PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES OVER THE WEEKEND BRING YEAR'S TOTAL TO 16 - A 28-year-old male was killed Saturday afternoon while crossing Speedway Blvd. in a marked crosswalk near Dodge Blvd. A 53-year-old male, struck by a car last week near 22nd and Craycroft, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital last night. The two men were Tucson's 15th and 16th pedestrians to have their lives claimed by automobile collisions in 2013. A total of 6 pedestrians were killed by cars in Tucson in 2012.

NEW TUCSON PROGRAM SIMPLIFIES DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED DRUGS - Tucsonans no longer have to wait for a scheduled "drug take-back day" to dispose of unwanted medication. City officials and local organizations are launching a new program, the "Rx Safe, Smart & Secure" campaign, to dispose of medication and help prevent prescription-drug abuse. Beginning this morning, five Tucson police stations will have "Rx Safe" drop boxes where people can leave medications five days a week. The boxes were paid for by four Tucson organizations: Amistades Inc., 4R Communities Alliance, Luz Southside Coalition and the Community Prevention Coalition of Pima County. From the Star.

STATEWIDE INITIATIVE IN CALIFORNIA WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO CUT RETIREMENT BENEFITS - Five California mayors are backing a statewide ballot measure that would let local governments change retirement benefits for current workers, not just future employees, to have more flexibility to avert insolvency. The measure, which will require more than 807,000 petition signers to qualify for the ballot, wouldn't change pension and health care benefits government workers have already earned, according to the mayors of San Jose, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Anaheim and Pacific Grove. From Bloomberg Businessweek.

NEXT WEEKEND: HALLOWEEN BOO BASH AT THE CLEMENTS CENTER - Parks & Rec, Pima Community College, Tucson Water, Target, and Beckelew Farms are partnering to present the "Halloween Boo Bash" next Saturday at the Clements Center. Admission is $3 per person, free to kids under 3. Admission includes a wristband, haunted house, hay ride, entertainment, face painting, carnival games, story telling, art projects and a costume contest. The costume contest categories will be infant, 2-4 years, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, teen/adult, and family. Food will also be available for purchase.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: I.T. SPECIALIST - The City of Tucson is seeking a problem solving, solution and detail oriented individual with great customer service skills for the IT Service Desk. The IT Service Desk is responsible for providing end user technical support via telephone, e-mail and remote desktop control. The position responsibilities include heavy contact with customers, installing and maintaining computer hardware and software, troubleshooting problems and providing technical assistance to end users of desktop hardware and software, printers, wireless and mobile devices and various peripherals. The selected candidate may be required to be available for a rotating schedule of on-call support after hours and on weekends and holidays.