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NewsNet 3-29-13

TUCSONANS REMEMBER SUPREME CLEANERS TRAGEDY, 50 YEARS AGO TODAY - Today marks 50 years since a large explosion at Supreme Cleaners, on the southeast corner of Grant and Stone, killed seven people and reduced the building to rubble. The cause of the explosion was later determined to be a natural gas leak underneath the building. Browse the news clipping and photo archive from the Tucson Fire Foundation here. Read the story in today's Star here.

GANGPLANK TUCSON READY TO MOVE INTO DOWNTOWN OFFICE - The collaborative workspace group Gangplank Tucson is about to finalize a deal to move into the Pioneer Building. Director Aaron Eden says construction of the city’s Sun Link modern streetcar, University of Arizona student housing and an influx of private development has made downtown a desirable spot for Gangplank. From Inside Tucson Business.

BUSINESS OWNER FRUSTRATED OVER DM’S HANDLING OF SONIC BOOM-RELATED DAMAGE CLAIM - The owner of a Tucson hair salon says her business suffered over $3K in damages from a sonic boom on April 13th of last year, caused by jets practicing for an air show at Davis Monthan. The claim was approved, but so far the Air force has not paid. When contacted by a reporter, the DM legal office said the claim is pending payment, and that the Defense Finance and Accounting Service is responsible for issuing payments.  DM says they’ve handled 89 claims related to the incident, totaling more than $66K.
From KVOA.

APRIL IS BIKE MONTH - City employees are encouraged to ride their bikes in April and enjoy the festivities of “Bike Month,” which includes Cyclovia Tucson, Pedal the Pueblo, Ride to Work with the Mayor, and much more.

MEET THE MAN BEHIND WILBUR T. WILDCAT - UA junior Forrest Gmitro has been playing Wildcat mascot Wilbur for the past two years. A newspaper profile Gmitro in his hometown of Deerfield, Illinois reveals some of the challenges in playing the beloved mascot. From the Lake County News-Sun.