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Breaking news: Late comeback keeps women's basketball in Pac-10 Tournament

ASU women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne must have mixed feelings after Saturday's 2006 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament second-round contest.

With her team trailing Oregon State by eight points at halftime, Turner Thorne set a team goal of scoring 50 points in the second half.
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Parlor Games


Scott Pennelly / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
The waiting room at Massage Elite in Tempe.
As Sam Friedman walks into Massage Elite, he doesn't know what to expect. A neon "Asian" sign shines out the window, illuminating the dark plaza. Another small sign reads "Open 9 to midnight, 365 days."

Friedman, a male SPM reporter, admits that he is nervous about being sent to check out an unconfirmed report -- that the massage practice offers not just massages but sexual favors in exchange for money.

Friedman takes a step into the empty waiting room. Curtains drawn across the windows make him hardly visible to the outside world. A small, framed menu hangs on the wall, listing Massage Elite's services. A half-hour massage is $40, three-quarter hour is $50 and one hour is $60. The practice also offers a twenty-minute milk and salt bath for $25.
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Getting By: Blood money

Again and again my hand closes around the Zippo lighter. Over and over I make a fist. It feels as though my grasp on this lighter is the only thing keeping the blood pumping through my veins and up into the machine that will remove my white blood cells and return the red cells to me.

I'm donating plasma. Donating is easy money -- the average person can make $50 if they donate twice a week and new donors make $65 for their first two donations. So I head down to ZLB Plasma Services in Tempe to sell myself for cash.

Once inside the building, I go up to the front desk, write my name down on the returning donors list and sit down to wait. Because I am a return donor, my donation experience is slightly different than that of new donors.
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V-Day: Taboo Talk

It's not every weekend that you find a group of diverse women talking about their vaginas. But thanks to ASU's V-Day and Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues," women on campus are getting more comfortable with their most intimate part.
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