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Rural Metro puts money, publicity ahead of firefighters
No one thinks twice about whom to call in an emergency. It's drilled into our heads as soon as we are old enough to speak. Dial three little numbers and at least one element of the fire department will come over.

Race a factor to consider in college admissions
Race matters, and it does make a large difference in the lives of some minorities. Not every minority falls into the category of being "disadvantaged," but a large portion do, and it shouldn't be ignored.

Letters to the Editor: Picking on Douglass, women 'idiotic'
The letters in response to recent columns, including a reader saying that Eric Spratling is "in the running" for "most outrageous and idiotic conservative columnist" when he discusses "Herr Bush" and politics.

Dimmer lights save money, scientists' study of night sky
You know light pollution is getting big when an episode of "The Simpsons" is based on it. Light pollution comes from city lights shining into the night sky, blocking stars from view. It is the bane of astronomers' existence.

Editorial: Protesting war in Iraq is not an act of terror
You're either with us, or you're against us. If you're on the side of the latter, we might have to send you up the river. At least, that's what new legislation coming out of Oregon would have us do with folks like you.

Mall Rants: Code of Conduct
Students rant about the Code of Conduct changes.

Political Cartoon: War in Iraq
Nathan Ross comments on Hussein's control in Iraq.

WEB EXTRA
'Idol' keeps all 8 contestants due to Corey's crimes
A summary of both American Idol 2 shows this week, including a run-down of each performance and the one who was (or wasn't) voted off this week.

Brief: Sony's 'Amplitude'
With more features, a better variety of music, and a new interface, Sony's new music game Amplitude is proving to be a worthy follow-up to 2001's Frequency.



Like Frequency, Amplitude has players build a song from the ground up by choosing different tracks like vocals, bass, guitars, sound effects, and more depending on the style of music.

'The Simpsons': Show gets back to basics, ups the ratings
Not only is "The Simpsons" having a ratings comeback, but it's apparently going back to basics. Tonight was another story-driven episode, with each storyline having a good amount of screen time.

CD Review: AFI's 'Sing the Sorrow'
A Fire Inside has hit the big time with their new album Sing the Sorrow, which was released by Columbia Records in early March.



Sing the Sorrow, the band's most recent album since its 2000 release of Art of Drowning, is meant for a patient audience because it requires a few listens to catch everything. But it is worth the wait.

Hawaiian singer returns to Arizona, leis long-time fans
A native Hawaiian performer hoped to please crowds by bringing some of the tropical spirit to the Sonoran desert. But, more importantly, he hoped to knock down some of the most common stereotypes about Hawaii's culture.



Keali'i Reichel's concert featured updated traditional Hawaiian lyrical chants sung to a mixture of traditional music and modern pop during his near-capacity show in Gammage Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

SPORTS
Hoops: Freshman Diogu garners national honor
ASU freshman Ike Diogu has been named an honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press. Diogu and Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony, a second-team selection, were the only freshmen to get votes.

Softball: Sun Devils look to stay hot vs. UCLA, UW
This weekend, ASU's mission jumps a number of steps in difficulty as they travel for a three-game series against the top two teams in the nation in UCLA and Washington. However, the Devils are not intimidated.

M Tennis: ASU ready for Pacific Northwest foes' arrival
Today, the Sun Devils will again have the home-court advantage as they face University of Washington at 1:30 p.m. Tomorrow, ASU will take on Oregon at noon. ASU will be looking to defend its 2-1 Pac-10 mark.

Track: Devils' 1,600-meter relay squad ready for indoor season
A team of four Sun Devil sprinters hasn't lost a race this season and last week's time of 3:06.87 at the ASU Invitational is currently the fastest run of the year by any 1,600-meter relay team in the West.

Volleyball: Asst. coach released from team
ASU volleyball officials confirmed that Christine Garner, an assistant coach for three seasons, has been released from the team for the upcoming season. Brad Saindon said an explanation would come later.

Devil Dish: D-Backs better look out for Dodgers
All those who have been saying the Arizona Diamondbacks will cruise to their third-consecutive National League West championship better take a careful look at the Los Angeles Dodgers, a formidable team as well.

