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Grad student appointed to Ariz. state Senate


Aldei Gregoire / THE STATE PRESS
ASU graduate student Ed Ableser was appointed to fill Tempe's Legislative District 17 Senate seat Wednesday. The seat was vacated last week when former Tempe mayor Harry Mitchell stepped down to focus on running against Congressman J.D. Hayworth.
An ASU graduate student became the newest state senator Wednesday when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Ed Ableser to represent Tempe's District 17. Ableser said being part of the Senate would allow him to put his ideas into action. This is going to change my life a lot," Ableser said.

Ableser replaced Democratic Sen. Harry Mitchell, who resigned last Thursday to focus on his campaign for Congress in November against U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth. "I think he'll do a great job," said Mitchell. "He'll represent the people the way I would have."

Long Wong's back in business on Mill Avenue

An old name has returned to Mill Avenue in a new location and with renewed hope for longevity. Long Wong's, located on Mill Avenue just south of University Drive, opened its doors March 13.

Owners plan to offer specials to students once business gets under way, but nothing specific has been discussed. "We are going to do whatever it takes to build a rapport with the students," said Richard Carlson, partial owner of the restaurant.

Students push for higher wages for campus food workers

A group of ASU students wants to have a hand in negotiating the University's new food-service contract. Two members of the Living Wage Coalition met with officials from Student Affairs.
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Majerus out as ASU coaching candidate

Former Utah coach Rick Majerus has been eliminated from a list of candidates to fill the ASU men's basketball head coaching vacancy, a source close to the subject said Wednesday.

Majerus, 58, met with ASU Athletic Director Lisa Love on Tuesday in Milwaukee, but was never extended an offer.
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Baseball: Early surprises muddle Pac-10 baseball picture

There's a reason the No. 14 ASU baseball team stacks its schedule with the best teams in the country every year--to prepare for the challenging Pac-10 schedule.
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Political Passion


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Sitting in an office in his campaign headquarters in Scottsdale, Len Munsil looks like the consummate politician. He wears a black suit, with a navy tie over his white collared shirt. Every hair on his head is in place. He crosses one leg over the other as he leans back in his chair. He slowly taps his fingers on the desk as he thinks, planning out the precise order of words before he speaks.

Looking around the office, there is no indication Munsil is gearing up for the biggest race of his life. Munsil, 42, hopes to win the Republican nomination for governor of Arizona. If he wins the primary in September, he will face current Democratic governor Janet Napolitano in November.
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Helping Out: Casting Off The White Coats

In the sleek new Biodesign Institute, Bertram Jacobs reclines in his chair. He's pondering the cataclysmic contrast between his brand new "Ikea-laden" office and the present topic of conversation. Jacobs is talking about Africa northern Tanzania to be precise where 20 percent of the population is infected with HIV and it is rare to find anyone who hasn't had a friend or family member affected by the virus.
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Creepin' Online: In Your Face

An e-mail painstakingly crafted so that every word drips with innuendo, and every sentence speaks with desire, sent to the right person under the title "Perfect Date," and it would seem that young love is in bloom.
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