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Oldest Tempe neighborhood torn between past and future

Ashley Lowery / THE STATE PRESS
ASU graduate Chris Hassler rents a home on Maple Street in Tempe that was built in 1927
Chris Hassler's home isn't like most in Tempe. It's small, but sits on a massive lot and is surrounded by lush greenery.

"How many homes in Tempe have a basement?" said Hassler, a May graduate, as he descended a creaky wooden staircase into a small cement cellar.

Hassler lives in the Maple-Ash neighborhood west of campus, and his neighbors are battling over a proposed historic designation for the neighborhood.

Supporters like Hassler say a historic designation would preserve the character of the area -Tempe's oldest surviving neighborhood.

Sun Devils must wait to unplug

All summer long, Norman Shamas drove from his condo at University Street and Price Road to the Fulton Parking Structure to use ASU's wireless Internet.

So when the mathematics freshman started classes at ASU this fall, he was surprised he couldn't find wireless campus-wide.

"Considering it's even in the parking garages, why isn't it everywhere?" he said.

Protest art debuts on Tempe campus

Graduate student Ashlee Weitlauf is staging a silent protest, and she's doing it all with bits of paper.

Weitlauf, a printmaking and block arts master's student, created an art exhibit that criticizes the government for their handling of Hurricane Katrina and the war on terror through handmade books, collage portraits and postcards.

Miller one shy of receptions mark

Junior tight end Zach Miller charges upfield after a catch during ASUís 52-14 win versus Nevada on Sept. 9.
It may have taken longer than he expected, but junior Zach Miller is now one reception shy of breaking Todd Heap's ASU career reception record for tight ends.

Heap, who was selected 31st overall in the 2001 NFL Draft by his current team, the Baltimore Ravens, accumulated a career total of 115 receptions in his three years at ASU (1998-2000).

Miller has matched that mark only halfway through his own third year as a Sun Devil.

"It's a big record because it's the receptions one, and it's Todd Heap's," he said. "Going into the season I knew what it was. I knew I'd get a chance to break it. So it's nice to finally be there."

Miller currently leads ASU in receiving with 21 catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns.

Though he's 10 receptions ahead of the nearest Sun Devil receiver, Miller said he expected to reach the milestone earlier in the season.

School in session for men's hoops

For the ASU men's basketball team, the opening of preseason workouts must feel like college basketball 101, with new head coach Herb Sendek playing the role of professor.

On The Cover: Star Struck

Addictions to celebrity gossip seem to be a growing phenomenon. But is there a point when these obsessions can become unhealthy?
Star. People. US Weekly.

We all see them as we stand in line at the grocery store, holding our boxes of Wheat Thins and bottles of Grey Goose vodka, waiting for the old woman in front of us to count out her pennies.

Some of us will glance at the latest picture of Nicole Richie's emaciated body and turn the other way, preferring to stare at the variety of flavors of gum rather than look at the paparazzi's pictures of her running on the beach. But others will grab the magazines and pore over every detail of the celebrities splashed across each glossy page.

With the rise of the get-it-now information available 24/7 on the Internet, it's easier than ever to get the latest gossip on Hollywood. And it seems that now more than ever, people really want it. Some students seem to care more about celebrities' lives than their own. And with gossip blogs, celebrity-magazine Web sites and stories about the latest fight on the set of "Grey's Anatomy" surfacing even on hard-news sites like, even those who don't care can't escape the coverage.

Price Point: Do politics play a part in gas prices?

Drivers are noticing something extra at gas stations: more money in their wallets.

Over the past three months, gas prices nationwide have plummeted from more than $3 per gallon to nearly $2 per gallon.
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