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OPINIONS
Yuma can't take a joke
We shouldn't pick on Yuma because Yuma has been going through some tough times. In 2000, the Jack in the Box on Fortuna Road burned down. It was conveniently located next to the Diamond Shamrock and brought a lot of revenue to the town.



This could have been devastating, but the people of Yuma are strong. They banded together and built a new Jack in the Box, a better one. How could a cocky young columnist possibly mock such a brave and resilient people?

Letters to the Editor
I am writing this letter in order to offer support of the Tuesday, June 24, 2003 editorial titled "America needs to look forward, not backward." I too was moderately outraged at hearing of the next well-intentioned, yet ill-conceived idea of state governments to "correct" the wrongs of slavery. While I think everyone can agree, as you did in your editorial, that slavery is certainly the biggest black mark on our nation's history, I find it to be an undemocratic epitome that we attempt to punish those who have no true connection to the crimes against humanity that were committed over a century ago.



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Editorial: Cell phone carriers: beware
People, for the most part, have a love/hate relationship with their cell phones. They like to chat and send pictures and check e-mail and control the world with them at any time, but dealing with service providers has proved to be a real pain in the ass.

SPECIAL REPORTS
Playing the market
Last May, ASU sent hundreds of graduates into a job market that has been dwindling since late 2001. Sheepskin in hand, many recent graduates quickly found employment, still others are looking for just the right position to match their academic achievement.



Joyce Donahue, director of career planning and corporate relations for ASU said despite the country's recession and the war in Iraq, there are plenty of jobs available for graduating students.

WEB EXTRA
On the Web: Elvis' pelvis
Since his death Aug. 16, 1977 at his Graceland home in Tennessee, the King of Rock 'n' Roll has never lost an inch of fame and popularity. Fanatic fans and followers of Elvis will not let his legend die.

Book Review: Harry Potter grows up in 'Phoenix'
So now we come to Harry Potter, once again. It's been a long three years since the fictional Englishman went to his wizardry school and fought evil. He's back in J. K. Rowling's fifth book in the series.

Couch Potato 4th: Where to see fireworks on TV
Independence Day sends thousands, if not millions, of Americans in droves to public fireworks displays. Bah, humbug. For the rest of us, crowds and heat do not set the mood for a nice evening.

Reality TV Roundup: 'Paradise' STDs hit close to home
I am willing to bet that a fairly large portion of the contestants will leave the hotel with an awesome case of herpes. Perhaps we don't want to encourage the STD Dragon to strike.

Watch your IQ drop during 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'
Before the new Charlie's Angels movie came out, I couldn't think of one particular reason to truly despise director Joseph McGinty Nichols. However, he's given me one great motive.

SPORTS
Smith drafted by Bulls at No. 53
Four years of hard work finally paid off for Tommy Smith Thursday night as the former ASU forward was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 53rd pick in the NBA draft.



The wait, though, was encroaching on unbearable as Smith and a crowd of almost 60 family members and friends who gathered at the Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley grew anxious as the draft was nearly over before Smith was selected.

ASU's Golfing Oasis
Surrounded by two major streets, a power plant and a college campus, ASU's Karsten Golf Course doesn't sound like it would be one of the most popular in the Phoenix area.



But once inside the confines, Karsten provides ASU students, faculty and anyone else some of the best golf in the Valley.

Opinion: Best decision wasn't the moral one for Miami, VT
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 1984 to take away control of football television rights from the NCAA, college football has undergone a facelift that has led to more lucrative TV deals.



Another tuck occurred this summer in the form of a long and highly public battle between the ACC and the Big East over Miami (Fla.), Syracuse, and Boston College.

Devil Dish: Holy craps, it's Nelly!
I know I'm making way too big of a deal out of this, but now I can say that I played craps next to Nelly. Hey, must be the money.

CAMPUS NEWS
Supreme Court supports affirmative action
The Supreme Court ruled June 23 that the University of Michigan can no longer use the point system in undergraduate admissions, but can consider race in admission to the law school.



Unlike ASU undergraduate admissions, the ASU College of Law does have an affirmative action admissions policy which allows the law school to consider race. Since it was decided race can be a factor in admissions, the College of Law will also be unaffected by the Supreme Court decision.

Valley Metro updates light rail plans
As the city of Tempe and other Valley cities continue to plan a proposed light rail, ASU officials said they are excited that the new type of public transportation will have major benefits to the university.



According to Valley Metro officials, design of the light rail is 35 percent complete. So far, ASU officials like what they see.

University stops accepting housing applications
Live at home with mom and dad, live in an apartment off campus or live in the back of your car, but don't expect to live in a residential hall if you haven't already filled out an application.



Residential Life stopped accepting applications for on-campus housing on June 16 because of "higher than usual" demand, according to Associate Director Jennifer Hiatt.

Arizona cities wait for OK on firework displays
With wildfires burning across Arizona and drought conditions persisting, some cities are waiting until the last minute to decide whether to light the fuse on Fourth of July fireworks.

Police Beat: Doin' it on the steps of city hall
A 22-year old Tucson woman was arrested near Fifth Street and Mill Avenue on the charges of public sexual indecency. Officers and witnesses reportedly saw the woman having sexual intercourse with a 27-year-old Scottsdale man, who was also arrested, on the lawn in front of Tempe City Hall. A crowd of seven people reportedly gathered to watch.



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ENTERTAINMENT
'Whale Rider' review: We are only human
As we press on through our often mundane lives, a movie occasionally arrives to remind us how extraordinarily much we are capable of as human beings. Whale Rider, a new film from New Zealand, beautifully written and directed by Niki Caro, does that and more. It shows up our modern concerns for what they mostly are: petty and shallow. It accomplishes this within a story that is laugh-out-loud funny but never affected, intensely emotional but never sentimental, spiritual but never preachy. It is one of the most deeply moving films I have ever seen.

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