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Protecting Cletus, C-list celebs from bad reality TV giants
Last year, CBS began producing a reality show based on "The Beverly Hillbillies." Hilarity would undoubtedly ensue, because hearing those silly southerners talk is damn funny. But the show has met some opposition.

Troglodytes should go for PETA's lettuce bikinis instead
While their ridiculous display deserved to be ruined, there are many other ways that Avi Beliak could have pissed off the PETA freaks without having his picture on the cover of The State Press looking like an insane troglodyte.

Letting dirty bomber Padilla see attorney a basic right
The government seems to believe that after Jose Padilla's bizarre and frightening religious extremism somehow begins to fade, his lawyer's godlike gift of persuasion might still convince him to withhold information.

Letters to the Editor: Bowman the bigger person this time
The letters in response to recent columns, including a letter from a reader who wrote that the fact that Shanna Bowman, a conservative, could admit her side's errors on women's rights was satisfying to read.

Editorial: Know democracy at home before exporting it
Young people these days! You don't vote or get involved in politics. Hell, you probably don't even know who your state senators are - yes, there is another one besides McCain. Is it because you're lazy? Probably.

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.

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.

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

Pac-10 Hoops Roundup: Wildcats favored to win
A roundup of the teams entering the Pac-10 Tournament, including a summary of UA's Wildcats. With four players recognized by the conference and Luke Walton getting healthier, they are favored to win.

Hoops: Round three in the Sun Devils vs. Ducks saga
The Sun Devils and the Oregon men's basketball teams are getting pretty accustomed to each other as they meet for the third time this season today in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

M Tennis: Letcher brothers spark ASU in hard-fought win
The ASU men's tennis team had a tougher match than they had planned Wednesday as they barely beat Wake Forest University. The Demon Deacons took the doubles point, but their luck ran out after that.

Pac-10 Baseball Preview: Stanford Cardinal stand proud
The first of a series of eight articles previewing ASU's Pac-10 opponents. Stanford strolls into Tempe to face ASU in a crucial Pac-10 series. The Cardinal have won 11 of their last 13 games after starting out 3-5.

Devil Dish: Devils won't fade away from NCAA race
Maybe I'm the last one to notice this, but the ASU men's basketball team is pretty good. Earlier, I criticized the Devils for playing without heart and I won't eat those words now, but I noticed something later in the season.

Softball: Yet another tourney may be key to the season
Today, the No. 12 Sun Devils travel to the KIA Klassic Tournament, their fifth tournament in six weeks. With the Pac-10 season beginning soon, ASU is seeing the weekend as a chance to gain valuable momentum.

Universities to combat fraud
Arizona's public universities will spend $100,000 in a collective effort to increase computer security and combat identity theft.

At a meeting last Friday, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the use of funds for ASU, UA and NAU to hire independent security consultants to assess the vulnerabilities of the schools' computer networks.

Street musicians add creative flair, ambiance to Mill Ave.
Tempe grants about 30 to 40 permits for street musicians each year, most of whom can be found on Mill Avenue every weekend. A year permit costs $10, according to city of Tempe spokeswoman Mary Fowler.

Police Beat: Scottsdale man robs carpenter at gunpoint
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Scottsdale man charged with kidnapping and aggravated robbery after allegedly demanding money at gunpoint from a carpenter that owed him $500.

Students invited to help clean campus, enter baseball raffle
ASU Clean and Beautiful is sponsoring its semiannual Great Campus Cleanup day today. All students are invited to help pick up trash on campus. Baseball coach Pat Murphy will raffle off tickets to see ASU play.

Man plunges to death in Tempe
A man, yet to be identified by police, fell to his death from the sixth floor of a near-campus parking structure Tuesday night.

A security guard patrolling near the Chase garage, behind Harkin's movie theater and adjacent to Mill Avenue, witnessed the man falling around 9 p.m. and alerted police.

Backhaus' drug case delayed
An ASU professor was not sentenced in his drug-related case as planned on Wednesday, due to his counsel asking for more time to gather favorable witnesses.

Ralph Backhaus was arrested Oct. 2, 2001 for giving his teaching assistant, Clayton Atom Prepsky, access to ASU labs and chemicals to make Ecstasy.

ASU students design rocket
ASU aerospace engineering students who are creating the ICARUS II rocket will be going where no students have gone before.

An ASU group is designing the first civilian-made rocket to break the space barrier and reach an altitude of 100 miles.

Since learning two months ago that he will be spending spring break deejaying in Jaipur and New Delhi, India, Mark "Jas" Tynan has been preparing himself for the culture shock and time change. For almost a week now, he's been slowly tricking his internal clock into thinking he's on Indian time, which is 12 hours ahead of Arizona. He will not go to bed until 8 the next morning, after a night on the turntables at Club Freedom, where he's been spinning for more than four years.

Scenic route: Before Braille's journey to SXSW
For a band on an independent record label, a road trip to the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, is like going on a patronage to Mecca. If you want to appease the gods of rock'n'roll, you have to make the trip at least once in your musical lifetime.

