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Ex-Sun Devil arrested in sexual assault
Former ASU football player Mitchell Freedman has been arrested on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated assault and sexual abuse.

Freedman was charged Monday in connection with a September sexual assault of a woman at gunpoint.

Student market workers watch union talks
In California, supermarket lockouts and a union strike have put thousands of jobs on hold for almost a month.

In Arizona, ASU students hold some of those supermarket jobs, and some of those students said they would have tough decisions to make if a similar strike happened here.

Israeli advocate: Middle East feeling 'retaliatory'
The conflict between Israel and Palestine "is simply awful, very difficult and complicated, even for those of us dealing with it every day," said Avraham Burg, a prominent Israeli peace advocate who spoke in the Memorial Union on Wednesday.

Despite the difficult subject, the former speaker of Israel's model of parliament remained lighthearted and at ease talking in front of a crowd of students, faculty and community members.

Students who send mass e-mails break state law
When ASU business sophomore Matus Mrocek sent an e-mail on Tuesday across the University's electronic campus, he said he didn't know he was breaking ASU policy and Arizona law. He was just trying "to increase sales" at the company he works for, Wireless 'n' Laptop.

Police Beat: This is your brain on crack
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man after he reportedly left an area known for excessive criminal activity and made several driving errors. The man reportedly was found in possession of a glass pipe with which he admitted to smoking crack.

Murphy's Law: Dream, dream, dream
Everybody dreams about a better life. Some people have more selfish visions, such as fame and fortune and all that crap, but others take a more social, global approach. The thing about dreams though, is that most of the time they don't become reality. People may dream of world peace or something similar, but in the end they really don't do anything to make it come true.

The 'eyes and ears' of Sundevil football
He has a clear, strong voice that flows from the radio. When he announces, "Touchdown Sun Devils," his voice booms. Listeners don't only hear the game - they see it. He isn't just Tim Healey, "Voice of the Sun Devils," he is the team's biggest fan.

Hikin' it up
Every time I want to hike the only place my friends can come up with is Camelback Mountain. There is just a limit on how many times I can climb the same mountain. I may enjoy the view at the end, but I spend most of the hike looking at my feet or trying to get out of everyone else's way as they run up the mountain. I want a hike that I enjoy from beginning to end. So I arrive at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center around 8 a.m., still half-asleep, dreaming about a nap, but hoping for the best.

The truth: 'Shattered Glass' review
Long before Jayson Blair made everyone hate journalists, there was this other freak named Stephen Glass. Glass was a burgeoning young journalist working for The New Republic, the magazine known as the in-flight magazine for Air Force One. Like his evil spawn, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass botched a number of his stories and was brought down by an outside team of real heroic, awesome journalists.

Eastern Philosophy: Singing about growing up Asian
Mike Park has never been on TV or the radio. He hasn't starred in a Pepsi commercial or churned out a music video. And as far as pushing his records go, it's just been him and two of his friends running his Asian Man Music label out of his parent's garage. But what seems like mediocrity to some, spells out success for 34-year-old Park.

CD Roundup: Mary J. Blige, Ja Rule, Moonspell
Hail Mary! The reigning queen of hip-hop and R&B retains her crown, justifiably through Love and Life, Mary J. Blige's ninth album. In the album, she teams up with industry heavy-weights like Eve, Jay-Z, P.Diddy and 50 Cent.

Percussion punk: The Panthers
Sometimes, complete ignorance is the cause for your existence. When asked how the Panthers have managed to stay together for three years, frontman Jayson Green replies, "Because we're too stupid to give up."

Don't I Know You? Dance Dance Revolutionizer
Richard Simmons had it wrong all along, and I'm not just talking about those sparkly Hooters shorts he wears all the time. I'm talking about Sweatin' to the Oldies: What a boring waste of time. Perhaps if he'd met Mike Rak, Richie would have learned that Oldies ain't got nothin' on Dance Dance Revolution.

