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FBI whistleblower a true heroine
Sept. 11 didn't redefine the term "hero," as so many people have intimated; it merely re-emphasized the fact that, for too long, we have under-emphasized (to the point of ignoring) the many thousands, even millions, of every day heroes who affect our lives 24/7.

Tempe should shed poopy adult diapers
Many people believe that journalists are cynics and that we enjoy showing the negative aspects of life.

Well, that may be true, but we at State Press have recently found an even more cynical group of people.

They all seem to have one common denominator: they're old.

Baseball team ends season with loss
It was an ASU baseball season of youthful ambition, breakout freshman performances and seniors stepping out from the shadows. It was also a season of pitching woes, suspended players and sophomore slumps.

And finally, on Sunday, before a crowd of 1,413 fans at HoHoKam Park, it was a season that came to an abrupt end for the Sun Devils as the team lost to the University of Houston 8-3 to end the 2002 NCAA Baseball Regional hosted by ASU.

Steroids the least of Major League Baseball's worries
Here's the problem with former MVP Ken Caminiti's recent confession that he used steroids without regret during his career: The looming work stoppage overshadows any other problems baseball has. There are clearly problems with steroid use in baseball that should be addressed, but with the possibility of another strike/lockout, who cares about steroids? Let's make sure we have players on the field in 2003 before we worry about what they put in their body.

Softball coach content despite World Series loss
After coaching her team to a record-setting 46-win season, ASU softball coach Linda Wells was upbeat last week as she looked back on ASU's 2002 campaign.

Track teams find mixed bag at nationals
The ASU track and field team used strong performances from juniors Tiffany Greer and Lisa Aguilera to post a 22nd-place tie with Florida State at the NCAA Track and Field Championships last week in Baton Rouge, La., while the men's contingent failed to finish in the top 20 for the first time since 1998.

Angry residents don't want Nita's Hideaway close to home
More than 100 people crowded outside Tempe's city council chambers Thursday night, while 200 more packed inside as the owner of Nita's Hideaway appealed to the council to approve its new location.

Downtown businesses object to proposed homeless center
A new homeless outreach program set to begin this summer may be delayed due to opposition from Tempe business owners, who don't want the site located in downtown Tempe.

Tempe Community Council received a two-year, $438,000 grant to begin a homeless outreach program for youth under age 21.

East student crashes motorcycle
A male ASU East student crashed a borrowed motorcycle into a retaining wall near ASU Main's Law Library Friday morning at 7:40 a.m. ASU Police have not released the student's name.

Police do not know how fast he was traveling on the motorcycle before it crashed.

NASA chooses 3 ASU scientists to help explore Mars surface
Three ASU scientists will help NASA explore the red planet's surface by participating in the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

The two new rovers will be similar to the ASU-built 1997 Mars Pathfinder but with greater mobility. The robotic explorers will be able to travel up to one kilometer across the surface of Mars each day.

Council approves Nita's move
The Tempe city council meeting voted unanimously Thursday night to allow Nita's Hideaway to relocate Southern Ave. and Loop 101 despite objections from area residents.

Classifieds - 6/4/02
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"Undercover Brother" goes to extremes to make race funny

It's usually an ugly word, but exactly the opposite is true in "Undercover Brother."

In the outrageous new comedy starring Eddie Griffin, laughs at the expense of race are absolutely relentless, and it works.

As you watch a film in the racial comedy genre, you're either ashamed that you're actually in the theater ("The Ladies Man"), or you forget where you are because you're laughing so hard.

Nickelback performance strong, but pop culture attitude prevails
The problem with Nickelback isn't that they make bad music.

In fact, I've often found myself leaving the station on my car radio tuned to a Nickelback song.

The music may be unoriginal, but the guitars are just heavy enough and front man Chad Kroeger is one of the best hard rock vocalists performing today.

Events calendar
Tuesday, June 4

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, 7:05 p.m. $6-$75. 602.462.6000.

Snoop Dogg at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, 8 p.m. $28.50-$30. 602.267.1600.

Six Feet Under at the Bash on Ash in Tempe, 8 p.m. 480.

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