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OPINIONS
Iraq war is about removing a brutal mass-murderer
As war with Iraq commences, anti-war voices on the Left are becoming more strident.



At protest marches and in left-wing publications like The Nation, the rallying cry of "no blood for oil" is once again in vogue. This charge collapses under scrutiny and is based upon the flimsiest of reasoning.

Attack on Iraq is 'a great crime' that will end American empire
Many people are discouraged to see that the efforts of millions throughout the world have failed to prevent a great crime.



With the vast majority of humanity against it, and without even the cover of U.N. approval, the Bush administration has launched an illegal war against a people who - whatever the pretensions of their dictator - pose no threat to the United States. And it will be innocent, ordinary people - especially children - who are most likely to suffer and die from this war.

Roundup of editorials on U.S.-Iraq showdown
Roundup of editorials on U.S.-Iraq showdown.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SPECIAL REPORTS
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.

WEB EXTRA
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.

SPORTS
Opinion: Despite seeding, Sun Devils' win no upset
The NCAA basketball tournament is littered with upsets each year and this year will be no different.



However, ASU's 84-71 victory over seventh-seeded Memphis, a three-point favorite, was no upset. The Sun Devils are the better team and they proved it Thursday at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Hoops: Devils down Memphis
The Sun Devils, who last appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1995, looked less like a newcomer and more like a tournament-tested team against Memphis - rolling over the No. 7 seeded Tigers 84-71 during a first round West Regional contest in Oklahoma City.

Hoops: Diogu, ASU prep for Kansas
While Ike Diogu and his teammates prepared for tonight's second round West Regional game against No. 2 seed Kansas, reporters from USA Today, The Sporting News and CBS Sportsline, among others, swarmed around Diogu during a press conference Friday.

Opinion: Devils face Ridnour, Hinrich's eerie similarities
As you settle in to your sofa with your bracket in hand to watch tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between ASU and Kansas, don't be surprised if you sense a bit of déjà vu. The similarities between Oregon's Luke Ridnour and Kansas' Kirk Hinrich are almost eerie.

Opinion: Seniors persevered to bring hoops to new heights
Kyle Dodd and his five fellow seniors came here much the way they came to Tempe - with little fanfare outside the Valley - and accomplished more than what was expected by making it to the NCAA tournament.

Strikes aimed at leadership targets
War erupted Wednesday night as the United States launched dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles and aimed 2,000-pound bombs at Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and other "leadership targets" in Baghdad.



The strike was aimed at "decapitating" Saddam's regime and specifically targeted him, his two sons and other senior leaders of the Baath Party and Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council, according to a senior Bush administration official.




Military sees concern, interest among youth as war begins
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks planted the idea in Steve Solway's head to do something else with his life than pursue a dream of going to film school. His friend's mother and grandmother perished in one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center.

'Absolute anarchy' in San Francisco during protests
In the largest show of antiwar civil disobedience since the Vietnam War, thousands of activists swarmed downtown San Francisco Thursday, paralyzing traffic in dozens of intersections and wreaking havoc on businesses in the financial district.

Analysts examine Saddam's video
Intelligence experts raced Thursday to analyze tapes of Saddam Hussein's TV appearance hours after a missile strike on his suspected Baghdad hide-out, hoping to answer a key question: Did he survive the attack or did a look-alike fill his shoes?



Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials questioned the authenticity of the tape, showing a weary, puffy-faced Saddam urging his countrymen, in defiant tones, to resist the invaders.

U.S., British forces invade Iraq
More than 60,000 U.S. and British troops invaded southern Iraq, artillery batteries bombarded enemy positions and Tomahawk cruise missiles blasted Baghdad again Thursday night as the second Gulf War expanded.




CAMPUS NEWS
Protests erupt on Mill Avenue
American flags were burned and people on opposing sides of America's involvement in Iraq screamed at each other Thursday night when Tempe joined the world in heated war demonstrations.



When protesters ventured to the opposite side of Mill Avenue and University Drive, screaming matches broke out.




Different religions unite for peace
While hundreds of anti-war protesters clashed with pro-war activists at the intersection of Mill Avenue and University Drive in Tempe on Thursday night, a congregation of churchgoers took a more low-key approach in dealing with the situation in Iraq a few blocks away.



A group of approximately 80 people, consisting of Christians, Muslims and Jews of all ages and races, gathered at the First Congregational Church of Tempe in an interfaith service.




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.

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.

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.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

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.

Clock-wise
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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