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Police Beat: Sixteen-year-old bruises easily
A 34-year-old Tempe woman was arrested on charges of child abuse and domestic violence near the 4100 block of South Mill Avenue. She allegedly grabbed her 16-year-old son by the throat with both hands and attempted to choke him. The incident left two distinct red bruise marks on the victim's throat.

ASU East: Relay for Life raises $15,000
Rain and wind did not stop ASU East from holding the second annual Relay for Life and raising $15,000 to help fight cancer. The relay is a team event where people walk around the ASU East track to raise money to fight cancer. The outside event was moved inside the Student Union and held all night Friday.

Later last call clears Senate
The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow bars to remain open until 2 a.m., bringing the Last Call Act closer to becoming law.

The state House of Representatives introduced the bill in February and passed it in March. Now the bill will move to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for approval.

ASU wins Bush campaign contest
ASU beat every university in the nation Tuesday in garnering support for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign.

The University won the March to Victory competition, a contest to sign up student volunteers for the Bush campaign.

Bill seeks book discount for student workers
A bill asking for a bookstore discount for student workers was proposed at the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting Tuesday.

The senate also passed a bill that aims to limit the number of credit card solicitors on campus.

New health center considered
To cope with an influx of students and fit in on a reorganized campus, ASU's Student Health and Wellness Center could get a new south campus home, officials said.

Juan Gonzalez, vice president for Student Affairs, said discussions about a new center began in August 2003.

Photographers share life stories
"Photography is the art of looking, and I was taught to see by my father," said Sam Abell, a contributing photographer for National Geographic for more than 30 years. Abell and fellow Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauski spoke to ASU students, faculty and Tempe community members Tuesday about their experiences documenting life around the world.

Young artists push boundaries
An intense melody perks up the audience's energy. No one can sit still; fans cry for more. The music creeps its way into the heads of the listeners as they rise from their seats and begin to groove, keeping in beat with the tune. Shea Marshall, the saxophonist of Soaking Fused, hops off the stage, strolls through the dance floor and carelessly leans against a wall as he unravels his soul.

Aussie invasion
Doors opened at six thirty and fans spilled into the Marquee Theater on Saturday night to experience the much talked of, "Aussie Invasion". With The Living End, The Vines and supporting bands Neon and Jet, an atmosphere of crazy punk rock and slurred lyrics was created, as if the audience would expect anything less.

Julia & the Prince
For the past five years, movies with a teenage bent have been revitalized, partly thanks to the presence of 23-year old actress Julia Stiles, who has gone from films such as 10 Things I Hate About You to independent films such as The Business of Strangers.

'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.

Fines won't stop DUIs
If it can happen to Diana Ross, it can happen to you, and I'm not talking about Divas Live. Last week the fines for driving under the influence doubled for the state of Arizona in the effort to curb the overwhelming number of fatalities. Fines are now $950 for a first conviction and $2,150 for a second.

Implant microchips into sex offenders
Arizonans are tired of not knowing who is a danger to them and their children, especially where sex offenders are concerned. On Tuesday, Camelback High School officials warned students that older men have been cruising by campus, exposing themselves and harassing young girls.

Beware the Googlebomb
Since its inception in 1998, Google has become a ubiquitous entity on the Internet, the place to go if you're looking for anything from help on a term paper on the sexual behavior of frogs to Princess Diana's autopsy photos. It was on the cover of Newsweek recently, and has managed to flourish despite the dot-com bust earlier in the decade.

Talk Back: 'Tofugate' is a big, fake, faking phony
"What up Talk Back? I know I'm a little bit late, but I wanted to call in and weigh in on last week's tofugate scandal. I don't know why everybody's making such a big deal. I watched like five seconds of it and I was like, dude, you're watching a fake chick wrestle in a big vat of fake meat for a fake cause. So I went home and made a big pastrami sandwich and watched "The Daily Show" because I like fake news. Peace. Late."

Editorial: Try to resist the free pizza
Have you seen the predators around campus lately? They are out there, sitting on the lawn, resting in tents and ready to capitalize on your weaknesses. They are credit card solicitors, and no students are safe. The predators' spiel seems simple. You fill out a sheet of paper in exchange for something that appeals to you.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

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

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hump Day Hoopla: No asterisk here
A couple of weeks ago, Sports Illustrated asked whether or not the current era of baseball should be referred to as the "asterisk era." The asterisk would note the alleged rampant use of steroids that has plagued the Major Leagues for the last 10 to 15 years.

Football: Stewart re-aggravates ankle injury at spring football
Just when it looked like senior strong safety Riccardo Stewart could enjoy some smooth sailing after ending the 2003 season with a barrage of injuries, another wave knocked him off course. During spring football on Tuesday, Stewart re-aggravated an ankle injury while participating in one-on-one drills.

Baseball: Asanovich to plug hole at third base
Although the ASU baseball team did not perform well overall this weekend, there were a few bright spots in the Sun Devils' third straight Pac-10 series loss. One of those was the performance of junior infielder Josh Asanovich at third base, a new position for the junior college transfer from Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Devil Dish: Chicagoans blow, Arizonans sweat
Tuesday was opening day for our Diamond-backs, and it's good to have them back. It's been a tough few months without them. It's good to know I won't have to waste my time reading to children or picking up litter anymore. But before I settle in for the summer, I have one request: Let's not suck this year, okay? At a recent spring training game, I watched as our hometown heroes "played" against the Cubs and lost 12-2.

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