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Snowflakes for a fallen Hopi
A 23-year-old Hopi woman was willing to travel halfway around the world to fight for us. In spite of all the times her people may have been wronged by the government, she set it all aside and put on a uniform.

Democrats need a 'regime change' of their own
The Democratic Party is in desperate need of new leaders. Sen. John Kerry told a crowd of fellow leftists at a fundraiser that only a "regime change" at home could regain the trust of foreign countries that hate us.

White House prophets' predictions come true
Do you know the chill you get when you read a scary novel? If you want to refresh that feeling, log onto Project New American Century's web site. Its authors were writing the book about current Middle East affairs.

Editorial: Backhaus gives ASU one last dose of Ecstasy
When we heard that ASU officials asked Ralph Backhaus to resign, we wanted to kiss them. Lately it seems that we want to kiss everybody, feel the vibrant texture of grass and grind our teeth to some good techno.

Mall Rants: Affirmative Action
Students rant about their feelings toward race-based admissions.

Scottsdale cuts may increase bus wait times in Tempe
Cuts in Scottsdale's transit budget may force service reductions that increase wait times at Tempe bus stops, according to Tempe transit officials. Some of Tempe's most popular routes could have doubled waits.

Opinion: Reality TV's exposed skin, scare tactics idiotic
How low can Reality TV get? Two shows, among many others, indicate that television producers think their viewing audience has the collective intelligence of an inbred housefly that just had a couple of brewskies.

IMAX's 'Ghosts of the Abyss' snazzes up same old Titanic
The new IMAX film Ghosts of the Abyss from blockbuster filmmaker James Cameron is about a real expedition down to the wreck of the Titanic. It's not a bad film, but its entertainment value has been seriously undermined by the fact that this only seems to be a vanity project for James Cameron.

Reality TV Roundup: 'Survivor' has old-school bug dinner
The latest immunity challenge harkened back to the original series: eating four courses of "survival" food, including grasshoppers and grubs. Matthew's immunity sent Deena and her sneaky attitude off the show.

ASU students raise money for homeless with pillows in hand
Students from every residence hall on campus showed up on Hayden Lawn Tuesday night with blankets, sleeping bags and pillows. They went there to sleep over and raise money for the homeless.

Postcards from Spain: Nightlife is world's best
Carnival is an annual week-long celebration with fiestas and parades. Spain has a reputation for having better nightlife than any other country and Carnival is just one piece of evidence that shows why.

Club Sports: W lacrosse eyeing Division I playoff berth
Two years ago, the ASU women's lacrosse team didn't have enough players to field a complete team. Now they are just one win away from a spot in the league championship tournament in their first season of Division I play.

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.

W Tennis: Devils get ready to wrangle Longhorns
The ASU women's tennis team is back in town and is ready to host a non-conference dual against the University of Texas. ASU is glad to be home, but will not receive a break from the recent tough competition.

Football: Receivers impress as Devils' injuries mount
While ASU junior quarterback Andrew Walter has already been placed on most watch lists for the Heisman Trophy in 2003, some have questioned what his productivity will be without the presence of Shaun McDonald.

Hoops: Diogu garners top honors at team banquet
After winning Pac-10 and national awards, ASU freshman forward Ike Diogu was recognized by his own team Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Diogu took home the offensive MVP award for the men's basketball team.

Gymnastics: Three Sun Devils earn Pac-10 honor
The ASU gymnastics team has more to brag about now that three of its gymnasts are part of the 2003 Pac-10 all-conference team. Ashley Ellsberry, Maggie Germaine and Ashley Kelly were all honored.

Hump Day Hoopla: Free throw shooting doomed Jayhawks
Nick Collison's failures from the free throw line didn't hurt the Jayhawks during ASU's meeting with Kansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament March 22. But they did Monday in the national title game.

Devil Dish: Best college hoops wasn't Syracuse, Kansas
The women's Connecticut Huskies beat the Tennessee Volunteers to cap a 36-1 season. The amazing feat of this championship was four of the team's leaders last year were among the top-six picks in the WNBA draft.

U.S. troops push deeper into Baghdad from all directions
U.S. Army and Marine forces thundered deeper into Baghdad from every direction Tuesday, engaging in fierce bursts of urban combat, raining bombs on pockets of resistance and locking remnants of Iraqi units in a tightening vise.

Army columns approaching from the west and Marine columns approaching from the east were so close that they reported each other's outgoing artillery fire as possible enemy attacks on their own positions.

World wondering whether Saddam is dead or alive
For the second time in the 3-week-old Iraq war, an air strike on one of Saddam Hussein's reported meeting sites has left the world wondering whether the Iraqi president is alive or dead.

A B-1 bomber dropped four precision bombs in an upscale Baghdad residential neighborhood Monday afternoon. Afterward, Al Jazeera television broadcast scenes of smoldering rubble from where the bombs landed.

Friendly fire incidents account for many coalition deaths
Poor communication and the U.S. military's failure to address decade-old concerns over safety and training may have contributed the to the spate of "friendly fire" deaths in the Iraq war - already approaching one-quarter of the U.S. and British combat-related deaths so far, military experts said Tuesday.

Foreign fighters fuel concerns of terrorism, anti-Americanism
As U.S. and British forces press into the heart of Iraq's cities, they have been encountering some unexpected sources of resistance.

In a suburb south of Baghdad, U.S. Marines were pinned down for hours by a band of well-armed, well-trained men who fought with rare ferocity, resorting to bayonets when their ammunition ran out and demonstrating more readiness to die in battle than many Iraqi soldiers.

Police Beat: Transient man found with pipe in pocket
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 27-year-old transient man arrested Monday on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The man allegedly had a pipe in his pants' pocket.

ASU professor agrees to resign
ASU officials have asked the plant biology professor who allegedly ran an Ecstasy ring to resign.

Ralph Backhaus, who will be sentenced on May 1 for attempting to transport dangerous drugs and attempted money laundering, agreed last week to submit his written resignation sometime this week.

Police believe April Fools' joke caused fire
ASU police said a fire that caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to a campus architecture studio reportedly started as part of an April Fools' Day joke, when the graduate students toilet-papered their studio.

Student develops non-invasive diabetes breath test
Sophomore Lubna Ahmad's invention could make diabetics' lives easier. She is creating an instrument that would measure the level of acetone on the breath of diabetics without the use of needles or urine samples.

Prof to study terror abroad
The U.S. Department of State awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to an ASU professor who will study terrorism. Justice Studies professor Annamarie Oliverio will travel to Italy this summer for her research.

Los Arcos sparks Crow's interest
A 42-acre vacant lot on Scottsdale Road, once the site of the Los Arcos Mall, is a highly debated parcel of land. Plans for a Coyotes arena there were scrapped and the contract given to Glendale.

But the Scottsdale City Council is considering buying the land from its owner. And ASU President Michael Crow has expressed interest in using the land for the University's expanding technology research.

Parents, students honor select professors with cash awards
The ASU Parents Association "humbled" professor Neal Lester Tuesday night by naming him 2003 Professor of the Year at the "Celebration of Teaching and Learning Excellence" award banquet.

Comics: Rockinfunzone
A comic strip by Nathan Ross.

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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