Against the wall podcast: Deterrent

By Meredith O’Neil, Claude Akins, Rocky Baier, Reed Battles, Makenzie Carolan, Sascha Fruehauf, Audry Herran, Aimee Rodríguez, and David Thalenberg/El Inde Last week a federal judge dropped the last remaining charges against border rights activist Scott Warren. This ended the final case against Warren, who last fall fought against two felony charges. The No More…

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Against the wall podcast: Sanctuary cities

By By Briannon Wilfong, Ashley Fredde, Vianney Cárdenas, Rosa Garcia, Kathleen Giles, Jillian Hanlin, and Michelle Rascón-Canales/El Inde The vote to make Tucson an official Sanctuary City might have failed last November, but those who worked to get Proposition 205 on the ballot say they are going to continue to fight for the rights of…

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A homegrown band

By Betty Hurd/Arizona Sonora News Twenty-four-year-old Patrick Angyal is the bassist and one of the founding members of his band, Galactic Cactus, a five-piece group of University of Arizona college students. In the dimly lit back room of Espresso Art Café, the birthplace of the band and one of their favorite hangouts, he describes how…

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Local boxer KOs the competition

By Madeleine Viceconte/Arizona Sonora News The large, spacious Boxing Inc. gym, typically full of members doing their daily classes, is empty on a Tuesday morning except for Jaime Cuesta and his coach, Chris Gonzalez. Rap music blasts over the speakers as Cuesta completes his rigorous workout consisting of lifting weights and hitting the punching bag….

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A teacher with a ‘Grande’ heart

By Nicholas Trujillo/Arizona Sonora News Listen to the audio version of this story above. In an empty classroom at Tucson’s largest public high school a teacher can’t quite reach the top of the white board. James “Jimmy Grande” Bourland (yes, Grande is his nickname) has used his love of journalism to teach the art of storytelling…

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