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Police Beat: Keep your hands to your self
Tempe police reported the following incidents Sunday: A 22-year-old Tempe man was arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and first-degree criminal trespass near the 200 block of East Pebble Beach Drive. He allegedly entered a house without permission of the owner and fondled a 13-year-old's breast on the outside of her clothing in the backyard.

Punk, cover bands rock Town Lake
Rain only slightly dampened the spirits of Tempe Music Festival concertgoers this weekend at Tempe Beach Park.

The festival fused punk bands Pennywise, Unwritten Law and Denver Harbor on a side stage with family-oriented music from Sugar Ray, Dexter Freebish and a variety of cover bands on the main stage.

ASU graduate programs named to national list
Four ASU graduate programs were nationally ranked this year by U.S. News and World Report, and two of them improved those rankings.

The College of Education ranked higher than any other ASU graduate program, placing 22nd among education graduate schools across the country. The education college's previous ranking was unavailable.

Students race to third in moon unit
It might have been simulated lunar terrain, but it was lunar terrain nonetheless for the ASU Moon Devils.

The students placed third nationally in NASA's 11th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race this weekend.

Dell named Executive of Year
The W. P. Carey School of Business named Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc., its Executive of the Year.

The Dean's Council of 100, a group of high-profile businesspeople who serve as advisers to the school's dean, presented the award to Dell at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Friday.

ASU East: Student leads nutrition workshops
As a teen, ASU East nutrition junior Andrew Hodgson was an Illinois State bodybuilding champion. This week, Hodgson, also a student government senator, will begin hosting a series of workshops to help others learn how to build better bodies. The four-part Nutrition Series begins Thursday and continues each Thursday until April 29th.

'Hellboy' unreal, but fun anyway
The trailer for "Hellboy" makes it look like a run-of-the-mill, special-effects-laden action movie. But great performances from its cast, along with a serviceable script and a genuinely interesting plot, make the finished product much more than that. True, it's necessary to abandon all pretense of realism before seeing this film.

A local kind of funk
With banana slurpees in hand, under the yellow light of 7/11, I was introduced to the members of the Funkyard, a local band from Phoenix. With Mike M. on the Keyboard, Stanko playing bass, Matt on guitar, Mike B. on the drums and Andrew as the D.J, they produce an eclectic creation of funk, free style hip hop, and blues.

Musical Notes: So many bands, so little time
The problem with music festivals is there are so many bands playing at the same time, it becomes hard to know where one should be. With the Tempe Music Festival this Friday and Saturday, I have decided to investigate and give you my guide to the highlights and tips on where to be to get the most out of the festival.

Reel Life: Smell what's cookin'
Action stars have no glory when they are old and wrinkled; they get no "Old Timer's Day," so every two decades or so, we must crown a new batch of them (as the old ones become more fit to battle osteoporosis, rather than bad guys.) When Victor Mature and Charlton Heston became too old to pick up boulders or kill "damn dirty apes" in their films, along came an Italian stud and an Austrian Terminator.

Reel Life: Silent Bob talks back
For the past 10 years, Kevin Smith has been best known as Silent Bob, the "hetero life partner" of a stoner named Jay. Smith wrote, directed and appeared as Silent Bob in five movies, starting with the 1994 independent release Clerks and ending with 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Out of the Closet: Fashion flashback
Are '80s fashions back, or are the '80s back? About two decades ago, shag haircuts were slowly cropping down into the mullet, and what we today call "vintage" rock T-shirts draped the chest of every red-blooded rocker. A Republican was about to get reelected, Donald Trump was raking in big bucks and the world was about to learn from Gordon Gekko (Wall Street) that "Greed is good.

Local Beats: All dolled up
It's not just a series of performing spank lines and shimmies while wearing fishnets, bootie shorts, corset tops and heels for the Ragdolls. This burlesque-style dance group, which includes some ASU students, consists of well-trained dancers, some who have been dancing since they were 3 or 4.

Local Beats: Fast and furious
When driving eastbound on Grand Avenue toward the downtown district of Phoenix, two distinct features catch your eye. One is the giant, waving American flag in the center of the business district-the other is artist Karen Fiorio's billboard, which carries the faces of President George W.

Dump IT: Uggs look as bad as they sound
You have to wonder if the makers of this fashion atrocity ever considered the irony in naming their hideous boots Uggs. And for such an aptly named piece of dead cowhide, why is it we have to be subjected to seeing them everywhere? Because some sadistic soul decided to make them trendy, and when you see someone sporting them on "Sex in the City," expect fashion madness to ensue.

See IT: Film festivus for the rest of us
If you're running short on indie street cred, repent tonight by attending the Arizona Premiere of the film Saved!. Saved! was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and is part of the Phoenix Film Festival taking place this weekend through April 4 at the Harkins Cine Capri.

Don't I Know You? Viva Las Vegas
Turning the big "21" only happens once. For me, that "once" was last Thursday, and in celebration, I headed to Vegas where I could fulfill all the pleasures that come with being of age in one spot. There were two things I didn't expect to happen however. The first being, I won! That's right.

Atta Bui: Moove out
Sometimes, I feel like a cow. No, I'm not one of those whiney girls who are never satisfied with their weight, and I only have one stomach instead of four. Farmer John does not milk me on a daily basis, and I pass on cud as my meal of choice. Sometimes, I still feel like a cow.

HIV, AIDS in Africa: Jacko helping to beat it
Heal the world/ Make it a better place/ For you and for me/ And the entire human race Recognize the lyrics? I'll give you a clue: glove on one hand, glittery socks and high-water pants. That's right, Michael Jackson. The King of Pop himself penned those words.

