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New residents not alerted to registered sex offenders in area

A number of registered sex offenders live near ASU and their student neighbors are often unaware of their criminal histories.

At least 74 registered sex offenders who have an intermediate or high risk of committing another offense have home addresses within five miles of the Tempe campus and are listed on a state Web site.

Students ask ASU to join resort boycott

ASU students and faculty have teamed with a labor union to convince the University to participate in a boycott of The Phoenician resort in Phoenix.

The proposed boycott is part of a larger campaign by labor union Unite Here to put pressure on the nation's five largest hotel chains to raise safety standards and to get hotels to back off of taking health benefits away from workers.

Napolitano vetoes state budget request

Lawmakers must go back to the drawing board after Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed the Legislature's budget plan for 2006 late Monday evening.

The Legislature's proposal would have given ASU $346.7 million, $11.4 million less than Napolitano's $358.1 million allocation to the University.

Student wins national fraternity honor

An ASU fraternity member has been named the National Collegian of the Year by his organization. Marketing and supply chain management senior Dave Glanzrock is being recognized for his work with the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.

Spring gives Koetter lots of looks

Sarah Regnier / THE STATE PRESS
Junior quarterback Sam Keller throws a pass Tuesday during spring workouts at the Kajikawa Practice Facility. Keller is expected to be ASU's starter next season after leading the Sun Devils to a dramatic victory in the Vitalis Sun Bowl.
With a roster that boasts 50 returning lettermen, the ASU football team hopes to build on what's already a strong core during spring workouts.

On offense, ASU returns nine starters, including three All-America candidates in senior wide receiver Derek Hagan, senior offensive lineman Grayling Love and sophomore tight end Zach Miller.

Sun sets on Smith's ASU tenure

Nestled in a corner office on the sixth floor of the Carson Student-Athlete Center, Athletic Director Gene Smith pondered his future with 73,379 empty seats at his back.

In front of Smith's desk hangs a monolithic photo of Sun Devil Stadium filled to capacity, representing an ever-present carrot that dangles from a stick. Even in the final three weeks of his tenure in Tempe, Smith has not stopped tapping his feet to the beat of ASU athletics.

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.

Learning How: Stick it

The car lurches through the intersection, bouncing and hopping like a bunny on steroids. The engine revs and squeals as the tires leave black streaks on the pavement.

The car bounds by houses with manicured gardens and hedges, every sound lost in the roar of the engine.

On this balmy Wednesday afternoon, theatre senior Miranda Lilley is attempting to learn the art of driving a car with a manual transmission, also known as a "stick." I, a relatively new manual driver myself, am teaching her.
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