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'Technopolis' in works between ASU, Valley
ASU is hoping its new Technopolis program will revitalize the Valley's economy by providing crucial know-how to wannabe entrepreneurs. $200,000 of ASU's money has been appropriated initially for the program.

Police Beat: License to steal
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police. Two bicycles were reportedly stolen from the Grounds Building and the Music Building. A stolen license plate was recovered in the Physical Sciences F-wing.

Anti-gay graffiti covers men's room
Three complaints were filed with the dean's office at the College of Education after students found offensive graffiti insulting homosexuals covering the walls of a men's bathroom at the Farmer Building.

Written across the walls in big red letters were phrases such as, "Get AIDS here," "Kill the fags" and "faggots should die."

ASU football players face assault charges
Two ASU football players have been charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespass after they reportedly beat an ASU student and damaged items in his apartment.

According to the police report, junior linebacker Barton Hammit and senior defensive lineman Matt Mason forcibly entered the victim's apartment around 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 10 and slapped and punched him in the face.

Tempe residents hope for party crackdown
Tempe residents spoke overwhelmingly in favor of strengthening Tempe's party ordinance at Thursday evening's city council meeting.

The current ordinance states that if police are called to break up a party, the residents of the home hosting the party will be given a $1,000 fine if police are called back to the residence within 12 hours.

Council approves plans for town houses near ASU
In a 6-0 vote Thursday, the Tempe City Council approved plans to allow developer DR Horton to build 742 town houses on a piece of property currently owned by ASU.

The Villagio at Tempe project will be located on the southwest corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Evergreen Road.

The missing movie link caters to those who never want to leave their homes and don't mind being deprived of fresh air and direct sunlight. The site acts like an online Blockbuster. Visitors download movies after paying a rental fee of about $4 per movie. Once you download the movie, you have 30 days to watch it. But as soon as you access the film to play it, you only have 24 hours to finish watching before the file disappears from your computer.

CD Review: April Sixth's 'Mariposa Avenue'
I can't say that I didn't enjoy this CD. I did ... I guess. But it didn't really capture my attention. It sounds just like everything else in the music scene right now. Just your typical guitar, bass, drums and guy singing cliché.

CD Review: The Format's 'Interventions and Lullabies'
I must say, Arizona does breed some damn good artists. Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, and Authority Zero were all given birth to in the Arizona desert and a new arrival is on its way.

CD Review: Outkast's double album set
The men of Outkast have really outdone themselves this time around. Their new album, featuring two disks, is full of the raunchy lyrics and fast-paced beats that make Outcast such a well-loved group.

CD Review: Thrice's 'The Artist in the Ambulance'
Obviously Thrice didn't get the memo before they made their recent album. Trying to sound hardcore but instead sounding like a bunch of angry, confused poets, Thrice's music jumps all over the place.

CD Review: Bingo's 'The Cicada and Other Stories'
I was going to describe Bingo as a Ben Harper/ Jack Johnson kind of fellow with a country twang. Others say he's "American Folk mixed with Eastern India blood." Personally, that sounds lame to me so I'm just going to stick with my "laidback guy rocking without all the fancy electronic mumbo jumbo" stereotype.

CD Review: Maria's 'My Soul'
I don't own any "girly" albums. No Mariah Carey or Britney Spears CD ever has had the opportunity to make an appearance in my collection ... but I might have to end that trend very soon. If you've ever been in love, or ever had your heart broken, Maria My Soul is worth an hour of your time.

Lovely 'ritas
Although Tempe may be in the middle of a state that is considered "all beach but no ocean," the city hasn't adopted a beach club until recently.

Margarita Rocks Beach Club, located at 410 S. Mill Ave. in Hayden Square, is a club reminiscent of the clubs you may have become accustomed to during spring breaks and getaway weekends in Mexico - but larger and with more flair.

Stoopified surf rock
It's nice to know that there are still musicians out there who are laid back. For Slightly Stoopid, a San Diego, Calif. band, business, work and touring aren't issues. Instead, they live for days spent with their puppies and barbecues in Ocean Beach.

We're jammin'
Justin Eck says the longest his band, Somebody's Closet, has jammed during one song was about 30 minutes. And he adds that it's not too exhausting to play for such an extended period of time.

The band will need to practice its jamming and dancing skills if it hopes to win the second annual "Battle of the Jams," promoted by Intelligroove.

Don't I know you? Straight eye for the queer guy
After the adventures I had trying to find a subject for my column last week, it was a relief to run into Sam Holdren, the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transsexual, Queer) Coalition facilitator at National Coming Out Day on Hayden Lawn Thursday. I was there for the pizza, he was there to celebrate being queer.

