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NASA, government policies fair game for journalists' analysis
Paul Krugman of The New York Times wrote on Monday that the unfortunate demise of the space shuttle Columbia may well be a tragedy that will have the positive effect of ending the US shuttle program.

Ambitious US politicians seek out UN, world domination
Everyone wants peace - at least normal, humane people do. But these same individuals fail to realize there are evil people who hide behind a mask of civility and power.

Student outcry over tuition increase shirks responsibility
Most University students argue Arizona's fiscal ills are not their responsibility. However, it is very much a student's responsibility to have to sacrifice in order to bring the budget within a workable limit.

'State Press' Letters: ASU ties overshadow Columbia victims
The letters in response to recent columns, including a letter from a reader who wrote that ASU should focus less on its own experiments on Columbia and more on the victims of the tragedy.

Editorial: Web cam footage of dying 'friend' not virtual reality
Brandon Vedas overdosed on drugs and eventually died while logged into a chat room, as members watched footage from his Web cam. In real life, Vedas' friends might have stopped him before he passed out.

Mouthing Off: Mexican immigrants deserve fair chance
Common sense and an open mind will tell you that giving Mexicans a better chance to come to America legally will improve racist sentiments felt by both cultures, and certainly decrease the fear and difficulty illegal immigrants face in America.

'Web Devil' Letters: Illegal Mexicans are 'scum'
It's not my job to feed Carlos's 6 kids because he doesn't want to apply for a Green Card. I know many Mexican families that came here legally who find this hufe insurgance of illegals disgusting and irritating.

Police target ASU purse snatchers, identity thefts
Identity theft is a rising crime in Arizona and across the country that is capturing East Valley police departments' attention. Extra uniformed patrols have had to be sent to counter thieves.

Postcards from Spain: ASU student survives bus trauma
While studying abroad in Alicante, Spain, sophomore Ben Petell found himself in a bit of a bind. His arm got caught in a bus door, while he was on the outside of it. Read the story to find out what happened next.

New reality shows put ordinary people in unreal situations
'Reality' is becoming a term for unscripted television pitting ordinary, though usually beautiful people, against outrageous situations in a shiny, made-for-TV package as reality shows take over the tube.

Devil Dish: Thrashers star would thrive in Detroit
Before Sunday I had never heard the name Dany Heatley before. I'm sure going to turn my head when I hear it now. The Atlanta Thrashers aren't going to the playoffs this year, but watch out for Heatley.

Hump Day Hoopla: Caldwell written commitment expected
In the true meaning of hoopla, here are a few random ramblings on recent undertakings in the wide world of sports, beginning with thoughts on the future of Dirk Koetter and his newly-signed high school prospects.

Hockey: Smith skates for USA
Ian Smith, the heart and soul of the Ice Devils club hockey team, could look down at his own uniform and find USA Hockey crest instead of Sparky when he participated in the World University Games in Italy.

Hoops: Senior guard Goldman an inspiration, not a 'Rudy'
He's short, skinny and doesn't see much playing time, but don't tell Brandon Goldman he's an inspiration. Goldman is more then a mediocre, garbage-time player. Instead, he has made the most of his chances.

Men's golf places sixth in Tucson tourney
The men's golf team kicked off the spring portion of its schedule by finishing in a sixth-place tie at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson. ASU finished Tuesday strong after starting slow in Tuesday's final round.

Police Beat: Man decks The Library employee
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Mesa man arrested Monday on the charge of assault when he allegedly hit an employee of The Library bar at 501 S. Mill Ave.

Columbia tragedy doesn't stop ASU
Despite the destruction of the Columbia space shuttle Saturday, ASU Biology and Biochemistry Professor Petra Fromme - whose project was aboard the shuttle - remains optimistic about space research.

Researchers ill from vaccine
In an attempt to develop a safer alternative to the present smallpox vaccine, ASU researchers themselves have become ill.

Several research teams, including one at ASU, are working to revise the vaccination with the support of the U.S. government.

Former Michigan president speaks on affirmative action
Former University of Michigan President Lee C. Bollinger, who is the defendant in two upcoming U.S. Supreme Court affirmative action cases, said that diversity policy is essential for America's trust an address Tuesday at ASU's College of Law.

Exciting drama '24' entertains with fast-paced action
Web Devil entertainment writer Josh Spiegel reviews the latest episode of the television drama 24. This week's episode, "6:00-7:00," features a labyrinthine plot and requisite death scene.

Reality TV Roundup: Joe Millionaire gets dirty in hot tub
Another eventful week in reality television, from the awfulness of the "talent" on American Idol 2 to the hilarious revelation of one of the Joe Millionaire contestants' previous life - perhaps the worst shows on TV.

'Strong Arm' episode shows 'The Simpsons' at its best
One of the longest running comedy shows ever, The Simpsons still makes new episodes. Web Devil entertainment writer Josh Spiegel evaluates the latest offering.

Sending out a signal
Like the late, great Bob Ross, the instructional painter famous for his "happy little trees" on PBS - Dusty Hickman, AKA Pickster One, doesn't merely verbalize how Morse Code molds its hip-hop creation out of 33-inch vinyl. Like Ross did for decades, Hickman demonstrates with utter delight how the hills become mountains, or rather, how the scratch becomes symphony.

By all rights, you'd think the Plain White T's, Chicago's newest addition to the national poppy punk world, would be a little discouraged. Melancholic, even. But they are working to play off the fact that a key member quit.

Quenching the artistic thirst
In the 1999 documentary film Water Stories, by Finnish visual artist Harri Larjosto, water resourcefully summons a host of passionate emotions from the depths of human expression.

Pomp[ous] on parade?
Eight months ago, Tickertape Parade didn't exist. And yet, in only four weeks, the five-piece Phoenix band has already taken the stage with national acts The Ataris and Sugar Cult, toured the West Coast with The Stereo, and recorded their EP, You're Causing a Scene.

'Home' is where the heart is
I'm a very open-minded guy when it comes to watching movies, but I have to confess: the prospect of sitting through a small Korean film about the relationship between a boy and his grandmother did not exactly fill me with anticipation.

Monitoring the Mormons
Every Thursday night, dozens of people from all walks of life gather like anonymous alcoholics at a small house in Mesa with one thing in common: Their faith.

Measuring up
How many times do we have to see a show about an East German refugee who has to cut off his manhood in order to marry an American soldier and cross the border into freedom only to come to Kansas and have his/her rock 'n' roll act stolen from a jilted ex-lover?

SPM: Bollywood Burlesque
If you want to be famous, you have to come to America. Once you reach our shores, people will throw movie scripts at you left and right and hand you the keys to a new Mercedes. Ramu Gupti, the lead character in the new movie, The Guru, heard all of these tales during his childhood in India.

Road Kill
Motorcycles, four wheelers, chicks, money, the California sun, bar fights, Kid Rock and black guys... Really, what more do you need? Well if you're referring to the new film Biker Boyz, you still need a plot with just bit more substance.

'Ira'sistable beats
Ira Henderson spends his days perfecting a less traditional form of artistic expression. For Henderson, art doesn't end with Mozart, ballet shoes or clarinet reeds. The two years of practice and money spent on needles and records were not dedicated to just a hobby.

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