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Editorial: Tiger misses shot to make difference at Masters
While he disagreed with Augusta National's rule excluding women, Tiger Woods decided that he was only interested in playing golf. But after narrowly making Saturday's cut, he didn't seem interested in that either.

'A' scary trend appears after Gilbert High attack plot
Education is not improved when students are bullied in the hallways and ignored by their teachers for being exceptional, while other students are satisfied with futile lessons and gladly ringing the F end of the bell curve.

It's Petrosky's Hall of Fame, and protesters not invited
The Baseball Hall of Fame is a private institution, and has the right to cancel a celebration planned for the 15th anniversary of "Bull Durham" because Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are protesting the war in Iraq.

Letters to the Editor: Chalk wasted on 'penis wrinkle'
The letters in response to recent columns, including a student writing to say Chris Fanning's writing of "Matt is a penis wrinkle" on the sidewalk was "inane" and that all people must deal with nuisances through life.

'Laramie Project' reveals humanity's problem: hate
"The Laramie Project" is a look at the life of residents of a sparsely populated town of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard's murder on October 6, 1998.

Shepard was found bound to a fence in the secluded hills and private property outside Laramie in the early morning of October 7. Two men about his same age brutally beat him and then left him to die in an act of hate that spurred the nation's anger.

CD Review: Nexxis' 'The Connecting Link'
Not to sound clever, but I think that I have deciphered the title of Phoenix-based rapper Nexxis' new CD. He is the "connecting link" between Nelly and Outkast!

CD Review: Psychedelic Breakfast's 'Bona Fide'
With apologies to the Phish and String Cheese Incident fans out there, I found Psychedelic Breakfast's Bona Fide an interesting mix of talents, despite the fact it was l-o-n-g with a side of boring.

Devil Dish: Expect a few more comebacks from Jordan
His Airheadedness simply cannot be out of the limelight for too long. Don't buy too much into his self-created hype. In 10 years, maybe we'll see a 50-year-old Michael Jordan making his seventh comeback.

Baseball: Heavy rain, Cal can't stop Sun Devils
BERKELEY, Calif. -Saturday's game was postponed due to rain, but the Sun Devils poured on the runs Friday and Sunday as they swept a road series from the Golden Bears in chilly Northern California.

ASU avenges playoff loss to Cal
The ASU softball team enjoyed likely their biggest weekend of the season as they went 2-1 against a pair of two ranked opponents from California and vanquished an old nemesis in the process.

The Sun Devils began their weekend edging out the defending Women's College World Series champion, No. 6 California 1-0 on Friday night. ASU then capped the weekend with a split against No. 16 Stanford.

Gymnastics earns second spot in NCAA regional tourney
The ASU gymnastics program took another step forward after clinching second in the NCAA regional championships on Saturday. ASU finished behind Michigan to earn a national championships berth in Lincoln, Neb.

W Tennis: Sun Devils dropped by Cal, Stanford
The ASU women's tennis team is using losses to California and Stanford to gauge its progress this season. Sheila McInerney said she wants her players to play for themselves, not worry about their competition.

M Tennis: ASU goes down fighting against Stanford
On Friday the Sun Devils (8-10, 3-2 Pac-10) lost 7-0 to the Cardinal, starting off with a sweep in doubles and all six singles matches. The dual against California got rained out to end the California road trip.

Track and Field: ASU stumbles at Sun Angel Classic
Heading in to the final race of the night, the ASU track team had yet to win an event as host of the Sun Angel Classic on Saturday. The men's 1,600-meter relay remained, which the Sun Devils still have yet to lose.

Sports Briefs: Men's golf sets record, wins invitational
A look at the results in ASU men's golf and water polo. Men's golf shot a record 40-under-par 824 to win the Thunderbird Invitational. It was their fourth win in five years; ASU's nearest opponent was eight strokes back.

U.S. military struggles to restore order in Mosul
The U.S. military has begun the complex task of vetting and patching together a new civil administration in war-shattered Iraq - often with the cooperation of the same Iraqis who were eager to shoot them only days ago.

Rescued POWs recount tales of capture, imprisonment
Sunday, on her 21st day as an Iraqi prisoner of war, Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson thought that she and six other American prisoners of war would be killed because their guards were afraid of the ever-approaching American attacks.

Muslim leaders held captive, face death unless they flee Iraq
Armed Iraqis have surrounded the homes of a leading Shiite Muslim cleric and two other spiritual leaders in the central Iraqi city of Najaf, and are threatening to kill the men on Monday unless they cede power or leave the country, religious officials here said.

Looters ransack Baghdad, residents blame United States
Ali Wahid and his seven friends from central Iraq rolled into Baghdad on Sunday and went on a looting spree.

In their oversized orange and white taxi, they took a spin by the bombed-out Baghdad International Fairground and discovered a warehouse the size of a football field and filled with 100-pound sacks of Brazilian sugar stacked 10 feet high.

Police Beat: Man steals golf cart, crashes into curb
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a transient man arrested after allegedly taking a golf cart from an apartment complex and crashing it into a curb. The estimated damage was $750.

Flight students soar without leaving classroom
ASU East's Aeronautical Management Training program installed two jet simulators last month, allowing undergraduates to virtually practice flying. The simulators are an addition to a four-year training curriculum.

