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Gail Halvorsen

Gail Halvorsen

Retired Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen in 2008, with one of the parachutes he kept from his candy drops over Berlin in 1948. He flew a C-54 then, similar to the plane behind him.

December 10, 2014 1:13 pm
Nacimiento permanent installation

Nacimiento permanent installation

El Naciemento in the Tucson Museum of Art is be permanently encased in a protective shield.

November 27, 2014 12:00 am
El Nacimiento

El Nacimiento

El Nacimiento has been presented in Tucson from November to March since 1978. It has been housed in a glassed exhibition space since 2009 at the Tucson Museum of Art’s historic Casa Cordova.

November 27, 2014 12:00 am
Tis the Season

Tis the Season

These brown bags that have a decorative pattern punched into them were filled with sand and candles for the Between the Tracks - Tis the Season in Vail. 

November 23, 2014 9:57 pm
Nacimiento

Nacimiento

El Nacimiento at the Tucson Museum of Art’s the historic Casa Cordova is a elaborate 800-piece Nativity installation.

November 20, 2014 7:00 am
Nacimiento

Nacimiento

Maria Luisa Leon Teña spent more than 30 years adding pieces, updating scenes and setting up the nacimiento to honor her mother, who died in 1977.

November 20, 2014 7:00 am
Chicago Bar

Chicago Bar

Booze, blues and the Bears are on tap at the Chicago Bar, 5954 E. Speedway, "where music lives seven nights a week." On Halloween, for example, Neon Prophet will play. (Shown here, in 2008, is cover band Megan's Law.) For Tucson's many, many Chicago transplants who've made the 1,800-mile mov…

October 29, 2014 7:50 pm
The Meet Rack

The Meet Rack

The sexually charged Meet Rack at 210 W. Drachman works overtime on its disturbing outrageousness. Owner Jim Anderson, who likes to refer to himself as God, used to give drink discounts to women who agreed to be physically branded with a red-hot likeness of his shaved head with long white go…

October 29, 2014 2:37 pm
Tucson Tourism

Tucson Tourism

Despite nationwide gains of 8.2 percent per room, Tucson’s hospitality industry has seen a 2.2 percent increase in 2014. But luxury resorts like JW Marriott Starr Pass, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., have been faring much better.

October 21, 2014 11:23 am
'Big' Jim Griffith

'Big' Jim Griffith

'Big' Jim Griffith is the former director of the Southwest Folklore Center at the University of Arizona, and co-founder of Tucson Meet Yourself. He's also the author of seven books on the folklore and folklife of our region, most recently "A Border Runs Through It." Check out his blog at tuc…

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What is your favorite book about animals?

What is your favorite book about animals?

Scout catches up on her reading in this photo illustration about dog IQs.

September 25, 2014 8:48 am
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04 Sidewinders-p1

Randy Johnson, who started two Tucson Sidewinders’ home openers during rehab stints, is a sure bet for the Hall of Fame.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am
Tucson's birthday celebration

Tucson's birthday celebration

Members of the San Agustin de Tucson Presidio garrison, dressed in costume from the 1778-1792 time period, will fire their muskets toward downtown tonight, just as they did six years ago when they kicked off the city’s 233rd birthday celebration. Admission to tonight’s festivities is free.

August 19, 2014 2:34 pm
Santa Cruz River

Santa Cruz River

The Santa Cruz River north of Tubac, Ariz.

August 15, 2014 2:56 pm
St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary’s was Arizona’s first hospital, opened in 1880 by an order of nuns.

July 22, 2014 2:54 pm
2008 Santa Rita's Jeff Scurran

2008 Santa Rita's Jeff Scurran

Santa Rita high school head coach Jeff Scurran led the Eagles to 4A-II title game. In his second season as Santa Rita's football coach, Scurran piloted the Eagles to a 12-2 record and the Class 4A-II state championship game.

July 17, 2014 6:11 pm
Sahuarita

Sahuarita

A conceptual plan for Sahuarita (above) includes annexing 47 square miles east of town to make way for retail, theater, event space and more parks.

July 11, 2014 5:05 pm
The Bum Steer

The Bum Steer

The Bum Steer, a barnlike structure packed with memorabilia and antique decor, was once a college hot spot.

July 03, 2014 3:29 pm
Confiscated marijuana

Confiscated marijuana

A Border Patrol agent carries bales of marijuana to a helicopter near Soldier Basin in the Patagonia Mountains.

June 19, 2014 11:07 am
Jay Rees

Jay Rees

“I have extremely powerful mixed emotions about this,” says Pride of Arizona Director Jay Rees.

