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ASU grad found guilty in hit-and-run case

An ASU graduate was found guilty on all three counts in a fatal hit-and-run case in Maricopa County Superior Court on Wednesday. Muneerah Al-Tarrah, 22, was convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and two DUI charges by an eight-member jury.

The jury announced its verdict after less than 30 minutes of deliberation. "The verdict was appropriate," said Mesa Detective John Merrell, who worked with the prosecution. "There weren't many questions with this defendant."

Day of Silence rings loud and clear

Marquita Johnson taped her mouth shut Wednesday afternoon. The architecture junior was one of a group of students sitting silently with duct tape over their mouths outside the Memorial Union, protesting intolerance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students.

Immigration a global problem, profs say

Immigration is not just a problem between the United States and Mexico but a global issue, a panel of ASU professors said at a forum Wednesday.

Underwear under fire

Students using the restroom in some campus buildings might be in for a surprise.
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Pac-10 title slips by Lemke


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Senior Alejandro Canizares practices his drives at the practice facility at ASU's Karsten Golf Course.

Niklas Lemke's quest for the Pac-10 championship took a turn for the worse down the stretch Wednesday. Lemke caught UCLA's Daniel Im for the lead late during the final round of competition in Palm Desert, Calif., but ran into problems when he gave up three strokes on the 16th and 17th holes. He finished in second place one shot off the lead.


"He's disappointed right now after coming so close to being a Pac-10 medalist and not winning," ASU coach Randy Lein said. "But all these guys are pretty resilient. He'll get over it soon enough and be ready to play well for regionals and nationals."
This was the third tournament this spring where an ASU golfer was the runner-up for an individual title by only one stroke. Im played his worst round of the tournament and struggled on the back nine, bogeying three consecutive holes.
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Water Polo: Devils ride upset into conference tourney

It has been an uphill battle for the No. 11 ASU water polo team all season, a trend that will likely continue when the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships start today.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Take it like a woman


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On a small wooden rink toward the back of Castle Sports Club in Phoenix, 20 women race around on roller skates throwing large rubber balls at each other.

The balls are flying everywhere -- an exercise in learning to spot when a skater is coming up behind you. Skaters smash into walls and into each other. Every few minutes, someone takes a nasty spill onto the rink's starkly painted blue floor.

Outside this small circle, it's still largely a man's world. But inside, the women of the Arizona Roller Derby League are, literally, hell on wheels. They skate fast and viciously with the motto, "Get down and derby," they suffer broken bones and bruises and they often get into fist fights.
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Local Limelight: Q & A With Devendra Banhart

Our apologies to all the deserving local artists out there -- this week, SPM had the opportunity to talk with one of the most dynamic and divisive artists in modern American music. Devendra Banhart has emerged at the forefront of the recent upsurge in neo-folk music, and his albums feature everything from experimental jams to simple ballads, complimented by Banhart's wavering singing.
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Helping Out: Calling All Volunteers

Normally at this point in the semester, Louisa Ballard could expect students to come to her for help.
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