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Official: Candle starts fire in dorm

An unattended candle was blamed for a fire in Manzanita Hall late Wednesday afternoon, causing an evacuation of the building and water damage to students' rooms, a fire inspector said.

ASU police and the Tempe Fire Department responded to the fire about 4:45 p.m., and 250-300 residents were evacuated for about 20 minutes, said ASU spokesman Manny Romero.

Honors students fight for voters' rights

In two years, a section of legislation targeted at helping minority voters will expire if the U.S. Congress opts not to renew. And ASU students are getting involved.

Ten students from the Barrett Honors College presented on Wednesday a portion of their honors thesis project, which deals specifically with the implications of letting the section expire. The students hope to have a proposal ready for Congress by August.

Academic Senate cracks down on cheating

Students who rely on cheating or plagiarism may soon find it harder to accomplish without getting caught.

The ASU Academic Senate recently approved a series of measures designed to proactively combat cheating. According to the Duke University Center for Academic Integrity, more than 75 percent of students on most campuses admit to some cheating.
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SPORTS

Now healthy, Walter impresses in workout


Shaina Levee / THE STATE PRESS
Former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter chats with reporters Wednesday after a private workout for professional scouts and coaches.
Former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter auditioned for professional scouts and coaches Wednesday afternoon, finally putting to test his surgically repaired shoulder.

Walter, who separated his shoulder Nov. 26 in the regular-season finale against UA, went through 30 minutes of passing drills with former ASU receivers Skyler Fulton and Mike Pinkard at Kajikawa Football Practice Field. Walter, who contends his shoulder is at about 85 percent, is projected to be one of the top five quarterbacks taken in this month's NFL draft.
SOFTBALL

Devils let opportunity slip away

To have a chance against a national powerhouse, you can't make mistakes. A pair of defensive miscues in the top of the first inning doomed the ASU softball team Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss against No. 2 UA at Farrington Stadium.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Controlling love


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It was her freshman year at ASU when Becky met John. They were best friends for a while before attraction set in and the two began dating.

It seemed like the relationship would be perfect. But as soon as the words "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" came into the mix, John's behavior changed completely and the relationship turned from loving to abusive.
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Medicine Closet: Addicted to Adderall

For many college students, going home for the weekend means eating a home-cooked meal and spending time with family and old friends. But for one ASU student, going home for the weekend means getting a fix.

When her family isn't paying attention, Emily -- who requested SPM not use her real name -- sneaks into the family medicine cabinet and looks for the prescription made out to her younger brother. When she finds the Adderall bottle, she opens it up and takes just enough to last her a while without her family becoming suspicious.
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