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Editorial: Cosmic justice at last puts 'Dell Dude' away
The arrest of the "Dell Dude" somehow reaffirms our faith in humanity. It says that there is some cosmic justice at play: Act like the most annoying ass on the planet, and something is going to backfire.

Justice Department terrorism solution stomps on liberties
The brand of justice being espoused by the Justice Department seems awfully one-sided, and the lengths to which it is willing to go under the guise of protecting the interests of America are downright frightening.

Powell's veiling of Picasso tapestry can't beautify war
The tapestry depicting Picasso's famous abstract anti-war painting, Guernica, was covered by a blue drape designed with the Security Council's flag for a Colin Powell speech.

Jackson freak show unfolds in TV documentaries
About 27.1 million people watched the documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" on ABC last Thursday, according to the Nielson ratings. In a few weeks, NBC will be showing a similar documentary.

Mouthing Off: Abuse reports fail to protect children
For those of you who may not know what CPS is, a fact you should be ashamed to admit, it stands for Child Protective Services. Or as others, like my friend who grew up in foster care under their "protection" call it: "Can't Protect Shit."

Crane operator spends work days on high campus perch
As the primary Sundt crane operator at the construction site on the west side of campus, Ron Gray coordinates the efforts of what will yield a 288,000-square-foot, six-story mediated classroom facility.

Wickenburg saddles up for annual Gold Rush Days
Just when the days of the Old West seemed long gone, the town of Wickenburg revives them. Wickenburg's Gold Rush Days is in its 55th year and will be kicking off its 2003 festivities Friday.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Devil Dish: Sun Devil Suggs good fit for Cardinals
Terrell Suggs made Sun Devil Stadium a horrible house for opposing quarterbacks when he played at ASU, and if the Cardinals draft him April 26, he will keep the stadium as terrifying as ever.

Opinion: Miller could make alpine skiing mainstream
It appears that America may be on the verge of dominance in alpine skiing. Bode Miller has quietly become a favorite in nearly every event in which he competes, yet he is as inconspicuous as they come.

ASU baseball off to best start during Murphy era
With a 14-1 record, the Sun Devils moved from No. 8 in the rankings to No. 5 after another weekend sweep, ASU's third in four weeks. Murphy's previous best start was in 2001 when the team started 13-2.

Softball players battle injuries
Nine games into the season, ASU softball has had more players injured than losses. None of the injuries have been serious, but they have forced coach Linda Wells to alter her rotation and juggle pitchers on the mound.

Water polo drops four games
The ASU water polo team lost all four games at the University of California at San Diego tournament, but that's fine with head coach Vicki Gorman because the losses didn't come in vain.

Men's tennis tops Utes
ASU took advantage of their home courts and earned a win Monday against the University of Utah. The Sun Devils pounded the Utes 6-1, having very little trouble at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

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

Police Beat: Man arrested for public urination at Owl's Nest
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 23-year-old Tucson man who was arrested Sunday on the charge of public urination at the Owl's Nest, located at 501 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe inmates pay own way
This week is the first that inmates convicted in Tempe courts will be required to pay fees for their time spent in jail.

Tempe City Council passed the measure, already enforced by Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Phoenix, on Thursday in response to the city's $8.2 million budget shortfall.

ASU hosts NASA astrobiology seminars
About 500 NASA astrobiologists began a three-day series of seminars at ASU on Monday. Of the scientists involved in the NASA Astrobiology Institute, a number of them are faculty and students from ASU.

Second budget cut on horizon
ASU's main campus could lose about $13.1 million this fiscal year, possibly forcing University lay-offs, if a Budget Committee proposal passes as is.

In the fall, the Legislature cut ASU's budget 5 percent - approximately the same amount as this proposed cut - for the 2003 fiscal year.

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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