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Police Beat: Lay off that Pantera
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Louisiana woman arrested on charges of criminal damage after she and a friend reportedly laid across the hood of a 1974 Pantera for a picture.

Napolitano taps ASU prof to be judge
Patricia Norris is an ASU graduate, occasional adjunct professor in the ASU College of Law and partner in a Phoenix law firm.

In November, she will add another title to her résumé: Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals. Earlier this month, Gov. Janet Napolitano appointed Norris to fill retiring Judge Cecil Patterson's seat on the Arizona Court of Appeals Division One.

Dos Gringos' liquor license transfer to be heard Sept. 25
The Tempe City Council approved a request to change the hearing date of an application to transfer a liquor license from the previous tenant of a property on Eighth Street to Dos Gringos Trailer Park Restaurant.

Signatures forged to use lecture hall
The facility request form submitted to reserve a room for Daniel Pipes to speak on Thursday at ASU contained forged signatures, supposedly those of the president and adviser of the College Republicans, although the group said it had nothing to do with the event.

In an ASU Facilities Planning and Space Management document obtained by The State Press, the organization named in the request to use Murdock Hall for Thursday night's speech was the College Republicans.

Security tight at campus speech
About 10 ASU police officers checked the bags and pockets of more than 200 ASU students who attended the appearance of speaker Daniel Pipes at Murdock Hall. Pipes outlined his views against militant Islam.

Mexican folk art exhibit to open
ASU's Art Museum will open a Mexican folk art exhibit this Saturday and showcase nearly 200 pieces of work by different artists from Mexico. The show is in the top gallery and will display various art pieces gathered by Valley residents Kathleen and Richard Vanesian.

The couple has traveled extensively across Mexico in the past 25 years in their quest to collect art pieces. The collected works deal with three major categories - religion, patriotism and tourism - which overlap one another.

Controversial 'Buffalo Soldiers' shoots for military satire
The first prerequisite for full enjoyment of "Buffalo Soldiers" is a propensity to laugh at violent death and drug use on cultural cue. The second is open-mindedness about how American soldiers are portrayed.

Nintendo sets release date for 'Mario Kart'
Nintendo announced Mario Kart: Double Dash!! for the GameCube will be released on November 17.

Review: 'Freaky Flyers'
When I picked up a copy of Freaky Flyers, I expected, well, a little freak. You know, something wild, outlandish, exciting. Sadly, this was not to be. Flyers turns out to be little more than a Mario Kart clone, without the smooth gameplay or the portly plumber.

Review: 'Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction'
Everything about Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction is simple, which leads to good gaming for starters, but soon seems a little to shallow for a strategy game. AvP can draw in a crowd, yet simultaneously shoot itself in the foot, as the game's biggest draw and weakest flaw is one in the same: simplicity.

Blue In Black
You've probably seen Blue Swadener around campus dozens of times, but you may not have actually seen her. That's because when she is making her most bold statements: Blue is in Black. As a member of a local chapter of Women in Black, an international peace network with chapters from Arizona to Azerbaijan, Swadener participates in demonstrations in which dresses from head to toe in black clothing and silently hands out information regarding peace and nonviolent solutions to the world's problems.

Dating and Relating
The world of online dating has evolved faster than a 56K modem in the last five years and has upgraded the speed.

Jogging in harmony
The Joggers utilize four-part harmonies in their pop songs like they've been around for hundreds of years. Although everyone from the Beach Boys to barbershop quartets have popularized these harmonies, The Joggers draw inspiration from shape note singing, a simplified form of music notation that was used predominantly in the South during the 1800s, and transfer this style of singing into four-part harmonies.

Ay, Ay, Ay!
The Chandler Center for the Arts will feature trumpets blaring, guitars strumming, violins crooning, and vocalists singing during its fifth annual mariachi festival on Saturday. Featuring several mariachi bands from the Valley and throughout Arizona, including Mariachi Azteca de Oro, Mariachi Passion, and Mariachi Tierra del Sol, the festival takes place just days before Mexican Independence Day. Joe Garcia, a member of the Chandler Coalition for Civil and Human Rights, is coordinating the festival with proceeds going to support scholarships to high school and community college students.

Hip to be gay
It's Friday night and I'm going out with one of my dearest guy friends. I go to pick him up and he's still running around trying to get ready. Unaccustomed to such a situation in which a guy takes longer to get ready than I do, I mill around his place and poke at his stuff. I pass his closet bursting with clothes, some gym equipment, a couple of Maxim's, a 20-piece cologne collection and a shoe collection that rivals that Imelda Marcos. Knowing full well that my buddy is a strapping hetero, some of these items make me raise my eyebrows. After he sprays on some expensive cologne from his vast selection, we head out the door when he exclaims, "I can't believe I lost my Gucci sunglasses!" Did he just say the "G" word?

Three cheers for Bill
Somewhere among the dazzling lights of Tokyo, a life-sized digital brachiosaurus walks across the face of the building. In a hotel down the street, two Americans are alone. Lost in Translation is the third film from Sofia Coppola, writer/director of The Virgin Suicides.

