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Dairyland's Cheeseheads will never abandon milk for beer
With the most ridiculous idea since Busch Light, PETA has headed to Wisconsin to ask Gov. James Doyle to change Wisconsin's official state beverage from milk to beer. Their argument: Beer is healthier than milk.

If partisan democrats can't beat Bush, they'll impeach him
In what's possibly the stupidest and most childish thing the Democratic Party has ever done, a number of liberal representatives are preparing to introduce articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush.

Just for fun, view the world through 'Dubya vision' goggles
Indulge yourself for a moment and view the world through the eyes of George Walker Bush. Just for fun, let's call it "Dubya vision." You are the president of the only remaining superpower, the leader of the free world.

Editorial: The human being behind the news
Behind the top news story is a man. A student. A peer. A 20-year-old who died. Jeffery Gleason was a sophomore and a pre-business major. His parents live in Chandler, and he lived in a house in Tempe.

Mouthing Off: Death penalty illogical, contradictory
While I myself am not ready to die for my stance on the death penalty, I am willing to succumb to the vast amount of columns in the world dedicated to the topic. The death penalty is not only morally wrong, but it is a contradictory system of the U.S. government.

Beyond Mill: Free speech restrictions imposed on libraries
The Children's Internet Protection Act is the first federal law ever to impose free-speech restrictions on local libraries, and it does so in a constitutionally unacceptable way.

Spring Break Fashion: The more skin showing, the better
The temperatures are heating up and so are the hormones. From the micro-mini skirts to the barely there bikinis, the theme for this year's spring fashion is "skin to win."

Spring Break Special: Great places to go in Arizona
The State Press editorial board searched far and wide in the great state of Arizona for interesting locations to visit for spring break, whether you are low on cash or have slacked off with your vacation plans.

Spring Break Fantasies: The tree that took a girl's virginity
My ultimate fantasy for a spring break probably wouldn't be exactly what you would expect from a wild party animal like myself. If I had $500 and a vehicle, I would go over to Tip Top nursery and buy myself a tree.

Risky behavior not policed in ASU football recruiting
College recruiting groups such as ASU's Sun Devil Recruiters are being condemned by critics and college football administrators who say the groups are sexist, potentially dangerous and almost certain to bring embarrassment to the universities that sponsor them.

Guedo's Taco Shop finally comes to fruition in Tempe
Prior to Wednesday, only Chandler and Gilbert had access to a local franchise that specializes in the food of interior Mexico. But after two years trying, the Guedo's Taco Shop franchise has popped up in Tempe.

Postcards from Spain: Night life couldn't be better
Cinderella probably wouldn't meet a prince if she were given a chance to party in Alicante. When the clock strikes twelve here, people are just going out instead of returning home.

Hilarious 'Simpsons' setup gag makes for best episode
In what may be the best episode so far in this season of "The Simpsons," the series takes an incredibly funny jump to the past with a starting gimmick that forms the focal point of the show: Homer eats a Fox promo.

Photo Essay: Bill Pickett Rodeo
Photo essay of the all African-American Bill Pickett Rodeo.

Devil Dish: Hoping Coyotes don't become Cardinals
Only getting an unknown and two draft picks in exchange for Tony Amonte shows the Coyotes aren't willing to invest in the team. If I want to watch a poorly run, penny-pinching team, I'll watch the Cardinals.

Diogu earns top Pac-10 honors
To nobody's surprise, ASU forward Ike Diogu was named Pac-10 freshman of the year on Monday. Diogu averaged 18.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in his first season as a Sun Devil.

Diogu was also named to the All Pac-10 team, making him the only freshman of the 10 players selected for the honor.

Opinion Last meeting of Devils, Ducks was dress rehearsal
The ASU and Oregon basketball teams found themselves in an interesting situation Thursday - playing an important regular season game while scouting each other for an even more important game later.

Sports Briefs: ASU baseball improves to No. 1 in the nation
Brief updates on the rankings and results of ASU's Olympic sports, including the baseball team's attainment of the top ranking in the nation in the USA TODAY Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 poll.

Softball: Cal bests Devils, ASU gets third in tourney
The ASU softball team enjoyed laying a whipping on a variety of opponents yet again this season, but an old foe, the Golden Bears, kept the Sun Devils from adding a piece of hardware to their display case.

Ortiz earns fifth Pac-10 title
Ortiz earns fifth Pac-10 titleA funny thing happened to ASU wrestling coach Thom Ortiz while taking his work on the road to Boise for the Pac-10 Championships. The former ASU all-American won his fifth conference title, and his first as a coach.

Swimming: ASU gets 4th place finish at Pac-10 meet
Fifth place was becoming an all-too-familiar position for the ASU men's swimming team and it broke the trend Saturday at the Pac-10 championships with a fourth-place finish, the best ending since 1998.

Police Beat: Man assaults two people in ex-girlfriend's home
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespassing after allegedly breaking into an apartment and hitting his ex-girlfriend and another man.

Downtown Tempe's pop culture past shown at city hall
Monday marked the first day of "Milling About: Getting to Know Downtown Tempe," an exhibit located in the City Hall Gallery that features art and objects from downtown Tempe and ASU's past.

Honors College IT cracks down
It's not double-secret probation, but the Barrett Honors College did punish a student believed to have illegally downloaded the movie "Animal House."

