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OPINIONS
'Organized religion' not an inherently evil epithet
When exactly did the phrase "organized religion" become an epithet? If you're going to believe in God, at least understand that the sovereign of the universe might just have some rules for you to follow.

Museum looters 'rob the cradle' of Iraqi civilization
We must not forget that Iraq is a historical birthplace of civilization. Burial treasures, precious metals and art from over 10,000 archaeological sites in Iraq were stolen from one museum last week.

Burk's 'drive' lands in hazard
Martha Burk has spent the last 10 months publicly condemning Augusta National's policy of not admitting women as members. Her campaign was nothing more than a minor irritant at the 2003 Masters.

Letters to the Editor: ASU needs substance, not Barry
The letters in response to recent columns, including a letter from a reader saying that Dave Barry's weekly column, which recently detailed Barry's mishaps at the Oscars, does not provide enough "substance."

Editorial: Suggestions to fill the 'Gap' on Mill Avenue
Oh my God, Becky! The Gap is, like, closing and stuff. Property manager Becky White said there have been several offers for the spot. Perhaps White and her cohorts would like some friendly ideas for replacements.

WEB EXTRA
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.

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!

'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.

SPORTS
Football: Canidate shines with long runs in scrimmage
Whether you are on offense or defense, everybody is a Sun Devil during spring scrimmages. Success is hard to measure, but ASU's onlookers are encouraged by progress toward a primary goal: running the football.

Walsh sparks Devils at Cal
Maybe it was the inspiration of playing just minutes away from his hometown backyard, but designated hitter Nick Walsh found the California base paths a familiar place during Sunday's doubleheader.



The Sun Devil junior reached base in his first eight-consecutive plate appearances while playing in Berkeley, Calif., a 30-minute drive north from his stomping grounds of Alamo.




Gymnastics: Sun Devils face Mich., UCLA in NCAAs
After finishing second at the Northeast Regional on Saturday, the No. 3-ranked ASU gymnasts travel to the University of Nebraska on April 24-26, for the 2003 NCAA Championships in the Devaney Center.

Victory at T-Bird Invitational propels ASU into Pac-10s
ASU men's golf coach Randy Lein wants his team to start slow because he knows the Sun Devils will excel when the Pac-10 championships come around. Winning the Thunderbird invitational was the first step.

Opinion: Watch your wallet GMs, Tejada is coming
Some Major League team is going to spend an awful lot of money on resigning American League MVP Miguel Tejada - but it won't be the A's. The team's GM could be making the biggest mistake of his career.

Devil Dish: Suns can thank 2 for re-emergence in playoffs
The Suns proved something to many of their doubters. By beating the West's best team in San Antonio, Phoenix sealed a playoff berth after last year's break in a 13-year streak of reaching the postseason.

Arab world fears U.S. attack on Syria for war involvement
A volley of U.S. allegations against the Syrian government has prompted speculation across the Arab world that the Bush administration hopes to provoke a confrontation with Syria before the dust has settled in Iraq. Arab analysts are warning that a U.S. conflict with Damascus carries the potential for regional conflagration.

Marines find few signs of life
Mongrels sniffed their way down the wide, empty boulevards of Saddam Hussein's hometown on Monday, offering the only signs of life in a haunted place that not too long ago reverberated with tanks on parade and the cheering voices of thousands wishing long life to the president.

Debate brewing over who gets contracts for rebuilding Iraq
Now that American-led troops have all but won the war, a debate is growing over who will win billions of dollars in contracts to rebuild Iraq.The Bush administration's plans call for a handful of U.S. companies - many with financial ties to the White House or the Republican Party - to take the lead in what would be the largest postwar reconstruction since the Marshall Plan in the late 1940s. Businesses from France, Germany and Russia, nations that thwarted U.S. efforts to win U.N. support for military action, have not been invited to take part in the massive rebuilding, which could cost more than $100 billion.

Evidence of banned weapons should come quickly
If Saddam Hussein had a hidden arsenal of banned biological and chemical weapons as alleged, American forces in Iraq should be able to find evidence in the next several weeks, weapons experts say.

CAMPUS NEWS
Police Beat: Man exposes penis inside Hayden Library
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man who allegedly exposed himself. He reportedly sat in the cubicle desk area of Hayden Library with his penis exposed. No arrest has been made.

Prof awarded for border book
Geography professor Daniel Arreola won the John Brinkerhoff Jackson Award and $1,000 for "Tejano South Texas."



He has been researching the lands around the Mexican-American border while at ASU, and began writing the book 10 years ago, based on his research.

ASU students killed in crash
ASU students killed in crashTwo students and a flight instructor from ASU East died during a flying certification exercise Sunday in Sedona.



The small propeller plane, an A-36 Beechcraft Bonanza owned by Mesa Pilot Development, clipped a fence shortly after takeoff and was sent plummeting down a 500-foot deep canyon adjacent to the Sedona airport.




University gives financial aid to son of fired professor
Jacob Starsky said he'll be attending ASU in the fall with substantial monetary help from the University. His father taught philosophy at ASU but was fired for reasons indirectly related to his "socialist politics."

Gap is latest business to leave Mill Avenue
Gap will be next in the list of stores that have left Mill Avenue. Stores that have closed in recent months include Jax Fusion bar, Crocodile Café, Have a Nice Day Café and Beeloe's Cafe & Underground Bar.

ENTERTAINMENT
Honing In: Sexy Salmon Squad to persist in cardboard regatta
To witness one of the finest displays of human competition, I hung out with the Sexy Salmon Squad on Saturday to watch them defend their title as "The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta" champions.

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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