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Police Beat: Taking a punch in the ear at Coffee Plantation
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Phoenix man arrested near the 600 block of South Mill Avenue on charges of assault after he reportedly punched the victim in the ear at Coffee Plantation.

Council passes loud-party ordinance
The Tempe City Council unanimously voted Thursday to approve an amendment to the city's party ordinance. The ordinance now states that if police are called to a disruptive party at a residence twice in a 90-day period, tenants and property owners responsible for any disruptions may be fined up to $1,000.

Prof's felony gets legislator's attention
ASU education professor Christian Faltis' 2001 conviction and jail time for aggravated assault didn't cost him his job, but he has drawn the attention of an Arizona state legislator who wants to change the way felons are employed, or not employed, in state schools.

Faltis was released from state prison in August after he served time for aggravated assault in connection with a car accident that happened in 1999.

Glendale gets '08 Super Bowl
"We're ready for football," said Gov. Janet Napolitano Thursday night upon her return from Chicago after hearing the NFL's pick for the 2008 Super Bowl: Arizona.

The game is expected to bring in more than $400 million to the Valley and is scheduled to take place in the new Cardinals stadium, which should be completed in 2006.

Bird blacks out west side of campus
Lights that mysteriously turned off Thursday morning in many buildings throughout campus were not part of a pre-Halloween prank.

Sheri Foote, a spokeswoman for APS, which provides the power to the west side of ASU's main campus, said the outage was the result of a bird flying into a piece of the company's equipment.

Homecoming events make weekend festive
When others would be throwing eggs and wolfing down candy, ASU students and alumni will be meeting to hike 'A' Mountain Friday night. ASU's annual lantern walk began in 1917, when it served as the symbolic passing of the torch from the senior class to the junior class.

Alice Cooper's Nightmare haunts visitors' dreams
From all of the demon heads and makeup around, you might think you were in a Hollywood movie set. But instead, you would find that you are at a haunted house nestled near "Alice Cooper'stown" in downtown Phoenix.

Down Under rock band 'Rising' to occasion for homecoming
His charismatic personality pours out through his thick Aussie accent. Michael Lee, the 25-year-old vocalist and songwriter for The Rising, clearly is on his way to stardom and will be making a pit stop at ASU.

Don't I Know You? Beth Clark and Sky Kurtz
Between school, editing at SPM, applying for internships, having a boyfriend and trying to catch the occasional episode of Queer Eye for The Straight Guy, sometimes I get overwhelmed and frustrated that I'm not getting enough "Joy Time." Then I met Beth Clark and Sky Kurtz.

The talented Ms. Tyler: Aisha Tyler plays the Tempe Improv
Aisha Tyler is a practical girl. When asked what three things she would want if she were stuck on a deserted island she replied, "A boat, a boat and a BOAT!" Who is Aisha Tyler? Maybe you've seen her on E!'s Talk Soup. Tyler was the first woman to host the now-canceled Emmy-award-winning comedy show that poked fun at daytime talk TV.

A cartoon craze: Jump in the pool with 'Adult Swim'
Cartoons have come a long way in the past couple of years. What used to be a Saturday morning tradition for toddlers has become a late-night obsession for college students - thanks to "Adult Swim," a block of shows featured on Cartoon Network. Many who started religiously watching the six-hour-long cartoon lineup actually came across it on accident.

3-D terror: Haunted house IMAX-style
Haunted houses can be a real pain in the ass. Nine times out of 10, you'll get stuck behind someone with raunchy body odor and an obnoxious scream as you make your way through, dark, humid, confined spaces. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just plop down in a comfortable seat, munch on some mini Butterfingers and be whisked through a house of terror? IMAX is making that dream of so many a reality ... or a virtual reality.

Longing to skate: The longboard trend hits campus
The landscape of the Valley is an open invitation to the growing trend of longboarding. It is hard not to notice those slick surfboards-with-wheels cruisin' around the ASU campus and downtown Tempe. The skateboarding industry has come a long way from old-school Tony Alva and the DogTown Z Boys.

Tai chi tea-cher: Tai Chi lessons at Fate Restaurant
Watching Hui Neng Amos perform tai chi can elicit a feeling of hypnotization. Graceful and smooth, Amos has been studying the form for nearly his entire life, and his patience with the difficult movements has paid huge dividends, not only in physical presence and balance, but emotionally as well.

The Art of Homecoming: Fine Arts college hosts first Art Walk
The Herberger College of Fine Arts is getting into the festive homecoming tradition by hosting the Herberger Art Walk on Saturday at the ASU Alumni Lawn in front of Old Main. Lasting from 10 a.m. to sunset, the Art Walk will be the only festivity that will last the entire length of Homecoming Day.

Murphy's Law: Trick or stress
Costume shopping never used to be complicated. I'd climb the stairs of my house, dig in the closet and pull out either the clown or pumpkin costume: Whatever I hadn't worn the year before. But over the years my brother and I started yearning for a bit more creativity, and we reached out a little bit more.

Review: 'WWE Raw 2' hot with all new matches
WWE Raw 2, THQ's Xbox-exclusive pro wrestling simulation, is already one of the hottest games around. Sadly, the fun won't last long for those of us who don't follow the "sport." A lot has changed since THQ made WCW vs. NWO for the Nintendo 64. Now there's no more WCW or WWF, wrestling moved to TNN which is now called Spike, and Hulk Hogan retired but then came back again.

Review: 'Tiger Woods' shoots for par, still the best
If you want to be the best, you have to compete against the best. Or in this case, you have to compete against the only golf video game on the market.

In EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, players can compete on some of the best golf courses across the globe. From the TPC of Scottsdale to Pebble Beach, players will get the most realistic simulation of what it is like to play as Tiger Woods, as well as a variety of other famed PGA tour professionals such as John Daly, Justin Leonard, and Jesper Parnevik to name a few.