A father figure
If Ridley Scott ever feels the need to stop making epic action dramas like Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, I imagine he'd find prosperity making movies like Matchstick Men.

We be laughin'
Every now and then though, a story comes along and the interview ends up going better than you could ever imagine; for me, this was that time. Bob Marley is a funny, funny man. No, not "We be Jammin'," Bob, the legend, the other Bob Marley. And if you don't know who he is, this weekend is your chance to find out.

Funky History
Groove is a sport; and if you don't believe that, just ask the 76 men and women who showed up at the Student Recreation Complex Saturday morning to boogie down in hopes of seeing their name on the Hip-Hop Coalition roster at the end of the day.

'Whoopi' lacks good script, decent supporting cast
I am confused. Whoopi Goldberg, on more than one occasion, has made me laugh. I've seen Sister Act multiple times and it never fails to crack me up. One would then think that with the right people she could make a great network sitcom, which is what her new show "Whoopi" should be, but isn't.

'Splendor' splendid, odd little film
Face it - life is boring. However, watching other people's lackluster lives is not. That's why we have reality TV. The film American Splendor encompasses those same homely B-sides of the American Dream we love to watch, except on a more intelligent level.

Sharon and Ellen enter Oprah territory
For every Oprah, Dr. Phil and Maury, there is a fistful of hopefuls who tried - and failed - to find an audience: Rob Nelson, Caroline Rhea, the guys of "The Other Half." Even John Walsh, who came to daytime last fall with a built-in audience from "America's Most Wanted," failed to click with viewers and barely got renewed for a second season. But hope springs eternal each TV season, and this fall is no different.

Boos and Bravos: No better name for fans than Mutz
BRAVO to Moey Mutz (pronounced m-UH-ts). If there has ever been a better name for drunken football fans to scream out, we are not aware of it. We hope we're screaming that name again tomorrow.

Design team sees big picture, not inconveniences
The resources used by justice studies are currently diluted across two campuses, and could be piggybacked with something else and concentrated in one location to improve academics and efficiency.

UCLA, ASU have different takes on enrollment growth
While California universities contemplate enrollment caps to confront budget rollbacks, President Crow said the ASU student population should grow much larger and that we should be "judged by whom we include."

Lack of elderly driving test is shortsighted for AZ
Arizonans support requiring drivers over the age of 75 to take an in-person eyesight and driving test every few years. But Arizona doesn't have any laws that require mandatory driving tests for aging drivers.

Letters to the Editor: Gender not a factor in dean's hire
The letters in response to recent columns, including a letter from Alan Steed. Steed defended the hiring of Scott Hinton, who does not hold a Ph.D, as the Dean of Engineering at Utah State University.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

Phat Tony!
It's 12:45 on Wednesday afternoon and "Fat" Tony Jackson is in the thick of "The College Rock Show," his weekly show on ASU's radio station, AM1260 The Blaze. He drops a wooden dowel, double the length and the same width of a pencil, from his mouth, and leans in toward the microphone.

Conan's zany late-night circus heads for prime time
Conan O'Brien's 10th anniversary prime-time special is approaching. It will celebrate the show's progression from a small-time production with a cult following to one of the high points of late-night television.

On the Web: Butt ugliness
I was not aware that ugliness was such a rare thing to behold that I should have to go on the Internet to find it. The mold in my refrigerator is ugly. Some politicians are ugly. Mullets are ugly, for Pete's sake.

Flirty fashions: Miniskirts unbelievably mini
It's time for President Crow to whip out that ruler because girls' hemlines are rising as high as Arizona's temperatures.

Despite their existence since the 1960s, miniskirts have been revolutionized once again, and ASU students are taking notice.

Devil Dish: Tucson not a better college town than Tempe
If anyone has ever been to Tucson or (gulp) was raised in Tucson, I'd like to send out my sincerest apologies, unless you enjoy dilapidated buildings. Seriously, I want to know what people do there for fun.

The Edge: Heisman hopeful Walter likely to improve
A look at how ASU matches up with their next opponent, Utah State. After Andrew Walter completed 60 percent of his throws with four touchdowns against NAU, ASU has the edge on quarterbacks.

Soccer prepares for long-awaited home opener
After opening the season with a pair of wins in Hawaii and splitting two matches in Indiana with No. 2 Notre Dame and Rutgers, the No. 11 ASU soccer team is home at last to host Vanderbilt at Sun Devil Stadium.

Football: Aggies try to shed losing reputation against ASU
For the second week in a row, Utah State comes into its game a huge underdog against a ranked team. Rated No. 117 out of 117 Division I teams by "Sports Illustrated," the Aggies have still been competitive.

Football: Intensity key against Utah State
By many accounts, the No. 16 Arizona State football team did not have a good showing in its season opener. Head Coach Dirk Koetter said his players won't hold back when ASU faces Utah State this Saturday.

Brief: Volleyball heads to Dallas
The ASU volleyball team plays its final non-Pac-10 tournament this weekend in Dallas. Injuries have added to the team's struggle early in the year, and Juliana Escobar will be rested early in the tournament.

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