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Tempe standoff ends peacefully

Aldei Gregoire / THE STATE PRESS
Charles Brugh, 32, sits in a police cruiser after a four-hour standoff in Tempe on Monday.
A Tempe man wanted in connection with two felony warrants surrendered peacefully to police after barricading himself in his parents' house near campus for more than four hours Monday afternoon.

During the standoff, police evacuated 15 homes and apartments while a nearby elementary school kept students past its dismissal time. Police attempted to contact Charles Brugh, 32, at his parents' house on the 1300 block of North Seventh Place shortly after 2 p.m., said Tempe police Sgt. Dan Masters.

Graduation ceremonies could cause traffic delays

Drivers should expect heavy traffic next week around the sites of ASU's graduation ceremonies.

Mary Croft of Parking and Transit Services said she expects traffic around Wells Fargo Arena and Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium to be heavier than normal up to a half hour before and after each ceremony. Sixteen commencement and convocation ceremonies are scheduled for the two sites on May 12.

Update: Council votes for full Cronkite school accreditation

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication voted Friday in favor of reaccreditation for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, according to school officials.

In October, an accreditation committee affiliated with the organization recommended that the school be rated as "not meeting standards" for school administration and diversity. The same team voted unanimously April 3 to recommend that the council vote for full accreditation of the school.

Walter steals show at Sparky's

Jeremiah Armenta / THE STATE PRESS
Former quarterback Andrew Walter accepts his award for ASU Male Athlete of the Year. Walter broke John Elway's Pac-10 record for career passing touchdowns and was recently drafted in the third round by the Oakland Raiders.
While Oakland Raider training camp is still a few weeks away, a former ASU quarterback donned black and silver on Monday night in his last official appearance as a Sun Devil. Andrew Walter, ASU's all-time passing leader, returned to Tempe to receive one final accolade, a Sparky Award for Male Athlete of the Year.

"I don't know how the other guys didn't win," Walter said as he accepted the award before a crowded Wells Fargo Arena. "If I could just say to all the student-athletes, enjoy your time here because it goes fast."

Lacrosse heads for national tourney

Momentum can be all it takes to propel a team through the postseason. After winning seven of its last eight games, the ASU women's lacrosse club has just that and needs to string together only four more wins for a national title.

Common ground

Even when he was young, William Calvo knew he was different. Growing up in heavily Catholic Costa Rica, spirituality and the church always were important to Calvo. But there was another element to Calvo's personality that also was there, even though he did not know what it was at first.

Calvo was an effeminate child, a bit of an outcast. He liked He-man-type cartoons, not because he wanted to be like the superheroes, but because he was attracted to them.

In your own backyard: Caching in

Peter Belsky pulls his Jeep out of the Saguaro dorm parking lot. It's a warm Thursday afternoon, and while most students are in class or tanning by the pool, Belsky is getting ready to go on a "treasure hunt."

"Sometimes I'll try to find little ones on campus on Saturday mornings," says the business freshman. "And there used to be one on 'A' Mountain."
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