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Death row veteran speaks at ASU
Ray Krone, the 100th American death row inmate to be exonerated, told ASU law students Thursday to take their future professions seriously, noting that lives are in their hands.



"Innocent or guilty isn't what it's about," said Krone, a former believer in the death penalty. "It's about who is representing you."

First unity walk held in Tempe
Nearly two weeks after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the East Valley is still celebrating the former civil rights leader. Tempe residents will don their tennis shoes Saturday for the first East Valley Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk. The walk, between one and two miles long, will begin in various Tempe locations and will end when walkers arrive at the central location: Tempe Beach Park.

Students raise money for Pappas
Alpha Kappa Psi, an ASU coed professional business fraternity, donated $4,500 Thursday to the Thomas J. Pappas School, an elementary school for homeless children. The check was presented at the dean's patio of the W. P. Carey School of Business.



The fraternity raised the money through corporate sponsorship of a golf tournament held in November.

Police Beat: Drive-by paintballing
Three 18-year-old Tempe men were arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct near the intersection of Margo Drive and Elna Rae Street. The three subjects drove across Tempe shooting paintballs at people, vehicles, signs and trees, causing injuries and damages.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Phantom Planet lands on Hayden Lawn
Phantom Planet, the group behind "California," the theme song of FOX TV show, "The O.C.," made its second appearance at ASU Thursday. Hoodlums Music, located in the basement of the Memorial Union, sponsored the free lunchtime show on Hayden Lawn. "They are a really great group of guys, and we wanted them to come back so they could play outside to a bigger crowd," said Kristian Luce, one of Hoodlums' co-owners.

Jazz, sushi mix well at Sushi 101
For Steve Himmelstein, a jazz performance senior, the connection between jazz and sushi is simple. "Both are an acquired taste," he said, while perched on a barstool at Sushi 101, 920 E. University Drive.



Then, he paused for a moment and added another example in the same vein of thought: Jazz is like a dark beer. "When you first try the beer, you don't like it," Himmelstein said. "Then you drink it again and it grows on you and you start to crave it."



Five to Nine: Motaba's twisted identities
"How does that look?" James Henning asks as the final touches of his face paint are put on. He is the lead singer and keyboardist of the band Motaba - and probably it's strangest member. Tonight he has painted dark circles around his eyes and mouth, his hair is in two braids, and he has hair extensions in an area that probably shouldn't be mentioned.

Dives come alive
You might not see them. You might not know they exist. But they are there, lurking on the neighborhood streets of Tempe, below the radar of the mainstream and loving every low-brow minute of it.

Punk funk: Punk rock karaoke
Remember those bands that first made you fall in love with music? You idolized their musical prowess, their ability to stay true to the scene and perhaps their luck with the opposite sex. Can you still picture yourself, sitting in your bedroom, playing along with one of their albums and imagining yourself on stage with that band? The members of local band Last Action Zeros can help you live out that fantasy Wednesday at the Mason Jar when Punk Rock Karaoke invades the valley.

Open wide and say, 'Ahhhh': Desert Stages Theatre
Some places, like some people, are destined for bigger things. This is the case with a dental office in the Park Scottsdale Shopping Center. Located on the corner of McDonald Drive and Granite Reef Road, the office closed its doors in 1995 to upgrade, but when it reopened in August of the same year, the dental office had indeed been transformed into something bigger. Arizona Desert Stages Theater opened as a little monument of culture and a practice ground for ASU theatre students, in an otherwise barren retail graveyard on the outskirts of central/east Scottsdale.

Life sentence: 'Exonerated' won't make you think
Some plays are entertaining. Others are informative. But truly meaningful theatre, theatre that is worthy of calling itself "art" must do more than this: it must make you think. The Exonerated thinks the death penalty is wrong. The Exonerated does not, however, make you think. It talks at you, patronizes you, yells and preaches to you. It is a work that seems better suited to the pulpit than the stage.

Don't I Know You? Hey, remember the '80s?
On a campus where roughly 40,000 people trot around daily, it takes a lot to stand out. Blonde hair, a Von Dutch trucker hat and Seven jeans, won't set you apart from the thousands of others who have the same "cookie-cutter" image.



