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Iraqis giving 'US' a lesson in free press
Iraqis were used to censorship and untruths from their government. The country's information minister Mohammed Saeed al Sahaf was made famous for touting Iraqi victories over U.S. forces even as the troops marched into Baghdad.

So it was a welcomed change when Americans declared victory and politicians and military leaders started dropping the buzzword "freedom."

Editorial: Gay rights gain ground
Guess people have sex! We know you probably didn't know that, and you're probably shocked and appalled, but it's true. What's more - they can love each other, too. And have relationships. And live together. They also eat the same foods as straight people and see the same movies.

Up until June 26, no matter how much some people didn't like it, all of these things were legal but one: sex. The homophobic lawmakers of the 1930s took care of that and made sure that anyone "disgusting" enough to commit these, as they put it, "crimes against nature" would spend some time in jail and pay a fine.

The Great Escape
As the Valley, which currently seems to have more in common with Hell then a city inhabited by 3 million humans, sinks into the depths of another painfully epic summer, a sensation of being trapped or marooned can seep into the psyche of any individual who calls the Valley home. For this reason, escape is a concept of unique importance to those enduring the isolated desert days of 115-degree agony.

On the Web: Avast ye, Disney
Class, today's lesson is about history. But this isn't your grand-daddy's history - it's theme park history. We will take a field trip to Yesterland, a sort of afterlife for rides at Disneyland that have come and gone.

Reality TV Roundup: Cowell's 'Cupid' turns into a freak show
According to Simon Cowell, the difference between "Cupid" and other dating shows is the lack of softened mood lighting and a more "realistic" representation of dating. By that, Cowell means there are more insults.

Video Game Review: 'Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising'
I was originally going to write sort of a round-up of Game Boy Advance games you could play while sitting in class, but I got my hands on Advance War 2: Black Hole Rising and couldn't put it down. It is one of the best games of the year on any platform.

Baseball: Allen, Schroyer to transfer from ASU
Sun Devil baseball players Rod Allen and Ryan Schroyer will transfer from ASU and continue their collegiate baseball careers at other schools, an ASU official confirmed this past weekend.

Football team excited about early rankings
ASU has been tabbed as high as No. 13 by and No. 19 by Most experts judge the Sun Devils as either the second or third best team the conference behind USC and, in some cases, Washington. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has picked the team to upend the Trojans for the top spot in the Pac-10.

Head coach Dirk Koetter will have the luxury of 16 returning starters including junior quarterback Andrew Walter, who has been on many watch-lists as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy after throwing for a school-record 3,877 yards last season.

Devil Dish: All-star game shouldn't decide home field
Has some excitement returned to the MLB All-Star game? Perhaps, but it should not have to come as a result of the new rule that gives home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league.

Sports Roundup: Tillmans to be honored at ESPYs
Former ASU and Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman, along with his brother Kevin, will be the recipient of the 2003 Arthur Ashe Courage Award presented at the ESPY Awards.

Plus baseball, women's hoops, and track and field.

Engineering college receives $50 million
What's the difference between "good" and "world class"? For the second time in six months, the answer for ASU is $50 million. The gift follows William Carey's $50 million grant in January for naming rights to the W. P. Carey School of Business.

State implements spam regulations
As the number of Internet junk e-mails continues to skyrocket, Arizona's politicians and Internet administrators are looking for ways to reduce the onslaught of unsolicited messages.

Arizonans push for Dept. of Peace
Some might say it is the pie-in-the-sky. Others, the impossible dream. But for Terri Mansfield, the formation of a national Department of Peace (DOP) is crucial to the future of the country.

Mansfield, a volunteer at Hospice Arizona, is part of a grassroots movement trying to create the DOP. She, along with more than about 200 other citizens across the nation, is backing House Resolution 1673, which calls for the creation of a DOP.

Obstacle Course: Construction updates on campus
Since there are less people on campus during the summer, construction projects constantly spring up within the Universities boundaries. For our visitors, students, staff and faculty, this can make it difficult to maneuver around the grounds. The following is a list of projects that are currently underway.

Police Beat: How to keep the wife at home
A 31-year-old Mesa man was arrested near the 2000 block of East University Drive. The man allegedly punctured the tires on his wife's car after they had an argument.

And more...

'Sinbad' tries to play hip, fails
Someone from a thousand years ago wouldn't say a woman had a "really big crush" on him. The new animated film, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is full of cultural anachronism.

Opinion: Hollywood offers up stale summer movie season
Has the Hollywood community's originality been sucked dry? The answer is yes. Some will say that the summer movie season isn't about originality, it's about money. Perhaps we should change that philosophy.

Third time for the Terminator is almost a charm
As a big fan of the first two Terminator movies, I got pretty excited when I heard the plans for a third. But I gave up hope that it would be any good when I learned that James Cameron, the visionary writer-director of The Terminator (1984) and T2: Judgment Day (1991), as well as Titanic (1997), was not going to participate in making the new film.

'Legally Blonde' could be called 'Red, White and Bland'
Reese Witherspoon turns up the charm once again in her role as former sorority sister Elle Woods. Without Witherspoon, who is the glue that holds the movie together, the sequel would have crumbled at the get-go.

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