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OPINIONS
Victims' reaction to fire starter disheartening and vindictive
The recent decision by U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton to forego prosecution of Valinda Elliott seems only to have added fuel to the fire in an already hot topic for many Arizonans. Elliott, 31, who became lost in the woods while attempting to gain improved cell phone reception, started the second half of the now infamous Rodeo-Chediski wildfire to signal a passing news helicopter from Channel 5 in Phoenix.

'Six Feet Under' digs grave for Emmy competition
What's happened to American television over the past 50 years? Answer: its gotten much more interesting. And don't give me that I'm-too-good-for-TV look and tell me you donít watch it. You know you do, we all know you do.'

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
Wearing stars and stripes: ASU freshman on Team USA
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Coming out of high school last spring, Dustin Pedroia opted to sign with head baseball coach Pat Murphy, mainly because of his reputation for consistently producing winning teams. Little did the Sun Devil freshman infielder know that less than half a year after first gracing the diamond at HoHoKam Park, he would be contributing to a tradition that has grown stronger and stronger in recent years.

Braves make their opponents earn runs
Random stat of the week

The Atlanta Braves could accomplish something as a team this year that hasn't happened in the National League since 1989 or in the American League since the strike-shortened 1981 season.

With a 2-1 win Sunday, the Braves lowered their team ERA to an astounding 2.

McNamara has coaching pedigree
The first time ASU came calling for Tulsa coach Melissa McNamara, she politely declined.

But when McNamara's phone rang a second time, politeness took a back seat to the opportunity to guide arguably the best women's golf program in the country.

"ASU came after me," McNamara said last week in a phone interview from her soon-to-be former office in Tulsa.

New ASU soccer players have national team hopes
While the fall soccer season is still over a month away for the ASU Sun Devils, two of Coach Ray Leone's freshman recruits are busy showing off their much-heralded soccer skills for another Leone – as in the Under-19 Women's National coach Tracey Leone, who just Happens to be the ASU coach's wife.

CAMPUS NEWS
Extra budget cuts hit ASU, UA students and faculty
Nearly 40 ASU employees have lost their jobs as budget cuts have made layoffs and higher paying job offers from other universities a reality. Milton Glick, ASU executive vice president and provost, said ASU has already lost over $20 million in budget cuts over a two-year period.

Terrace Road new light rail option instead of through ASU core
Tempe's light rail route will no longer pass through the core of ASU. The Central Phoenix/East Valley Light Rail Transit Project has officially given up on a route that would not interfere with sensitive research at ASU.

The new ideal option is to have the rail run from Sixth Street and Stadium Drive, along Terrace Road, to Apache Boulevard.

Cash-strapped students using credit cards more
There is a man prowling around campus your parents did not tell you about. He offers you a gateway to go anywhere you want to go, be anyone you want to be. The product he pushes is cheap and easy to come by. He lures you in with M&Ms and cheap t-shirts. He offers you freedom, but in reality sells your future into bondage.

Police Beat: Prostitution on Apache Blvd.
ASU and Tempe police reported the following incidents between July 12 and 16.

Classifieds - 7/23/02
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.

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.



ENTERTAINMENT
Dave Matthews Band: "Busted Stuff"
Despite tensions over the unreleased "Lillywhite Sessions," Dave Matthews has decided to embrace the album. The band had already dubbed the ill-fated recording session as their best, most natural work yet, and they were performing many of the songs on tour in 2001.

'K-19' sinks; Ford stinks
I always experience a little thrill when Harrison Ford first appears on screen in a new movie, a Pavlovian conditioning, I suppose, from years of loving his stuff. But it has been disconcerting to follow the downward spiral of his career in the last couple of years, as he has appeared in lackluster efforts such as "Random Hearts" and "What Lies Beneath.

Haunting, beautiful Tool rocks both ears and eyes
People talk about going to see a band in concert, but in reality they aren't seeing much. They're mostly listening.

Unless the concert is Tool, which is what the 9,000 music fans who packed Tucson Convention Center last Thursday found out as the alternative metal band put on an incredible show that rocked both the ears and eyes.

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