BHC IT staff temporarily disabled political science freshman Alicia Fremling's Ethernet connection Feb. 27 after an illegally downloaded copy of "Animal House" was found on her hard drive.

Student found dead near track stadium
An ASU police investigation revealed that the death of 20-year-old Jeffrey M. Gleason, whose body was found early Monday by a groundskeeper inside a gate of Sun Angel Stadium, likely was a suicide.

Democratic presidential candidate to speak at MCC
Howard Dean, one of nine Democratic nominees for U.S. president in 2004, will be speaking today at 7 p.m. at Mesa Community College. Dean is the only nominee who has organized a free rally in Arizona.

Fine arts graduate student puts his 'meat' on display
Don Kauss opened "Meat," his thesis exhibit, Monday. The display explores the vital role that humans play in nature and the respect we should have for the other forms of life coexisting in the world around us.

Stereomud halfway there with brand-new CD
The self-described 'nu metal' band Stereomud relies on predictable guitar riffs and drum beats for the most part, but thankfully refrains from too much of the passé angry screaming.

The Kings of Leon's 'High Roller Novocaine'
Seedy ReviewsIn the rare instance when I actually receive some high-quality rock'n'roll sent to the magazine, it's a cause for celebration that no amount of critical analysis can describe.

Holy Roller Novocaine from The Kings of Leon was the cause for such a celebration. When I heard it, I flipped out. I felt like starting a parade or something. These guys are everything that The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines, or any other band with "The" in its title have ever dreamed of sounding like.

Great Big Sea's 'Sea of No Cares'
Seedy ReviewsIf Great Big Sea is the next big wave in feel-good music, I think I'd rather drown.

Sea of No Cares is an accumulation of toe-tappin', sing-along songs for predictable romantic-comedy soundtracks and Irish-style ditties.

Ice Cube's 'The Albums That Shook a Nation'
Seedy ReviewsLike many who put stock in the right-wing diatribe of the early-1990s, I once believed the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict were the result of profiteering gangbangers-turned-entertainers who set out to turn their so-called art into a contrived reality.

Then, I listened to Ice Cube, and his chronicles of South Central via AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator and Lethal Injection.

Becky Brems' mind is like a strobe light, and only a camera can capture the fleeting images of its dance floor.

At least, that's what the ASU photography senior's message seems to be as she chats about tomorrow evening's "First Friday" show at Phoenix's local artist refuge, Gallery 1023.

Treading lightly
Recently, Charlie Levy and Jim Adkins were having dinner at Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe and, as if driven by some divine force, they began talking about record labels. As the conversation escalated, they realized that they were at the threshold of a really great concept.

As it turns out Levy, a long-time Phoenix concert promoter, and Adkins, the lead singer of the local super group Jimmy Eat World, had shared many of the same thoughts about beginning a record label in Phoenix. They both wanted to start off slow and cultivate the label over time and they both had similar bands in mind.

Red scare
Fresh off a world tour, the 30-year-old DJ Vadim will be gracing the Valley with his innovative European version of hip-hop at Modified Arts on Wednesday. Vadim, who has been deejaying for more than a decade, has experimented with funk and jungle music throughout Europe and has an unorthodox musical fashion that blends hip-hop with a unique brand of electronic jazz. He recently finished his seventh LP - USSR: The Art of Listening - which features Gift of Gab, of underground hip-hop icons Blackalicious.

A cry for war: 'Tears of the Sun' review
The new action picture Tears of the Sun, by director Antoine Fuqua [Training Day], believes in two great American institutions: democracy and cleavage.

The movie pretends to be a serious film by portraying the grim effects on the civilian populace of an African civil war. But the movie undermines its serious intentions with its many Hollywood conventions, including cliché dialogue and situations, high-tech action sequences and numerous, comical cleavage shots of a beautiful young American missionary/doctor.

Rousing grief: 'Till Human Voices Wake Us' review
Though Till Human Voices Wake Us contains fantasy and supernatural elements that are never explained, it is neither a horror movie nor a thriller in the conventional sense. Here, the supernatural story is a gentle parable about how Sam learns to unburden himself from his paralyzing grief. The end resolves matters not in a realistic way but in an emotional way. Some viewers may have a hard time with this, but I loved it; Sam's final revelations filled me with the joy of being alive.

Asian persuasion
Margaret Cho doesn't take any shit. So she says anyway, and we are inclined to believe her.

Having just completed her brazenly wanton "Notorious C.H.O." comedy tour and movie, Cho is about to embark on her new "Revolution Tour," a more politically-themed nationwide excursion, that parallels Cho in ads for the tour to Che Guevara, and promises to be just as shocking as previous tours. She brings her lambada-dance of language to the Dodge Theatre on Friday.

Dancing against the grain
Twelve years - including two of professional tours with his own dance company - later, Brad Garner, 31, has returned to the ASU stages in pursuit of his master of fine arts degree.

Garner will present his thesis project, "Crash," this weekend at the Herberger College's "New Danceworks II" modern dance concert. The concert also includes "Plenty: Surviving Fear and Depression," choreographed by graduate student Kimberly Karpanty.

Profile & Conquer
When movies first appeared, they were portrayed as the root of all delinquency in children and promiscuity in women. Rock music of the '60s was the work of the devil. When the tragedy at Columbine occurred, Marilyn Manson was the first to be called out.

Now, with war looming on America's horizon, random acts of violence in video games are being replaced by vengeful acts toward terrorists found in desert terrain.

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