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Editorial: Casualties in war tragic but reality
Over the weekend at least nine American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. We mourn the loss of these fine men who leave behind families and children. But we can't lose sight of the fact that they lost their lives defending the United States and the freedom of Afghanistan.

Opinion: Letters to the Editor
The inability of the State Press to give proper coverage to newsworthy events never ceases to amaze me, however the Monday edition gave proof of new lows. Although never impressed by the sports writing of the paper, I was amazed to see that the sports editors failed to give any coverage at all to what may turn out to be the most significant sporting achievement this year by an ASU athlete.

Opinion: Code blue: Health for sale when hospitals buy sub-par equipment
The hospital doesn't have that equipment because a large company with an exclusive contract for supplying that hospital's goods and services has an incentive not to recommend the better equipment to the hospital for purchase. Seems ridiculous, right?

Opinion: Campaign signs cliché, uninformative
Have you noticed lots of signs lately? I haven't been able to walk on ASU's campus or drive around Tempe without seeing them. They are the signs that tell me that I should vote for someone.

SPORTS
Top of the Kee
The Sun Devils had just lost to UA and their Ratings Percentage Index ranking had dropped to 70. A loss to UA in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament probably would have earned them a ticket to the National Invitation Tournament.

Young ASU pitcher is a true artist both on and off the field
Sun Devil freshman left-hander Miguel Sanchez has a thing for animation. Drawing since a young age, Sanchez is talented enough not only to be considering a computer animation degree at ASU, but also to gain the attention of executives at Hollywood's entertainment giants — DreamWorks and MGM.

On to the tourney!
Dispelling second-ranked Stanford's 22-game winning streak with a 70-63 upset over the Cardinal, the Sun Devils were crowned Pac-10 tournament champions and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. The win marked ASU's first against Stanford (30-2, 20-1 Pac-10) since the 1999-2000 season and the first by a Pac-10 team this year.

CAMPUS NEWS
Candidates for ASU's top job to visit campus
After being interviewed by the presidential search committee Thursday, Karen Holbrook and Michael Crow were invited to spend this week exploring what could become their new home campus.

New director, name to mature college
A new name and director are changing the face of the Center for Professional Development in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

ASA students offer solutions to legislators on budget crisis
Six representatives from Arizona the Students' Association lobbied at the capitol Monday against tuition increases and cutting the universities' budgets.

Today
Coming Out Discussion Group is having a meeting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students concerned with coming out issues at 5 p.m. in the Student Services building, Room 332.

Police Beat
A 34-year-old male transient was arrested at Safeway, 926 E. Broadway Road, for shoplifting. He reportedly concealed a bottle of alcohol in the front of his pants and attempted to leave the store.

Two ASU faculty receive YWCA women's award
Elaine Maimon, provost and CEO at ASU West, received the award in the educator category and Christine Marin, associate archivist for Arizona State University Libraries' department of archives and manuscripts, received the award in the scientist/researcher category.

Hispanic groups join to examine shared issues
Leadership, service, culture and empowerment among Hispanic students will be key themes emphasized at the El Concilio Student Leadership Conference.

Unapologetic for tough programs, sheriff sets sights on public service
"I may be tough, but I'm not mean," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. He credits the nickname, which he said was given to him by the press, to his programs and strong will.

Greeks raise money for diabetes foundation
Nine fraternities and a sorority came together in brotherly love in order to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation this past weekend. The Alpha Gamma Delta sorority invited the fraternities to their annual philanthropy that included a jumping contest last Thursday and an Ultimate Frisbee tournament on Saturday.

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ENTERTAINMENT
Music Review
It must be one laugh after the other being a member of Harvette's inner circle. It's obvious the LA-based trio likes poking fun at just about everything, including themselves, as evidenced on the 14-track, self-titled debut.

Delhi Palace a feast for the palate
Dining at an Indian restaurant is an adventure that most of us have yet to embark on. The thought of eating dishes with hard-to-pronounce names and ingredients that we've often never heard of can be a bit daunting.

One-toothed trainman tells all in New York
John likes the ladies, the doughnuts and buying things by the dozen. On top of that, he likes to wobble his tongue around his one remaining tooth that sticks out right in the center of his bottom gumline. If that doesn't qualify him for a story, what could?

Sex & media go toe-to-toe: How does the media influence the choice to be chaste?
It's the oldest trick in the book. Amidst the barrage of ads and television shows, movies, radio commercials and billboards, there is no better marketing tool than sex. It's eye catching and demands attention, but most importantly, it sells.

Imagine the art of John Lennon
The two of them possess a sincere and intense love for John Lennon and his art. Both traveled across the Pacific Ocean in the name of his legacy: one to celebrate Lennon's life and work, the other to emulate his messages of unconditional love and peace through his own life.

It's all play time for Phantom Planet
Even though they have a new album, The Guest, out on Epic Records, and their single "California" is garnering a lot of radio attention, the group seems content trying to out-clown each other and has a hard time being serious, especially during an interview with State Press Magazine.



'Storytelling' shocking but not telling
Todd Solondz, the maverick indie director who a few years ago caused a splash with the Sundance hit Welcome to the Dollhouse and followed it up with the equally abrasive Happiness, is back with a new film, Storytelling.



Geeks win out in life, on Comedy Central
I'm so geeky that I had nothing better to do on Friday night than visit www.comedycentral.com, answer the "daily geek challenge" and engage in computer-assisted, asocial conversations with some of my fellow misfits.

Mute whiney bitch speaks to sell 'Jay and Silent Bob'
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was released on DVD Tuesday, but this high-budget, star-studded movie is a far cry from the director's first movie, Clerks, released at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. That movie was made with a $27,000 budget fronted by parents and credit card advances.

No Vatos needed to make Barcena a funnyman
After one of Willie Barcena's many performances on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno pulled the comic aside and confided in him. "He said I reminded him of when he was my age," recalls Barcena, who will be headlining at the Tempe Improv this weekend. "He said I was just a comedian."

Even cartoon sperm can't corrupt this coochie
As a curious 12-year-old with insomnia and a rising libido, I was glued to the late-night "informational" show, alternating my jaw-dropping gapes with paranoid sideways glances down the hall where my parents slept silently (in separate beds).

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