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Photos: No. 3 Arizona vs. Missouri basketball game

Photos: No. 3 Arizona vs. Missouri basketball game

Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, left, ducks under Missouri guard Keith Shamburger, right, and shoots a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

No. 3 Arizona takes on Missouri today at 3 p.m.

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Photos: Wildcats rout Utah 42-10

Photos: Wildcats rout Utah 42-10

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon (12) celebrates after skipping into the end zone untouched to open the scoring on the night and give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead against Utah in the first quarter of their Pac-12 game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah.

No. 15 Arizona improves to 9-2 with win at No. 20 Utes

November 22, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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Photos: No. 17 Arizona 27, Washington 26

Photos: No. 17 Arizona 27, Washington 26

Fans, teammates and Wilbur lift Arizona place kicker Casey Skowron (41) up after his game-winning field goal as time expired gave the Wildcats a 27-26 win against Washington in the fourth quarter of the their Pac-12 game at Arizona Stadium, Nov. 15, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

No. 17 Arizona takes down Washington 27-26 with a last second game-winning field goal.

November 15, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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Photos: No. 2 Arizona 78, Mount St. Mary's 55

Photos: No. 2 Arizona 78, Mount St. Mary's 55

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) roars after slamming home a dunk on a fast break against Mount St. Mary's in the first half of the Wildcats' season opener at McKale Center, Nov. 14, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

Wildcats win season opener on Nov. 14, 2014.

November 14, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Photos: SAC bombers in Tucson

Photos: SAC bombers in Tucson

A SAC B-47 bomber from Davis-Monthan AFB slides underneath a KC-97 tanker 15,000 feet above Southern Arizona in 1955. The jets slow to 210-250 mph to fly with the slower prop-driven tanker. The tanker transfers thousands of pounds of aviation fuel in a few minutes.

In 1953, the Strategic Air Command brought the jet age to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson with dozens of Boeing B-47 Stratojet bombers as part of U.S. efforts to counter the Soviet threat of invasion. The planes could carry conventional and nuclear payloads 3,000 miles before refueling. Nearly 1,100 personnel at D-M kept the planes in the air. The Air Force began retiring the B-47 in the mid-1960s.

November 13, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Throwback: The jet age comes to Davis-Monthan

Throwback: The jet age comes to Davis-Monthan

It was no small task to keep Davis-Monthan's huge fleet of B-47 bombers in the air. What it took for one plane in 1959: Row 1: Bomber's three-man flight crew. Rom 2: Crew chief and two assistants. Row 3: Maintenance supervisors, support personnel and quality control inspectors. Remaining rows: Field maintenance techs, personnel from the Armament and Electronics Squadron and Aviation Depot Squadron personnel.

In 1953, the Strategic Air Command brought the jet age to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson with dozens of Boeing B-47 Stratojet bombers as part of U.S. efforts to counter the Soviet threat of invasion. The planes could carry conventional and nuclear payloads 3,000 miles before refueling. Nearly 1,100 personnel at D-M kept the planes in the air. The Air Force began retiring the B-47 in the mid-1960s.

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Photos: No. 21 Arizona 38, Colorado 20

Photos: No. 21 Arizona 38, Colorado 20

Arizona wide receiver Cayleb Jones (1) reaches out for a ball that would end up incomplete during the second quarter of the No. 21 University of Arizona vs. University of Colorado college football game on Nov. 8, 2014, at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

No. 21 Arizona takes down Colorado with a 38-20 win, Nov. 8, 2014.

November 08, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Photos: 2014 UA Homecoming parade

Photos: 2014 UA Homecoming parade

A red and blue-clad Arizona fan pumps up the parade crowd in front of the Theta Tau float during the celebration of the University of Arizona's 100th Homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

University of Arizona celebrates the 100th Homecoming.

November 08, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Digging deep for old Homecoming photos

Digging deep for old Homecoming photos

1981: UA students donned homemade soda cans of Orange and Grape Crush (and little else) in keeping with the 1981 Homecoming Parade theme of "Crush Washington State."

I had the bright idea of making an online photo gallery with 100 images – one for each year of the 100 years Homecoming at the University of Arizona. The first stop: The film archives in our own building.

The Arizona Daily Star has film archives back to the early 1970s. The Star acquired the Tucson Citizen film archives after it closed in 2009. The Citizen files date back to the early 1950s.

I found homecoming event photos as old as 1954 in the Citizen archives. They covered it reliably until early 1970s. There was a gap in the mid-70s where I could not find any photos taken by either newspaper. But the Star covered it every year from the 1980s to present. I had to edit old black and white and color film, then scan the selected images as JPEG files to make the digital photo gallery. After about 1995, Star photos are in digital form in our Merlin archive system. The newspaper switched to digital cameras in the late 1990s.

