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Don't give up on space exploration after disaster
The recent explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the loss of the seven astronauts have provided space program opponents with new fuel for NASA-bashing. But space flight is still by no means routine.

Editorial: Respite from cookie-cutter homes, cheesy geckos
Local artist John Nelson helped to organize a community art project in Date Palm Manor. His family was going to build a wall around the neighborhood "just as a sound barrier." But Nelson didn't stop there.

Delaying food label suit good idea after Mad Cow threat
While I'm generally not one to praise the Bush administration's handling of the Europeans, it made a smart move this week when it delayed suing the European Union over genetically modified foods.

Catholic Church condones Bishop's 'clear conscience'
On Monday night, Bishop Thomas O'Brien claimed that his "conscience is clear" and that "As far as I'm concerned, I think I have done as much as I possibly can." Is anyone else confused?

Letters to the Editor: UN not trying to rule world
The letters in response to past columns, including a response from a reader about Shanna Bowman's column, "To the UN: 'Sic semper tyrannus,'" saying that the UN is not posturing to rule the world.

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.

Devil Dish: Colts' kicker needs to hush or join cheer squad
"I may be 'just a kicker,' but I have tremendous passion for winning." That was Colt's kicker Mike Vanderjagt's apology after he bad mouthed his coach, quarterback, and embarrassed his team.

Wrestling: UCSB meet marks chance for Nationals
This Sunday marks the final chance that ASU wrestling fans will have to see the No. 11 Sun Devils in action at Wells Fargo Arena. It also marks the last time they can see what may potentially be history in the making.

W Hoops: Albert shoots way into lineup vs. WSU
When playing a team that had lost 43-straight games, the opportunity to experiment naturally presents itself. Coach Charli Turner Thorne used that game to do so and may have discovered something: Jen Albert.

Softball: Newcomers get test in Fiesta Bowl tourney
Thirteen years ago ASU softball head coach Linda Wells put her mind to work and came up with an invention to help NCAA softball - particularly her team - that is still paying dividends today.

Hoops: ASU gets back on track on road trip to WSU
Coming off a one-point loss to Stanford on Saturday and shooting just 31.6 percent from the field, the Sun Devils dominated Washington State for an 87-54 road victory Thursday.

Track heads to Flagstaff
Off to the earliest start in years, the ASU men's and women's track team will each compete in its third meet of the season this Saturday at the Mountain T Invitational in Flagstaff.

Men's tennis looks to return to winning ways vs. LMU
ASU men's tennis and opponent Loyola Marymount University are licking their wounds after each team took major losses last weekend. After a setback versus TCU, ASU is focused on getting a win against LMU.

Women's tennis returns to the court at NAU after break
After an extended break following their two victories in Virginia, the ASU women's tennis team is home for its next five meets and hopes to keep their perfect record intact.

Gymnastics: ASU, OSU set for ranked showdown
High scores and high confidence keep building for the ASU and opponent Oregon State gymnastics teams as they meet for the Younger Oil/Texaco Showdown. The No. 6 Sun Devils take on No. 9 Oregon State today.

Baseball: ASU survives game-end scare, outlasts BYU
It wasn't pretty, but nevertheless the No. 8 Sun Devils took the first of a three-game series from Brigham Young University by a final of 6-5 in front of 2,580 fans at Packard Stadium.

UA Ticket Contest
Enter to win tickets to the sold out ASU/UA basketball game.

Manor residents construct mosaic
Artist John Nelson, 46, organized the building of a mosaic wall that greets the neighbors as they come through the entrance of Date Palm Manor on Broadway Road west of Mill Avenue.

Graduate job offers decline
Despite diminished job prospects, ASU students should not abandon their interest in finding jobs through campus recruiters, said ASU Career Services director Elaine Stover.

Governor sees future on 'Horizon'
Gov. Janet Napolitano wants to become more visible to her constituents. To do that, she'll be taking questions from a moderator and the public the first Thursday of every month on the KAET show "Horizon."

Police Beat: Man trespasses on ASU campus with 40-ouncer
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 19-year-old man arrested Wednesday on the charge of shoplifting at a K-mart when he man allegedly tried to leave the store on a bike through a fire escape.

Growing student population causes rise in reported crimes
Because of a growing student population, the number of criminal cases has significantly risen, according to reports from Student Judicial Affairs.

But a 44 percent jump from fall 2001 to 2002 doesn't surprise Deborah Sullivan, assistant dean of SJA.

Girls donate prom dresses to needy high schoolers
With help from four dedicated high school students, the Tempe Community Council is hoping to gather about 1,000 gently used prom dresses for high school junior and senior girls who can't afford them.

ASU student nabbed in Internet sting
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested an ASU student Thursday afternoon who had been snared in an Internet sting as an alleged sexual predator.

Samuel Ellis Lawson, a 19-year-old undeclared undergraduate at ASU, was apprehended and charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation after he allegedly arranged a meeting with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl he encountered via an Internet chat site, MCSO Sgt. Paul Chagolla said.

'How to Lose a Guy' delivers Valentines early this year
Happy Valentine's Day. Oh, by the way, this isn't just another "chick-flick." Guys, when you get dragged into this movie kicking and screaming after a nice dinner, you might actually enjoy it.

Acronym attacks!
Take the middle three letters of the phrase "fuck you," and you get the newest hard-hitting rock music foursome, CKY, says Chad Ginsburg, producer and guitarist of Infiltrate. Destroy. Rebuild.

SPM: The sun has set on Chan
Well, Jackie Chan has done it again - he's made another pathetic movie.

You would think that after 112 films, the 48-year-old actor - and I use that term loosely - would be ready to try something new.

Passionately prioritizing
At first glance, Kristy Murphree looks like an accounting major. Her blunt, perfectly cut hair and beautiful posture look made for an office position. But this dance studies senior works far from a pile of paperwork.

Don't call it a comeback
LL Cool J is bigger than you might think. His washboard stomach is well documented in numerous hip-hop videos over a span of nearly 20 years in which a spray bottle has generously doused his abs.

Alaska's 'Emotions'
When the first song of Alaska's 45-minute, 11-track album Emotions, spewed out of the speakers, my first response was that it sounded like the early days of Pink Floyd.

Exchanging gifts
"How 'bout Arizona?" This offhanded comment between ASU professor Tamarra Kaida and Austrian museum director Michael Mauracher 15 years ago began the Arizona/Austria Photography Exchange Program.

Zwan's 'Mary Star of the Sea'
Billy Corgan must've realized what a shame it was to break up the Smashing Pumpkins nearly three years ago, considering that Zwan sounds strikingly similar to the Pumpkins in their prime in the mid-1990s.

Lou Reed's 'The Raven'
"Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'" That's exactly how I felt after listening to Lou Reed's new album, aptly-titled The Raven. This recording is absolutely horrible. Come on people - a tribute album to Edgar Allen Poe?

Modifying Arizona's music scene
Over the past 16 years, Kimber Lanning has conquered Phoenix's art and music world - actually, not so much conquered as brought it to life - via Stinkweeds and Modified Arts in Phoenix.

SPM: Cherubs from Hell
For one night, local performance artist Jeff Falk and video artist Steve Gompf will take audiences to Hell and back, transforming a local venue into the bizarre world they call Strange Angels.

Playing apart
Why the heck would anyone name their band after a dusty po-dunk town when they aren't from there? It's utterly deceptive. But then again so is naming a town in northeast Texas after a metropolitan European city.

Hometown hero
To borrow from Jack Nicholson's character, Morris Udall, in the 1997 film As Good As It Gets: Kimber Lanning makes me wanna be a better man. The funny thing is, I've never met her.

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