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Desert cities are used to triple-digit temperatures, but the 118 degree high in Phoenix on Sunday broke a record of 115 that stood for 50 years and sent most people in search of coolness.

  • Arizona Daily Star

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Yash Parikh, Salpointe Catholic 

On the June 13 editorial page: "Arizona-Sonoran region has potential to be a global trade center," and in the letters, "Stop wasting money on …

  • By Peter L. Warren Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Q: The leaves/stalks in the center of my desert spoon plants are being eaten away about 6 inches up from the base. I don’t see any problem fro…

  • Arizona Daily Star

Weekend temperatures are supposed to be the hottest in nearly two decades.

Re: the June 9 article "Arizona gives first glimpse of I-11 route."

  • Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star / 2004

This ocotillo is growing along the side of River Road trail. Photo by Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star / April 13, 2004 

The return of ice hockey is a good move by Tucson. The official name could be a desert theme, "Roadrunners, Geckos, or Gila Monsters." Recomme…

It takes a pretty tender Tucson heart to love these desert pigs, which come to find out are not pigs at all. They're part of the peccary famil…

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Comments on "Barrio Stories," foster care in Arizona, bike lanes.

Strong claws and a nasty stinger: This scorpion is an iconic desert crawler.

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Letters on Waste Management billing issues, debate cartoon, Proposition 430.

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Reader opinions on local election issues, including county bonds and city council candidates.

Like monsoon rains on a roof, the sound of trickling water is a soothing addition to any desert yard.

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Letters on mother and child legislation, desert clean-up, UA student survey.

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Barrel cacti are amazing — even if they're not on par with saguaros.

  • Linda Seeger Salazar/ Arizona Daily Star 2003

A black widow from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

Don’t miss the boat; here’s what you need to know.

  • Linda Seeger Salazar / Arizona Daily Star

A black widow from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum June 12, 2003.

Readers add to our list of books that enhance an understanding of the heart and soul of Southern Arizona.