Murphy's Law: Spiritual intuition or fortunetellers?
For as long as I can remember, my mom has been into astrology. She struggled during my birth and my brothers' to record the exact moments we were born, and she has spent hours drawing out our charts and analyzing our stars. I even was not allowed to take my driver's test on my 16th birthday because my mom saw in my chart that I would fail if I took it that day.

Cuban art collection reflects politics of Elian, Americana
Familiar images of a terrified Elian Gonzalez flash on three television monitors in the Nelson Fine Arts Center. Originally commissioned at ASU, the exhibit is simultaneously on display in New York's Whitney Museum.

Bluegrass mood music for Halloween
Halloween is just around the corner. If you're looking for some appropriate bluegrass mood music, here are a few suggestions...

Clooney's star power in dark comedy is 'Intolerable' fun
Intolerable Cruelty is a darkly hilarious, uproarious battle of the sexes with twists and turns around every corner. George Clooney is the star, filling every scene with a new neurotic facial tic or eye twitch.

Letters to the Editor: Suits help protect gay kids
The letters in response to recent columns, including a response to Rosie Cisneros' article on anti-gay harassment in public schools. The writer said his son has taken abuse in schools, and that lawsuits could stop the cycle.

Boos & Bravos: Boo to cracking down on loud parties
BOO to the proposed amendment to Tempe's party ordinance. The police give you a written warning and tell you that if they have to return within 12 hours, you'll be facing a hefty fine. Tempe takes the fun out of college.

Tiered parking realistic solution
The most realistic of all the solutions for ASU's horrible parking would be to use a tiered parking system, taking into account things like class and residence location in deciding who gets first dibs at parking spaces.

U.S. should decrease defense aid to Israel
Along with pressuring the Palestinians to stop attacking the Israelis, Bush and U.S. congressional leaders should reduce the $3 billion in U.S. annual aid given to the Israelis to stop their expansion into Palestinian territory.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

Psychic exposure
Meet James Betz: A resident of Tempe, he is the kind of next-door neighbor who would lend you a cup of sugar. He's soft-spoken, polite and possesses an almost eerie calmness to his demeanor. He is the founder of In-Sights Metaphysical Exchange and works as a psychic. This youthful-looking 50-year-old practices what he preaches: "People have to take care of themselves physically and spiritually."

Devil Bites: ASU's image brings superficial Sun Devils
Memorable quotations from the past week's news, including a quote from a student on the superficiality that he said ASU's party school image and emphasis on keeping an attractive appearance perpetuates.

ASU immune to county's rise in viral meningitis
Despite an increase of viral meningitis cases in Maricopa County, students at Arizona State University do not have an increased risk of contracting it, according to Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials.

There have been more than 900 reported cases of viral meningitis in Maricopa County since of Sept. 19, 2003, according to the department. That same time last year, there were only 160.

On the Web: As sand falls through the hourglass cursor...
"Love and Revenge," an online soap opera, makes no attempt to give characters premonitions or bring anyone back from the dead. This soap is as old-school as a soap can be, and supernatural creatures are conspicuously absent.

Leg warmers, pimps round out stores' Halloween trends
This year, Tempe Halloween costume sales will reflect a national explosion of 1970s and early 1980s fashion as well as themes from Pirates of the Caribbean, with trick-or-treaters busting out buccaneer outfits.

Road win key for Sun Devils' season
Normally, one would think little would be at stake when the ASU football team faces a 1-5 nonconference opponent in midseason.

If ASU is to build on a 59-14 win over Oregon last week, any momentum gained will have to come away from Sun Devil Stadium as it travels to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina on Saturday.

Soccer hopes to keep winning against rival UA
After completing an exciting pair of Pac-10 season-opening wins over California and Stanford, the ASU soccer team is now preparing for its annual meeting against its archrivals in Tucson.

Volleyball: Harris keeps playing with leg fracture
Junior outside hitter Natalie Harris is in the beginning stages of a stress fracture in her left fibula. ASU head coach Brad Saindon said that while she still is cleared to play, she has gone lightly in practice since the injury.

Devil Dish: Don't cry every time Cubs choke
The Cubs failed to make the World Series for the first time since 1945 after choking a 3-1 NLCS lead to the Marlins. Fans were sad to see their lovable losers fail them again. Message to Cubs fans: Cry me a river.

Football: Tar Heels looking for another upset
Just like last year, the North Carolina football team comes into Saturday's game with only one win, while ASU is coming off of an offensive explosion. However, if things continue to follow suit like last year, the Tar Heels could have their first two-game win streak in two years.

Briefs: Hoops tryouts
The ASU men's basketball team will hold walk-on tryouts Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. The swimming and diving team starts its regular season today.

The Edge: Durant's passing power can't stop ASU
UNC is not a very good team and has had a disappointing season. Darian Durant and Dexter Reid are high-quality players, but they will not be able to carry their team against ASU, a squad that seems to have found itself.

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