But what about 1914 to 1953? I turned first former Star staffer Jaynelle Ramon to the Arizona Alumni Association. She sent several old photos pointed me to a great timeline page with key facts on 100 years of homecoming at http://arizonaalumni.com/homecoming-timeline

Then I sought help from Maurita Baldock, assistant librarian and archivist at the University of Arizona Special Collections. They have a wonderful digital repository of all UA yearbooks at http://arizona.openrepository.com/arizona/handle/10150/145753. That's what really saved me. It was a gold mine of fun observations and tidbits about games and events. Photographer Fred Araiza was able to copy some original photos at Special Collections, but many lack key information like the year they were taken. So, I also extracted several photos from the digitized yearbooks. Those images helped with the early years and the aforementioned gaps in the Star and Citizen film archives.

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Photos: 2013 All Souls Procession in Tucson

Photos: 2013 All Souls Procession in Tucson

Diane Lauffer, left, and Stella Lopez, right, waits in front of Cinda's float for The All Souls Procession in Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at The All Souls Procession. Lauffer walks in memory of her daughter, Cinda. Photographed by Noelle Haro-Gomez/for the Arizona Daily Star

The uniquely-Tucson event, the All Souls Procession, winds its way through downtown to honor loved ones who have passed on, but whose spirits still live strong. Inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, the event has become a Tucson tradition almost since its beginning in 1990 as a performance piece. Thousands of participants and visitors flock to the downtown area to witness costumed characters, huge puppets and other various displays of personal expression. Photos included are by Arizona Daily Star photographers and from social media.

November 01, 2014 1:30 pm Photos

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Underwater without getting wet

Underwater without getting wet

Freshman Kristen Alicea-Jorgensen, top, works out with teammate sophomore Eleora Bailey, bottom, during the Rincon High School team's practice, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

Daily Star staff photographer Kelly Presnell photographed Rincon swimmers Kristen Alicea-Jorgensen and Eleora Bailey using a GoPro remote video camera. Kelly mounted the camera in an underwater housing to the end of the monopod, then extended the monopod underwater as the swimmers came by. The camera cannot be tripped remotely in this instance, so he set it to shoot two pictures every second and turned if off when he pulled it out of the water. Needless to say, he spent more time deleting unusable images than usual.

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Throwback Thursday: UA pumpkin carving contest

Throwback Thursday: UA pumpkin carving contest

Jack W. Sheaffer / Arizona Daily Star 1979

On Oct. 26, 1979, a University of Arizona student posed with his rendition of President Jimmy Carter during the UA’s annual pumpkin-carving contest on the Mall. Judges selected the funniest, scariest and most original pumpkins, as well as the one that looked most like the president.

On Friday, October 26, 1979, University of Arizona students got the chance take a break from their studies to participate in the annual pumpkin carving contest on the mall. Prizes were rewarded in a variety of categories that included the funniest looking, the scariest, the most original and the one that best resembled then President Jimmy Carter. In all, 24 pumpkins were made and judged that evening.  For more photos to go tucson.com/retrotucson

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Photos: Former UA baseball star Chip Hale

Photos: Former UA baseball star Chip Hale

University of Arizona's Chip Hale gets congratulated by coach Jerry Kindall as Hale rounds third base during the NCAA Championship against Florida State in June, 1986.

For UA baseball player Chip Hale, from player to coach to manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

October 13, 2014 3:41 pm Photos

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Photos: The Mission School

Photos: The Mission School

Second grader, Larita Escalante, ponders her in-class assignment at The Mission School at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Photo taken: Wednesday September 24, 2014

The Mission School at Mission San Xavier del Bac is celebrating its 150th Anniversary.

October 12, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Photos: Toxic contamination of Sonoran rivers

Photos: Toxic contamination of Sonoran rivers

With dozens of empty drinking water bottles stacked around the yard, Natalia Leyba hauls in a five gallon bucket of water from a tank behind the house to use in the bathroom, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, Bacanuchi Sonora. Running water in the small village is limited to only a few hours a day and not to be used for drinking or cooking following a mine spill that may have left the Rio Bacanuchi river bed contaminated.

On Aug. 7, a leaching pond in the Buenavista copper mine in Sonora spilled 10 million gallons of water contaminated with sulfuric acid, iron, cadmium and copper into the Bacanuchi River and Sonora River.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: NWFD Mini Muster

Photos: NWFD Mini Muster

A blindfolded Giovanna Bernal races her way along a fire hose to simulate escaping from a dark house during Northwest Fire District's Mini-Muster at Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary.

