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The Potted Desert Garden: September Is a Vital Month for Potted-Garden Care

The Potted Desert Garden: September Is a Vital Month for Potted-Garden Care

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

After last week’s storms, temperatures in the valley have heated back up. Perhaps your potted gardens are looking shabby or tired. There are several things you can—and should—do to care for your potted gardens this month.

Here are some tips to get you deeper into the desert’s true fall season.

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 11, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 11, 2014!

Thursday, September 11, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's extra-caffeinated Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson ponders a better iPhone 6; The K Chronicles bemoans the end of two great coffee houses (with benefits!); This Modern World sends Star Trek to the present day; and Red Meat celebrates a lottery win—but there are consequences.

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Know Your Neighbors: Are Single-Party Ballots a Threat to Democracy?

Know Your Neighbors: Are Single-Party Ballots a Threat to Democracy?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

We’re supposed to have multiple points of view, or parties, on the ballot—and then the candidate who gets the most votes wins. That’s what we call democracy.

But what if only those candidates who represent the majority of registered voters in a district were allowed on the ballot? Anyone representing...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexican Beers So Bland?

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexican Beers So Bland?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: The Mexican-American community is the most adversely affected by the influx of illegals. Only the politicians have any gain from lumping all Hispanics into the Latino category.

Are proud, hardworking Mexican Americans actually willing to continually diminish their own children’s American...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Summer Snapdragons Are Great Late-Summer Performers

The Potted Desert Garden: Summer Snapdragons Are Great Late-Summer Performers

Tuesday, September 09, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Summer snapdragons are some of my favorite summer flowers.

I am always looking for something that will give me height in my desert potted gardens and that will last. Summer snaps, or Angelonia angustifolia , do just that. In the photo above, summer snaps are planted with white profusion zinnias and tra...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 4, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 4, 2014!

Thursday, September 04, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's evil-targeting Independent comics page: The K Chronicles bemoans the absence of a cigarette butt as a target; This Modern World honors the Cheney family; Jen Sorenson looks at college as a business; and Red Meat deals with yet another creature trapped in the basement.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:46

Youngun's: The Future of Journalism

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I spent a good chunk of last Friday at the University of Arizona School of Journalism's fall-semester internship fair.

I originally signed up for eight 20-minute interview slots on behalf of the paper I currently edit, the Tucson Weekly. However, Lisa Button, the school's fabulous internship coordinator, emailed me a couple of weeks before the fair to let me know that all eight of those slots were full, and that the waitlist was getting rather long.

I agreed to add four more slots. With the addition of two walk-ins, I wound up doing brief interviews with 14 students over about four hours.

Some observations:

• The future of journalism is bright, at least as far as the newbies are concerned. This was an impressive, talented, motivated group.

• The future of journalism is female. Over the years, an increasing female skew has hit the UA Journalism School, as well as other j-schools around the country. Of the 14 kids I talked to, 12 are female. All four of our current interns are women, too.

• The future of journalism is multi-talented. Journalists these days can't just focus on writing or taking pictures. They have to be able to do both. And do video. And be Internet-savvy. And be proficient in other media, too.

• I have no idea where all of these kids are going to get jobs. A third of all newspaper jobs vanished between 2000 and 2010, and even more have gone away since 2010.

However, I am honored that so many young, talented students are interested in alternative newsweeklies. That's a sign that the future for this industry has some bright spots after all.

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