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Students 'captive' to pricey MU food
Fast food providers in ASU's Memorial Union are charging high prices to students with few lunchtime options.

An informal survey of restaurants in the area, including Schlotzsky's Deli, Burger King, Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A, showed that prices are lower off campus more often than not.

ASU officer target of civil suit
John Batchan III has filed a civil lawsuit against the state and an ASU police officer, alleging he was the target of racial profiling by ASU police. An officer reportedly approached him from behind and handcuffed him.

Legislators flunk in institute report
A conservative think tank says some of Tempe's state legislators aren't making the grade.

A recent legislative report card released by the Goldwater Institute gave the Arizona Senate an average ranking of D+ and the House of Representatives an average ranking of D.

Rash of bicycle thefts hits ASU campus
Thirty bicycles have been stolen from campus since Sept. 26, and ASU police are encouraging students to take extra precautions when leaving their bike on campus.

According to ASU police logs from the past week, the majority of bike thefts occurred over the weekend and on Mondays. Police attribute this to the high volume of bicycles left unmoved and unattended. Residence halls were struck hardest.

Health officials urge West Nile Virus precautions
As confirmed cases of the West Nile virus in the Valley increase, health officials are warning people to take precautions while outdoors.

The West Nile virus, a mosquito-spread illness, was discovered first in September, in a bird in Maricopa County.

Books, TV show in works for former 'State Press' columnist
Laurie Notaro first started calling herself "idiot girl" more than 10 years ago when she wrote for The State Press at ASU. Now, several jobs and almost three books later, she has found national success.

Don't tread on my comedy
There is an unwritten rule in journalism: It is impolite to call a comedian before 11 a.m., usually because he or she has been out late doing who knows what, and it's impossible for the comedian to put together a cohesive sentence.

SPM called Doug Stanhope, who will be performing at the Improv this weekend, at 1 p.m. He still was recovering from the previous night. Actually, he was recouping from several long nights of drinking and smoking cigarettes, and on the day of the interview, he simply just overslept and still was groggy.

'School of Rock:' Jack Black attack
Jack Black in a kid's movie? Right. After his performances in Shallow HalOrange County, not even Tenacious D's wonderboy would have guessed his next film would have him starring with a bunch of fourth-graders. He's got better things to do, like rockin' hard and meltin' faces.

Stranger fiction
Sing along: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very ... big Tourette's problem? May not be the most traditional version, but to Steve Gomph, a nationally known video artist who dubbed over the old Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer film, Rudolph needs his meds.

Adventures in wıne tasting
Riesling. Pinot noir. Shiraz. Zinfandel. Sound like a foreign language? Don't worry, you're not alone - and with the help of a friendly mom-and-pop wine stop on Mill Avenue, you don't have to be in the dark anymore.

Birth order relationships
You and your man (or woman) are like Sonny and Cher, Bonnie and Clyde, Brad and Jennifer. You couldn't find two people more perfect for each other. Sure, you get annoyed when he insists on watching a "Rocky" marathon when you guys should be talking out your latest fight. And maybe it's a little annoying when she grimaces at the sight of your messy apartment and starts sounding like your mom when she demands to know if you even own Windex.

Hog heaven
Chicks on bikes: Unless they're hanging onto the backs of their boyfriends, it's not something you see too often.

"When I pull up to a stop sign, everyone looks at me," CJ Culley says. "It used to make me nervous to stop. When I have my leathers on, you can't even tell I'm a girl. Sometimes I have chicks checking me out."

Don't I Know You? The Tempe Flyer
Have you ever had that dream that you're flying...on your bicycle around the Memorial Union fountain? OK, maybe not. For 21-year-old undeclared junior Kyra Steinbach this dream is a reality. Steinbach spends her time gracefully balancing on her bicycle through campus. She just might blend in with the rest of the horde except for her technique; roll along, roll along and then out of nowhere she gracefully spreads out her arms and flaps them languidly up and down as her long brown hair blows in the wind. She appears to be flying on her blue cruiser bicycle.

Murphy's Law: Making a difference
Last week, SPM writer, Lynh Bui brought in a copy of the most recent National Geographic. On the cover was the typical photo (a couple of zebras), but in the corner was a caption for a story about modern day slaves. I flipped through the article and couldn't believe it: There are approximately 27 million slaves in the world today.

CD Roundup: Dave Matthews' solo album in need of Band
Some Devil is a good album, but it doesn't have the same appeal as the whole band's work. Luckily the Band isn't permanently splitting up. Matthews needs the fiddler if he wants to keep putting out CDs.

Editorial: We Arizonans fondly recall electing Janet
California has the ocean and expansive beaches, and Arizona has Tempe Town Lake. But when it comes to the governors, we think Arizona has fared far better in this comparison, thanks to Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Exploring bacteria, mold vital
If you've ever lived in a dorm, undoubtedly you have come into contact with some of the simplest life forms: bacteria and mold. Scientists at Cuza University now believe they may actually appear out of nowhere.

Smoke shops should be outlawed if marijuana is illegal
Regardless of the argument that if alcohol is legal then marijuana should also be, marijuana still is illegal in this country. Businesses that specialize in the sale of bongs and other drug paraphernalia should be outlawed too.

Letters to the Editor: Koetter's rhetoric funnier than comic
The letters in response to recent news and columns, including a reader writing to say the comic strip "Bill the Onion" is "unintelligent" and that Dirk Koetter's talk of ASU football's improvement is far more humorous.

Football needs fan support
The loss to USC in the fourth was the result of one major problem with ASU football: the fans. That's right - I'm pointing the big foam finger at you. We looked lame on national television as only 56,000 fans came.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

Refugee living
Eight thousand human skulls sit side by side, one on top of another in a 35-foot glass case. The memories resting in a former "killing field" near Phenom Penh, Cambodia, remind people of the genocide that occurred from 1975 to 1979, when an estimated 1.5 million Cambodians died.

Sambo Dul, who fled the country with her family when she was 4 years old and has not returned to Cambodia since, only has seen the skulls in pictures and documentaries. Dul, 20, says she doesn't remember much about her life in Cambodia but does recall the plane ride that took her and her family to America.

On the Web: The Babylon 4
Millions of people watch "Babylon 5," while a few more millions are watching "South Park." So why not combine the two shows? Someone thought it would be funny to create a cartoon spoof called "Babylon Park."

Football: Koetter says Walter nearing expectations
ASU head football coach Dirk Koetter said junior quarterback Andrew Walter, a preseason candidate for the Heisman Trophy, has "probably not" met his expectations this season. But Koetter hasn't lost faith in Walter.

Soccer: Winless return from San Diego ruins national rank
When the Sun Devil soccer team traveled to San Diego for the weekend, it knew it was going to meet two feisty teams in San Diego State and USD. But it couldn't have imagined it would come back to the Valley winless.

Devil Dish: 'State Press' softball makes geezers' day
I jumped at the chance to pitch for The State Press slow-pitch softball team. Four losses later, I'm wondering if it was a good idea. This past Sunday, we played a team of geriatrics and still lost 13-4.

Opinion: What's wrong with the entire Pac-10 conference?
ASU's poor season reflects the entire Pac-10. Even the winning teams aren't on the level of elite teams from other conferences. Florida State always wins the ACC, so why can't the Pac-10 have a perennial champ?

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