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What’s growing in your backyard?
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What’s growing in your backyard?

By: DANIEL VELASCO Rain brings the best things to Tucson on the rare occasion we receive it. Rain brings cool weather, earthy scents and vibrant colors. The rain also creates the exact conditions perfect for growing fungus. From yeast to athlete’s foot, fungus is everywhere and will inevitably in one way or another, eat us. With this threat heavily upon us, and finishing up monsoon season -- albeit a fairly dry one -- here’s a guide to some common fungi you might find at whatever cold, dark and damp place you hang out at in Arizona. While mushrooms usually grow in forested areas that receive plenty of rain, Arizona still is home to an array of mushrooms. From Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) to Valley Fever (Coccidioides), Arizona is home to multiple different mushrooms that yield a wi...
Juanito’s es bonito
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Juanito’s es bonito

          By HANK ROBICHAUD Taqueria Juanitos is a delicious madre-and-padre Mexican restaurant. There are no chips and guacamole here, but it is the closest thing you will get to eating at a taco stand in Mexico. In Tucson, Juanitos, which is located in a building with a purple exterior on the corner of Grant Road and 15th Avenue, is a great place to unwind and get a filling lunch or dinner made from scratch. In 1986, Juanitos started as a food truck in Van Nuys, California, and grew into a free-standing building in 1987 in the San Fernando Valley. The concept was started by Juanito Sr., once of three generations of Juanitos. In 1996, Juanito Jr. started the Taqueria Juanitos in Tucson. The fast-casual restaurant’s variety of selections will leav...
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Mind game

By JERRY GILL The word “calisthenics” derives from the Greek words for “good” and “strength.” As we begin another semester here at Pima Community College, I am hopeful that we will learn how to incorporate “calisthenics for the brain” into our understanding of what it means to study and learn. There was a time not too long ago when the experts agreed that the brain was simply a very complicated computer and would eventually be fully mapped and understood. That time is long gone today. We now know that the brain is an organ that adapts and grows in response to our experience. One way to focus this insight for our college learning experience is to think in terms of four major “calisthenics” we can engage in for the development of our cognitive abilities. A daily routine of these exerc...