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January 8, 2012
Speaking of Gabby Giffords, here’s how she spent her day: While the Congresswoman certainly didn’t have an easy time of it, she led the Pledge of Allegiance at a candlelight vigil today honoring the victims of last year’s Tucson shooting, where she nearly died. According to those at the memorial events today, the community finds strength in her recovery. “It’s given everybody a lift to see how she progressed,” said preschool aide Cheryl Lillie, 57. (Photo by Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times)

Speaking of Gabby Giffords, here’s how she spent her day: While the Congresswoman certainly didn’t have an easy time of it, she led the Pledge of Allegiance at a candlelight vigil today honoring the victims of last year’s Tucson shooting, where she nearly died. According to those at the memorial events today, the community finds strength in her recovery. “It’s given everybody a lift to see how she progressed,” said preschool aide Cheryl Lillie, 57. (Photo by Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times)

23:13 // 2 years ago
The sausage was being made in front of our eyes, with all of the messiness that analogy implies.
Poynter’s Craig Silverman • Discussing the Gabrielle Giffords shooting one year ago today, as well as the way the media covered it on Twitter. Very notably that day, NPR tweeted that Giffords had died of a gunshot wound to the head, and a number of media outlets reported it, when she in fact hadn’t. Silverman, who runs Regret the Error for Poynter, kept a Storify from that day. It was a key moment for the real-time news movement, and a decision that once might’ve played behind closed doors is now in plain sight. It reflects the new world we live in as both news producers and news consumers — one where the errors play out in the open. source (viafollow)
23:02 // 2 years ago
December 22, 2011
I am so thankful to be alive and warm. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers — they worked. At times I was afraid, but mostly I had faith that I would be found.
Arizona State University student Lauren Elizabeth Weinberg • Making a statement about her 10-day ordeal, in which she and her car were stranded in a remote, snow-covered part of Arizona. She survived on just two candy bars and snow water she melted in the sun. After taking a drive with no particular destination, she found herself stuck with roughly two feet of snow around her. She lacked a blanket or heavy coat to keep warm, making her survival all the more remarkable to rescuers. Good luck in your recovery, Lauren. source (viafollow)
20:58 // 2 years ago
December 12, 2011

Supreme Court will take on controversial Arizona immigration law

Good news or bad news? What say you?

10:06 // 2 years ago
November 30, 2011
Arizona gun club offers photos with Santa — and a few AK-47s
Dear Arizona ShortFormBlog readers: If we were to give you a picture of our mascot, Julius the Laid-Off RSS Robot, could you go visit the Scottsdale Gun Club on December 10 to take a picture with Santa and a few AK-47s? If you want, you can even play target practice with the printout afterward. (We’d expect pictures of that, too.) Julius is a big fan of the Second Amendment and he’d really get a kick out of it. Thanks. (Editor’s note: This is a real offer.) source
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Dear Arizona ShortFormBlog readers: If we were to give you a picture of our mascot, Julius the Laid-Off RSS Robot, could you go visit the Scottsdale Gun Club on December 10 to take a picture with Santa and a few AK-47s? If you want, you can even play target practice with the printout afterward. (We’d expect pictures of that, too.) Julius is a big fan of the Second Amendment and he’d really get a kick out of it. Thanks. (Editor’s note: This is a real offer.) source

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11:31 // 2 years ago
November 24, 2011

They were spending Thanksgiving with their father. Last night’s deadly plane crash in Superstition Mountains, a rugged patch of mountains east of Phoenix, was especially sad because of the time of year. Six people died, including three children and three adult men. The mother of the children, who was not on the plane, was notified by authorities late Wednesday. “The mother is a pilot herself,” noted Elias Johnson of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department. ”She understands when a plane crashes at 230 miles an hour … directly into the face of the mountain … and when it’s a fiery crash,” the odds of survival are low. source

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12:02 // 2 years ago
November 23, 2011
More details on Arizona plane crash: These come from Weather Channel executive producer Jesse Hamilton, who managed to get an official on air that said it was a small plane with six people on board. Rescue will be difficult as it happened over tough terrain. Details still coming out. (ht Matt)

More details on Arizona plane crash: These come from Weather Channel executive producer Jesse Hamilton, who managed to get an official on air that said it was a small plane with six people on board. Rescue will be difficult as it happened over tough terrain. Details still coming out. (ht Matt)

22:59 // 2 years ago

The crash happened on rough terrain, making rescue tough. A plane crash in the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix, appears to have left a large explosion, based on the webcam video above (key moment 53 seconds in). Details are hard to come by right now. “We don’t know yet if it’s a passenger plane or a crop duster,” said Angelique Graham, the Pinal County (Ariz.) sheriff’s spokeswoman. “We can’t tell the size of the aircraft involved from the air and we can’t tell how many people may have been aboard.”  Details are coming in as we speak. (Edit: Just got an update; the plane had three adults and three children on board.)  source

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22:29 // 2 years ago
November 8, 2011
joshsternberg:

ryking:

@nickmartin: With 87% of the vote in, Jerry Lewis on his way to unseating arguably the most powerful state politician in AZ, Sen. Russell Pearce: 53%-46%

For context, Pearce was the State Senator who introduced the controversial immigration bill.

It’s a big night for newsworthy tweets. More context over here.

joshsternberg:

ryking:

@nickmartin: With 87% of the vote in, Jerry Lewis on his way to unseating arguably the most powerful state politician in AZ, Sen. Russell Pearce: 53%-46%

For context, Pearce was the State Senator who introduced the controversial immigration bill.

It’s a big night for newsworthy tweets. More context over here.

(Source: diadoumenos, via joshsternberg)

22:52 // 2 years ago
November 5, 2011
Green Party candidate in Tucson mayoral race lives in Occupy tent: Mary DeCamp is about to have her house foreclosed upon, but she’s decided to walk away from it and run her Green Party campaign from a tent. She certainly has the right name for such a move. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Green Party candidate in Tucson mayoral race lives in Occupy tent: Mary DeCamp is about to have her house foreclosed upon, but she’s decided to walk away from it and run her Green Party campaign from a tent. She certainly has the right name for such a move. source

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15:06 // 2 years ago