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PHOENIX - Gov. Janet Napolitano on Friday signed into law a bill to generally prohibit the state - except for the Legislature - and local governments from creating new laws or rules relating to the possession or storage of firearms.
How would you like to buy a gun that killed an Arizona police officer?
NEW YORK — Tank Johnson of the Chicago Bears was suspended by the NFL for the first eight games of the 2007 regular season for violating the league’s new personal conduct policy.
Eight years ago, a Tucson man suspected of stealing a bottle of lotion was asphyxiated by a security guard.
If you think the kind of incident that resulted in the death of a Florida teen cannot happen here, you’re wrong.
Two Scottsdale men convicted in May of assaulting two Scottsdale police officers were each sentenced to one year probation Wednesday.
Saying it's none of the government's business, a House panel voted Wednesday to bar cities, counties and the state from destroying guns that are voluntarily surrendered to them.
DALLAS - It took two weeks, $100,000 of Jeff Van Gundy’s earnings, and a superhuman effort from Jason Terry, but the Suns finally have a secondround playoff opponent.
College professors might soon be allowed to have more than pens and pencils in their pockets.
A Senate panel agreed Monday that any Arizona adult should be able to carry a concealed weapon without special training or background check.
A proposal to make it illegal for some Arizonans to enforce federal gun laws is raising concern by the nation's largest defender of the Second Amendment.
Fred Barlam of the Ahwatukee Foothills recently submitted comments to The Inbox claiming to be “a Jew.”
State senators voted Thursday to let people carry their guns around the edges of college campuses and in some cases through them -- but not in the buildings.
The decision whether to reduce the penalty for carrying a concealed weapon illegally is now up to the governor.
Ever get caught driving aggressively? Or get in trouble for writing one too many bad checks? If so, you might be required to provide a DNA sample for a database used by law enforcement to solve crimes.
THESSALONIKI, Greece - The Iraqi soccer team's improbable run at an Olympic gold medal ended Tuesday night with a 3-1 semifinal loss to Paraguay.
The Arizona Cardinals decided not to sign veteran free agent defensive end Marco Coleman before the first game of the season. His skills had diminished enough that the team didn’t want to guarantee his salary.
A story is circulating that Jerry Brown, California's attorney general, former governor and current gubernatorial candidate, plans to base his pitch to Latino voters on having marched in the 1970s with Cesar Chavez.
When the Field Poll found his GOP opponent Meg Whitman's standing had jumped from 25 percent to 39 percent among Latino voters, several pundits observed, "So who's Cesar Chavez?" After all, Brown was last governor 27 years ago.
Gary Taylor's book, "Cultural Selection: Why Some Achievements Survive the Test of Time -- And Others Don't," explains why. The process of remembering begins when somebody dies and a survivor promotes the story or accomplishments of the deceased so that others don't forget. Stories about success spread until they become part of the culture and survive as memory through each retelling. That is how we accumulate knowledge and understanding and even wisdom sometimes.
The survival of remembering is a lot like natural selection in evolution. Yet, most worthy accomplishment stories die for lack of someone to do the retelling.
After Brown followed Ronald Reagan as California governor in 1975, he pulled Mario Obledo away from a Harvard Law professorship by appointing him secretary of health and welfare. Obledo had been a co-founder in 1968 of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and had helped set a new civil rights platform for the nation.
He also pioneered the Albert Armendariz defense, named for a law student at the University of Texas Law School who brought an action in the United States District Court that led to student deferments during the draft in the late 1960s. Obledo, himself a veteran, was often around for those who needed representation. As counsel for a group of drug-abuse workers, he helped establish one of the first national organizations to advocate for more treatment and less criminalization.
Obledo's open-door policy was universally known. Many got in to see him (especially good, humble, salt-of-the-earth types with reasonable beefs) who otherwise would never have made it past a receptionist intern on the first floor. If a Spanish-speaker or foreign-language-speaking person called, he wanted that person responded to in his native language. "Just in case my mother calls," he explained.
Then a series of stinging accusations rocked Sacramento. It was alleged that the newfound access to government was something else. Inferences were made to connect state support for drug-rehabilitation programs to a prison gang, then to organized crime and a drug-related murder. All this was tied to Obledo's tenure in office because a murder victim had made an appointment to see an Obledo aide in Sacramento.
The Readers Digest was chief among media enflaming the story, along with some local Sacramento newspapers that passed along the sensationalistic, unsubstantiated rumors and allegations like tabloid news and other histrionics.
The governor, the secretary himself, the attorney general, a regulatory commission and several newspapers undertook lengthy investigations. All of them, of course, uncovered absolutely no wrongdoing. The intended guilt-by-association assertions did not even leave behind the usual cow-pie smell. Obledo was that clean.
So why would serious professional people, who are not circus clowns, go to such absurd lengths to construct such an imaginary story. Taylor answers that others compete against a version of reality at odds with their point of view. Heroic stories survive after the hero dies -- like those passed on by Plato, St. Paul, and James Boswell -- because the survivors pass along the story well enough to make it part of the culture.
That's why it's important to remember Mario Obledo, who fought the good fight and who won for all of us. He was an originating member of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, a successor group of Rev. Martin Luther King's crusades, and Obledo served as national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 by President Bill Clinton for his many accomplishments. Citizen Obledo passed away Aug. 19, at age 78, in Sacramento.
Among his survivors, I hope, are those who will retell his story.
Jose de la Isla writes a weekly commentary for Hispanic Link News Service. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of this newspaper, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it.
Adults will remain free to light up while their children are in their vehicles and send text messages while driving. They even will be able to let their children ride around in the back of their pickup trucks.
Waving signs with slogans like "Covance is blood money for Chandler" and "Covance kills beagles for Big Tobacco," about 40 humans and two beagles rallied outside the drug testing lab Sunday to protest animal testing and Covance's presence in Chandler.
Any chance of cities or counties conducting future gun-buyback programs is about to evaporate.
"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” — The Second Amendment
"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." — The Second Amendment
"You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you." - C.S. Lewis