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Blog: Passion for gun restrictions grows but lags gun-rights energy

Blog: Passion for gun restrictions grows but lags gun-rights energy

Those who support greater restrictions on guns and their components are growing more active since recent mass shootings, but pro-gun-rights activists remain a more passionate, mobilized force.

December 26, 2012 1:25 pm Photos

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Blog: Loughner judge makes 'conservative case' for bans on guns, magazines

Blog: Loughner judge makes 'conservative case' for bans on guns, magazines

The federal judge who sentenced Jared Loughner to seven life terms last month is urging a ban on buying or possessing "assault weapons" or high-capacity magazines. 

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Blog: S. Arizona Congress member uncommitted on weapons ban (updated)

Blog: S. Arizona Congress member uncommitted on weapons ban (updated)

U.S. Rep.-elect Ann Kirkpatrick says she's open to all possible solutions to America's massacre wave, but she's not ready to take a stand on proposed weapons bans.

December 18, 2012 1:12 pmLoading…

Blog: Nogales artists finish re-do of painted-over mural

Blog: Nogales artists finish re-do of painted-over mural

Artists have faithfully repainted the "La Serpiente" mural accidentally painted over by Nogales, Sonora municipal workers.

December 12, 2012 11:29 am Photos

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Blog: Plane seized in Tucson linked to company in Jenni Rivera crash (updated)

Blog: Plane seized in Tucson linked to company in Jenni Rivera crash (updated)

The owner of the airplane that crashed Sunday, killing singer Jenni Rivera, had a plane seized in Tucson earlier this year. It was one of two seized at the request of DEA this year.

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Blog: Civil-rights office deflects allegations of abuse by border agents (updated)

Blog: Civil-rights office deflects allegations of abuse by border agents (updated)

The Department of Homeland Security has an office to handle complaints of abuse by Border Patrol agents. But mostly it's just given those complaints back to the Border Patrol to investigate.

December 10, 2012 2:03 pmLoading…

Blog: 'I'm f***ed,' Arizona border agent says after drug arrest

Blog: 'I'm f***ed,' Arizona border agent says after drug arrest

The FBI arrested yet another U.S. Border Patrol agent this week after watching him go to the border fence near Wellton, Ariz. and pick up bales of marijuana.

December 04, 2012 1:15 pm Related

Blog: Mexican media blames Calderón, as new body count emerges

Blog: Mexican media blames Calderón, as new body count emerges

Mexican news organizations are marking the end of Felipe Calderón's presidency with sober, damning evaluations of his biggest legacy: Years of shocking violence. 

November 27, 2012 2:45 pmLoading…

Blog: In Nogales, Sonora, workers see mural as graffiti, paint it over

Blog: In Nogales, Sonora, workers see mural as graffiti, paint it over

In its effort to respond quickly to citizen complaints about graffiti, city workers in Nogales, Sonora recently painted over a 16-year-old mural just south of the border.

November 21, 2012 2:10 pmLoading…

Blog: For Americans, the word best describing Mexico is "drugs"

Blog: For Americans, the word best describing Mexico is "drugs"

A new survey shows that most Americans view Mexico in an unfavorable light, due largely to the drug-trafficking related violence that broke out in the country in recent years. 

November 20, 2012 4:20 pmLoading…

Blog: More misconduct allegations against Babeu's inner circle (update)

Blog: More misconduct allegations against Babeu's inner circle (update)

Tempe police have accused Deputy Richard "Hank" Mueller of disorderly conduct after he punched someone outside a Tempe bar. It's the latest of several personnel problems facing Babeu, and the third involving members of his inner circle.

November 19, 2012 12:30 pmLoading…

Blog: Key new Mexican labor law passes, easing hiring, firing

Blog: Key new Mexican labor law passes, easing hiring, firing

Mexico's new labor law will make it easier for employers to hire and fire workers, potentially accelerating employment in the country.

