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Students speak out against death penalty

Biology freshman Ariana Fox (left) with Amnesty International shows case studies and tries to get Anna Arellano (center), and nutrition junior Oscar Barros to sign a petition to ban the death penalty outside of the Newman Center Sunday evening.
For Amnesty International member Ariana Fox, the death penalty is not just a controversial topic; it is a "severe violation of human rights" that deserves recognition and public awareness.

As a part of the National Weekend of Faith in Action, put on by Amnesty International, the ASU chapter worked to get signatures Sunday evening after mass in front of the All Saints Catholic Newman Center to help ban the death penalty in Arizona.

About 80 people signed the petitions, which will be sent to the state government.

"We want a change here in Arizona," said Fox, who is one of the organizers of the protest event. "We don't have the right to put people to death."

The system is flawed, and innocent people have been put to death, the biology and society freshman said.

Domestic violence on the rise in Tempe

Tempe police have responded to 1,763 domestic-violence calls during the first half of 2006, compared to 1,688 during the same period in 2005, according to police records.

"It is one of our most frequent and dangerous calls to respond to," Tempe police Sgt. Bruce Girnt said.

Homecoming spending up 39 percent

This year's homecoming festivities were some of the biggest in ASU's history - but they didn't come cheap.

Thanks to a gift of $14,300 from the Associated Students of ASU, this year's homecoming events cost a total of $50,550, a 39 percent increase from last year's budget of $36,250.

Sun Devils secure first Pac-10 win

Sophomore tailback Keegan Herring thanks the fans as he leaves the field after Saturday’s homecoming game at Sun Devil Stadium.
By defeating Stanford Saturday, the ASU football team not only earned its first win in nearly a month, but also its first win against a Pac-10 opponent in 2006.

The Sun Devils made quick work of the Cardinal in their homecoming game as it was played in just less than three hours. ASU controlled the play of the game throughout to the tune of a 38-3 victory.

"I thought we dominated in all aspects of the game - offense, defense and special teams," sophomore quarterback Rudy Carpenter said.

"We know exactly where we are at. We got to win the rest of our games and I think we can do that," he said. "But we couldn't do that unless we started today. We wanted to go out and just win today, but we also felt we could win convincingly."

Carpenter completed 14 of 15 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.

He also ran for 31 yards and started the game by completing 12 straight passes, falling just one shy of ASU's all-time record for consecutive pass completions set by Dick Mackey in 1952.

Dismal season continues for winless Cardinal

After Saturday's showdown at Sun Devil Stadium between the two Pac-10 teams with no conference wins, the Stanford football team is still looking for one.

The Cardinal couldn't get anything positive going all game as ASU dominated them in the 38-3 loss, dropping them to 0-8 (0-5) for the first time since 1960 when they finished 0-10.

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.
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