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Overhyped SARS epidemic causes deadly paranoia
While I plan my upcoming trip to Thailand, every person I encounter asks if I am worried about the mysterious Asian flu. In case anyone has failed to notice, the United States has the means to treat a simple flu.

Keeping 'hair bandit' in prison is shear madness
The Los Angeles "hair bandit" has been sentenced to an eight-year prison term. But sadly, the hair bandit is one kind of bandit I'd like to see released. And "bandit" is a term I'd like to see used more often.

Letters to the Editor: Woman priests, gay marriage heretical
The letters in response to recent news and columns, including a reader writing to say that the the activities of independent churches are not official, and female ordination and gay marriage are examples of heresy.

Editorial: Iranian movie banned as politics trumps art
Another casualty of entertainment censorship happened this weekend. A movie depicting the president's torrid past and controversial policies has been banned from release, found to be nothing more than "propaganda."

Fuel cells may solve foreign oil dependence, air pollution
Although hydrogen-powered, or fuel cell, vehicles have not yet been mass-produced, experts are predicting they will be more widely used to help the environment and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Action superstar Diesel can't hack acting in 'A Man Apart'
After the new crime drama A Man Apart opens and is reviled by anyone who watches it, Vin Diesel should strive to never make any movie that isn't a dumb action flick as a form of community service.

Prestigious journal picks up two ASU findings in March
An ASU scientist's published research of the discovery of an unusual kind of star marked the second article involving ASU researchers to appear on the cover of Nature in March, a record for the University.

CD Review: American Hi-Fi's 'Art of Losing'
To discuss American Hi-Fi's new release, entitled The Art of Losing, is to discuss every other pop-punk band in circulation today. Everything from their guitar riffs to lyrics has been pilfered directly from other bands.

Devil Dish: Early checkpoints not sign of L.A.'s sobriety
My friend and I thought nothing of the mess that surely engulfs Los Angeles traffic everyday. This was until a sign on the left hand of the road read, "Sobriety Checkpoint Ahead." At 5 p.m.? Are you joking?

W Tennis: Devils earn split against Huskies, Cougars
On Friday, ASU lost a tough 5-2 dual to the Huskies. However, the Sun Devils were able to bounce back the next day with a 4-1 win over the Cougars to move to 9-6 for the season with a 2-3-conference record.

M Tennis: McBride gives ASU edge over Ducks, Huskies
The ASU men's tennis team continued to progress this weekend with two conference wins against Pac-10 foes and an improved record. Both Washington and Oregon fell 4-3 to the Sun Devils on their home court.

Water Polo: Sun Devils swept at Desert Challenge
Normally, three losses in two days would drive a coach crazy. But ASU water polo coach Vicki Gorman had "no regrets" after losses to No. 9 San Jose State, No. 7 Loyola Marymount and No. 12 Michigan this weekend.

Football: First scrimmage leaves Koetter pleased
Dirk Koetter came away satisfied with the progress his team is making this spring. Both sides of the ball enjoyed their share of highlights during the first of three official spring football scrimmages at Sun Devil Stadium.

Allen awarded, beats Hodgkin's
Allen awarded, beats HodgkinsTwo years after being diagnosed with cancer, ASU junior forward Justin Allen was named the winner of the prestigious V Foundation Comeback award Friday.

The award is given annually to a men's or women's college basketball player who "embodies the courage and spirit represented by the late Jim Valvano."

Baseball: ASU to lean on bullpen in remaining games
Forty-one games down, just 21 left for the No. 5 ASU baseball team, and relief pitching will be key down the stretch. The season stretches on tonight against Grand Canyon University at 7 p.m., at Packard Stadium.

Softball: Sun Devil squad drops three games on road
After sweeping the opening three games of Pac-10 play last weekend against the Oregon schools, the ASU softball team's season was on a high before meeting UCLA and Washington on the road.

Sports Briefs: Larkin to receive national wrestling award
Eric Larkin's senior year keeps getting better, even though the competition is over. The NCAA champion was named the year's recipient of the Dan Hodge award as the nation's top wrestler.

Traces of sarin found after journalists, soldiers sickened
As coalition forces tightened the noose around Baghdad Sunday, patrols in the countryside detected the presence of a nerve agent at a captured military compound about 60 miles south of the Iraqi capital.

More than a dozen soldiers from the Army's 101st Airborne Division were decontaminated after they were stricken by vomiting and dizziness, and later tests by Army chemical specialists detected traces of sarin, a powerful nerve agent.

Suburb battle begins with decoy, ends with firefight
U.S. soldiers charging into suburbs northwest of Baghdad were greeted first by clusters of waving and cheering Iraqis, then by a running gunfight in a heartbeat on Sunday.

Before it was over, a 27-year-old soldier had dashed into a cluster of ammunition and fuel supply vehicles, two of them on fire. Under heavy enemy fire, he drove a huge fuel supply truck away to keep it from blowing up.

British troops seize Basra, residents loot newly freed city
Hundreds of British troops and dozens of tanks and armored fighting vehicles pushed into the center of Basra on Sunday, sending Iraqi military and Baath Party officials fleeing but also setting off a looting spree in the newly lawless city.

Iraqi children become war casualties in streets
The face of this war is changing. It is becoming the face of a child. As the battle has moved to the streets, more and more children are getting shot.

Six children were flown to the unit over the weekend, wounded by Iraqi AK-47s, American M-16s or mortar shells from either side. Two arrived in critical condition and were slowly improving.

'Don't let anybody leave me,' POW Lynch told rescuers
"Jessica Lynch," said the commando in full battle gear, taking off his helmet. "We are United States soldiers, and we are here to protect you and take you home."

"I'm an American soldier too," replied the 19-year-old Army private, lowering a bedsheet she had pulled over her head and peering up at one of the men who would whisk her out of captivity at Saddam Hospital and out of Iraq.

Police Beat: Woman throws boyfriend's TV off balcony
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Mesa woman arrested on the charge of criminal damage. The woman allegedly threw her boyfriend's television off of the balcony of his apartment.

Salmon paid to lobby for biotech
Salmon paid to lobby for biotechStatewide budget concerns stalled Matt Salmon's efforts to convince the Arizona Legislature that ASU needs $350 million to build biotech facilities on campus.

The former 2002 Republican gubernatorial candidate contracted with the ASU Foundation in January. Salmon will receive $8,000 a month in exchange for six months of lobbying.

Biz college may enact $250 fee
In an effort to climb into the ranks of the elite business schools, the W.P. Carey School of Business is considering asking students in the professional program to pay an extra $250 a semester for program fees.

The fees would go to financial aid, career management programs, additional faculty members and community development.

Incoming freshman finds solace with guide dog
Incoming freshman Laura Bratton has a dog for a roommate. Not because her roommate is messy and conniving, but because she has four legs, black fur and a tail. Jira, a guide dog, sees what Bratton can't.

Honing In: Aliens take over human life with Snood
When dreams about Snood configurations and strategy left me in cold sweats last night, I finally came to terms with it. I have an addiction. This hybrid Tetris-alien game has finally left me a tired, broken man.

Tiny town of Guadalupe inspires artist's grad project
Graduate photography student Monica Hurtado got lost in the small Hispanic community of Guadalupe, just south of Tempe, while searching for the theme of her Master of Fine Arts exhibit three years ago.

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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