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Tucson striving to improve bike safety

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It was a beautiful, spring day when 10 bicyclists from New Mexico took a ride on the northwest side of Tucson in March 2016. The tourists were members of the Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes, a bicycle club of riders age 50 and older. Tucson’s bicycle culture is what attracted them to town. The cyclists stopped at a red light in the designated bike lane. Moments later, a pickup truck struck the group. One of the bikers died at the scene while the other passed away before arriving at the hospital. Police arrested the truck driver for driving while under the influence of narcotics. In 2015, 818 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, a 12.2 percent increase from 2014, according to a report prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report also estimated...

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Women continue to be neglected in NCAA Division I athletics

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Erika Barnes, interim athletic director at the University of Arizona, attained a position of power that women rarely experience, overseeing an $85 million budget as well as a nationally-ranked men’s basketball team. And although she has decided not to pursue the permanent position, she understands the challenges facing other women seeking like roles in collegiate athletics. In NCAA Division I athletics, women continue to be largely underrepresented in key leadership positions, specifically administrative and head coaching roles. In 2015-16, only 37 of the 352 athletic directors in Division I athletics were women, according to NCAA data. Twenty-seven of those women were white. The “Power Five” conferences — Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and Southeastern Conference (SEC) — consist of 65 universities. Only three have employed women as their head athletic directors: Washington, North Carolina State and Penn State....

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