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Talking could stop suicide, from someone who knows
My brother shot himself. That's right, suicide. When you see me, and the topic comes up, please don't lower your eyes and mumble your sympathies.Tell me it sucks. Tell me you've felt like that before.

Capitol Hill aims 'freedom fries' cheap shot at France
Ever find yourself on Capitol Hill, hungry and in need of something to go with that burger? You might consider a delicious side of freedom fries. They're the latest weapons in a nationalistic war of words with France.

Military officers must stop turning a blind eye to rape
After a Colorado newspaper, Westword, exposed many hushed-up sexual assault accusations at the state's Air Force Academy, the Air Force investigated the allegations, finding 56 cases over 10 years.

In remembrance of friend, brother and son Jeffrey
Jeffrey Gleason, a pre-business sophomore, was found dead early Monday morning behind the bleachers of Sun Angel Stadium. Included here are letters from his mother, father, brother and girlfriend.

Mouthing Off: War in Iraq incites apathy in Tempe
When I heard America had attacked Iraq, the first thing I did was call my mother. Then, I grabbed my pen and notebook to write about local reactions to the news. What I found was nothing.

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.

Devil Dish: Colangelo left Majerle's trade out of tribute
Last Sunday's halftime tribute to Phoenix Suns great Dan Majerle was nice and well deserved. However, among the gifts and praise he gave to Majerle, team boss Jerry Colangelo left out an apology for trading him.

W Tennis: Home sweet home renews focus on winning
Back in familiar territory, the ASU women's tennis team is home this weekend to focus on getting in some home victories. Today, they face No. 15 Notre Dame, and then Florida International University on Sunday.

M Tennis: Devils predict 'rough match' vs. struggling Aztecs
The ASU men's tennis team is back on track after their victory over Wake Forest University and said they are positive about going into their dual meet against San Diego State University at noon this Saturday.

Gymnastics: ASU looks for smoother ride against SJSU
The ASU gymnastics team plans to put on a show for San Jose State University and keep snagging high team scores. Tonight, the Sun Devils will meet the Spartans, who were on a two-win roll last weekend.

Wrestling: Eight Sun Devils to battle for NCAA titles
In September, Thom Ortiz said that a schedule that included dual meets with wrestling powerhouses would turn his men into national contenders. Now, eight of ASU's wrestlers will seek a national championship.

Devils duck out of Pac-10 tourney
In just a few short seconds, the ASU men's basketball team's NCAA tournament outlook went from terrific to questionable.

With 12.1 seconds left in the game, Oregon point guard Luke Ridnour took an inbound pass and drove the length of the court to bank home a tough lay-up that would soon give the Ducks an 83-82 win in the opening round of the Pac-10 tournament.

Baseball: Garrabrants, Pedroia lead Sun Devils' defense
Overcoming almost all adversity in a season that has seen the ASU baseball team climb to the top spot in the nation, the Sun Devils will face another great challenge when they play eight games in 11 days.

Hoops: Tempo swings for Oregon
Tempo was crucial to the ASU men's basketball team Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, it was not on their side at the most critical moment of the game in an 83-82 loss to Oregon.

Hoops: Devils going dancing
There was little doubt that the ASU men's basketball team would earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament; it was just a matter of where and whom they'd play.

The Sun Devils learned ASU earned the No. 10 seed in the West region and face Memphis, the No. 7 seed, in Oklahoma City on Thursday. The players, coaches and about 200 fans gathered Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena to watch the NCAA selection show on the arena's jumbo screens.

Hoops: ASU puts scandal behind, finds success
If the ASU men's basketball team has hopes of reaching the Final Four, the likely road would include wins over perennial powers Kansas, Duke and rival University of Arizona.

And that would only happen if the Sun Devils are able to get by Memphis on Thursday in Oklahoma City in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

To put it nicely, chances are that won't happen.

Evans returns to site of upset
Rob Evans said he had a feeling the ASU men's basketball team would end up in Oklahoma City for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and for good reason.

One of Evans's first stops during his coaching career was as an assistant at Oklahoma State during the 1970s.

Police Beat: Two transients hold up Wells Fargo teller
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including two transients arrested on the charge of armed robbery after allegedly handing a bank teller a note demanding money and threatening to shoot her.

Odds against Mill nightclubs
Nightclub venues may be falling out of favor on Mill Avenue after the recent closings of Jax Fusion and Have A Nice Day Café.

Downtown Tempe Community Director Rod Keeling said the odds are against nightclubs, since owners pay the full amount of rent despite usually having a shorter operating week.

Tempe Fire to help in wildfires
Tempe City Council approved a cooperative agreement between the Arizona State Land Department and the Tempe Fire Department on Thursday, which states that the department would be available for assistance during a major wildfire disaster.

City council spends more money to attract new business
Economic development officials will spend more than $75,000 for advertising, promotions and research to bring more business to the area. The funds were approved during a city council issue review session.

Ecstasy producer gets probation
A former ASU lab worker will spend two years on probation for his connection to an Ecstasy drug-ring operated on campus.

Clayton Atom Prepsky initially faced charges of manufacturing dangerous drugs and possession of equipment and chemicals for the manufacturing of dangerous drugs.

Transcript: President Bush addresses the nation
The transcript of President George W. Bush's speech given at 8:15 MST about the strikes in Baghdad.

War protests on the horizon
As war broke out in Iraq on Wednesday night, the ASU and the Tempe communities were relatively quiet.

No protesters or supporters gathered or spoke out for or against the war, but today will be a different story. There will be a war protest on the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive at 5 p.m.

Transcript: Saddam Hussein reacts to U.S.-led attacks
Transcript of Saddam Hussein's reaction the attacks by the United States/Coalition.

Tempe Music Fest to attract more than 60 bands to lake
More than 60 bands from around the country are coming to rock Tempe Beach Park this weekend for the Tempe Music Festival. The Jimi Hendrix Traveling Museum will also arrive for its first-ever Arizona appearance.

Oscar Picks: Musicals fad clinches 'Chicago' as best film
In nine days, the Oscars will be handed out at the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony. It's been a wild year filled with unpredictable nominees, but here are picks for who will win and who should win.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. "

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.

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.

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.

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