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Phoenix, ASU race for a cure

Ashley Lowery / THE STATE PRESS
Participants begin the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundationís Race for the Cure in Phoenix and Tempe Sunday.
PHOENIX - "Three, two, one ... and they're off."

Nearly 350 ASU students, employees and alumni started running and walking to the countdown in support of breast cancer research Sunday morning.

The ASU Gold Team members were some of the 42,000 participants to cross the finish line in the Phoenix Race for the Cure.

"It's everybody coming together for a good cause," said Nancy Warne, an ASU employee, proudly showing off a pink-ribbon "tattoo" she had painted above her ankle.

Warne's mother-in-law died of cancer, and she and her husband have been participating in the Race for the Cure for five years.

Albright makes Tempe stop

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is no stranger to Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore.

With some carefully placed phone calls and a little convincing, the marketing department has been able to finagle her entourage into stopping by for book signings and discussions twice before.

Former ASA director pleads guilty

The former director of Arizona Students Association, a statewide university student advocacy group, has pleaded guilty to forgery and stealing thousands of dollars in student-contributed funds.

Maceo Brown, 32, stole about $149,000 from the group between May 2003 and January 2006, said Ryan Anderson, ASA's attorney in the case. He also altered bank statements to make it appear that purchases benefited ASA, the Arizona Attorney General's Office reported.

Volleyball falls to Trojans, Bruins

Junior Staci Smith spikes the ball during a match against UCLA at Wells Fargo Arena
Saturday night.
Home-court advantage was not enough to overcome two opponents ranked in the top five in the nation, as the ASU volleyball team fell to No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 USC this weekend.

The Sun Devils (9-7, 1-4) pushed the Women of Troy (17-0, 6-0) to the limit but lost three games to two Friday. They were then swept 3-0 by the Bruins (19-0, 6-0) Saturday.

Despite the losses, coach Brad Saindon said he was happy with the progress his team showed in playing the two Pac-10 leaders.

"It sure would have been nice to win that match [against USC]," he said. "We had a chance to win, but I think we're better this week than we were last week. I think we're getting better."

In the weekend's first match, the Women of Troy jumped out early in the first game to a 13-9 lead. But the Sun Devils went on an 8-1 run from that point and never looked back as they stole the opener 30-25.

Down 11-10 in the fourth, ASU took command with a 13-5 run that put it ahead 23-16. The Sun Devils won the game 30-25 and pushed the match to a deciding fifth game.

X-country hosts first meet of season

Familiar faces in Arizona cross country showed up alongside the ASU men's and women's harriers at the 21st annual ASU Invitational on Saturday morning.

Former ASU All-American Amy Hastings won the women's 5K event, while UA senior Robert Cheseret took the title in the men's 8K race.

On The Cover: When love hurts

Jeremiah Armenta / THE STATE PRESS
We've all seen the images on the 5 o'clock news - women and children, beaten and bruised, living in shelters to escape their violent boyfriends and husbands. They're horrible, but they're also a stereotype. Men aren't the only ones who abuse.

On a night that she will never forget, Christina Castillejo took a knife out of the kitchen cabinet and contemplated committing suicide.

Trapped in her abusive relationship, the now 20-year-old secondary education major felt scared, worthless and alone. When her partner woke her up and threw her out of her bedroom in the middle of the night more than a year and a half ago, Castillejo reached her breaking point.

"It seemed like the only way out at the time," Castillejo says.

She had never thought about killing herself before. She didn't make the fatal choice that night, either.

Mediocrity drenched in blood is still mediocrity

There are three types of horror movies that come out of Hollywood.

You have your PG-13 supernatural thrillers (e.g., "The Grudge"), campy teen horror flicks (e.g., "Final Destination 3") and the increasingly popular hack-'em-up gore fests.

As the title suggests, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" is definitely the latter.
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