November 16, 2012 1:31 pmLoading…

Blog: Reports show scale of Mexico's disappearances, innocents killed

Blog: Reports show scale of Mexico's disappearances, innocents killed

Researchers have revealed the troubling extent of Mexico's drug-war disappearances and killing in a series of recent reports. Among the shocking facts: Mexico's human rights commission has 6,000 open reports on people disappeared at the hands…

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Blog: Mexico arrests trafficker accused of killing Sonoran activist

Blog: Mexico arrests trafficker accused of killing Sonoran activist

Jesús Alfredo Salazar Ramírez was considered a key lieutenant of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and is implicated in the recent outburst of violence in the Puerto Peñasco-Sonoyta corridor.

November 09, 2012 1:57 pmLoading…

Blog: Mexicans watching US election, favor Obama, poll says

Blog: Mexicans watching US election, favor Obama, poll says

A poll of Mexicans found most care about and are paying attention to the American election, and the vast majority would vote for Barack Obama if given the chance.

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Blog: Insurance concerns loom over Babeu's border posse

Blog: Insurance concerns loom over Babeu's border posse

Not just liability coverage, but also workers' compensation concerns could stand in the way of the Sheriff Paul Babeu's new Anti-Smuggling Posse.

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Blog: Report suggest narcos have 'enslaved' engineers in Mexico

Blog: Report suggest narcos have 'enslaved' engineers in Mexico

A new report - part of a series on people "enslaved" by organized crime in Mexico - argues that narcos have been kidnapping professionals and forcing them to work for the groups.

October 30, 2012 1:30 pmLoading…

Blog: On Arizona-Sonora border, reporters see bunkers, meet smugglers

Blog: On Arizona-Sonora border, reporters see bunkers, meet smugglers

In a rare tour given by Mexican soldiers, five Sonoran reporters got a look at a regional drug boss' ranch near Sonoyta and surprised a group of "burreros" — marijuana backpackers — at a border-area home. 

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Blog: Study uses Google to show where cartels operate in Mexico

Blog: Study uses Google to show where cartels operate in Mexico

A pair of Harvard University researchers tried to map the activities of Mexico's drug trafficking organizations using a query algorithm in Google. The results: The cartels appear less widespread than you might think.

October 22, 2012 1:17 pmLoading…

Blog: There's always a good story, photos in Nogales, Sonora

Blog: There's always a good story, photos in Nogales, Sonora

For a reporter, a trip to Nogales, Sonora is never wasted. There's always something to see or some story to explore in that gritty border city.

October 17, 2012 11:35 am Photos

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Blog: Funeral procession for slain teen turns angry in Nogales

The funeral procession for a 16-year-old boy, killed in cross-border gunfire by US agents, turned into an angry protest at the border fence Sunday afternoon.

October 15, 2012 4:00 pmLoading…

Blog: Napier 'uncomfortable' with Babeu's anti-smuggling posse

Blog: Napier 'uncomfortable' with Babeu's anti-smuggling posse

Mark Napier, Republican candidate for Pima County sheriff, would not rule out the idea of forming a volunteer anti-smuggling posse, and Sheriff Clarence Dupnik declined to comment.

October 12, 2012 2:30 pm Photos

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Blog: Babeu's armed border posse fulfills long held dream

Blog: Babeu's armed border posse fulfills long held dream

Former State Sen. Sylvia Allen was on hand Wednesday afternoon to see Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announce the formation of an armed, volunteer anti-smuggling unit. It's been Allen's dream and that of other legislators for years.

October 11, 2012 4:30 pm Related Loading…

Blog: Mexico ranks as a violent but happy country

Blog: Mexico ranks as a violent but happy country

Two recent surveys point out a key contradiction in present-day Mexico. Violent horrors coexist in the country with happiness and optimism.

October 01, 2012 4:20 pm Photos

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About this blog

When you're a reporter digging deep, you turn up a lot of dirt. But that doesn't mean you can put all the good dirt in the story.

I've found myself with a lot of extra, good dirt in my new role as senior reporter (hence, Señor Reporter), writing primarily for the Arizona Daily Star's Sunday paper.

Check in often, and let's see what we can turn up.

Contact Tim Steller at (520) 807-8427 or tsteller@tucson.com

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