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Schools chief race – Challengers make AIMS the issue (access required)

For the state’s schools chief, the reason voters need to return him to office is as simple as — and entwined with — the reason Arizona needs a high-stakes graduation test. “It’s an issue of excellence versus mediocrity,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne says. “Excellence means holding everybody accountable and pressing for more academic rigor ...

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This is Main Street in Bisbee on January 21, 1916, the day after the biggest snowfall in city history. The storm began on January 19 with heavy winds that tore off roofs in the Warren District. The wind abated, the sky cleared briefly—then it began to rain. The streets soon ran like rivers. The sky cleared again in the afternoon, but by 5 p.m. snow began to fall, increasing throughout the night until by morning all of southern Arizona from Benson to the Mexican border was blanketed.