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Campus-area construction slows students

Construction along Rural Road between University Drive and Apache Boulevard continues to hinder traffic around ASU's Tempe campus.
Orange detour signs and single-lane traffic were added to many ASU students' lists of first-day stresses Monday.

Widespread construction projects surrounding the Tempe campus caused early-morning and rush-hour hold ups for some who tried to get to their first classes.

"[My drive] was a little horrific," said Nesrine Rkein, rolling her eyes as she headed to class from Lot 59.

The sophomore education major dealt with a traffic accident and University Drive traffic to get to campus from Mesa, which turned her usual 20-minute drive into "like an hour and 10 minutes."

"It's really frustrating, especially on University [Drive]," she said. "There's always so much construction. It's so hard to get where you need to go."

Anti-abortion group sues ASU

ASU officials have until Friday to respond to a lawsuit filed by members of a student anti-abortion group who claim their constitutional rights were violated.

In court papers filed in Arizona District Court on July 21, ASU Students for Life alleges unprecedented fees and space restrictions were placed on them in arranging two campaigns on campus - stripping them of basic free speech and due process rights.

Vacated buildings see new tenants, improvements

The buildings left behind after the public programs and nursing colleges and other departments packed their bags and headed to downtown Phoenix are due for an extreme makeover.

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved more than $3.8 million for renovations to several buildings at the Tempe campus.

McDuffy's closes, makes way for offices

Suits and ties are in and maroon and gold are out at the former McDuffy's Sports Bar.

The Ash Avenue building, home to the bar since 1988, closed last month and has been gutted to make way for developer Avenue Communities LLC's temporary corporate headquarters.

Sendek completes impressive summer

In his first off season as men's basketball coach, Herb Sendek wasted no time getting right to business.

His list of chores included acclimateing himself as quickly as possible with his new surroundings hiring a coaching staff, and last but most importantly not least, bringing as many prized recruits into town as possible.

All of these tasks shouldn't be a problem, considering the many selling points Sendek possesses. Some of which include 28 wins against top-25 teams in the past decade - ASU went 5-62 in such games - and a lifetime record of 1-0 against Lute Olsen, his UA counterpart.

With his strategy set, Sendek hit the road and began to deliver the goods.

Offense set to sizzle in 2006

The ASU football team will have a hard time topping the offensive potency it displayed in 2005.

But if 2006's production is anywhere close to that of a year ago, the Sun Devils will be in the mix for the Pac-10 title once again.

Movie Review: Why are there so many snakes on this plane?

James Dittiger / New Line Production (c) 2005
Samuel L. Jackson stars as “Neville Flynn” in New Line Cinema’s intense action feature Snakes On A Plane.
There are some movies in which the level of promotion makes it impossible for the viewer to come out of the theater feeling it was as good as what they expected.

For those who wonder if "Snakes on a Plane" can live up to its hype, Samuel L. Jackson had this to say:

"How can it not? The only way it wouldn't do well is if there was only one snake on the plane and it had no teeth and didn't bite anybody," Jackson told Entertainment News Wire. "That's the only way it could fail."

It was at that moment I knew I had to see "Snakes."

The plot follows FBI agent Neville Flynn (Jackson) on his assignment to protect pansy Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips) from kung fu gangster Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson), after witnessing Kim murder a criminal prosecutor.
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