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Judge to count smoking signatures
A Maricopa Country Superior Court judge ruled that more than 400 signatures of ASU students have to be reinstated to a petition that asks for an amendment to Tempe's smoking ban.

Judge Mark Armstrong ordered a new signature tally on the petitions because the student signatures had been "improperly stricken by the clerk and should have been eligible for verification," according to court documents.

ASU scholarship donor, broadcasting leader dies
C.E. "Pep" Cooney, the namesake of two ASU scholarships, has died at age 70. Cooney suffered an aortic embolism on Aug. 25. Afterward, he failed to recover from surgery and was brought home, where he died.

Police Beat: All choked, scratched up in Tempe
The incidents reported by Tempe police include a 40-year-old Tempe man arrested near the 1100 block of West Grove Parkway on charges of assault after he reportedly choked and scratched his wife.

ASU prof sues Utah State over job
ASU professor Sandra Houston has filed a federal sexual discrimination lawsuit against Utah State University, saying the school violated her civil rights by not hiring her as a dean because she's female.

Houston, currently chair of ASU's civil and environmental engineering department, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Utah on Aug. 29.

ASU police dispatchers get $250K communication system
Dispatchers at the ASU Police Department are using a high-tech upgrade that helps them reduce confusion and speed up responses to emergencies.

Dispatchers began using the new $250,000 communication system last week when it replaced the 11-year-old previous system.

Dean lectures on urban business problems
Philip Regier, interim dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, met with nearly 200 students Tuesday about how community affects business as part of the school's Freshman Lecture Series.

Opinion: Drawing a line
College students already have enough to worry about. Between studying, working and avoiding pizza-coupon peddlers, we've got plenty to deal with without having to think about whether or not we're going to get evicted.

Italian jobs
A trip to Europe can stay in a person's memory for an entire lifetime, but lucky for a group of ASU art students during a recent trip to Italy, they were able to express through various art mediums what others can only keep in their mind.

A fashionable wish
Like most Valley fashion designers, Bill Berry is strapped for cash. The 22-year-old Scottsdale native still lives at home and mends his cartoon-inspired creations to the sounds of Duran Duran, dreaming of the day Phoenix will rival New York and Los Angeles in the fashion industry.

Gettin' Freaky
It's not Halloween yet, but on Saturday, it might seem as if Oct. 31 is coming early this year. But Stephanie Carrico of the Paper Heart Gallery in Phoenix has decided to host the Bound Heart Fetish Ball on Saturday with the help of The Next Generation (TNG) an Arizona-based fetish and kink group.

Beating buzz words
The last Thursday of every month is a day much looked forward to at the small gallery on the corner of 5th and Van Buren avenues. It's a day when artists from around the Valley come together to showcase their talents and attempt to, "Beat The Buzzer."

Thrifty thoughts
An old set of theatre seats, a green couch with embroidered flowers, and a quirky looking lamp may seem like an odd set for home furnishings, but in some peculiar way these pieces all seem to match each other.

This is what Stan Coles, owner of Kontrive, a new and used home furnishings store, could envision how a college student may decorate their apartment or home.

A frat boy's life
If you've ever been to a party, or a bar, or a hookah bar, you've probably met Max Kafka or someone like him. He's a dark-haired, blue-eyed, Irish-Jewish frat boy who has taken flirtation and conversation and turned them into an art of sorts. SPM, who is already spoken for, met Kafka on a recent Friday night at Casey Moore's. SPM was flattered and intrigued and decided to find out a little bit more about this fellow just in case any of our friends might be interested one day.

The director effect
Start with 150 people, add a dash of Tempe summer heat and stir for 10 days with a camera. That's how ASU communications senior Zachary Yoshioka spent this past July. His new film, Synthetic Truth, premiered last Friday at Tempe Cinemas.

A musical co-op
The Americopa Mantle concert series started as a fundraiser to help local band Pinewood Derby record a CD, but it has now evolved into an indie-music community with a Woodstocky feel.

Review: 'Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour'
Way before you thought you were Tiger Woods and Golden Tee was just a faint memory, Mario was teaching everyone about the game of golf. With the recently released Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, console golf games have become fun again.

Book's liberal criticism of right funny, on the money
Franken is at his best when talking about conservative columnist Ann Coulter, ex-CBS correspondent Bernie Goldberg and the big shots at Fox News. Coulter gets a special bit of vitriol from Franken for her blatant lying and vicious name-calling.

Fox rebuffs Mel Gibson's controversial 'Passion'
Mel Gibson can't even get his pals at 20th Century Fox Studios to distribute his graphic and bloody movie about the last hours of Jesus Christ's life. Gibson's film company, Icon Productions, has been searching for a distributor to release The Passion, which Jewish leaders say is anti-Semitic for its portrayal of Jews during the time of Christ's Crucifixion.

Food court brings better taste, nostalgia for old cafeteria
A year ago, the former Union Square Café was the most desolate dining location in the Memorial Union. I can't say that I was heartbroken to see it leave. But the shiny new food court comes with a trayful of problems.

'Trading Spaces': Campus rearrangement a poor design
If the secretive university design team report released on Tuesday is any indication of what ASU's future will hold, we have some drastic changes in store. The question now is: Are these changes in our best interests?

Editorial: The Sept. 11 blame game
The classic adage, "The devil made me do it," is so out of style for modern morons. If you want any clout at all in the moron community nowadays, the fashionable excuse is, "Sept. 11 made me do it."

A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

The Wright idea
Say the name Tim Wright anywhere near campus and eyebrows will raise. People's ears will perk up to hear what story is going to be told: to see if that story is similar to their own. "If you walk into a public building in Tempe and ask, virtually everybody there knows him," says Jeff Sullivan, a Rentals Tempe tenant.

On the Web: The Smoking Gun aims for Ah-nold
Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Smoking Gun's latest target, since he is running for California governor. According to documents published on the site, a young and spry bodybuilding Ah-nold was getting a lot of tail long before he married Maria Shriver.

Cereality offers alternative fast-food option
The ASU community has been munching on sugar-coated cereal and slurping up milk like children at a brand-new cereal bar and café inside the Memorial Union.

Pac-10 Preview: Dorrell hoping for revival at UCLA
The UCLA athletic department looked to the past to find future success. UCLA's chances of going to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1999 ride on a former Bruin star to lead them back to the promised land.

Andrew Walter: From a redshirt to a star
Andrew Walter is finally living the dream that he always wanted to live: Playing quarterback for the team he watched as a kid and for the school where his parents first met. So why would he be in a hurry to leave?

After shattering a school record by passing for 3,877 yards, Walter has heard countless questions of whether he would bypass his senior year after the 2003 season and move on to the NFL.

'Jacks QB returns to Sun Devil Stadium
When NAU freshman quarterback Jason Murrietta walked off the field at Sun Devil Stadium after the 5A state high school championship last year, there was a chance he would be back wearing the maroon and gold of ASU.

Devil Dish: Shorten NFL preseason for longer regular season
Why does the NFL have the shortest regular season of the four major sports, yet have the longest preseason? Football teams practice five days a week and play a game just once, while other sports compete every day or every other day.

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