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  • Primetime Review: Hacker leaks hundreds of celebrity’s nude photos

    The age of technology can be a scary one. While it seems, on the surface, being able to share, store and access your personal information, financial records, videos,  and photos from nearly any internet-capable device is a huge convenience for people, it also comes at a price. Just a few days after hackers were able to shut down various high-traffic video game servers through rudimentary distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), a huge leak of celebrity nude photographs has found its way to the phones and computers of millions. Pictures of some of the world’s most famous female celebrities, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton being two of the most recognizable names, were apparently lifted from iCloud accounts and released via the infamous 4chan message boards. This leak caused journalists, fans, and attorneys to the affected stars to scour the internet in search of information. How did such a giant hack occur without Apple being tipped off?  Apple has since denied the photos were accessed through the iCloud service, stating the incident was in no way caused by “any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone.” The iCloud service allows people using an iPad or iPhone to instantly link up to content saved to their account, transporting anything from phone numbers to photos to their device without having to physically transfer the files. Apple has gone even further, stating that the sharing of these photographs was not a result of the iCloud service being hacked, but was a focused attack on the accounts of the affected celebrities. This may be Apple’s only excuse for a breach in a system, which has been fraught with concern and confusion since its implementation. This leak could not come at a worse time for Apple.  With the release and launch of the iPhone 6, a smart watch, and a new operating system for Mac computers, Apple cannot afford people doubting the integrity of their security systems. 

  • MUSD asking voters for $125 million in bonds

    Marana Unified School District is going to the voters in November to ask for $125 million in bonds.The money, if approved by voters, would be spent on two new elementary schools, a performing arts center, a centralized transportation and maintenance facility, and replacement of portable classrooms with permanent brick-and-mortar expansions, along with building and stadium renovations, buses and furniture. “As our district is growing we need to be able to meet those obligations, such as in the form of construction and the ability to build new elementary schools and equip those schools, in addition to those necessary renovations and capital projects that are needed in order to maintain buildings and keep infrastructure operational,” said district spokeswoman Tamara Crawley.State funding cuts in recent years have eliminated monies for building renewal, new-school construction, and soft capital – which is used for textbooks, computers and classroom supplies – across Arizona. This leaves school districts to turn to voters to approve tax increases in the form of bonds and budget overrides for building and maintenance projects and purchase of vehicles, equipment and supplies. This loss comes out to about $4.7 million a year for MUSD.If voters approve the bond question, listed on ballots as Proposition 417, the school district plans to use the funds within five to seven years. For the typical Marana homeowner, the estimated cost comes out to no more than about $25 per year in property taxes.Some of the larger proposed projects include:

  • Respiratory illness infecting children likely to come to AZ

    While not in Arizona, health officials say a respiratory illness known as enterovirus 68 has been confirmed in 10 states and is expected to become a nationwide problem.According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), enterovirus 68 presents as the regular common cold, but can become serious, especially for children with asthma and breathing issues.Besides common cold symptoms such as running nose, coughing and sore throat, the virus can cause a child to struggle with breathing and wheezing.Dr. Francisco Garcia, the Pima County Health Director, said while this virus has not yet crossed Arizona borders, back-to-school season is the time of year where illnesses tend to spread more quickly among children.Garcia said the important thing for parents to remember is even the enterovirus 68 is not cause for panic.“It’s not the ebola virus or major illnesses like we’ve recently seen on the news,” he said. “It’s getting a lot of attention right now, but its certainly not strange or exotic.”