'Love Actually' great despite romantic comedy mediocrity
I'm just going to say it right now: if I could have my life written out for me, I would pick Richard Curtis to write it. Curtis, one of the creators of "Mr. Bean" and the writer of such comedies as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary, has one of the most insanely upbeat outlooks on life. Just look at his directorial debut, Love Actually, a cheery look at people in love at Christmastime in London.

Ferrell's 'Elf' destined to be a classic cold-weather comedy
Not long from now, there will Christmas-themed movies which are released in the month of October. What's next? A Christmas movie coming out on Halloween, perhaps. No matter, because Elf, the first big Christmas movie of the season, is sure to be a classic.

'Matrix: Revolutions' a decent action film, little more
The Matrix: Revolutions is a better movie than Reloaded, though not as good as the original. I guess we'll have to settle for Revolutions, a great action movie that falters whenever the actors open their mouths to talk.

'2004' revives 'NBA Live' franchise
EA Sports has gone through many phases over the years. In the early to mid 90's, they were unquestionably the best sports video game maker. But then they messed with success and tried to get too cute with some of their games, letting other companies pull ahead of them in quality.

Designating selective 'free speech zones' hypocritical
Brett Bursey of South Carolina is being prosecuted in federal court for nothing more than holding a sign that read "No War for Oil" where the president actually might see it. Bursey, it seems, did not comply with Secret Service requests to move to a designated "free speech zone."

Illegal immigration burdens taxpayers this side of border
I grant that some illegal aliens who make it into the United States do not disrupt society or the economy and make a fine life for themselves and their children. But this does not excuse their decision. Whatever their motive for crossing, they should have followed the appropriate channels.

Letters to the Editor: Where have all the letters gone?
The letters in response to recent columns, including a letter from a reader saying that The State Press no longer publishes as many letters as in previous years - and Opinion Editor Katie Petersen's rebuttal.

Editorial: Federal financial aid distribution outdated, unfair
It is illogical and unjust that some of America's most deep-pocketed private schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Brown are receiving an alarmingly greater amount of federal aid than the nation's more modestly endowed state schools.

One man's vision: Arcosanti
Paolo Soleri appears from an unseen corner of the library at Arcosanti and shuffles across the room to takes a seat.

The 84-year-old architect and philosopher shows signs of aging in his wrinkled face, hunched posture and a slight loss of hearing, but he still exhibits enthusiasm in his persona and in the way he sometimes leans back to tip his chair ever so slightly while he taps his foot on the ground.

On the Web: Mind your Gothic manners
With several interviews looming in my near future, manners have been in the forefront of my mind - so much so that I have decided to share with you, the online reader, all that I have found in my search.

Former Rep. Hamilton speaks on death penalty, education
Audiences took a closer look at justice issues Thursday at ASU, as former Arizona House of Representatives Democrat Art Hamilton paid a visit. Hamilton's voice boomed, as he spoke of the problems surrounding law, education, common birthright, and citizenship in Arizona and the United States.

Football: Karney-vore anchors ASU offense
Hanging in front of the student section at ASU home football games is a giant sign that reads "Give Karney the damn ball!" But the fact that senior fullback Mike Karney has gotten only one handoff this season doesn't bother him.

B-ball storms past EA All Stars
With the weather brewing outside Wells Fargo Arena, the Sun Devils were raining threes inside during the second half to defeat the EA Sports Southwest All Stars 80-65 Wednesday night. The team struggled early without sophomore Ike Diogu.

Football: Washington State still strong with new coach
With a brand-new indoor practice facility and a coaching staff that has led the transformation of the program to perennial contender, it is starting to appear as though the Washington State football team is here to stay.

Devil Dish: Winslow a childish, arrogant sore loser
So Kellen Winslow Jr. supposedly apologized three days ago for calling himself a "soldier" after Miami's 10-6 loss to Tennessee. Fans are fed up with juvenile sports figures - from Bobby Knight's chair-throwing tirades to Mike Tyson's ear-biting, child-eating cannibalism.

V-ball heads to Oregon
It will be a difficult weekend for the ASU volleyball team with its star outside hitter banged up and another attacker off the team when the Sun Devils take on the Oregon schools on the road this weekend.

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