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Report: 'Errors in judgment' made with Wade


Wade was an ASU football player at the time of the incident.
ASU officials couldn't have foreseen the shooting of Brandon Falkner, a former ASU football player, according to a report released Monday.

But the report also said that Gene Smith, ASU's former athletics director, and Dirk Koetter, head football coach, made "errors in judgment" regarding allegations of improper conduct by Loren Wade, who is suspected of shooting Falkner.

Students get last-minute reprieve from judge

An 11th-hour breakthrough in an immigration case helped four Phoenix students, including recent ASU graduate Luis Nava, escape the threat of deportation for the immediate future.

Heat wave claims victim in Tempe

A homeless man was found dead July 18, becoming Tempe's first reported casualty of this year's record heat wave.

Police are still waiting for a complete autopsy report from the county medical examiner's office, but officers are fairly certain the summer heat was ultimately what killed the man.
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Puhakka competes in diving world championships


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ASU senior diver Joona Puhakka practices his craft at the ASU aquatic center in 2003. Puhakka competed in the diving World Championships last week, finishing fourth in the 1-meter springboard and ninth in the 3-meter springboard.
ASU senior diver Joona Puhakka just missed out on the bronze medal in the 1-meter springboard competition Thursday afternoon in the FINA World Diving Championships in Montreal, Canada.

Puhakka placed fourth with a final-round score of 441.78. He was in third place after his last dive, but China's Feng Wang scored 9.0 and 9.5's on his final dive to narrowly edge Puhakka for the bronze medal. Canada's Alexandre Despatie finished a sweep of both springboard events by winning the event with a score of 489.69.
SPORTS

Averill to stick with Tigers

The 20th round pick of the Detroit Tigers signed a professional contract, signaling the end of his three-year stay at ASU. Averill received a reported $50,000 signing bonus.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

On a roll


photo courtesy of Shanna Hogan
Roller Derby games, or bouts, can get extremely physical, as players try to use their bodies to slow down the opposing team's point-scoring skater while pushing theirs through. Participants risk getting bruises, black eyes, scratches, broken tailbones and "rink rash" to play the sport they love.
They have tattoos, fishnets, short skirts, bruises and mean-sounding names like Helen Wheels and Phyllis Killer.

They look mean.

They act tough.

They're all part of the growing sport of roller derby.

The all-female Arizona Roller Derby League was launched in 2003 with just five girls, but it has since matured into a group of about 50 skaters.
MUSIC

Life is peachy for local band

Peachcake is an up-and-coming electronic band currently based in Tempe. It features two of the most understated performers you'll ever meet.

John O'Keefe and Stephen Pruett don't demand attention or the perks some rising rocks stars consider their due; they don't even mind dinner at Pita Jungle. Hell, they're happy with water if that's all you have.
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