This year, locals Before Braille will be among the nation's finest, best-kept secrets playing at the annual conference, which is attended by record executives, radio bigwigs, and any other salivating music fans that make the trek. Before Braille has incorporated the three days in Austin into its current 14-state tour and through the use of modern day technology [cell phones are the greatest journalistic tool ever invented], SPM was able to help document the band's journey.

Apocalypse now?
Having formed from the leftovers of two other San Diego bands back in 1995, The Locust is now comprised of Gabe Serbian, Justin Pearson, Joseph Karam and Robert Bray. The band claims no lead singer, and at live shows it habitually lines all its members up front. They also have no name for the tour they are now on, but the band will, however, promote the June release of its new album "Plague Soundscapes" with a tour starting in July.

Until then, local fans can absorb The Locust's scourge of cacophonous notes at the Mason Jar on Monday night.

Break it down
For the past year, ASU student Brad Hasse has been flying back and forth between Tempe and Los Angeles every weekend, spending Saturday nights on the promenade at Santa Monica, submersing himself in hip-hop culture. Hasse isn't a breakdancer; he doesn't even aspire to be one. He's simply an artist who saw the beauty in an ever-expanding hip-hop culture and decided to share it with the world.

"It's not a hip-hop representation," Hasse says of his 40-minute video, Outside the Box: A Dance Odyssey. "It's an outside look at what [breakdancers] do. I wanted to capture the art in it. "

Reality TV Roundup: Deaf Christy saves dull 'Survivor'
"Survivor" has as much spunk and wildness as rug burn this season. The only intriguing parts of the show are the Tambaqui tribe's issues with Christy's deafness, and the amusing fact that Dave is a rocket scientist.

An exhibition of protest
Phoenix police on horseback patrol McDowell Road, their eyes fixed on the crowd. Kyrsten Sinema, joined by nearly 1,500 peace-protesters present on a Saturday afternoon, shuffles by. Sinema's brethren sing in awkward harmony around her and carry signs like "Bush is a wack! Hands off Iraq," sketched on yellow poster board and decorated with two solid, black hands below it.

Sinema also held a sign, but earlier she passed it on to someone who didn't have one. In fact, she had many signs. The night before, friends and fellow dissidents from around the Valley brainstormed slogans and painted on posters at her house for five hours. They prepared for Saturday's "No War! A Celebration of Life and Creativity" rally at Margaret T. Hance Park in central Phoenix.

Permanent Midnight
Josh Kolsrud, a 22-year-old business management and philosophy senior, has stayed away from the club where he was stabbed and nearly killed 13 months ago, but he'll never forget what happened there.

He can't. There's too much to remind him.

Cup o' Joe: To die for
Cup O JoeInside the club, you sip on a $6 cocktail mixed in a cheap, plastic 8-ounce cup. You find your reflection in a panoramic mirror behind the bar, inventing another drab and cliché introduction. Flashing strobes, black lights, and smoke-screened illuminations of red and green conceal the blemishes that would otherwise keep you from getting laid if anyone saw you in the light of day.

Outside, just a few feet beyond an unimpressive line of pretentious, yet unimportant people and a gated patio of superficial small talk, a man is about to die. His brain is hemorrhaging internally, blood swimming freely inside his cracked skull.

Seeking sanctuary
During the crest of America's urban gang epidemic, much of the America's communities were being ravaged by a culture of death, drugs and despair. However, for Jose Casas, ASU Masters of Fine Arts student and Southern Californian native, in Baldwin Park's epicenter of gang brutality there was a safe haven where even the dominant gang bangers, and drug slangers couldn't penetrate - The Vine.

Now, years later, the community phenomena is the motivation behind Casas' upcoming hip-hop play bearing the same name. Casas, who is the playwright, says "The Vine" is a musical voyage through the realities of life for many American minorities. "I'm trying to tell a story that normally isn't able to be told in this form," Casas says.

Dirty rat thief: 'Willard' movie review
Crispin Glover had to go back in time to find the role that was tailor-made for him.

Although his mastery of George McFly in 1987's Back to the Future will surely define him for years to come, it is the title character in Willard - by far, the most superb remake of any American film to date - that is undeniably Glover's calling.

CD Review: Dressy Bessy's 'Little Music'
Seedy ReviewsDressy Bessy isn't your momma's pop band, but - don't be afraid - she'd enjoy a listen to the latest album from the Denver quartet.

The mellow beats of Little Music are reminiscent of a bygone era when music was meant to be fun and stress-free. Sit back. Take it easy. Enjoy the music.

CD Review: The Kicks
Seedy ReviewsThe Kicks may have adopted a new moniker, but the band formerly known as Ashtray Babyhead unfortunately hasn't ditched the tired power-pop sound they ripped off from Weezer way back in 1997.

On their self-titled "debut," The Kicks explore the same used-up subject matter that every other doofus-rock quartet has subjected us to for the past decade.

CD Review: State Radio's 'Flag of the Shiner'
Seedy ReviewsSo you want to start an anti-war protest, eh? Well, according to recent weeks, you need available lawn space on a major college campus, a huge marionette of the dubya, and, sometimes, an obscure band for background noise.

With the release of Flag of the Shiners, State Radio is making a push to be that band. These guys can pretty much play any music that can fit your musical needs from reggae to grunge to punk.

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