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2008-08-07 06:00:28

By Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 7--Brandon Kihl has sculpted an impressive film career for himself. The 29-year-old worked as a sculptor on "Desperation," the 2006 miniseries filmed in Southern Arizona that was based on a Stephen King book. Kihl did similar work in the direct-to-DVD "Road House 2: Last Call" (2006) and was a carpenter in the yet-to-be-released Anna Faris-Topher Grace comedy "Kids in America." Kihl was the production designer on several recent...

2008-08-07 06:00:28

By Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 7--Seth Rogen may be the hottest talent in comedy, but in "The Pineapple Express" he's not even the funniest in the movie. He runs a close second to James Franco, as slack-jawed pot dealer Saul. Franco is Cheech, Chong and Dave Chappelle in "Half Baked," rolled into a joint so comically intoxicating it could be outlawed. "Pineapple Express," named for the super-strain of marijuana Saul and pal Dale (Rogen) smoke, flows with a...

2008-08-07 06:00:00

By Erica Meltzer, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 7--Some Pima County supervisors are having second thoughts about whether declaring the Santa Cruz River a "navigable waterway" is the best way to protect it. Attorneys for the county have argued that declaring the river navigable could lead to the state's taking possession of county lands bought for conservation and flood control. Environmentalists say that risk is overblown and a lesser designation wouldn't offer enough protection....

2008-08-07 06:00:10

By David Sanders, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 7--It was hot outside, but it was even hotter inside. With the outdoor temperature hovering at 100 degrees, dozens of people in colorful fabrics and black outfits twisted, turned, arched and glided, heating up the grand ballroom at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort on Saturday. At the fourth annual Summer Dance Expo, organized by Studio West School of Dance, dance teachers and their students performed for judge Ron Montez, a seven-time...

2008-08-05 06:00:00

By Aaron Mackey, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 5--UA officials appear close to hiring the dean of the University of Missouri's medical school for a newly created position that will oversee growth of the Arizona Health Sciences Center. William Crist, a pediatrician who has been the Missouri medical school's dean since 2000, has been named the sole finalist to become the University of Arizona's vice president for health affairs, a position created about a month ago. The position...

2008-08-05 06:00:38

By Rhonda Bodfield, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 5--Bright lights are said to accompany near-death experiences. When parents at tiny Wrightstown Elementary School got a reprieve after barely squeaking out of proposed school closures at the end of the last school year, the light they saw came in a deep shade of go-go green. Wrightstown parents have had a tradition of involvement, staffing tutoring programs and organizing celebrations. What is unusual, however, is the level of...

2008-08-05 06:00:00

By Gabriela Rico, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 5--British mining giant Rio Tinto and Australian partner BHP-Billiton plan to invest $652 million for studies at the site of a large copper deposit at their Resolution Copper Mining operation in Superior. Town leaders are embracing the company and the hoped-for mine and recently signed an agreement outlining their future relationship. The underground mining operation -- which Resolution predicts will yield 600,000 tons of copper a...

2008-08-05 06:00:24

By Tony Davis, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 5--Pima County's top public works official has retracted a letter he sent to a federal agency about protection of the Santa Cruz River after learning that he hadn't had permission from the County Board of Supervisors to send it. The letter -- and the retraction -- came less than a week after the supervisors ordered an audit of county staff for trying to oppose the feds on river protection issues without the board's knowledge. John...

2008-08-05 06:00:10

By Doug Kreutz, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 5--Elite athletes offer two words of wisdom to those of us who want to rev up our workouts and make big fitness gains: Interval training. It's a technique -- suitable for runners, cyclists, swimmers and others -- that calls for alternating bursts of high-intensity effort with intervals of lighter activity. Athletes credit the method with increasing aerobic capacity, building speed, burning fat and reducing boredom. "Interval...

2008-08-04 06:00:14

By Mark Jewell, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 4--The rich are sharing your financial pain -- and contributing to it. It may have taken longer and it may not be as acute, but there are early hints that the economic slump is crimping the lifestyles of the wealthy. They are investing more conservatively, spending less on luxury goods and are being more thrifty with their credit cards. Many are asking their personal shoppers and private-jet travel providers to seek the best deals...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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