However, gold stiletto boots, dangly Chanel earrings, a polka-dotted skirt and an '80s-inspired, side ponytail will surely beckon a handful of glances.

In the raw: Rawsome! Café
In a world of obesity, heart disease and other health problems, a score of trendy diets keep popping up to reverse the doings of bad eating habits. A "low-carb" buzz has sprung up with the Atkins diet, the Zone and the South Beach diet. With their "fad-diet" connotations it's almost unfair to throw the raw food diet into the mix, but the regimen is another way people have been trying to lose weight and get healthy.

Dump it: Waist not, want not
They've all got it this season, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. Yes, I'm afraid it's official; tapered leg jeans are back. You know the cut. Trust me, you've all had one of these horrendous jeans in your closet and chances are you wore them ... willingly!

Eat It: Sabuddy offers pita paradise
When it comes to eateries in Tempe, I always operate according to the Inverse Law of Mall Dining Proportions: if the exterior of a restaurant is unassuming, bland or impersonal, the food inside will be authentic, inexpensive and genuinely good. If a restaurant has palm trees, waterfalls or Plexiglas animals out front, like Abuelo's or the Rainforest Café, the food will be bad and overpriced.

Atta Bui: Hit me
While most people treasure family traditions such as having dad carve the turkey on Thanksgiving Day or keeping the Christmas tree up until New Year's Eve, my family enjoys a less orthodox custom: gambling. Every Chinese New Year, we sit in a circle on the floor of my aunt's living room and play blackjack or bingo until the all the change from our purses or wallets disappears.

Review: 'Miracle' shows great hockey action, little fuss
Miracle, a fast-paced, hardly dramatic, no-need-for-Oscar-performances kind of movie, does what it is intended to do: entertain the audience with two hours of laughs and cheers, but not one single tear.

Review: 'Dennis Miller' sarcasm slides too far to right
In a mix of politics and comedy, Dennis Millers attempts to resurrect himself yet again as a satirical, smart allecky comedian with a political agenda. His platform: CNBC's "Dennis Miller." (M-F, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT).

Review: 'Monster' showcases oscar-worthy performance
The Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday. In the Best Actress category, one name stands out like a sore thumb: Charlize Theron. Previously known for her work in movies like The Italian Job and The Cider House Rules, Theron makes her mark in a little movie called Monster.

Films of 2003: 'Rings' is king, 'Gigli' still a disaster
For the most part, 2003 was exactly the same as every year at the movies. The better part of 12 months brought us nothing special, in particular. Every once in a while, there was a nugget of hope or a hidden surprise. These were found primarily in comedies such as Elf, School of Rock and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Review: 'Seinfeld' co-creator strikes gold with 'Enthusiasm'
For those of you who aren't lucky enough to get HBO, including all of those in the dorms and some of you at home, I can only hope to capture the brilliance of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in this review. The show is one of the funniest comedies to ever grace a television screen.

OPINIONS
Boos & Bravos: Bravo to Super Bowl, bathroom sampling
BRAVO to business sophomore Matt Gallagher who, as you read this, is getting closer to his goal of dropping a number two in every bathroom on this campus, stall doors or no.

MLK shows Bush possibilities for leadership
Whenever I hear Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, I am reminded of language's ability to inspire and elevate its audience. There is something epic about that speech, something so far-reaching and inclusive as to seem almost impersonal. And yet Dr. King's speeches and others like them do not lose their relevance. Instead, they become more meaningful as greater and greater numbers of people finally catch up with their wisdom.

Segregation, sexism still thrive
Howard Dean is a racist. At least that's what his opponents are claiming. Within the past few decades, we've come so far in our quest for civil liberties that utilization of the word "racist" can easily defame an individual.

Soldiers give female image new makeover
From the moment Eve stuck three fig leaves onto her unmentionables, women have been aware of their femininity. When scientists hark on about the "missing link," I can firmly assert that it was a fully-evolved Avon lady who showed us that opposable thumbs are for grasping mascara and lipstick. Religious or not, women across the world cannot escape the pressure to show everyone how delightfully feminine they are.

