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Tempe, ASU owed thousands in parking fines


Joe Rondone / THE STATE PRESS
Often times ASU Parking and Transit Services citations are "thrown away like a parking ticket" by students and faculty commuting to campus. After three unpaid tickets, ASU reserves the right to tow away the offending car at the owner's expense.
Veronica Novak has gotten seven parking tickets this semester. "I've already had my car towed ... right before Spring Break," said Novak, an art history and business major. Novak isn't the only person who avoids paying parking tickets -- ASU and the city of Tempe combined currently have about 45,000 unpaid parking tickets, officials said.

Rick Rager, deputy court manager for the Tempe Municipal Court, said as of March 1 the city had 19,796 outstanding tickets.

20,000 activists march in Phoenix

More than 20,000 members of the Phoenix Latino community marched from a downtown church to Sen. Jon Kyl's office to protest proposed immigration legislation Friday.

Protesters wore T-shirts and held signs that opposed House Resolution 4437, which would increase penalties for being in the United States illegally.

Number of law school applicants drops nationwide

Law school applications nationwide decreased last year for the first time since 1997-98, but officials at ASU and UA law schools said they weren't worried about fluctuations.

The Law School Admission Council reported a 4.8 percent decline in applications nationally last year. ASU registered a 1.7 percent increase from 2004 to 2005, while UA registered a 7.6 percent decline for the same period.
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SPORTS

Gymnastics takes a tumble at Pac-10s


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
Ashley Kelly practices her routine on the beam Tuesday afternoon at the John Spini Women's Gymnastics Training Center.
In its biggest meet thus far in 2006, the ASU gymnastics team endured its worst performance of the season. That's what coach John Spini and senior all-arounder Ashley Kelly called the Sun Devils' surprisingly poor showing at the Pac-10 championships Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.

And how else could one describe a meet in which ASU suffered falls on eight of its 24 individual routines en route to a 193.900 score, worse than all but the team's total from the season opener at Boise State in mid-January?

"I don't know why we didn't have a good meet. We could have done a lot better," Kelly said. "It was really surprising, especially the way we've been training. We should have hit 24-for-24." The Sun Devils' score placed them fourth in the meet. It will also likely drop them from 9th to 11th in the national rankings and give ASU a No. 2 seed at an NCAA Regional site to be determined today. There are six regional sites where six teams will compete in each on April 8.
SPORTS

Track and field defends home turf

The ASU track team defended the desert as they turned in a commanding performance this weekend. In all, ASU notched seven victories and 26 top-three finishes in the ASU Invitational at Sun Angel Stadium.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Spicy Saturday fun


Chris Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
The Tostitos Southwest Salsa Challenge drew upwards of 15,000 people to Tempe this Saturday.
A strong salty, tangy wet smell saturated the air, filling the nostrils of the throngs of people waiting to enter Tempe Beach Park Saturday afternoon. The source was salsa, more than 800 gallons of it. The salsa was prepared for the Tostitos Southwest Salsa Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the Hemophilia Association of Arizona.
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Kid in America

Corey Woods couldn't have done any worse. Out of five candidates in last week's election for the Tempe City Council, Woods, a 27-year-old ASU graduate student, came in dead last.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Back to School: The 27-year-old Undergrad

Sitting in the back of the class, the girls behind me are having a heated debate about the difference between "vodka-drunk" and "tequila-drunk." In front of me, a guy is discussing his sexual adventures with "what's her name." To both my right and left, there is some furious Blackberry texting going on.

Sitting in the back of a 200-plus student lecture class is the collegiate equivalent of the elementary school back-of-the-bus ride. It's where all the cool kids sit, and nothing good can come of it.
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