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Students caught in Middle East crossfire


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Lebanese-born political science and journalism major Dana Khraiche has visited Lebanon once a year since she came to the U.S. in 1990.
As international forces try to maintain a fragile peace agreement in Lebanon, some ASU students are worried about the fate of the Middle East - and their own families.

Dana Khraiche, a student from Lebanon, said the country's strong religious division is the cause of the conflict, especially because the country's president, prime minister and speaker of the parliament are of three different religions.

"Religion is what you are. Back there it is what defines you as a person," Khraiche said.

Lebanon's president is Christian, while the country's prime minister is Sunni Muslim and the speaker of the parliament is a Shiite Muslim.

After 34 days of fighting in Israel and Lebanon, the United Nations is trying to hold together a shaky cease-fire.

Since July 13, Hezbollah, an armed Lebanese political party, and the Israeli Army have battled across Lebanon and northern Israel. The conflict started when a Hezbollah unit conducted a cross-border raid, capturing two Israeli soldiers and killing three. The skirmish blossomed into a larger conflict with Israel conducting thousands of air strikes and Hezbollah returning fire by launching approximately 4,000 rockets into northern Israel.

Abandoned backpack leads to bomb scare

The Tempe Police Bomb Squad detonated a suspicious backpack on College Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

"Fortunately, there was nothing in the backpack of any danger," said Cmdr. David Humble, Tempe police spokesman.

Tempe police said no one was hurt and ASU police confirmed no one evacuated any nearby buildings.

At 12:52 p.m., a city employee contacted Tempe Police Department about a suspicious backpack sitting on a bench on the east side of College Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, Humble said.

The man reportedly said the backpack was making a noise.
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Barrett to lead ASU defense


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Junior saftey Josh Barrett signals a teammate while practicing at Kajikawa practice feild Sunday.
Josh Barrett sees the 2006 college football season as a fresh start, a new opportunity.

The junior free safety out of Reno, Nev., will attempt to be a major contributor on ASU's rebuilt defense - which returns just four starters - while trying to stay healthy for the first time in his collegiate career.

Barrett arrived in Tempe in 2003 and played in the season opener against NAU - also the Sun Devils' initial opponent this year - as a true freshman. But he injured his right shoulder against the Lumberjacks, and was forced to sit out the rest of the season, making use of his medical redshirt.

Barrett's shoulder has been the culprit in a majority of his injuries the last three years, forcing him to have surgery twice.

Barrett's most recent injury was a sprain to the medial collateral ligament in his knee, which sidelined him for several practices and ASU's final preseason scrimmage at Sun Devil Stadium on Aug. 18.
SPORTS

Football Notebook: Koetter doesn't favor changes to clock rules

When the ASU football team kicks off its season against NAU Thursday, a pair of new clock rules in college football should effectively shorten the game by 10 to 20 plays.
On kickoffs, the game clock will now begin from the instant the ball leaves the kicker's foot, as opposed to the traditional way of starting when the receiving team fields the ball.
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On the Cover: Double Take


Katie E. Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
On a hot Sunday afternoon in August, Danielle and Barry Lindsey move into their new Tempe condominium. Two bicycles rest by the door, and the view from the foyer reveals a cluttered kitchen and a living room littered with boxes.

The Lindseys are in the middle of it all, trying to figure out where to move a large brown couch. While the room is in disarray from the move, Danielle and Barry work together seamlessly. It's no wonder - they've been roommates on and off for more than 20 years.

No, Danielle and Barry are not married - they are twins.

But Danielle says their relationship wasn't always this smooth when they were younger.

"We did not get along at all," she says.

Barry says they always had the same classes, the same friends and their teachers always knew them, because their parents were their school's band directors.
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Gammage representative gives production an A+

The wicked witch of the west landed last week at ASU.

"Wicked," the production currently at ASU's Gammage Auditorium, is a sold-out show that delves into the lives of the witches from Oz.

"Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," the novel by Gregory Maguire, was the inspiration for the musical.

Maguire based his tale on the classic novels by Oz creator L. Frank Baum.
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