sandwich in Tucson? Tell us in the comments.

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Braving 50-degree temperatures and short bouts of icy rain, 15,000 people hit the streets of downtown Tucson Saturday morning for the local version of the Women\u2019s March on Washington.

Despite the name, a good portion of the crowd was also made up of men, and children of all ages were bundled up to experience the Women\u2019s March in Tucson and Tucson Solidarity Rally with their families and friends.

\u201cThis is one moment in time. Let us celebrate this moment,\u201d Sheli Weis said to the crowd of thousands gathered in Armory Park shortly after 10 a.m. \u201cThis day is not about a revolution, but rather an evolution of humanity.\u201d

Weis is one of 150 volunteers who helped to plan the event, organized to give Tucsonans a way to stand in solidarity with those marching in Washington to protect the rights, safety, health and happiness of every person.

\u201cBe involved in the process,\u201d Weis said, urging attendees to keep apprised of the news, watch the actions of elected officials and learn about laws and bills, both locally and nationally.

With his daughter at the march in Washington, his sister at the Denver march and his wife by his side, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild took to the stage a short time later, telling the crowd, \u201cI wouldn\u2019t miss this for the world.\u201d

Rothschild said the city has taken the position for years that it won\u2019t participate in mass deportations and will continue to stand firm on the issue.

\u201cIf in the near future, someone seeks to impose legislation nationally, the city will join with others to oppose those measures,\u201d he said, drawing loud cheers .

Quoting an article from a political website, The Hill, Rothschild outlined some of the cuts announced to the federal budget, including privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities.

When he mentioned that the White House\u2019s website no longer had any reference to climate change, and that huge sections about civil rights, disabilities and LGBTQ rights had been removed, the crowd momentarily erupted into angry cries.

\u201cWe need to be united, because the people pushing this budget are counting on us to be divided,\u201d he said, adding that the programs that are threatened are ones that make America great.

Holding a sign that said \u201cGirls just want to have fundamental rights,\u201d Naomi McIsaac came to the rally with a group of friends and family, many with children in tow.

\u201cI came to stand in solidarity with the women in the Washington march,\u201d McIsaac, 35, said. \u201cI\u2019m a firm believer that women\u2019s rights are humans\u2019 rights.\u201d

Her son was bundled up in a stroller at her side, and, not to be left out, he had a sign of his own: \u201cAnother face of a Planned Parenthood.\u201d

McIsaac said that she\u2019d attended a sign-making party the weekend before with about 10 other people, all of whom were equally fired up about the event.

Hundreds of other signs were visible in the crowd, with messages such as, \u201cMake America Think Again\u201d and \u201cI am woman, hear me roar.\u201d

Michael Johnson, 51, one the men at the event, held a sign that read \u201cThis is what feminism looks like.\u201d He said he came alone, but was happy to see so many other men had the same idea .

\u201cIt\u2019s so important to stand together, now more than ever,\u201d Johnson said.

\u201cIt\u2019s not just about women\u2019s rights, it\u2019s about rights for everyone. Going forward, we all need to support one another, and that\u2019s what today is about.\u201d

By the time the march kicked off at 11:30 a.m., organizers estimated the crowd size at 5,000 people. But attendees continued to arrive well after the march began, many heading straight to the Joel D. Valdez Library Plaza for the post-march solidarity rally.

Desert Voices, Tucson\u2019s LGBTQ chorus, welcomed people into the plaza with a song, before a second lineup of speakers, including Congressman Ra\u00fal Grijalva, took the stage.

A handful of other local politicians and several organizations, including Planned Parenthood, YWCA Southern Arizona, The Islamic Center of Tucson and La Coalici\u00f3n de Derechos Humanos, made up the remaining speakers at the pre- and post-march rallies, all touching on the importance of unity and respect.

The Tucson Police Department estimated that by the end of the event, 15,000 people had filled the plaza. There were no incidents and no arrests, said department spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Bay.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety estimated there were 20,000 people at a similar rally in Phoenix and said the event was peaceful.

In Green Valley, another rally drew more than 500 people, said resident Beth Dingman.

\u201cWe are all so incredibly proud of Tucson \u2014 people of every age, race, gender and religion came out today and made their voice heard,\u201d co-organizer Shauna Anderson said after the Tucson event.

\u201cWe were blessed with a peaceful demonstration of our values and our solidarity,\u201d she said

Hours after the marchers left Armory Park, participants were still pouring into the library plaza, even as others had started to leave.

A father and his pre-teen daughter walked against the crowd, making their way back to their car.

\u201cDad, that was so great,\u201d the girl said, the excitement in her voice unmistakable.

He looked down at her with a smile.

\u201cWell, I\u2019m glad you enjoyed it,\u201d he said, taking her hand as they crossed the street.

