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Traffic accidents plague Tempe


Joe Rondone / THE STATE PRESS
Heavy traffic around campus as well as the young population are two aspects of Tempe that create a high collision rate. Tempe reported 6,365 collisions in 2004, as much as 20 percent higher than surrounding cities, including Scottsdale and Chandler.
Tempe's streets were more dangerous than both Chandler and Scottsdale in the first several months of last year, according to information from local police departments. The Tempe Police Department's latest information says that in the first eight months of 2005, the city reported 4,293 traffic collisions.

In the same eight months, Scottsdale reported 3,370 collisions -- 22 percent fewer than Tempe. In all of 2005, Chandler reported 4,813 traffic accidents, or 520 more than Tempe reported in eight months. Tempe averaged 465 accidents a month through August. Information from the same time period in other East Valley cities wasn't available.

Sgt. Tim Bulson, spokesman for the Tempe Police Department's Traffic Bureau, said several factors play into the city's high collision rate. One factor is Tempe's large population, Bulson said.

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    M Hoops: Young guns set freshmen mark


    Joe Rondone / THE STATE PRESS
    Jeff Pendergraph lays it in over two Oregon State defenders in a home game at Wells Fargo Arena.
    Despite Saturday's 98-87 loss to Oregon, freshmen small forward Sylvester Seay and center Jeff Pendergraph made school history.

    Each scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Sun Devils, becoming the first pair of ASU freshmen to score 20 or more points in the same game.

    The duo poured in 30 of their combined 42 points in the second half.
    BASEBALL

    Working overtime

    Adding two new pitches to a repertoire that already includes a 96-mph fastball can make for a very dangerous pitcher. Add in a more demanding conditioning program and you have the makings of a dominant player on the mound.
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    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    Teaching America


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    In the Roosevelt School District, schools are so poor they can't even afford to pay substitute teachers. If a full-time teacher ever gets sick, they are forced to split the teacher's students into two other classes for the day, packing some classrooms that are already close to full.

    As of this article's printing, Arizona is being fined half a million dollars a day by the federal government until it finds a way to educate students who aren't proficient in English.

    On Jan. 31, President Bush announced in his State of the Union address that the country is currently experiencing a teacher shortage, especially in the sciences and mathematics.
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    Songs to make your sweetheart swoon

    One luxury of living in Arizona is that it is already 80 degrees when Valentine's Day rolls around. The spring-like weather may be heightening the spirit of love locally.
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    Breaking the Silence

    Death can sometimes tell more than life.

    At least that is the message that two local filmmakers.
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