Scholars work to cut dropout rate
For the past two years, ASU business honor students have been working in Valley high schools to reverse Arizona's high school dropout problem. The state's rate is the second-worst in the country.

The Rodel Community Scholar program was established at ASU in 2001 with the two-fold purpose of increasing high school graduation rates and involving college students in their surrounding communities.

AISEC students live, work abroad
ASU international business graduate student David Hatch spent last summer in Colombia helping coffee farmers thanks to a re-emerging ASU training program.

Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, more commonly known as AIESEC, has provided opportunities for ASU students since the end of World War II.

Moon Devils win award for best-designed moonbuggy
Members of the ASU Moon Devils captured the "Best Moonbuggy Design" award Saturday at NASA's "Great Moonbuggy Race" in Huntsville, Ala. The race challenges students to design human-powered vehicles.

Bush praised, celebrities under fire at war rally
Celebrities including Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks and Martin Sheen of "The West Wing" were booed Saturday morning when residents from around the Valley gathered in downtown Phoenix to support U.S. President George. W. Bush and coalition troops in Iraq.

Participants were clad in patriotic gear and carried signs and flags. One T-shirt said, "Bomb Saddam" and depicted a bomb called MOAB (mother of all bombs) aimed at the head of the former Iraqi leader.

Clintonian politics
What the world needs now is Funk, Sweet Funk. At least, that's what George Clinton, the neon-dread-locked Godfather of Funk, would suggest.

The man behind the classic funk anthem, "Atomic Dog," the inspiration behind Snoop Dogg's "What's My Name?" doesn't hesitate to share his opinions about everything from the war in Iraq to the state of America's music industry during a phone interview with SPM.

Sparks will fly: Artsy bikes at First Fridays and Mill Ave.
At first glance, the scene borders on absurdity: A man zips down Mill Avenue on a pink lowrider bicycle that boasts a pair of tassels, white tires and the moniker "Pink N' Pretty." He pedals fast, eager to attract attention. When part of the frame nicks the asphalt, sparks spit out and, sure enough, people stop to look.

The stares are exactly what 22-year-old Ryan Murray, Pink N' Pretty's owner, and the Tom Cruisers expect every time they bike the Valley's streets. Chrome rims and shiny frames like those featured in the Sprite commercial aren't what make these bicycles stand out - luxury isn't the goal...yet.

The joke's on them: Sundevil Comedy Festival
It's Thursday and you're quietly eating lunch in the Memorial Union when a group of men dressed as women run by, yelling inaudible commands while chasing each other with rubber chickens. You look at your watch. It's 12:15 p.m. - time for Barren Mind Improv.

Sneaking through a sea of more than 100 comedy-hungry students in the MU basement, you realize that you're about 30 minutes too late to have any hopes of finding a seat. It's standing room only, and you're lucky to find that. The lights go down, the blaring music stops and 11 of ASU's most beloved comedians step on stage. The mayhem that is improvisational comedy begins, and for an hour you forget your worries.

'Showcase' showdown
Eight years ago when Phoenix New Times began shaping the idea for a musical event featuring local bands, they weren't sure how the Valley would respond. Last year, the annual "New Times Music Showcase" attracted twice the amount of people as it did its first year in 1995.

Moreover, according to Ryan Kibner of New Times, as the event continues to mature, New Times is attempting to meet the need of the public's growing interest. "The first year we had 7,000 people - last year the event attracted over 13,000 people," he says.

'Anger' Monotony: 'Anger Management' movie review
Dave Buznik is much like myself. He's a quiet guy, shy and not the least bit confrontational. He works as a secretary to some lazy man who holds an executive position and makes Buznik his bitch.

He deals with his girlfriend's well-endowed ex-boyfriend who hangs around all the time and within the first few opening scenes of Anger Management, Buznik, played by Adam Sandler, comes across as a total pushover. He can't even bring himself to kiss his girlfriend, Linda, in public.

Power to the people
Pierced, spike-wearing, camouflage-dressed teen-agers line the wall in front of the Cajun House in Scottsdale. As they wait underneath the venue's trademark saxophone-playing alligator, the excited young punksters swear, laugh, and flow in and out of the line where they wait to see the legendary punk band, The Subhumans.

As a Valley music venue and nightclub, the Cajun House is a prime location to view the local scene in action. With the "New Times Music Showcase" just a few days away, local bands prepare to rock Tempe with their native sounds. Despite the Showcase's positive media, some local musicians question New Times' commitment to the music scene and try to find a place for their music in it.

Taking the stage
She's been a Sun Devil for less than a year, and already theater freshman Laura Wilkinson is preparing for her first main stage production: Good 'N Plenty - a comedy set in the bicentennial.

Fresh out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, this up-and-coming ASU actress is determined to prove herself on stage, playing Cindy, the villain in Good 'N Plenty, as well as the Bulgarian foreign exchange student, Margie, who always quotes songs from the 1970s.

Viva la Vespa!
By its very nature, Phoenix is a city that thrives underground. It's big. It's young. It's hot. Unlike other metropolises like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, where neon signs and giant billboards sway the easily hooked to the latest trend, Phoenix isn't a place where things jump out at you. It's a city where some of the most exciting things are located behind steel doors off dusty side streets.

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