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Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Reader statements on Hillary Clinton book, TUSD auditor, Pioneer Hotel fire. 

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Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Views on state budget deficit, library closures, January 8 memorial, the Volt. 

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Acusado del incendio en Hotel Pioneer demanda al gobierno

Acusado del incendio en Hotel Pioneer demanda al gobierno

Acusa al ayuntamiento de Tucsón y al Condado Pima de conspiración y discriminación.

February 12, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Discrimination suit filed over 1970 Pioneer fire trial

Discrimination suit filed over 1970 Pioneer fire trial

Louis Taylor, convicted for the deadly fire, has sued the city and county for civil rights violations.

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After year of freedom, Taylor struggles to adjust

After year of freedom, Taylor struggles to adjust

Attorneys seek possible civil case for man convicted of setting Pioneer Hotel fire. 

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Year of freedom after 4 decades behind bars difficult for Louis Taylor

Year of freedom after 4 decades behind bars difficult for Louis Taylor

Louis Cuen Taylor spent most of his life living in the structured environment of prison.

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Louis Leon, Tucson big-band musician, dies at age 92

Louis Leon, Tucson big-band musician, dies at age 92

Fifth-generation Tucsonan Louis “Louie” Leon, who performed big-band music for nearly 40 years in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico, died Monday. He was 92.

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Critics: Pima County Attorney LaWall didn't set Pioneer Hotel injustice right

Critics: Pima County Attorney LaWall didn't set Pioneer Hotel injustice right

Arizona Justice Project lawyers excoriated Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall for what they said is her unwillingness to acknowledge the mistakes of her predecessors in connection with a 1972 trial that sent a 17-year-old to prison for 42 years.

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Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Articulate and sometimes emotional, Louis Cuen Taylor spoke Wednesday afternoon about his case, the legal system and his first days of freedom after four decades in prison.

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Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Louis Taylor fights tears as he describes his long imprisonment.

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Pioneer Hotel fire: The victims

The Arizona Daily Star printed a list of the dead and injured on Dec. 21, 1970.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

More than 100 pairs of eyes were on Louis Cuen Taylor Tuesday morning as he walked tentatively into the courtroom wearing an orange prison-issue T-shirt and baggy pants.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Louis Cuen Taylor accepts congratulations from Howard Kashman, his original attorney, as his current defense team surrounds him. "Welcome back, Mr. Taylor," Judge Richard Fields said after accepting Taylor's no-contest pleas. Fields gave Taylor credit for time served and ordered him released.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Louis Taylor disposes of the remains of his first meal outside prison in more than 40 years, a cheeseburger at In-n-Out Burger. The restaurant was his first stop after he felt "free Mother Earth beneath my feet" upon his release from the Arizona State Prison Complex on South Wilmot Road.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Kristina Beckman-Brito finds the moment overwhelming as she watches Louis Taylor come out of the South Wilmot Road prison a free man.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

The building at 100 N. Stone Ave., as it looks today. A fire on Dec. 20, 1970, killed 28 people; a 29th died months later. The former landmark Tucson hotel is now a office building.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Louis Cuen Taylor was 16 when he was arrested after the Pioneer Hotel fire in downtown Tucson. He turns 59 this week.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

A injured firefighter is taken from the scene of the Pioneer Hotel blaze. The death toll ultimately reached 29.

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