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Hajj celebrates Muslims' pilgrimage to Mecca
Today through Thursday, Muslims celebrate The Hajj, commemorating the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims must make once in each person's lifetime. The celebration peaks Wednesday with the Eid Ul Adha.

God complex powers Oval Office foreign policy
Proclaiming publicly that "God is not neutral" when it comes to rooting out terrorists and other "evildoers," Bush has embarked on a mission. He is convinced that he found his life's purpose after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Freezing 'little soldiers' before war raises concerns
Wearing lead underwear or knocking up the girlfriend before leaving could help soldiers reproduce, but several cryogenics companies nationwide are offering to freeze the soldiers' sperm before they leave.

Letters to the Editor: 'Illegals' sap health care, bring drugs
The letters in response to past columns, including a reader, in reference to a piece by Ben Thelen, writing that illegal Mexican immigrants cost Americans health care money and bring drugs across the border.

Editorial: Comedy duo diffuses political tension with laughter
When two men from oft-warring communities get together for a night of "non-political laughter," it's anything but non-political. These two are just presenting their politics in a less obvious way: through comedy.

Art collectors loan great works for new exhibitions
Viewers experienced history and diversity Saturday night when they visited two new art exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum.

CoBrA: Before, During and After and Shared Passion opened to the public for the first time at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Club Sports: Men's lacrosse looking to get on right track
As a member of the Sun Devil team that won two Western College Lacrosse League (WCLL) division championships, Jon Minder knows how to win. This season, he hopes to reclaim the glory once again as a coach.

Men's lacrosse lags in weekend games
It was a tough weekend for the men's lacrosse team as they dropped both games at home, a 11-10 loss to Loyola Marymount Saturday and a 14-6 debacle against UCLA Sunday.

'Simpsons' disappoints with Homer's utter stupidity
A review of the latest episode of "The Simpsons," entitled "Pray Anything," in which Ned Flanders attributes prayer to winning $100,000 in a WNBA half-court shot contest and Homer decides to try praying too.

Hoops: Redhage lifts Sun Devils to OT win
He's known as one of the best students on the ASU men's basketball team, but on Saturday night, senior forward Shawn Redhage was also the best player.

Coming off the bench, Redhage scored a career-high 29 points, while pulling down eight rebounds and adding five assists, leading ASU to a critical 79-77 overtime win at Washington.

W Hoops: Devils score upset win over No. 20 Huskies
The ASU women's basketball team proved that doing the little things on the court often means more than mere numbers on a stat sheet against No. 20 Washington on Saturday.

W Hoops: Coach's proposal spurs key defensive effort
With her team trailing Washington by seven points, ASU women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne told her Sun Devils that if they could rally for a victory, they would have two days without practice.

Baseball: ASU closer Schroyer holds down BYU for wins
After great starting pitching through the Sun Devils first 13 games, No. 8 ASU utilized its bullpen over the weekend to grab a pair of victories and finish off a sweep of Brigham Young University (1-5).

Softball goes 3-3 at tourney
As part of the 2003 17-team Fiesta Bowl Tournament, ASU took home wins in three of the games and, more importantly, were exposed to a number of different situations they will face over the course of the year.

Softball: Longhorns ace pitcher subdues Sun Devils
The ASU softball team has completed only the second week of the season but the Sun Devils have already faced, perhaps, the most intimidating presence they will see in 2003.

Wrestling: Seniors impressive in final home meet
The No. 11 Sun Devils dominated Cal State Bakersfield, 28-18, in their final home meet of the season Sunday. The meet was an emotional one as head coach Thom Ortiz and over 500 fans said goodbye to six seniors.

Relays lone positive for ASU track at Flagstaff invitational
It's too bad for the ASU track team that the 1,600-meter relay wasn't the only race at Saturday's Mountain T Invitational in Flagstaff. Both the men's and women's team finished first in the event.

Men's tennis uses home-court advantage in win over LMU
All work and no play gave ASU men's tennis a 6-1 victory over Loyola Marymount University on Saturday in Tempe. Rain delayed the start of the tourney, which continued with several nail-biting matches in singles.

Women's tennis downs NAU, San Diego
The ASU women's tennis team continued their hot start with a perfect 4-0 record after two dual meets this weekend. On Friday, the Sun Devils axed the Lumberjacks with a 7-0 win before heading out to beat USD.

Gymnastics: Miscues hurt Devils against Beavers
After taking some falls, the No. 6 Sun Devils gymnastic teams turned in high scores but still fell to Oregon State, Friday. The team went into the meet knowing it would be a tough match against No. 9 OSU.

Devil Dish: Nets forward unfairly doubts All-Stars
Former Moon Valley High School player and current New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson questioned the validity of the Phoenix Suns Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion as All-Stars.

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

Panel discusses Middle East crisis
Experts on Israel and Palestine brought Middle Eastern peace talks closer to home Sunday. Four specialists presented peace strategies to a crowd of nearly 100 in ASU's Education Lecture Hall.

Conflict between Israel and Palestine erupted after World War II when oppressed Jews returned to Israel to regain land.

ASU student out of jail on bond
Samuel Ellis Lawson, an undeclared ASU undergraduate arrested on charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, was released from Madison Street Jail on a secured bond Friday.

Geoff Butler, 21, of Mesa, is a long-time friend of Lawson and said he has trouble believing the charges against him.

New business building planned
Last month, ASU's business school received a $50 million donation for "people and programs." And the school isn't wasting any time launching its next major drive - a new $70 million building to house them.

Police Beat: Woman bites boyfriend, breaks car windows
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 19-year-old woman arrested Thursday for allegedly hitting her boyfriend in the chest, biting him on the shoulder, and breaking out two windows of his car.

Life science symposium shows undergrad research
Life science students displayed posters revealing the results of a year's worth of research Friday in the largest undergraduate research poster symposium, a 10-year-old highlight in the life science department.

Grease trap ruptures in MU, leaves unfriendly sight and smell
Putrid, rancid smells disrupted business in the Memorial Union on Sunday night after a shared grease trap between Burger King and Schlotzsky's Deli in the MU lower level broke, leaving behind thick, gray matter.

Graduate student picnic attracts 400 in second year
Like locusts, ASU graduate students swarmed a picnic Friday evening held in their honor. By the end of the night, more than 400 students had come to participate in the events, including volleyball and soccer.

RTV Roundup: 'Bachelorette,' 'Idol' get worse and worse
A summary and commentary on the past week's most popular reality TV shows, including "Joe Millionaire," American Idol 2," and "The Bachelorette."

Rabbi, Arab comedians share stage, bridge cultural gaps
So an Arab and a rabbi come to ASU to do a stand-up comedy show. No punch line necessary. The comedic couple of retired rabbi Bob Alper and Egyptian-born Ahmed Ahmed will team up for "Laughing Towards Peace."

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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