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OPINIONS
Gun-toting pilots an explosive idea that won't fly by Bush and Senate
Phew.

Sorry, I just needed to breathe that sigh of relief. Here I was worrying about terrorists taking over another commercial jetliner, but as usual, our competent lawmakers are taking care of the problem.

They've come to terms with the fact that undercover agents are still able to smuggle weapons aboard airplanes 25 percent of the time.

Baseball exhibiting lack of humility to fans
According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, the average salesperson in this country makes $27,990 a year. The average construction worker makes $34,440 annually, while teachers take home $37,900 a year.

SPECIAL REPORTS
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.

SPORTS
Prep star Smith commits to ASU
Although the ASU men's basketball team is still far from being prepared for the upcoming season, Rob Evans is already putting the pieces in place for the 2003-04 campaign. The fifth-year Sun Devil head coach landed his first of an expected seven commitments Wednesday at the Adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, N.

LePeilbet heads to Finland
ASU soccer player Amy LePeilbet has spent the past two years training and playing her chosen sport in the desert heat of Tempe. She has also just completed a 10-day training camp in sunny San Diego. But any more time on the pitch this summer will be spent in a climate not generally known for either heat or sun Finland.

CAMPUS NEWS
Police Beat: drugs inside MU
ASU Police reported the following incidents from July 6 to 9: o A 32-year-old male was arrested on July 6 at 6:25 p.m. at the Memorial Union on charges of outstanding warrants and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they were doing a routine check of the MU and asked the male for his identification.

Housing near campus made affordable for families
Rosie Dominguez, a single, working mom, has finally achieved her dream of owning a three-bedroom home in Tempe.

"I am beyond happy," Dominguez said. "I am a single parent, and with my income, I thought I would never own a home."

Dominguez has been living in her new home since October, after the Tempe non-profit agency Newtown made it possible.

Tempe bar, restaurant owners try to amend smoking ban
Tempe restaurant and bar owners, upset about dropping sales since the city-wide smoking ban took effect, are trying to amend the controversial new ordinance. Nearly 30 restaurant and bar owners attended a meeting last week to discuss a plan of action. They formed a committee of three bar owners who will meet with a lawyer next week to draft amendments to the smoking ordinance to eliminate its restrictive rules.

Tubing the Salt River: bodies and beer in the sun
Summer tends to be drag around the ASU campus. A big chunk of students decide to go home and live with mom and dad during the hot season, which leaves the few students who stayed in Tempe for the summer with nothing much better to do than watch the grass grow. Click here to see a photo slideshow of a day at the Salt River.



Classifieds - 7/16/02
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ENTERTAINMENT
Counting Crows: 'Hard Candy'
Counting Crows' poetic, introspective singer/songwriter Adam Durtiz has a whole new slew of girls to sing about in the band's new album "Hard Candy."



The album, produced by Steve Lillywhite of Dave Matthews Band fame and Ethan John, offers more pop, melody-driven tunes than the Crows' usual poignant mood pieces fans may be used to, especially on the first half of the album.

Oasis: 'Heathen Chemistry'
Oasis' long-awaited album "Heathen Chemistry" has what the band's previous albums do not a handful of songs written by the band's other members. Noel Gallagher has finally given Gem, Liam and Andy a chance, and they surpass all expectations with a variety of rich rock lyrical and instrumental tracks.

'Road to Perdition' a near crime masterpiece
"Road to Perdition," the new movie from "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes, is almost a masterpiece. I felt dejected as the movie faltered slightly in the middle for about 20 minutes, because the first hour is filmmaking of a supreme caliber - engrossing, terrifying and beautifully rendered.

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