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Dave's hot dogs to get bigger House
Most guys try to get out of the doghouse, but one Tempe business owner is moving into a bigger one, with the help of his wife.

Dave Cheren, owner of Dave's Dog House, said he would expand his restaurant by moving to a new location within the next two to three weeks. The location would add an extra 600 square feet, but no opening date has been set.

Plan would increase nursing graduates
The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously approved on Thursday a five-year plan to double the number of students who graduate with a nursing degree from state universities and community colleges.

Officials tout 'hybrid degrees' to ABOR
The Arizona Board of Regents heard endorsements of initiatives designed to create hybrid degrees and concentrations and develop new teaching styles at ASU during its meeting in the Memorial Union on Thursday.

The Arts, Media and Engineering graduate research and education initiative is a joint effort through the Herberger School of Fine Arts and the Fulton School of Engineering to integrate programs from several departments to create degrees with hybrid concentrations.

Cahill announces bid for Tempe mayor
Surrounded by a crowd of applauding fans, Tempe city councilman Dennis Cahill announced his plans to run for mayor of the city on Thursday at city hall.

Cahill, who is serving his third term on the city council, said he promised to be a full-time working mayor, and that he never intends to abandon the City of Tempe.

Police Beat: Curing headaches from stealing Bud
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested on charges of shoplifting after he reportedly took one 20-pack of Budweiser, two boxes of Tylenol and four boxes of Advil from Circle K.

'Trading Spaces' veteran declares 'House Wars' on USA
The initial slogan for USA Network's new home-building challenge show, "House Wars"-in which families compete to transform rough shells into dream homes-was "Four families ... four designers ... twenty-four days."

Now it's "Four families ... four designers ... four houses."

Nintendo cuts Gamecube price to $99
Nintendo announced today a $50 price cut for the Gamecube. According to Nintendo, the new hardware price spearheads an aggressive holiday campaign.

Review: 'Downhill Domination'
In the last few months of riding, I have gotten into a couple of accidents. I won't get into details, but in retrospect, they were pretty funny. I've been looking a bike video game that gives the spirit of no frills bike riding but still makes me cringe when I get in an accident. That's what made Downhill Domination so interesting to me. There aren't any half-pipes, strippers or anything else that previous BMX games have suffered from. It is pure downhill bike racing.

Don't I Know You? Party Thrıller
If stealing attention is a crime, Ryan Britt is the smoothest criminal of them all. Britt, a Mesa Community College student transferring to ASU in January, spends his weekends crashing parties with Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits in hand. With great stealth and dexterity, he makes his way to the CD player and pops in his CD. And, in the amount of time it took for Jacko's hair to catch on fire in a Pepsi commercial, Britt has made his own dance floor and gathered his own crowd to watch him moonwalk, spin around, hump the floor and grab his crotch. OWWWWWW! Sometimes he'll stick around to shake hands or talk about his techniques, but other times he moonwalks outta there before you can even say, "Sham-on."

Strait up rock 'n' roll
When Los Straitjackets step onstage wearing Mexican wrestling masks and matching medallions, one might begin to worry what exactly is going to happen. Then the band grabs their guitars, plugs them into the amps and starts blasting out instrumental surf and rock 'n' roll jams.

Although the masks don't exactly correlate with the music that Los Straitjackets play, they do help personify the idea of fun that the band is trying to convey.

Family Therapy
In the early 1990s, Heidi Ramirez was a college student not unlike you or me. Amidst studying, partying and enjoying the California sun, she met a special guy. Not only was he a clean-cut, decent man, he was also a professional soccer player. They dated exclusively until she graduated and moved back home to Ohio.

Over the next 10 years Ramirez married, had three children, bought a new house and landed a general manager position for Hilton Hotels. Just when she thought she had it all, she became pregnant with a fourth child. Her youngest, Isaac, was born in 2001-a healthy, beautiful baby boy.

Half-baked Comic
Talking to funny man Harland Williams is like talking to a 10-year-old boy with a sugar high. And interviewing him, well, that's an even harder task.

"I'd love to get Fabio and Kenny G together, cover them in mayonnaise and roll them down a hill. Thank you," Williams says out of nowhere.

Dinner and a movie
Every once in a while, an opportunity comes that gives SPM the chance to inform our loyal readers about something they may find useful in the singles world.

Enter Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club: an experience that gives new meaning to the term "dinner and a movie." Combining a movie theatre environment with a fine dining restaurant, Farrelli's offers an innovative twist on the usual dating fare.

Freedom facelift
Club Freedom has never been the most upscale place. Sure, every good deejay who passes through Phoenix ends up spinning there, but aside from Friday nights at Freedom, the club didn't have much going for it.

Today, however, the story is entirely different.

'Under the Tuscan Sun:' Love and Marriage
Under the Tuscan Sun is a beautiful film about starting over and finding strength in yourself and love in a life you never imagined.

Defending a Town
Unless you knew Matthew Shepard or saw his picture in the news, you don't know what he looks like. You never see his face or hear his voice in "The Laramie Project," even though he is the focal point of the ASU Department of Theatre's production. There is not a slim shadow of his image or even a soft whisper of his words. Despite all of this, you might cry for him during the show - you might cry more than once.

Murphy's Law: A drum apart
Every person has his or her different ways of relieving stress. In the movies (and a lot of times in real life, too, I guess) people will pop open a bottle of liquor and cry away their problems. Other people beat their wives or children, and others do the healthier things, like exercising, reading or talking it out with their friends.