W Tennis: ASU takes to the road again against UW, WSU
The ASU women's tennis team is on the road after playing four straight away meets, and hopes to close out its road matches with a victory, as the Sun Devils take on the Washington schools today and Saturday.

Hoops: Dodd can't find bounce in NCAA dunk contest
Just like his team, senior ASU basketball guard Kyle Dodd could not get out of the second round. This time, it was in the college basketball slam-dunk contest Thursday, a part of New Orleans' Final Four festivities.

Water Polo: Sun Devils ready for national powers
The ASU water polo team is making things look easy in just its second year of NCAA competition. The No. 19 Sun Devils (17-10) will host three teams ranked in the top-12 nationally at the Desert Challenge.

U.S. troops aim to seal off Baghdad within days
WASHINGTON - In the battle for Baghdad, U.S. troops aim to seal off the Iraqi capital within days and launch assaults against Saddam Hussein's remaining forces entrenched within the city.



The idea is to cut off Baghdad, isolate Hussein's regime, probe Baghdad defenses and conduct raids against pockets of resistance inside the city - but not to starve or weaken the populace as in other sieges throughout history, Pentagon officials said.

People of Najaf rise up against Saddam, support coalition
NAJAF, Iraq - The crowd erupted when the statue fell in the center of Saddam Circle. Women cried. Men shouted. Citizens who lived in nearby homes brought coffee and homemade bread out to the American soldiers.

Congress approves $80 billion to fund war, protect homeland
WASHINGTON - Faced with Pentagon claims that the U.S. military will run out of money in two months, Congress overwhelmingly agreed Thursday night to give President Bush nearly $80 billion to fight the war in Iraq, to assist foreign allies and to protect the homeland.



But in a clear rebuff of the president, lawmakers in the House and Senate inserted restrictions on how the money could be spent and added about $3 billion to help prop up the ailing airline industry, despite White House protests that the aid was excessive.

CAMPUS NEWS
Police Beat: Thief takes bait vehicle, flees for trash bin
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested for allegedly stealing a Tempe police bait vehicle. The car stops if broken into and driven. The man fled was found inside a trash bin.

Some upset by Rooney selection
Two associate journalism professors have threatened to boycott award festivities honoring CBS' "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney in light of derogatory comments he made toward female sports reporters.



Associate professors Joseph Russomanno and Craig Allen said they would not attend Rooney's November ceremony for winning the 2003 Cronkite Award of Excellence.



A six-member committee recently selected Rooney as a finalist for the annual award and Walter Cronkite, the school's namesake, made the final decision.

ACES help inner city kids learn
About 350 ASU undergraduates volunteer at the Academic Community Engagement Services each semester. They spend several days a week tutoring schoolchildren in subjects such as reading, math and science.

Governor speaks at West campus
Gov. Janet Napolitano pledged to fight budget cuts to Arizona social and educational programs in a speech on women's issues at ASU West on Thursday.



While Napolitano said she supported the recent tuition increase for Arizona universities, she cautioned that the additional revenue should go back into education.


Pro-war rally supports troops
More than 150 student supporters of the war in Iraq rallied in front of the Memorial Union on Thursday, handing out yellow ribbons and raising money to send care packages to troops stationed overseas.



College Republicans sponsored the event to present an alternative view to the war in Iraq.


'A' Week events give students diversion from schoolwork
The start of "A" Week on Sunday will mark the beginning of what the Student Alumni Association hopes will become a long-lasting tradition at ASU. The week will feature events geared to entertain ASU students.

"A" Week schedule of events
Events to take place over the next week beginning Sunday, including "Dinner for a Dozen Devils," an NCAA Championship Game-watching party and "Sleep Out for the Homeless."

ENTERTAINMENT
Comics: F-Minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

Comics: W.M.U.
A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

Praying for individuality
When I was 12 years old, I swore I would never have sex until I was married. I'd find a nice boy, settle down, and then when we decided to have kids we would make love. Six years later it all fell apart somehow and my virginity was gone.



I had spent 1, 080 days [give or take a few] in Catholic school between the moment I devised my sex plan and lost my virginity. Unbelievably, I had also spent 1,440 days in Catholic school before I was 12.