  • Statement from Gov. Brewer remembering the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

    “We pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken 13 years ago in the worst act of terrorism committed on American soil. “On this tragic anniversary, we honor the memories of the victims, reflect on the heroism of our fellow Americans and recognize the unfaltering resilience of our nation. We will never forget the brave passengers of United Flight 93; the men and women who lost their lives on the planes and at the World Trade Center and Pentagon; and the first responders who sacrificed their lives to save strangers. We also should remember the millions of Americans across this nation who came together in prayer, pride and patriotism – standing strong in the face of such evil. Our nation’s response to that fateful day, as well as that of our freedom loving friends and allies who stood with America, is a solemn but important reminder that liberty will always conquer tyranny, and that we must remain vigilant in protecting our values and our people. “This day is a further reminder that terrorism persists throughout the world, as we also remember the four Americans murdered on September 11, 2012, in the barbaric attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As always, special recognition is due for the men and women of our nation’s armed forces who have fought, and who continue to fight, to defend the United States against enemies of freedom. We forever honor and support our military in their noble and just mission, and we are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice. “I have ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state public buildings and institutions from sunrise until sunset on September 11, 2014. I encourage all individuals, businesses and other organizations to join in this tribute.”

  • Attorneys spar over withdrawing Grand Canyon-area land from uranium mining

    The U.S. Interior Department’s decision to withdraw 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon from new uranium-mining claims for 20 years will protect cultural resources, water and the environment, an attorney representing the Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups said Tuesday.“This has been about protecting a variety of cultural assets,” said Alison Flint, the associate attorney for Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental firm representing the interests of the tribe as well as groups including the Grand Canyon Trust, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity.A coalition of mining industry groups and the Arizona/Utah Local Economic Coalition challenged the withdrawal in U.S. District Court. Both sides argued Tuesday before Judge David C. Campbell, who said he would rule in the next two weeks.Flint said the disturbances to the tribe, whose ancestral land includes areas removed from mining, went beyond religious dissatisfaction, citing cultural disruption ranging from damage to water tables to dust from trucks.Lawyers for the mining groups argued that the watershed on the parcel north of the Grand Canyon couldn’t possibly affect the canyon, based on geographic studies of the divide.Gregory Yount, a uranium prospector whose lawsuit naming former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is the lead case in a consolidated suit, noted that the area withdrawn from mining is larger than Rhode Island. He said that taken to its extreme the notion of barring uses of public lands seen to be incompatible with Native American religions could apply piecemeal to all federal land and be an endorsement of Native American religion.

  • New dove-hunting in Arizona season features increased bag limit

    Eleven-year-old Hunter Lopez got up at 2 a.m. to start his day, although he admitted being so excited he barely slept.Lopez, his father and his uncle loaded up their shotguns and started the one-hour trek from Queen Creek to Robin’s Butte Wildlife Area.Dove hunting season is the reason for Lopez’s excitement, especially this year with hunters allowed to shoot 15 doves per day rather than the usual 10. As of January, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will allow Lopez and other minors to bag the same number as adults, where historically the youth limit has been half the adult number.The season happens in two waves: The early season runs from Sept. 5 until Sept. 28 this year. The second wave is from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5.Johnathan O’Dell, a small game biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said the bag limit is set based on the dove population.“Dove hunting is a long tradition in Arizona. We’ve been hunting dove for over 100 years,” O’Dell said. “We felt it was time, and we have the data to support moving the bag limit up.”

  • Get out to Kino Sports Complex for fun in September, October

    Take me out to the ball games, the concert and the beer festivals happening at Kino Sports Complex in September and October.The fun starts Sunday, Sept. 21, with the KFMA Fall Ball, one of southern Arizona's largest outdoor concert festivals. KFMA is partnering with Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival to bring Godsmack, Seether, Escape the Fate, Buckcherry and PopEvil to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. For more information or tickets, go to www.kfma.com.Then there's the 28th Annual Sun Sounds Great Tucson Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Kino Stadium. Choose from dozens of different beers, and enjoy snacks and food samples, music, horseshoes and other games for the $45 price of general admission. Designated driver tickets will be sold for $25 at the gate. It's a benefit for Sun Sounds of Arizona, which delivers news and information to people who cannot read print because they have a disability. For more information or tickets, visit www.azbeer.com.Ger your baseball fix when the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Tomateros de Culiacan, Yaquis de Obregon, and Mayos de Navojoa of the Mexican Pacific League, as well as a group of the top instructional league players from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals play in the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Kino Stadium on Oct. 2-5. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Kino Stadium box office, on the phone by calling (520) 434-1367 or online at www.MexicanBaseballFiesta.com.What's October without Oktoberfest? Head to Baja Oktoberfest, southern Arizona's largest craft beer festival, at the stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18. Don't miss more than 75 craft breweries, authentic German food, a polka band, dancing and games - including a brat-eating contest! For more information or tickets go to bajaoktoberfest.com.Tucson's 37th Annual Pride in the Desert is also Saturday, Oct. 18, at the sports complex South Soccer Fields. The free annual fundraiser features live entertainment, more than 100 exhibitors, the ever-popular IBT's Drag Depot, a dance tent, fun for the kids, and more. For more information, visit tucsonpride.org.