May 30, 2014 2:51 pm
Bok choy

Bok choy

May 23, 2014 4:56 pm
Mulched Peace rose

Mulched Peace rose

Wood-based mulch helps keep a Peace rose happy in the heat. 

May 23, 2014 4:23 pm
Mulched Peace rose

Mulched Peace rose

Wood-based mulch helps keep a Peace rose happy in the heat. A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star 2008

May 23, 2014 4:06 pm
50 objetos cobre

50 objetos cobre

Greg Bryan / La Estrella de TucsónAlvin Fulton maniobra una máquina con cátodos de cobre para recoger cobre puro en la Mina Johnson Camp, al este de Benson.

May 01, 2014 2:20 pm
Johnson Camp Mine

Johnson Camp Mine

In 2008, a machine carrying copper cathodes helped collect pure copper as part of an electrical refining process at the Johnson Camp Mine in Cochise County.

May 01, 2014 2:20 pm
State revamps winery license to weed out businesses that don't produce wine or grow grapes

State revamps winery license to weed out businesses that don't produce wine or grow grapes

The new Series 13 license requires wineries to obtain a federal liquor license and produce 200 gallons on-premise. 

April 25, 2014 2:51 pm
Fiesta de Garibaldi

Fiesta de Garibaldi

Conrad Duarte, with Mariachi Tesoro de Tucson, plays during the Fiesta de Garibaldi, a re-creation of the Mexico City venue that features mariachi music.

April 21, 2014 4:52 pm
Journey to Easter: Egg hunts

Journey to Easter: Egg hunts

Some churches carefully separate the sacred from the secular by holding ancillary activities such as egg hunts at different times and places than worship services.

April 19, 2014 7:30 am
Augustine Romero

Augustine Romero

Augustine Romero’s comments prompted the state action.

April 16, 2014 11:05 am
20 HOM containergarden

20 HOM containergarden

A container garden is chock full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Photo by Benjie Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

April 02, 2014 4:20 pm
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16 CAL Arts District 2 jt-p4

The Barrio Brewing Company in the south warehouse district at Toole Avenue and 16th Street has a hearty NCAA Ale with 10 percent alcohol, and when the nearby railroad crossing gates go down, pints go on sale.

March 25, 2014 11:18 pm
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03 HOM lbeg-p2

Oranges, grapefruit and lemons all played a role in helping Arizona grow economically in the last century.

March 24, 2014 4:31 pm
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28 Hansen top 100 dsp2

28 Hansen top 100 dsp2--UA swim coach Frank Busch (cq-FRANK BUSCH) led the womens and men's UA swim teams to NCAA titles last spring. Then he had at least a dozen athletes make Olympic swim teams. He also traveled to Beijing as a U.S. assistant swim coach. It's been a great year for a guy wh…

March 22, 2014 7:50 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Jordan Hill, center, leaps out of bounds to save the ball and throw it to Alex Jacobson, left, with Gonzaga University's Josh Heytvelt, right, in the second half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Jordan Hill, smiles during the game against Gonzaga University in the second half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Nic Wise gets surrounded by UA fans after getting the game winning steal against Gonzaga University in the second half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Nic Wise comes down the court after hitting a three pointer against Gonzaga University in the first half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Jamelle Horne lies on the ground after trying to get a loose ball against Gonzaga University in the first half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Jordan Hill, left, talks with Interim Head Coach Russ Pennell, right in the game against Gonzaga University at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Jordan Hill gets between Gonzaga University's Josh Heytvelt, left, and Jeremy Pargo, right, in the first half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Kyle Fogg, left, gets rid of the ball while Gonzaga University's Jeremy Pargo defends in the first half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:41 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Nic Wise, left, tries to pass while Gonzaga University's Jeremy Pargo, right, defends in the first half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Zane Johnson, left, and Jordan Hill defend Gonzaga University's Demetri Goodson, who was eventually fouled on the play in the first half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's David Bagga, left, celebrates the win with Kyle Fogg against Gonzaga University's at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Kyle Fogg, left, hugs Nic Wise as UA fans go on court after a game sealing steal against Gonzaga University in the second half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Alex Jacobson celebrates late in the second half in the game against Gonzaga University at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Chase Budinger, left, defends Gonzaga University's Austin Daye in the second half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Gonzaga University Head Coach Mark Few watches against the University of Arizona in the second half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm
Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

Arizona upsets No. 4 Gonzaga in 2008

University of Arizona's Alex Jacobson, center, gets helped up by Nic Wise, left, after causing an offensive foul against Gonzaga University's Demetri Goodson in the second half at US Airways Arena during the 2008 Desert Classic on Dec. 14, 2008, in Phoenix.

March 22, 2014 5:42 pm

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