TalkBack: (Expletive) this, (expletive) that
'Crazy C' accepts the fake Bryan Wynne's duel "Hi, this is 'Crazy C,' and I'm calling to say to 'Bryan Wynne' that I accept your duel, and the conditions will be a jalapeno popper-eating contest. We will see how many jalapeno poppers we can eat in a five-minute time span.

Music not the same after Cobain
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the apparent suicide of former Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. He is considered by some to be the Jimi Hendrix or John Lennon of a generation looking for a voice. Generation X never really had anything to rally around.

Chavez more than just a day off
Ruben Alonzo has a vision for this state. Wednesday, I caught up with Alonzo at Dos Gringos, to hear about his vision. Alonzo, a political science senior and City of Phoenix intern had the day off to honor Cesar Chavez, famous Arizonan and civil rights hero for millions.

Editorial: ASU gets a piece of the pie
ASU is movin' on up. It's true. Just like The Jeffersons. On Friday, U.S. News and World Report released its rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools 2005 and ASU moved up several ranks in some of the University's top programs. The W. P. Carey School of Business, coming off of a $50 million donation from New York investor Wm.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

Ship of fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

I went to Haiti during spring break to see the country for myself and found it to be incredibly complex, both political and culturally.

Happy Birthday, Louis Vuitton
As far as Louis Vuitton handbags are concerned, they've been seen on the arms of celebs everywhere and are now known as a must-have accessory. Although she left for only an overnight camping trip, Newlywed Jessica Simpson refused to leave the side of her now notorious, white multicore Vuitton, otherwise known as "Pet Louis.

Tempe festival turned Tempe circus
'April 3rd and 4th Rain or Shine,' said the white ticket for the annual Tempe Music Festival. Well rain or shine, literally meant a down pour or brilliant sunshine. Nothing in between like gray skies, or a nice breezy day with not a lot of 'shine'. Friday's escapades proved just this when the festival was cancelled due to weather conditions, even though it hardly rained another drop that evening.

Film Fest: Boos & Bravos
Let me begin by saying that the 2004 Phoenix Film Festival, held at the Harkins Scottsdale 101, home of the Cine Capri, was the first festival I've ever been to. Thus, I don't know for sure if the event was better or worse than the previous three held in the Valley, or how they measure up to other large festivals across the country and the world.

Film Fest: Movie magic
Of the many films that were entered into competition or were under the category of Showcase Features, I could only see a smattering (thanks to school and other previous engagements), but those I did watch were all interesting, in their own way. The opening night premiere, inside the famed Cine Capri theater, was the United Artists release Saved!, a black comedy about a religious high school in Maryland.

Film Fest: Paying tribute
Aside from showing feature-length movies, documentaries and short films, the 2004 Phoenix Film Festival was host to four separate tributes to men (no women this year, sadly) who have excelled in their craft. On Friday afternoon, character actor Dylan Baker, of Road to Perdition, Head of State and the upcoming blockbuster Spider-Man 2, was feted for his long years of service.

Postcards from London: Flight anxiety
I was a little apprehensive about flying in airplanes after 9/11 and somewhat paranoid during the occasional 'Orange Alerts' popping up frequently in America. I was also worried during New Year's Eve as I downed champagnes amongst the sky rises of Las Vegas.

Arena Football: Former Sun Devils lead Rattlers to victory
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Needing a win to keep their heads above water, the Arizona Rattlers got some help from the Sun Devil connection Sunday afternoon. Sparked by former ASU football players Tom Pace, Justin Taplin and Vince Amey, the Rattlers snapped a three-game losing streak by downing the Grand Rapids Rampage 51-41 at Van Andel Arena.

Baseball drops two of three to Trojans
In a three-game set that in many ways mirrored the last two series for the No. 14 ASU baseball team, the Sun Devils suffered yet another home Pac-10 series loss. Sunday's 10-3 defeat at Packard Stadium in front of 2,681 chilly spectators capped the latest of three-straight series losses for ASU (22-9, 3-6 Pac-10) in conference play, all of which were played in Tempe.

Gymnasts earn trip to NCAA Championships
The task for the ASU gymnastics team was simple -- vanquish some old demons or the 2004 season would end in an instant. For the Sun Devils, a trip to nationals rested on the team's final event of the evening, the vault, at the NCAA Gymnastics Central Regional on Friday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Devil Dish: Don't bet on Duhon
When Duke's Chris Duhon hit a three-pointer as time expired against UConn on Saturday night, it did nothing to affect the outcome of the game. But for the gamblers who wagered on the game's spread, the shot made all the difference. With UConn a two-to-three point favorite, the shot by Duhon made the final score 79-78 in favor of the Huskies, meaning between $30 to $100 million changed hands.

Errors cost softball win over Huskies
In the end, it all comes back to fundamentals. Critical errors in the fourth and seventh innings cost the No. 24 ASU softball team any chance it had of winning Sunday's game against No. 7 Washington, and resulted in a 0-2 start to the Pac-10 season. "We're obviously going to have to play better defense if we are going to stand a chance against any of the conference teams," ASU coach Linda Wells said.

Lady golfers subpar at home tournament
Each year thousands of golfers flock to the Valley of the Sun to enjoy the beautiful weather and the lush, green courses. This week, 16 collegiate women's golf teams headed to Tempe expecting the same conditions but, unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate.

Tennis teams progress during losing weekend
Although the ASU tennis teams went a combined 1-2 over the weekend, a new level of confidence seems to be infiltrating the Whiteman Tennis Center. The women's team secured its first Pac-10 victory of the year on Saturday, as it had a convincing 6-1 win over Washington State.

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