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Students create Web site to criticize PTS

David Lukens / THE STATE PRESS
Management senior Justin Chastain, left, and marketing junior Justin Cairns have developed a new Web site,
A new Web site sells T-shirts and gives students the chance to express their frustration with ASU Parking and Transit Services in a bold way.

Justin Cairns, a marketing and management junior, and Justin Chastain, a management senior, started the site in late February. They created the site after Chastain had his car towed by PTS during a license plate check that discovered three unpaid parking tickets.

Failed bill sparks protest

ASU's Young Democrats began a coalition this week to protest a legislative committee's decision to a kill a bill that would have increased the penalty for spousal rape. The bill had passed the Senate but was stopped by the House Human Services Committee on March 10 by a vote of 4-3.

Spousal rape is a Class 6 felony, and the maximum jail time is one and a half years. The bill would have made spousal rape a Class 2 felony, equating it to the rape of stranger, with a maximum jail sentence of 10 years.

Speed limits could drop

Tempe is working on a plan to lower speed limits throughout the city to create a uniform speed on major roads.

The transportation committee is considering several plans that would lower speed limits. The core area under consideration covers the streets bordered on the west and east by Priest and McClintock drives and on the north and south by Rio Salado Parkway and Southern Avenue.

Devils anxious for clean slate

Aldei Gregoire / THE STATE PRESS
Starter-turned-reliever Jason Urquidez delivers a pitch Sunday in ASUís 6-5 win over Oklahoma at Packard Stadium. Urquidez is 4-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 12 appearances.
The ASU baseball team already has experienced more ups and downs than a Six Flags rollercoaster.

The Sun Devils got off to a 6-9 start, including a school-record-tying six-game losing streak. They then rebounded by winning five of six games to climb back over the .500 mark. Most recently, ASU downed Oklahoma for its first three-game sweep of the season. Now, it's time to forget all that. The slate has been wiped clean as ASU dives into Pac-10 play tonight at No. 23 USC.

Atlanta firm begins search for new AD

Less than three weeks until Athletic Director Gene Smith departs for Ohio State, ASU has called for help in its quest to find a replacement.

The Atlanta-based executive search firm of Baker-Parker and Associates has been tapped with the task of finding candidates who are qualified to steer the future of the athletic department.

Forced recovery

Experiencing withdrawals, going to group meetings and confronting demons. Rehab isn't exactly what the college-aged population dreams about, but it often becomes a necessity, whether enrolling is a personal decision or a court order.

This week, SPM talks to people who were forced to join rehab by the courts and whose lives have been irretrievably altered because of substance abuse.

Uncomfort Zone: Flashmosphere

The students flow in, picking their seats carefully as though certain people have cooties and others don't.

One girl pulls out her cell phone.

"Oh my god, there was this huge party, and I was so drunk," she says to the person on the other end of the line, going on to explain how she had slept next to the toilet rather than the hot guy for whom she pined.
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