Preview: 'Ratchet and Clank 2' not just kids' stuff
While I never played the original Ratchet and Clank, due to my caution around games that have kiddie-cartoon-looking covers, the demo disc for its sequel, Ratchet and Clank 2: Going Commando, is making me wish that I had.

Scottsdale photo exhibit looks at endangered ecosystems
Water and sky swirl into a single entity in a series of photographs featured at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. "In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservatory's Last Great Places" contains photographs that were commissioned to capture endangered ecosystems.

Sept. 11 film's unsettling imagery seeks to unite world
Contrasting perspectives. Tragic crescendos of voices. The irony of American self-pity. Kissinger and Allende. Forced suicide. Protests in blank streets. Familiar thoughts shrouded behind the language barrier. A movie that is the brainchild of 11 directors, who brought to life 11 visions and 11 points of view - each exactly 11 minutes and 9 seconds long.

Enjoy the witty company of Steve Martin in new book
Steve Martin has a great handle on calm, unbuilding and character-driven humor, which is why his new novel, The Pleasure of My Company, while having an extremely tidy happy ending, succeeds so well.

Touching 'Radio' tunes into human story of football player
Radio, originally inspired by a true story, focuses on the friendship between James Robert "Radio" Kennedy (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris), and how their example transforms the attitudes of a small South Carolina town.

Review: Career mode stands out in 'Gamebreaker'
If you dream of the latter, 989 Sports' NCAA Gamebreaker 2004 may make you dance an end zone jig in your living room. But, if you still dream of making the touchdown or sacking the quarterback, Gamebreaker will not be anything better than the last 2,000 college football simulations you've seen.

Review: GBA 'Super Mario 3' an improved blast from the past
There are many things in the world that are just good, but what happens when something good becomes something great? What words do you use to describe such a phenomenon? Sure, staunch linguists would probably bring up the words "improvement," "enhancement," "upgrade," "advance," "innovation," "development," and "progress" - but I don't need all those fancy words.

Review: Game controls in 'NHL 2004' need work
EA has made lots of sports titles in the past 15 or so years and have me impressed beyond belief. These are the same people that have made the new Tiger Woods 2004 possible the best golf game ever and has it in contention for best game ever, period, along with NHL 93 for Sega (No, I will not make little Wayne's head bleed). This year alone, I have played every EA title that I can find and really have not found a title that I dislike. Until I hit NHL 2004.

Gov. Jeb Bush has no right to life and death decision
Terri Schiavo was 26 when she went into a persistent vegetative state. Although her husband petitioned the state to remove her feeding tube, Gov. Jeb Bush passed a bill to restore the tube. He had no right to do so.

Parking lot hit-and-runs: a moral dilemma
Between August and Oct. 7, 27 reported hit-and-run cases occurred in ASU parking lots, according to ASU police. If you hit a vehicle and choose the same path as your 27 counterparts, you put the victim in a bad spot.

Dems help higher education
As part of congressional reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that is slated for next year, one bill would give an additional $15 billion every year in federal funding to colleges and universities and their students.

Boos & Bravos: Bravo to streakers, boo to fistfights
BRAVO to streakers. You had your few seconds of glory before being tackled by security guards. We admire your courage to get nekkid before more than 70,000 people, taking the focus off all the fistfighting drunks.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

Dressed to Kill: Arizona's largest costume stores
By 10:15 most mornings there are two coffins on the porch of Mardi Gras costume shop in Scottsdale. But inside the red brick building, the atmosphere is anything but dead, especially during October. The shop is open year-round and usually caters to community and school theaters, but this month is different - it's all about individual excess.

Devil Bites: Monday Night Football beats class
Memorable quotations from the past week, including a few words from a student who expressed excitement about the Monday Night Football game. He said having a barbecue and going to the game are better than school.

On the Web: Click-or-treat
The temperature is exclusively in double digits, kids are pretending to be the Devil and Christmas trees seem to be erupting from the linoleum on department store floors. 'Tis the season to be scary.

Walter set to play against Golden Bears
Last week, the ASU football team did not fare well without junior quarterback Andrew Walter in a loss to UCLA. It was uncertain whether or not the Sun Devils would have to go into battle without him again due to an ankle sprain.

But after a week of practice, it appears ASU (4-4, 1-3 Pac-10) will have its main man on the field as head coach Dirk Koetter said Walter will be full-go for Saturday's homecoming game against California (4-5, 2-2).

Football: Cal brings confidence to Tempe
Entering the 2003 season, there weren't too many expectations for the California Golden Bear football team. This year has been quite a change. The Golden Bears are three wins away from going to a bowl game.

Soccer seniors bid adieu
Before the fall of 2000, the Sun Devil soccer program received its first-ever top-10 recruiting class that included five players from different parts of the country. In their final home matches, four of those five remain.

Volleyball needs win to make NCAA Tournament
The ASU volleyball team starts one of its toughest stretches of the season today as the team takes on nationally ranked Stanford and California on the road. Brad Saindon said the team has to steal at least one win.

Brief: X-country vies for Pac-10 championship
After three meets, both the men's and women's teams come into the Pac-10 championship meet in Pullman, Wash., on Saturday ranked in the top 15, with the men at No. 15 in the nation and the women at No. 4.

The Edge: Underachieving ASU faces overachieving Cal
The Golden Bears are a decent team that has overachieved in several areas this season, particularly on offense. The Sun Devils, a tough home team, entered the season with high expectations and underachieved.

Devil Dish: Suns' home opener promises electrifying season
What a weekend for the Phoenix Suns. Its home opener against Cleveland may have been one of the most electric regular season games at the Purple Palace in years. Saturday's Lakers game should be even crazier.

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