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ASU community too quick to dole out punishments
Arizonans and ASU students alike have fallen prey to the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his "put 'em away" attitude over the last decade. Our punitive mindset is just an extension of our community way of life.

Preserve America, look for diversity beyond picket fences
"Another one bites the dust...and another one's gone, another one bites the dust." I wonder how Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., would feel about a Freddy Mercury soundtrack to the end of his political career.

Editorial: Tasers bring shock and 'ha' to ASU police
In a scene straight out of "Jackass," about 40 people sat around shooting one another with electrodes that sent 50,000 volts of happy goodness through their bodies. ASU police were training with their new TASERs.

Beyond Mill: Chinese honesty could have stopped SARS
What papers' editorials from around the nation have to say about current events. The Washington Post wrote that SARS might never have spread if China had been willing to publicly identify the disease.

Video Game Review: Feel the beat of Sony's Amplitude
Two years after Sony made us all wish we were DJs with Frequency, the company unleashed Amplitude on the music-game playing population last month. This game is far and beyond better than what Frequency ever thought it could be.

Mosquitoes, West Nile could wreak havoc on Phoenix area
The West Nile Virus may soon be an expected but uninvited guest in Arizona. The landscaped urban environment of the Phoenix area makes it an oasis in the state where disease-carrying mosquitoes can thrive.

Hump Day Hoopla: Drexel's top-10 Devils
A step out of the shell of objectivity to give a list of favorite Sun Devil athletes and what it's like talking to them. No. 1 is Andrew Walter, destined for an extended career in the NFL after taking a lot of crap.

Devil Dish: Marbury to thank for reviving love for Suns
The Suns made the playoffs behind the youth of Amare Stoudemire and the heart of Stephon Marbury. They also grabbed my attention and my heart when they beat the Spurs on a last-second three pointer Saturday.

Baseball: One-run losses plague ASU in Pac-10 season
The No. 5 ASU baseball team is a matter of inches away from looking down at the rest of the Pac-10, literally. Unfortunately, inches can make all the difference and have done so a handful of times this season.

Softball: Devils eager to take on 'Cats in own house
Normally, the ASU softball team would greatly anticipate any match-up with the archrival, UA. But after dropping a pair of contests to the Wildcats in Tucson, the Sun Devils are extra hungry to get revenge.

Softball: Serrano sizzles for ASU after redshirt year
Imagine going from never playing college softball before to suddenly being looked to as your team's ace pitcher. Desiree Serrano, the new ace up head coach Linda Wells' sleeve, has exceeded expectations.

Police Beat: Gold paint on hand, sock used for vapors
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Tempe man arrested Tuesday on charges of use of a vapor-releasing substance and child abuse. He allegedly had gold paint on his hands and inside a sock.

Kidnapper gets max jail time
Jacob Bright, the ASU pre-business freshman who was kidnapped in 2002 and held for five days, was avenged Tuesday.

His 17-year-old kidnapper, Paul Rich of Phoenix, was sentenced by the Maricopa County Superior Court with the maximum punishment of 10 years.

Campus police now equipped with Tasers
The ASU Department of Public Safety will be the first of Arizona's public universities to use Taser guns beginning next semester. Tasers look like regular pistols and send 50,000 volts of electricity through the body.

Hayden Library could build café
Last-minute cram sessions at Hayden Library could be made less stressful with a proposed addition. ASU administrators and University library officials are discussing the installation of a library coffee house.

Challenge at checkpoints is to keep focus with respect
Operating a military checkpoint is boring most of the time. It also is one of the most sensitive and dangerous assignments.

It is sensitive because if U.S. soldiers are to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis, they have to treat them with respect at checkpoints. It is dangerous because soldiers never know when the next man, woman or child approaching a checkpoint is carrying a suicide bomb.

SARS taps into worries about economy, immigration
What makes a deadly, contagious, mysterious disease like SARS so scary?

The answer is not as obvious as it seems. Fear of severe acute respiratory syndrome is about fear of globalization, bioterrorism, immigration, the economy, national security - and many other cultural bugaboos.

Former House Speaker blasts Powell's policy blunders
Flush with victory in an Iraq war they had advocated for years, neoconservative Republicans took their longstanding complaints against Secretary of State Colin Powell public on Tuesday with a scathing critique by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who accused Powell's State Department of sabotaging the foreign policies of President Bush.

North Koreans defiant as early talks with U.S. begin
s North Korean and American negotiators gathered in Beijing on Tuesday for an ice-breaking round of talks to seek a peaceful end to the showdown over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, isolated and bankrupt North Korea assumed a defiant stance.

Springfield soapbox: The Simpsons, 'Bulletproof Monk'
Michael Green, SPM's regular film critic, was injured in a tragic blimp accident on the day of the screening of Bulletproof Monk, and he was unable to write a review of the movie in time for our deadline. Fortunately, we ran into some of the characters from "The Simpsons" coming out of the screening and they generously agreed to give us some of their thoughts on the film.

