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Cancer research loses funds

The jobs of 31 workers in the ASU Center for Cancer Research expired Friday because their federal grant was not renewed, said Virgil Renzulli, vice president of public affairs at ASU.

Renzulli said the team, one of seven in the center, had been funded by the federal government with a research grant for years.

City breaks ground on affordable homes

Carol Sparks never believed she could afford to buy a home in Tempe. But the groundbreaking of a city-subsidized home Friday near downtown will finally allow Sparks, 57, to make her dream a reality, she said. Sparks will own one of three permanently-affordable houses being built by Tempe and a local non-profit organization.

A permanently-affordable home is a house kept far below the market price for low- and moderate-income people. "Until we actually put those shovels in the ground this morning, you know it's happening, but it doesn't feel real," Sparks said. "It's just a whole different feeling today."

Baseball: Bresnehan shines in season debut

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Sophomore Willy Fox celebrates with teammates after hitting the first of two home runs against the Cal State Northridge Matadors Saturday at Packard Stadium.
After two subpar pitching performances this weekend by freshman Ike Davis and junior Zechry Zinicola, junior pitcher Pat Bresnehan went out to the mound Sunday afternoon and dominated Cal State Northridge, scattering four hits and only allowing one run to cross the plate.

"I was pretty happy with all my pitches. They were all going for strikes, which is what I am looking for," Bresnehan said.

W Hoops: Turner Thorne gets first win in Seattle

ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne can now cross "Win in Seattle" off her list of things to do.

It took nearly 10 years to achieve, but the No. 19 Sun Devils went into Bank of America Arena and defeated the Huskies 67-61 Saturday, giving Turner Thorne her first career victory on the road against Washington.

No failure here, 'F Minus' takes off

Tony Carrillo / United Media Syndicate
Most ASU students probably don't remember Tony Carrillo. He graduated in December 2004. But they do remember his comic strip, "F Minus." For two years, starting in January 2002, his witty comic strip was found every day in The State Press.

Of course, Carrillo eventually had to graduate. That put "F Minus" on hold, but not for long. His comic will be back in the presses starting this April. But this time, America is invited to laugh at "F Minus."

Spin this: Death From Above 1979

Lately, there has been an influx of bands carrying on a genre of "sexual glamour indie-rock" the kind of music that you can picture someone doing intense pelvic thrusts to (i.e. Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand). Many of these bands are full of hype and have only moderate talent. However, Death From Above 1979 actually has the music to back up the image, but with a lot more rock involved.

On the Set: Celluloid Secret

With more than 600 people expected to attend his latest movie's premiere, including representatives from Maxim Entertainment, Lions Gate Films and Harkins Theatres, filmmaker Zachary Yoshioka is a pretty big deal.

But you would never know it from looking at this 24-year-old 2004 ASU graduate. With his shaggy, blonde and black streaked hair and baggy sweatshirt, Yoshioka looks more like a California beach bum than a movie-making prodigy who owns his own production company, Ballistic Entertainment.
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