NewsNet 09-02-14

TCC ARENA IMPROVEMENTS NEARING COMPLETION: CELEBRATION PLANNED - The Rio Nuevo Board is hiring the Beach Boys to headline a grand reopening concert early next year to show off the $7.8 million improvement project at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) arena. The board will pay the band $100,000 for a Jan. 3 concert. Work began on the TCC last March to replace seats, upgrade acoustics, renovate bathrooms and concession stands, add video scoreboards, as well as making other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The concert isn’t designed to make money (at $25 a ticket), but to demonstrate to Tucsonans and the entertainment industry that the TCC has new life, said Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF ELEPHANT BIRTH - After 22 months of anticipation, Reid Park Zoo's African elephant Semba gave birth to her third calf almost two weeks ago, on Tucson's birthday. Zookeeper Mara Jameson was there to watch the birth of the healthy female. She recently shared her experience, in a video produced by Tucson 12. You can follow the calf's progress at the Reid Park Zoo and City of Tucson social media sites (links below).
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UA STUDENT OFFERS FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON STREETCAR - Even though the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar has been running since July, University of Arizona students only recently discovered the new mode of travel, which runs through the heart of campus, 4th Avenue, downtown and the Mercado District, west of I-10. Plenty of students are finding the streetcar exciting, not only for transportation between housing and classes, but also as a travel option to food and entertainment spots not located directly on campus. One student recently wrote an Arizona Daily Wildcat opinion piece about the streetcar, saying it's "awesome."

TUCSON EXHIBIT CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Arizona Historical Society staff, volunteers, and board members have chosen 150 items from across the state that they feel best represent the history of Arizona. Items range from the artifacts of early settlers to more modern memorabilia. A small paper airplane on display dates from Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trip to Tucson to dedicate Davis-Monthan Airfield. The 150th anniversary exhibit opened Saturday at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd Street, and will run through the rest of the year. Read more from Arizona Public Media.

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