Pretty fly for a white guy: 'Malibu's Most Wanted' review
Last week, Jaime Kennedy announced to the world on "The Late Show" with Dave Letterman that he was fit to play dumb, white-boy roles. And now the boy has reached his peak. When an actor's most memorable line becomes, "King Kong ain't got nuthin' on me," you know he's reached the dumbest of the dumb.

Malibu's Most Wanted, starring Kennedy as Brandon Gluckman [aka B-Rad] throws Kennedy's extremely white ass [seriously, it's super white] into the ghetto to spoof racial and class divisions in California.

Off the reel
Plastic hut. Gay Boyfriend. Proper Urinal Etiquette. They aren't the typical film titles you'd find at the local chain movie theater. But they are just a few of the short artistic films included in Arizona State University's 7th Annual Outdoor Film Festival.

John Spiak, an ASU Art Museum curator, established and organized the film festival with co-curator R.T. "Bob" Pece at ASU six years ago. Spiak was inspired to bring a short film festival with divergent content to the university after attending a similar film series in California that gained notoriety.

¡Rock en Español!
There has been an underground rock scene in Mexico since the 1950s, but for the most part, if young hipsters wanted to get their hands on anything worth listening to, they had to look far beyond the border for English-speaking rock and roll bands. That all changed in the 1980s when the country's foundation literally shook. Around the time of the great Mexico City Earthquake in 1985, an outcropping of Spanish-speaking rock bands emerged from the destruction.

Among them was a band called Caifanes, which has since been renamed after Mayan cosmology's lord of the underworld, Jaguares. Their popularity in Mexico mirrors that of evergreen bands like The Eagles or Aerosmith in the United States, and gradually their popularity in the States has paralleled that of the Beatles in pre-'80s Mexico. This weekend, Jaguares will headline a show at Tempe's Marquee Theater.

Making music
When you walk into Brian Champ's apartment, it's obvious he's a musician. A drum set is hiding behind the couch, Authority Zero is blasting through every speaker in the house and Champ and his roommate, Johnny Lincoln, are sitting on the couch and air drumming as fast as they can. The phone rings. It's Champ's band mates calling to confirm what time they're leaving for their show tonight in Tucson.

Pre-show parable
It's 4 P.M. on Sunday and John Delacruz, a jovial man with a shaved head that he hides under a beanie, is peering into the tinted windows of Ra Sushi Bar on Tempe's Mill Avenue. Inside, he sees a room of empty tables and a lone bartender drying off a couple of glasses. A laminated piece of paper several inches below his cupped hands will momentarily inform him that the restaurant won't open until an hour later.

Delacruz is the drummer for the Phoenix not-quite-rock/not-quite-ordinary band Fatigo. On the Sunday afternoon in question, Fatigo will be performing at Ra as part of the "New Times Music Showcase" at 6 p.m.

Gus Black's 'Uncivilized Love'
So what if it's not about heroin addiction or sleeping with someone random? Gus Black's Uncivilized Love, as a whole, gives me the impression of ugly, sleepless nights spent waiting for the sun to rise so it could prove that beauty still exists. OK, that's stupid, but there's a lot of soul in Gus's work, which is surprising considering its pop-blues texture.

And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead's 'The Secret of Elena's Tomb'
With quotes on the And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead Web site like, "I want to do acid with the President of the United States," a wild musical encounter was expected from their latest album, The Secrets of Elena's Tomb. However, this Austin, Texas-based foursome delivers a musical experience much more tame then their chilling name and wise-ass image.

The Party of Helicopters' 'Please Believe it'
The Party of Helicopters is not something you would expect out of Ohio. It's not wholesome or all-American or classic rock. It's also not worth buying into. Their newest album, Please Believe It, has a pretty retro look to it, and originally gave me hope. After listening to the first three songs, I was at a loss for words. The boys spend these 10 songs trying to imitate girls [at least that's what it sounds like] only to end up recording the tone-deaf wailings of immature wannabes.

Solo circle
It's a simple concept. You have the opening band, the mid band, and last - the headlining or closing band. This is the industry standard at most music venues. But, every few months Leslie Barton of Modified Arts, says she likes to throw a wrench in the wheels of the traditional music venue format.

For the first time since January, Modified Arts will present Round Robin Night from 8 p.m. to close Sunday. The event features five solo artists all on stage at once in a sort of acoustic sparing match. For the entire night the five artists will switch off songs in an attempt to abandon the conventional music format.

Soap opera melodrama
The first rule of Tiny Tinas is: You do not talk about Tiny Tinas. Until recently, the people who have approved of, organized, or been included in Tiny Tinas have lived under a shroud of fear and longed for obscurity.

Few participants have felt others should know that Tiny Tinas existed. They wanted to keep Tina locked in a closet. But all that's going to change, because Tinas' are comin' out!

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