  • Saturday Puzzles 9-13-14

  • Apple harvest celebration

    Celebrate the peak of the apple season with tree-ripened Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Rome Beauty apples at Apple Annie's Orchard.Experience the fun of picking your own apples, or select from already picked apples. Come early to enjoy the delicious "All You Can Eat" pancake breakfast served with hot apple topping or cider syrup, served each day from 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM. Apple-smoked burger lunches will be served from 11:30 AM - 3 PM.Free wagon rides will take you to the orchards for picking; Asian pears will also be available for picking. Homemade apple pies are baked fresh daily, and don't miss the delicious "apple crumb pie ice cream", made in our Amish ice cream freezer. Hot roasted sweet corn will be available at our farm location.Recurring August 30-September 1 (Labor Day weekend), Sep 6-7 & Sep 13-14.September 13, 2014 - September 14, 2014Event Location: 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, AZ 85643 

  • Lions and Mountain Lions with different results

    The Pusch Ridge and Mountain View football teams were both in action on Friday night, but each had different results.Pusch Ridge built up a 27-7 first half lead and that was enough of a cushion for the Lions to be granted a weather shortened win. The host Lions were granted a 27-7 win over Scottsdale Christian when the weather got to bad the continue and the teams opted no to resume the next day, which would have been a hardship from the team from the Phoenix area.Matthew McLeod ran for 116 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, while quarterback Cody Cropp passed for 90 yards and a score.Pusch Ridge improves to 2-1 and will travel to Santa Cruz ValleyDespite 392 yards passing from Justice Summerset, Mesquite beat Mountain View 35-21.In what was built up as a “Battle of the Cybercats”, in reference to the stylized cat logo both teams sport, Mesquite jumped out to a 21-7 first half lead and fended off Mountain View rallies.

  • Falcons can't complete comeback

    Cienega jumped out to a 17-0 lead, then had to hold off the Catalina Foothill football team on Friday night.The Bobcats dominated the first half. Already leading 3-0 Francisco Diochea scored from five yards out to extend the lead to 10-0. Later in the quarter Que Brown hauled in an Adriell Alvarado pass and raced 66-yards for a score.The Falcons scored before the half and gave them some momentum. Rhett Rodriguez found Bryan Beckon on a 14-yard score.The falcons trimmed the lead to three with a Rodriguez short touchdown run, but Cienega answered with a score of their own.Foothills scored once more before the end of the third quarter when Rodriguez found Patrick Stevens from 21-yard out.

  • Marana falls in delay filled game

    The Marana and Poston Butte football teams had a pair of delays before the Broncos beat the host Tigers 32-21 on Friday night.The Phoenix area team was late arriving to the game after they had bus trouble coming to the game. The kick off was postponed by about 45 minutes, but it did not seem to hurt the offenses. The two teams combined for 46 first half points.It was special teams that got Poston Butte on the scoreboard first as XXX Smith returned a punt 42 yards for the score.Marana answered with a short Bradley Gonzales touchdown run to tie the game at seven.Big plays were the story the rest of the half as the next four scores all came on plays of more than 60 yards. First Poston Buttes Josh Alexander broke off a 78-yard run, but Marana answered as Caleb Reeves hauled in a Connor Leavens pass and raced 63-yards for the score.

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