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Police: Rape suspect may still be in Tucson

Number of officers searching for accused rapist James Allen Selby reduced as police recieve fewer leads on his whereabouts

Although police have scaled down the search for suspected serial rapist James Allen Selby, police warn he may he may still be in the Tucson area.

The number of TPD officers searching for Selby has dropped from 25 to 10.

"We don't have as many detectives and officers on it 24-seven as we did," said Kathy Wendling Tucson Police Department Public Information Officer. "We are still responding to calls and sightings," she said. [Read article]

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Assistant dean to raise funds on Kilimanjaro to memorialize his son

A UA employee is about to embark on a journey to the top of Africs's tallest mountain in the name of his late son.

In less than a month, Ray Umashankar, assistant dean of industrial relations for the college of engineering and mines, will begin the 19,453 foot climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a scholarship fund in his son's memory. [Read article]

ResLife taking steps to make halls safer

On the doors of La Paz Residence Hall signs that read: "Do you like loud, annoying and obnoxious sounds?" confront residents as they come and go.

The signs are posted to warn residents about holding the doors open too long÷something that can allow strangers to enter the halls. The alarm system that will sound if a door is held open is one of the latest of several new security features that school officials hope will make living in residence halls safer. [Read article]

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USS Arizona artifact will play central role in Sept. 11 ceremony

After being salvaged from a sunken battleship in Pearl Harbor, almost melted for raw material and hidden in the old UA clock tower, the now-visible USS Arizona bell will toll once again on Sept. 11.

The bell is one of two salvaged from the sunken USS Arizona battleship, which sunk on Dec. 7, 1941, and it is now visible in the clock tower of the Student Union Memorial Center. [Read article]

On the Spot

Sophomore talks about sorority house life, love for friends and pop guitarist

WILDCAT: What sorority are you in?
ENGLER: Tri-Delt.
WILDCAT: Do you live in the house?
ENGLER: Yeah, for two years.
WILDCAT: Do you like it?
ENGLER: Yeah, I love living here.
WILDCAT: Really? A lot of people would have a problem living with 50 girls.
[Read article]

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UA scientists develop vegtable-growing facility for South Pole

South Pole scientists can look forward to eating fresh salad in 2004, thanks to UA scientists.

Researchers at the Amundsen-Scott research station plan to start growing and harvesting their own salad vegetables in a special facility that was built and tested by the College of Agriculture in Tucson.

The South Pole researchers, who now eat packaged food all year, hope the innovations will combat seasonal affective disorder and increase morale. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • Newborn babies are not blind. Studies have shown that newborns have approximately 20/50 vision and can easily discriminate between degrees of brightness.
  • Sir Walter Raleigh's black greyhound was named Hamlet.
  • The Swedes drink more coffee than any other people in the world.
  • According to several studies, less than 3 percent of the tiger population become man-eaters.
  • Jupiter is much smaller than the sun. If the sun were the size of a basketball, one foot across, Jupiter would be the size of a table tennis ball one inch in diameter.
  • The general public in the United States first became aware of ragtime music at a series of World's Fairs in Chicago; Omaha, Neb.; Buffalo,N.Y.; St. Louis and other cities.

    On this date:

  • In 1350, during the Hundred Years' War, a Spanish fleet under La Carda was defeated by the English at the battle of Winchelsea after the Spanish entered the English Channel to support the French.
  • In 1833, the Factory Act, the first legislation to enact child labor laws, was passed in England.
  • In 1892, Chicago Cub Pop (Billy) Shriver caught a baseball dropped off the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
  • In 1964, the Roy Orbison single, "Oh, Pretty Woman," was released. On Sept. 26, 1964, it hit number one for a three week run, becoming Orbison's biggest hit ever. The song was his second number one hit, the other being "Running Scared" on June 5, 1961.
  • In 1973, U.S. President Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.
  • In 1991, the republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union.


    "We don't know whether he's alive or dead, in Afghanistan or Pakistan."

    ÷ Bryan Whitman, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.


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