Buenas noches, Buena Vista?
Whether he was blowing his own horn or having it blown by someone else, former President Bill Clinton was a huge music fan. And it is in part due to his passion for music and "Slick Willy" politics that Ibrahim Ferrer of the Cuban supergroup Buena Vista Social Club will be performing at Gammage on Friday.



In 1917, the United States established the Trading with the Enemy Act, which cut off economic ties with countries under U.S. embargoes, including Cuba. In the latter half of the century, this limited travel and trade between countries.

Gender 'Bend'er
Where was Bend It Like Beckham when I was 10 years old? In 1991, I was an awkward-ass, softball-playing tomboy. I had thick bangs, I was about a foot taller than my best friends in our fourth-grade class, and my favorite thing to wear to school was a manly pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt that read, "Snickers, reach for satisfaction!"



I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and I blame Hollywood. The only movie out at the time to depict girls' sports was Ladybugs. If you don't recall this cinematic masterpiece, please let me fill you in. The movie starred Rodney Dangerfield as a struggling businessman who tries to impress his boss by coaching his daughter's soccer team.

Higher degree of music
Almost a decade ago, a time came when acoustic rock 'n' roll trio Guster struggled to balance a progressing music career with its educational responsibilities. And like many of college-age individuals, Guster reached a stage when it questioned its role in a university environment.



Almost a decade later, Guster, who has been touring seriously since the trio's graduation from Tufts University in 1995, is enjoying success partly fueled by the band's recent signing with Warner Brothers Records.

A different song 'n dance
"MUSICIAN WANTED" is what the small, white sign said, pinned up on the wall of a record store in lower Manhattan where Sammy James Jr. was attending art school in 1997. James posted the sign, ready to start a new venture where others had left off.



This time though, James struck gold - even though things didn't look too promising initially. His first reply was from another local art student, Graham Tyler, who couldn't even play the guitar yet. Generally, this would seem somewhat a disaster, but Tyler was just what James had been searching for.

Wrong number
Near the end of Phone Booth, the new thriller by director Joel Schumacher [Falling Down, Batman Forever], there's a scene that demonstrates how much better a movie it could have been.



In the scene, a seedy New York City publicist, played by Colin Farrell, finally breaks down emotionally after having been held at gunpoint in a phone booth all day. In front of large crowds of New Yorkers and the requisite TV cameras always present in this kind of movie, he confesses his flaws and failings as a human being. The speech is insightfully written and Farrell wrenches it from his guts: It is genuinely moving.

Deadline writer
He's a journalist who's crafted a book about lost gold turning men to murder, coupling art and love with the politics of restoration and reservations. Story and suspense are supported by the dusty roads of Tucson and the sandblasted walls of a Spanish Baroque church.



Though his mystery novel is about to be released to a mass market, ASU journalism professor Bruce Itule seems more at ease slouched with a beer in a local lounge, commenting on the Arizona-Kansas basketball game Saturday night than discussing the project that took him 10 years to write, research and publish.

Pack Rat
By day, Craig Johnson is an ASU chemistry doctoral student studying the fundamentals of minerals at the atomic level. However, when Johnson, a Texas native, leaves his academic bubble, he becomes one of the many artists exploiting the Phoenix area's young art scene. Johnson believes that Phoenix is like a blank canvas with young local artists painting on the layers of culture as time goes along.



Johnson is showing his collage-style art, which he deems Urban Decay, for the first time at the Varrio Café in Phoenix. Johnson, admitting to his pack-rat qualities, says much of the material for his work comes from random trash he discovers.

Closer to God
It could be any Sunday morning in any Catholic church in the Valley. A priest, dressed in flowing purple vestments, stands before an altar draped in white and adorned with flickering candles and flowers. A small, brass cross looks down from above. The words, the rituals, the smell of incense at Tempe's Shrine of the Christ of Divine Life would be familiar to any Catholic. But that's where the similarities end.



In this church, the priest stands barefoot before a congregation of barely a dozen people, who include a middle-aged lesbian, two married couples fed-up with traditional churches, a couple of curious ASU students and a few former Roman Catholics.

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