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Several new retailers moved into the Tucson market in 2016 as demolitions opened up coveted urban spaces and rooftops popped up along Interstate 10.

In 2017, ground-up construction will keep developers busy as national retailers are drawn to the area because of job growth, stabilizing housing market and positive economic news.

Several big-box retailers will enter the market this year, data from CBRE\u2019s Big Box report shows. Big box is defined as retail space larger than 10,000 square feet.

\u201cWe\u2019re starting out really active,\u201d said Nancy McClure, first vice president with CBRE.

Big-box construction can be seen at the Marketplace at the Bridges, near Interstate 10 and Park Avenue, and at the Arizona Pavilions, near I-10 and Cortaro Road.

\u201cRetail has tried to hover on some of the major interchanges because you can draw shoppers from a much wider distance,\u201d McClure said.

At the end of 2016, there were nine vacancy boxes larger than 30,000 square feet. That included three shuttered Sports Authority stores and a GolfSmith.

One of the Sports Authority spaces on East Broadway was partially absorbed, and McClure expects the two other sites \u2014 on Oracle and Limberlost roads and on Irvington Road and Interstate 19 \u2014 will use that option to lease to a smaller retailer.

One large furniture retailer is expected to enter the Tucson market this year, but specifics have not been made public.

\u201cThat will be significant because we haven\u2019t seen that category do anything in our market for 10 years \u2014 except leave,\u201d McClure said.

The Big Box report shows openings in 2017 will include at least one more Fry\u2019s grocery store, two new Hobby Lobby locations, two TJ Maxx stores, two Petco shops and a Planet Fitness. Galaxy Theater will also open in a former grocery store space on east Broadway.

The Walmart at Amphi Plaza, on First Avenue and Fort Lowell, will also come online this year.

One area of retail concern is department stores, both locally and across the country.

\u201cGoing into the new year, Macy\u2019s, Sears, Kmart and Kohl\u2019s among department stores, all announced disappointing results, adding that store closings would follow,\u201d trade publication National Real Estate Investor wrote.

Analysts predict mall tenants will renegotiate their leases as anchor stores leave and that mall operators need to think beyond simply replacing one retailer with another.

\u201cLandlords will have to come up with a way to offer experiences to shoppers that Amazon.com cannot put in a box and ship,\u201d the publication said.

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LOS ANGELES \u2014 Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier will make his return from a PED-related suspension just in time for the Wildcats\u2019 biggest game of the season Saturday at UCLA.

The NCAA notified the school Friday afternoon that Trier\u2019s most recent drug test came back negative, meaning he is able to return to the court immediately.

The UA confirmed his return with an email statement to the Star. It read: \"The NCAA notified us on Friday afternoon that Allonzo Trier\u2019s most recent drug test was negative. Therefore, he is eligible to return to the court immediately and will be available for our game against UCLA.\"

Trier\u2019s return means the Wildcats have nine active scholarship players \u2014 and an experienced go-to scorer \u2014 available for their game against the third-ranked Bruins and beyond. The Wildcats are 17-2 and ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25.

Trier missed a total of 19 games, totaling 61.3 percent of the Wildcats\u2019 regular season, after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Trier issued a statement Wednesday saying he was given the drug after suffering an injury. However, Trier did not name the drug or the circumstances in which he took it.

\u201cI have never knowingly taken a banned substance,\u201d Trier said in his statement. \u201cAfter finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA.

\u201cThe NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored.\u201d

However, Trier\u2019s statement added that he would not be allowed to resume playing in games until the substance completely left his body, and that he wasn\u2019t sure when that would be. The Pac-12 Networks Lewis Johnson said on Thursday\u2019s UA-USC broadcast that Trier was getting tested every 7-10 days but wouldn\u2019t be tested again until next week.

While UA and the NCAA have declined comment since speculation first surfaced in early October that Trier had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, UA coach Sean Miller recently has publicly indicated signs of frustration.

Miller told the College Hoops Podcast on Monday that Trier\u2019s case is a \u201conce in a lifetime\u201d circumstance and later told local reporters he was \u201cambivalent\u201d about Trier\u2019s chances of playing this season. Trier has missed all 18 of UA\u2019s regular-season games and also did not play in the Wildcats\u2019 two exhibition games, though he has practiced with the team.

\u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation,\u201d Miller said. \u201cSo when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control. \u2026

\u201cHe does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d

Trier has been practicing all season, but Miller said Trier was cleared by the NCAA to begin traveling for the Wildcats\u2019 Dec. 3 game with Gonzaga in Los Angeles. Miller said at the time that change in status represented nothing.

\u201cThe only good sign is when he walks out there and plays,\u201d Miller said.

On Saturday, at Pauley Pavilion, Trier will be walking out there and playing.

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