Rattlesnake Ridge school kids got hands-on experience during a Northwest Fire District Mini Muster to educate kids on the elements of fire fighting and fire safety.

October 03, 2014 5:52 pm Photos

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Photos: Arizona 31, Oregon 24

Photos: Arizona 31, Oregon 24

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon (12) tries to fend off Oregon linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) as he scrambles for time in the second quarter of their Pac-12 game at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore., Oct. 2, 2014.

The Arizona Wildcats upset No. 2 Oregon 31-24 on Oct. 2, 2014.

October 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Throwback Thursday: 1964 Presidential Campaign Visits

Throwback Thursday: 1964 Presidential Campaign Visits

Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, the 1964 Democratic nominee for vice president, addresses a reported 7,000 people during an outdoor rally at the Tucson Sports Center on November 1, 1964. Humphrey ran the ticket with Lyndon B Johnson.

In 1964 presidential candidates Hubert Humphreys and George Wallace came to visit.

October 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Throwback Thursday: Golder Lake and dam, 1963-1980

Throwback Thursday: Golder Lake and dam, 1963-1980

An aerial view of Golder Dam, background, on the Canyon del Oro Wash and the lake behind it, looking south-southwest, in February, 1979, after winter storms produced runoff.

Recreational lake was dream of developer Lloyd Golder in NW Tucson.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Throwback Thursday: Golder Lake

Throwback Thursday: Golder Lake

A small sail boat traverses the water at Golder Lake while children play by the shore northwest of Tucson in July, 1972. The lake, developed by Lloyd Golder III, was a 260-acre recreational lake that cost more than $1 million. When it was completed it was expected to stretch one-and-a-half miles across and be 120-feet deep at its lowest point. The dam was later breached in 1980.

Golder Lake was a privately funded 260-acre recreational lake behind an earthen dam constructed by Lloyd Golder III at a cost of $1 million in the early 1960s. Golder envisioned it as the centerpiece of a multimillion-dollar real estate development. The lake was two miles north of the Pima-Pinal County line on the Cañada del Oro wash behind what is now SaddleBrooke. It swelled with runoff from the Santa Catalina Mountains. The state ordered the dam breached in 1980 because it was leaking and officials were concerned it could collapse .

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Photos: Photographer Mike Christy

Photos: Photographer Mike Christy

Azayliah Perez, 9, looks away as pediatric nurse Sherryanne Paul-John, left, draws blood from a port in her chest while mom Desiree Mendonza holds her up during monthly blood tests to keep tabs of her white blood cell count at the Diamond Children's Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz. While her leukemia is in remission, Azayliah only has to make monthly visits to ensure the cancer is kept at bay, as opposed to the years right after her diagnosis when she was admitted to the center.

Arizona Daily Star photographer Mike Christy was named 2014 Photographer of the Year by the Arizona Newspapers Association and Arizona Associated Press.

September 22, 2014 10:33 am Photos

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Photos: Arizona coach Lute Olson turns 80

Photos: Arizona coach Lute Olson turns 80

UA basketball head coach Lute Olson and player Sean Elliott during their game against USC in 1989.

A history of UA basketball coach Lute Olson in pictures, from player to NCAA Championship to retirement.

September 19, 2014 11:30 am Photos

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Photos: Storm cleanup in Nogales, Sonora

Photos: Storm cleanup in Nogales, Sonora

Brothers, Adrian, left and Abraham Montes fill up sand bags handed out by the civil protection unit from Nogales, Sonora after remnants of Hurricane Odile brought heavy rain from Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. Residents in the Conjunto Jardin neighborhood helped each other shovel sand out of the road and clear muddy water from homes. Photo taken: Thursday September 18, 2014

Residents in the Conjunto Jardin neighborhood cleanup after remnants of Hurricane Odile.

September 18, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Photos: Floods of 1993

Photos: Floods of 1993

Aerial view of the Agua Caliente Wash flowing over Ft. Lowell Road and floods a nearby home. January 8, 1993.

Heavy rains over many days in January, 1993, resulted in flooding throughout Southern Arizona.

September 17, 2014 12:37 pm Photos

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Photos: Devastating floods of 1983

Photos: Devastating floods of 1983

Riverview Country Homes at 3750 N. Country Club are threatened by high water on Oct. 3, 1983. Photo by Emmet Jordan / Arizona Daily Star

The October 1983 flood was the largest flood of record in the Tucson area.

Between 6 ½ to 7 ½ inches of rain fell across the area in five days. The devastation stretched to Clifton/Morenci, Willcox, Safford and Nogales. More than a dozen people died.

September 17, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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