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Letters to the Editor
Actions of the Church and priests indefensible I don't know any other way to put it, but "What a pile of garbage!" No matter what standards to which you hold priests or the Church, the actions are indefensible. Being human and fallible is not a defense for ignoring the problem or molesting children, and that is what the Church and some priests have done.

Flying fat now costs extra dough for overstuffed passengers
This month's award for the advancement of healthy living goes to Southwest Airlines. The no-frills flyer announced recently that it would begin enforcing a 22-year-old policy that requires obese individuals to purchase an additional ticket for their additional weight.

Lost Boys: Young Sudanese refugees fleeing civil war, find haven in Arizona
Joseph Majaic Took hurried to join the other young African men gathering on the front lawn after Sunday morning mass ended at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Phoenix.

Lattie's Legacy: A look at Coor's 12 years at the helm
Lattie Coor didn't want the job. Now, thirteen years after accepting the ASU presidency, Coor will leave office and turn over the reigns to Michael Crow. As the 65-year-old Coor prepares to retire, many are singing his praise and calling him the "right president" for ASU over the past 12 years.

Complete ASU presidential transition coverage
This summer, Michael Crow will become ASU's next president and will take on the challenge turning the university into a "world-class" institution. The 46-year-old executive vice provost of Columbia University has a history of turning heads and impressed audiences during his campus visits.

Kile's death should force travel changes, Expos continue to win
The shocking news of Darryl Kile's death Saturday brings to light some disturbing realities about professional athletes and travel. Cubs catcher Joe Girardi brought up the fact this weekend that in professional sports today, most players have their own room when they travel.

Sun Devils succeed in the classroom
They may have had varying degrees of success on the playing field this past year, but regardless of wins or losses, Sun Devil athletes consistently succeeded in one place over the last 12 months - in the classroom. ASU can count 39 athletes on its rosters as Pac-10 All-Academics following the conference's unveiling of its 2002 All-Academic teams last week.

Police Beat: Person wreaks havoc in MU
An unknown suspect committed third degree burglary June 15 by breaking into numerous video game machines at the Memorial Union. The following machines were broken into: Soul Caliber, Sega Super GT, Revolution, Dead or Alive, Super Off-Road and Street Fighter II. The arcade games are located in the lower level of the MU. There are no suspects or leads at this time.

Friend injects lethal dose in ASU drug-death
A friend of an ASU broadcasting freshman who died in January admitted to injecting the student with a lethal dose of drugs, according to an ASU police report.

ASU East to start own police force
ASU East campus will have its own police force starting July 1 instead of renewing its current contract with the Mesa Police Department.

Man bludgeoned to death in Tempe neighborhood
A Tempe man was killed late last week after suffering severe blows to the head, Tempe police said. Police found Jerry Corbitt, 46, lying unconscious near the corner of Priest and University drives at about 12:30 Thursday morning. Corbitt was transported to Maricopa County Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries.

How the State Press landed the Russian mafia story
As you can probably imagine, a story concerning the Russian mafia and Secret Service was not easy to report. Even though everyone was talking about it on campus, no one would talk to State Press. But with some footwork and persistence, State Press got the story from other sources besides the conventional ones and ended up scooping every media outlet in town.

Students weren't warned about PC attacks
Many ASU students wished that they had been warned not to use their personal information on campus computers due to recent computer attacks at ASU with a possible Russian mafia connection. ASU police are cooperating in a Secret Service investigation into whether illegal software was installed on the computers in order to obtain personal information, such as credit card information, passwords and social security numbers.

'Those Were The Days' looks to the future by selling the past
A dense odor of decay, dust and the past saturate the air. As I funnel my body through the canyons of novels and mounds of gadgets, I find myself overwhelmed by the sheer wealth of unique treasures. To my right, I spot a swelling heap of aged family photographs in slender transparent wraps; several of the families are positioned in a manner that reveals their polite posture.

ASU West education program puts teachers in schools faster
ASU West will help resolve the teaching shortage in Arizona through a new accelerated teaching program that will start in the fall. The new program will allow people with a bachelor's degree in a field other than education to become elementary school teachers in 10 months.

Classifieds - 6/25/02
Notice to our readers: Before responding to any advertisement requesting money be sent or invested, you may wish to investigate the company and offer. The State Press cannot assume responsibility for the validity of the offers advertised in our classified section.

Entertainment Calendar
Tuesday, June 25 Jesus Jones at the Bash on Ash in Tempe, 8 p.m. 480.966.8200. Superjoint Ritual, Skin Lab & Speedealer Doors at the Cajun House in Scottsdale, 8 p.m. 480.945.5150. Phatty Acids with Y-Intercept at the Sail Inn in Tempe. 480.921.1775. Tricky-T & Tige at Nita's Hideaway in Tempe.

Major 'Minority Report' thrills predicable
Steven Spielberg's new movie "Minority Report" is big, dumb and mostly entertaining. That's good news if you are looking for diversionary summer entertainment, but bad news if you are a fan of Steven Spielberg. Couldn't the director of "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" come up with something better than this? Like a lot of science fiction films, "Minority Report" is a variation on George Orwell's "1984.

John Witherspoon on Ice Cube, fatherhood and fur
You saw him stink up the bathroom in "Friday" and the car in "Next Friday."

State Press goes one-on-one with veteran comedian John Witherspoon, who admits to playing himself in the father-figure characters for which he is known. Witherspoon started as an aspiring comedian at the Comedy Club in Hollywood in the '70s with David Letterman, Robin Williams, Jay Leno and even Michael Keaton.

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