Letters to the Editor: Franken body slams way to glory
The incident that took place at the PalaceTheater in New Hampshirebetween Al Franken and the heckler has been completely taken out of context and is just another example of the conservative media's spinning of the facts.

Mallrants: Democratic Presidential Race
Students in front of the MU rant about who they think will win the Democratic Presidential nomination.

COMICS
F-minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

W.M.U.
A comic strip by Joe Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto.

SPECIAL REPORTS
Ante up: Illegal gambling by ASU Students
Michael, a clean-cut, 22-year-old business student, is watching the New Orleans Saints trounce the Atlanta Falcons on a big-screen TV in his home. "Lost that one," he says in a casual tone. According to thegreek.com, where he checks odds, the Saints weren't supposed to win by quite so much.

WEB EXTRA
Postcards from London: Politics, culture in Piccadilly Circus
We may speak the same language, but stop right there. The United States and England are two very different places. As I stroll through bustling Piccadilly Circus, a London hotspot, my ears buzz with a plethora of exotic languages from the four corners of the world.

Review: City Lite Buffet gives more for price of 1
After walking through the doors of City Lite Buffet, your whole

aroma and feeling changes. Softly played music and colorful tables help

brighten up your lunch or dinner. City Lite Buffet is conveniently

located within a mile of Arizona State in the Walgreens shopping

center on the crosses of Mill and Broadway.

This week: Much ado about a yelp
Presidential hopeful Howard Dean's yelping noise was the big national story from last week. Give me a break. I refuse to completely give in to the feeding frenzy of criticism about that noise. Instead, I'll just make a joke about it.

SPORTS
Hoops: Devils commit 24 turnovers, lose 63-56
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Arizona State men's basketball team had to figure nothing was going to go its way Thursday after a scrawny-looking Washington State student sank a half-court shot during a timeout that interrupted the Cougars' frenzied second-half rally. Nothing really did.

W Hoops: Devils yearn for revenge against Wildcats
The ASU women's basketball team has revenge on its mind as the team prepares to take on intrastate rival UA on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. In the teams' first meeting on Jan. 2, UA (16-4, 8-1 Pac-10) used a 17-5 second-half run to pull out an 81-60 victory over the Sun Devils (12-6, 6-3) in Tucson.

Wrestling: Devils to grapple with Cornhuskers
Throughout the span of a wrestling season there are sure to be ups and downs. And the No. 12 Sun Devils have certainly had their share of both, heading into tonight's matchup against No. 4 Nebraska at Wells Fargo Arena.

Softball begins season at home
The No. 19 ASU softball kicks off its 2004 campaign by hosting Stephen F. Austin for a three-game weekend series beginning tonight at Farrington Stadium. The Sun Devils are coming off their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and are anxious to get back on the field.

Ice Devils to play at Glendale Arena
With a spot in the national championships possibly on the line, the ASU ice hockey team will face its toughest challenge of the season when the No. 12 Ice Devils take on the No. 16 UA Ice Cats in a two-game series, with the finale Saturday at the new Glendale Arena.

Gymnastics takes on powerhouse Bruins
ASU gymnastics coach John Spini knows that a conservative approach is no way to attack one of the top teams in the nation. So when the Sun Devils travel to Los Angeles to take on Cal State Fullerton and No. 6 UCLA on Sunday in a triangle meet, ASU will pull out all the stops when executing its routines.

Baseball Preview: Stanford hopes to finish the job in 2004
In three of the last four years, the Stanford baseball team has been one win away from an NCAA Championship. With the Cardinal being full of talent once again, the team hopes this is their year to get over the hump.

Devil Dish: Gay pornography isn't the only way
I, myself, am a young - and many times broke - student at a university where a former Associated Students of ASU vice president made an appearance in the adult film industry, and "Girls Gone Wild" is a yearly visitor. So there is one thing I am sure of: THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO MAKE MONEY BESIDES APPEARING IN PORN!

Face in the Crowd: Making a difference in the student section
Being a basketball fan at a Pac-10 school not named Arizona, UCLA, or Stanford can be frustrating. Traditionally, this conference does not have a history of basketball rivalries or strong programs, with the exception of the schools listed above. And when I say history, I'm looking right at you, UCLA.

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