Review: 'F-Zero GX'
Once bitter enemies, now apparent friends, Nintendo and Sega have teamed up to reinvigorate the F-Zero series with F-Zero GX, and they definitely succeeded.

Emmy awards feature usual voting patterns, poor comedy
You would expect Sunday night's 55th Annual Emmy Awards to be funnier than usual because of its 11 hilarious co-hosts. But that's as fruitless an expectation as hoping that the awards would be given to the shows that deserve them.

Boos and Bravos: Corporate whores eat for less in MU
BRAVO to selling out. Schools who can't get money from the state are turning to corporate sponsors. Maybe the MU plaza should think about this. We'd rather be corporate whores than eat overpriced knock-off cuisine.

Door prizes cheapen campus renovation survey
As I was about to get clicking, something caught my eye: I was offered travel ticket vouchers, IPODS and mountain bikes! The importance of my opinion was reduced down to bribery in the form of material goods.

Don't let 'do-not-call' telemarketing registry fade
I expect privacy when I'm in my house. When I put up a no-trespassing sign in my yard, it stops door-to-door solicitors. So why should someone stop me from putting up a no-trespassing sign on my phone line?

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

The Rhythm of the Night
It's 12:30 a.m. on Mill Avenue, and a short brunette is about to lose her virginity. It will happen just off the beaten path, not too far away from hustle and bustle that is Mill Avenue on a Saturday night. And if Mill-goers listen closely, they just might be able to hear it all go down.

Amber Hanna, a virgin drum circle participant, has come from Paradise Valley to get involved in her first drum circle. She, along with veteran friend Amanda Aurand, waits around anxiously as the crowd begins to build around the tall iron statue behind My Big Fat Greek Restaurant.

Carpet, workstations added to library despite budget cuts
Students may more safely walk and more easily access online catalogs inside Hayden Library this semester due to the addition of new carpet and workstations. To pay for the improvements, 18 jobs were left unfilled.

'Hizzoner' Ed Koch speaks to honors students, praises Bush
The former Democratic New York city mayor known to many as "Hizzoner" from "The People's Court" said he supports President George W. Bush and his policies in a speech Wednesday on campus.

Koch held a discussion and question-and-answer session for Barrett Honors College students and faculty in the Agriculture Building. During the discussion, he said he disagreed with "ultraleft" liberal politicians about foreign policy.

Fashion flop: White trash meets uptown chic
From the Corn Belt to Hollywood and now ASU, the trucker hat trend keeps on truckin.'

The mesh hat popularized by such Hollywood hipsters as Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake went mainstream several months ago. Now, this white trash meets uptown chic look is popular than ever at ASU.

Beyond Broadway: 'Carmen Funebre' moving, 'disturbing'
"Scary...scary...scary," testified a child's voice from the audience. And it was true. Though most of the more than 700 other witnesses of Teatr Biuro Podrozy's performance of "Carmen Funebre" (Funeral Song) at ASU Saturday night were less vocal during the experience, they were no less moved by it.

Motivational team's message comes from experience
ASU graduate and motivational speaker Jonathan Couvdos, along with professional disc jockey Steve Simonis, has been teaching kids to "flip it'" since the pair formed the Positive Focus Program three years ago.

The Positive Focus Program is a nonprofit organization that aims to arm junior and high school students with positive mindsets in order to be productive in the school community. Couvdos, who said he struggled with negative pressures around him as a teenager, originally created the program while he was still a college student at ASU.

On the Web: LiveJournal
A Web site melding e-mail, guestbooks and instant messaging together, LiveJournal has been an online repository for the thoughts of millions since March of 1999. If you don't have one yourself, you might just know a user.

The Edge: Beavers' superstar tailback can't stop Sun Devils
OSU is a mediocre team powered by a few superstars like tailback Steven Jackson. His skills have pumped his team's rankings. ASU is a more talented team across the board, playing with the Iowa chip on its shoulder.

Volleyball hosts rival Wildcats
After a tough opening Pac-10 weekend in Washington, it's home sweet home for the ASU volleyball team. But the Sun Devils' welcome back present is the chance to take on its southern rivals, No. 22 UA, tonight.

Brief: Cross country heads to Minnesota tourney
After a dominant performance in the Dave Murray Invitational last week, the ASU men's and women's cross country teams head to the University of Minnesota this weekend for the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational.

Football: Sun Devils try to rebound from tough loss
What are the effects of losing 21-2 and not even gaining 200 yards on national television? None, according the ASU football team. The Sun Devils say an embarrassing loss to Iowa is completely stricken from their minds.

Devil Dish: Devils vs. Badgers contest still in infancy
The ASU football team announced Wednesday that it added Wisconsin to its regular season schedules for 2010 and 2012. Why don't you fellas focus on THIS year and turn this ship around before USC rolls into town?

Soccer set for New Mexico
The No. 17 Sun Devil soccer team will look to up its record tomorrow when the New Mexico Lobos come to Tempe. Having scored eight goals in the past three matches, ASU will look to continue its recent success.

Football: Beavers trying to find consistency this season
Oregon State comes into Saturday night's game, much like ASU, with the pressure of unrealized expectations. The year began with OSU touted as one of the top contenders for the Pac-10 crown and a strong team.

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