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Spring break makeover creates new restaurant

Sarah Regnier / THE STATE PRESS
Brian Roehrich, owner of the new Daisy Dukes restaurant, helps with construction to prepare for today's opening.
In little more than a week, Flip Flops restaurant did its own extreme makeover into the new Daisy Dukes. The new digs will be unveiled today at 11 a.m. when Daisy Dukes, located at 222 E. University Drive, officially opens for business, after a contest to redesign the restaurant gave it a split personality.

One side is Daisy's and the other is Duke's, each with a separate menu and bar and a distinct look and feel, said owner Brian Roehrich, who held a contest to determine the new look. Daisy Dukes will replace Flip Flops, which had not been successful, he said.

Suspected kidnapping called misunderstanding

The suspected kidnapping reported before spring break was actually staged by two ASU students in an attempt to cheer up a friend.

A 20-year-old woman, who is an ASU student and employee, arranged for two male acquaintances to pick her up after work near the intersection of McAllister Avenue and Tyler Mall on March 10, according to records released last week by the ASU Department of Public Safety. A GMC Yukon drove up to the woman and a passenger grabbed her and threw her into the vehicle.

Health center warns of antibiotic misuse

Antibiotic medications are commonly overused and misused on campus, which can lead to bacterial resistance and other health problems.

The Student Health and Wellness Center sold 462 prescriptions of antibiotics last month, down from the 492 sold in February of last year and the 513 sold in the same month in 2003. Though the numbers are declining, Dr. Nubia Porras, a physician at the health center, said many students ask for antibiotics for any illness.

Sun helps ASU finish off Oklahoma

Aldei Gregoire / THE STATE PRESS
ASU freshman J.J. Sferra gets tagged out by Oklahoma freshman catcher Jackson Williams in the eighth inning of the Sun Devils' 6-5 win on Sunday at Packard Stadium.
When the ASU baseball team started the beginning of the season slowly, every call and every break seemed to go against it. The Sun Devils refused to fret, saying that these types of things balance themselves out by the end of the year. In their game against Oklahoma on Sunday at Packard Stadium, that statement held correct.

Tied at three in the bottom of the seventh inning, senior second baseman Joey Hooft hit a routine fly to center with two outs and the bases loaded. However, Oklahoma center fielder Jeff Scuderi lost the ball in the sun, letting three runs score en route to a 6-5 ASU victory in front of 3,375.

Women's hoops ready for Notre Dame, Sweet 16

FRESNO, Calif. -- For the ASU women's basketball team, the goal hasn't changed: Take care of business on the road and return home. Tonight, ASU gets a chance to punch its ticket to the Tempe Regional.

Coming off a convincing 87-65 win over Eastern Kentucky, fifth-seeded ASU meets fourth-seeded Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in what could be the biggest game in the program's 30-year history.

Eastern neighbors

Performers with U-Stage, a Japanese traveling troupe, make audience members laugh with their antics.
At the Matsuri Festival of Japan in downtown Phoenix, thousands ´┐Żof locals and out-of-towners amble down the walkways of Heritage and Science Park. They are shopping for authentic Japanese products and eating at dozens of food stands, where barbecue fills the air with smoke and the smell of grilled chicken.

On three stages, Japanese and other performers model kimonos, sword fight, play Taiko drums and dance, educating audience members about Japanese culture while entertaining them. Though it draws an enormous crowd every year, the festival remains unknown to most locals, as does Japanese culture, rich in tradition and beauty.

Students paid to party

Broadcast journalism junior Branko Seretti's roommates have entered their kitchen Saturday mornings to find Batman eating breakfast.

Seretti works weekends for AZ Party Pals, a business that provides characters for parties and promotions in the area.

He spends his weekends with children at events as a superhero or other character.
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