Month: September 2022

After a beloved Tucson sunset, the dark night rises
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After a beloved Tucson sunset, the dark night rises

A time-lapse of the skies above Kitt Peak on October 13, 2021. (Courtesy Pandreve under license) By QUENTIN S. AGNELLO Something that most Tucsonans notice is that we have a starry night sky.  However, you may be surprised to know that the darker skies are a direct ordinance by the City of Tucson.  The International Dark-Sky Association, a group working to preserve starry night skies, writes that a 2012 lighting ordinance is responsible for our clear skies.  The ordinance, or Lighting Code as titled by the City of Tucson, states its intentions clearly in Section 101: “The purpose of this code is to preserve the relationship of the residents of the City of Tucson, Arizona, and Pima County, Arizona, to their unique desert environment through protection of access to ...
FAFSA season starts: What you need to know for financial aid
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FAFSA season starts: What you need to know for financial aid

FILE - Graduates walk at a Harvard Commencement ceremony held for the classes of 2020 and 2021, Sunday, May 29, 2022, in Cambridge, Mass. The Department of Education says borrowers who hold eligible federal student loans and have made voluntary payments since March 13, 2020, can get a refund. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) By ADRIANA MORGAAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Free Application for Federal Student Aid filing season starts Oct. 1 for the 2023-2024 school year. If you plan to attend college next year, experts say you might want to fill out the FAFSA application as close to the opening date as possible. Many institutions award financial aid on a first-come, first-serve basis. Karen McCarthy, vice president of public policy and federal relations from the Nationa...
Pima College adding travel rider to cover out-of-network services, namely abortion
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Pima College adding travel rider to cover out-of-network services, namely abortion

Pima College announced Monday that it is in the final stages of adding a travel rider to the college's plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona that will cover $5,000 of expenses tied to travel and lodging to receive covered services that they are unable to receive locally. Terminating a pregnancy is not the only service covered by the new insurance coverage, although it was the focal point of the announcement from Chancellor Lee Lambert. Phil Burdick, Vice Chancellor of External Relations, was able to give us additional details that weren't included in the email announcement sent college-wide Monday. The services are expected to be available beginning October 1. Pima college had 2,368 employees at the end of the pay period ending on September 9. Slightly fewer than half of al...
Arizona abortion clinics send women to other states
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Arizona abortion clinics send women to other states

FILE - Celina Washburn protests outside the Arizona Capitol to voice her dissent with an abortion ruling, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Phoenix. An Arizona judge ruled the state can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years. The law was first enacted decades before Arizona became a state in 1912. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)FILE - Protesters gather outside the Capitol to voice their dissent with an abortion ruling, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Phoenix. An Arizona judge ruled the state can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years. The law was first enacted decades before Arizona became a state in 1912. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)FILE - Protesters gather outside the Capitol to voice their dissent with an abortion ruling, F...
Study tries to see if child vaccines and asthma are linked
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Study tries to see if child vaccines and asthma are linked

FILE - An infant receives a routine vaccination in Fayetteville, Ga., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Years ago, the government set out to determine if aluminum in vaccines could be driving growing rates of allergies and asthma in children. A federally funded study released Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, has found a possible link between aluminum and persistent asthma. But experts say the study has several shortcomings and is not a reason to change current vaccine recommendations. (AP Photo/Angie Wang) By MIKE STOBBEAP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A number of scientists have wondered if aluminum, a vaccine additive that has been used for decades, had a role in allergies and asthma in children. A new federally funded study has found a possible link, but experts say the research has important s...
Making a bold mid-career move: from business to cybersecurity
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Making a bold mid-career move: from business to cybersecurity

For Tauty Sanchez, choosing Pima was easy – she knew she'd feel represented and supported By Kanika SamraPima Community College External Relations Tauty Sanchez is amongst a group of student-interns gaining hands-on experience at the Center of Excellence in Information Technology/Cybersecurity (IT CoE) on PCC’s East Campus. As an intern at the Cybersecurity Operations Center –CSOC for short– Tauty is working on an Elasticsearch project that looks at incoming cybersecurity threats, such as attacks on an institutions’ firewall, and parses them for information. Parsing, she explains, helps to identify relevant information from long and complicated data feeds which contain strings of numbers and characters. Making sense of incoming traffic and then taking appropriate decisions is ke...
BRIEF: Dow drops as grizzly markets get worse
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BRIEF: Dow drops as grizzly markets get worse

A red bear illustrating a downtrending stock market. (Courtesy of Encik Tekateki under license.) The last holdout of major indexes of the U.S. stock market has gone grizzly as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell into a bear market Monday. All other indexes continued to drop, extending a 5-day decline. According to NerdWallet.com, "a bear market is defined by a prolonged drop in investment prices — generally, a bear market happens when a broad market index falls by 20% or more from its most recent high." The Associated Press reports, "The S&P 500 fell 38.19 points to 3,665.04. The Nasdaq dropped 65 points to 10,802.92. The Dow lost 329.60 points to close at 29,260.81. It's now 20.5% below its all-time high set on Jan. 4. A drop of 20% or more from a recent peak is what Wall ...
BRIEF: Snowden granted Russian citizenship
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BRIEF: Snowden granted Russian citizenship

Edward Snowden receives the Sam Adams award for Intelligence Integrity on November 7, 2013, in Moscow. (Photo courtesy McZusatz under Attribution 3.0 Unported) Multiple sources are reporting Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship. It has been 9 years since material leaked by Snowden was used by The Guardian in 2013 to reveal a top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) granted an order requiring Verizon to hand over data on all telephone calls in their system to the FBI over a 3-month period. According to the Guardian, "Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are n...
Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban
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Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban

FILE - The Hon. Kellie Johnson presides over a hearing in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 19, 2022. Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, meaning clinics statewide will have to stop providing the procedures to avoid the filing of criminal charges against doctors and other medical workers. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP, Pool,File)FILE - Protesters in Phoenix shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona state Capitol after the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision on June 24, 2022. Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, meanin...
Rihanna to headline the next Super Bowl halftime show
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Rihanna to headline the next Super Bowl halftime show

FILE - Rihanna attends an event for her lingerie line Savage X Fenty at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on on Aug. 28, 2021. Rihanna is set to star in the Super Bowl in February 2023, the NFL announced Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) By JAKE COYLEAP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna will take center stage at February's Super Bowl halftime show. The singer, who declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, will headline the 2023 Super Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday along with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and Apple Music. Rihanna posted an image on Instagram of an arm outstretched holding an NFL football. “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who h...