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Traffic troubles staying in Tempe for awhile longer


Ryan A. Ruiz / THE STATE PRESS
Construction crews from Achen Gardner and Southwest Gas install sewer and water lines Tuesday along University Drive, which will be restricted to one lane each way through October.
Two major projects on streets near ASU will cause lane restrictions and may increase travel times from now until 2008, Tempe officials said. A $5 million sewer and water line replacement project began along University Drive between Rural Road and Mill Avenue earlier this month, said Ron Coleman, a spokesman for Tempe's water department.


The construction affects traffic along University Drive, which will be restricted to one lane in each direction through October. The new lines would increase capacity in aging systems needed to catch up with ASU's growth, Coleman said. "We understand it's an inconvenience, but it allows us to provide safe water and safe sewer service," he added. Roadwork will mostly occur during the summer to reduce traffic impacts, Coleman added.

Muslim students kick off Islam Awareness Week

The Muslim Student Association kicked off its annual Islam Awareness Week Monday with a lecture in the Memorial Union aimed at dispelling Muslim stereotypes.

More than 20 students attended the lecture that featured Deedra Abboud, executive director of Arizona's chapter of the Muslim American Society. Abboud asked students to list stereotypes they had heard about Muslims.

Speeding drops on Loop 101 since photo radar starts

The number of vehicles caught speeding by cameras on Loop 101 has decreased by 31 percent since Scottsdale began mailing citations, according to data from the city.

Scottsdale began mailing citations to the owners of vehicles caught traveling more than 10 mph over the 65-mph limit Feb. 22, said Mike Phillips, city spokesman.
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Hoops: ASU's coaching carousel

With Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon off the board, speculation about ASU's next men's basketball coach now turns to other likely candidates. It's a short list of names ranging from the proven, popular and controversial to relatively unknown up-and-comers.

Here are the candidates in which the ASU athletic department is rumored to have an interest:
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Football: New year, new position for Burgess

Wherever there is a hole on the ASU football team, junior Rudy Burgess is right there to plug it.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Judging Covers: The Sound of Art


Scott Pennelly / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Art and music combine forces to revitalize the Interdisciplinary Gallery, proving that inspiration for songs can come from just about anything.
If a paint brush were a musical instrument, what would your favorite painting sound like? This question may unfortunately never be answerable, but in the meantime, a new exhibit at the ASU Art Museum offers a chance to look at how the visual and aural arts may be related.

The exhibit, simply titled "Art Inspires Music," will feature paintings from the museum's permanent collection side-by-side with songs written by local musicians. They aren't just any songs, though -- each song was written over a period of two months by the musicians after choosing a painting to work with.
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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Aisle Seat: 'Smoking' anything but a drag

Jason Reitman only needs 92 minutes to address what is disputably the biggest killer and health concern in the nation. His slick, stylish and streamlined debut feature film, "Thank You for Smoking," based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley, opened this weekend to an audience that responded with, "No, no, thank YOU."
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