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Growth at what price?

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Construction rolls along near Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue Bridge Tuesday.
Construction cranes rise from the dirt near Sixth Street and Mill Avenue, piercing the sky and helping to construct high-rise condominium towers.

The towers will be part of Centerpoint Condominiums, a development slated to include more than 800 residences. Between 2,000 and 5,000 condos in total could be constructed downtown and on the shores of Tempe Town Lake over the next 10 years.

Tempe residents, students and ASU professors have expressed concern these new developments - and the residents they bring - could make Mill Avenue less of a student hangout, further increase downtown traffic congestion and make housing
unaffordable in surrounding neighborhoods.

But city officials said this development could generate more tax revenue in a city that doesn't have room to grow outward. The new residents could also help prop up downtown businesses that have long struggled to attract consistent customers.

Students start 'revolution' to promote abstinence

A new student club is starting a rebellion - against premarital sex that is.

The New Sexual Revolution, founded by Rosa Camou, is promoting abstinence until marriage and a revolt against cultural messages that separate emotional value from sexual relations.

One teen dies, man shot in separate incidents

One teenager died and another man was shot in two separate incidents Sunday, ASU police reported.

Loren Schmidgall, a 14-year-old Tempe boy, died from an accidental fall at parking Structure 7 on Sunday afternoon. An unidentified man was also shot Sunday morning on the south side of Sahuaro Hall, according to ASU police.

Goethel emerging in first year

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Freshman linebacker Travis Goethel gets ready to tackle Stanford quarterback Garrett Moore during ASUís homecoming game on Oct. 21.
Prowling the football field with a mess of blond hair peeking out from underneath his helmet, Travis Goethel may remind many of a former ASU player who also sported blond locks.

"I've heard a few people say I look like Pat Tillman," Goethel said. "That's nice and there's a little bit of pressure because of how big his name is around here. But I just got to play my game and do what I have to do."

Goethel, who is playing linebacker as a true freshman like Tillman once did, also hails from California and is known for laying hard hits on his opponents.
Earlier this season he had a crushing hit on California junior running back and Pac-10 leading rusher Marshawn Lynch that caught the attention of Lynch and forced him to voice his displeasure with Goethel's tackle.

"When you look at me, you just might think this kid is whatever you want to think, or a surfer," Goethel said. "But I always try to bring it every time I put on the pads."

Wrestling experiences major roster turnover

Only a few familiar faces return to the ASU wrestling team that won its 16th Pac-10 Championship last season.

The No. 21 Sun Devils are reloading after losing four seniors to graduation and returning only three, including standout senior Brian Stith.

On The Cover: Searching for Spirits

Pumpkins, graves and ghosts, oh my! While the sheet-spirit is obviously a fake, some people, like Mesa ghosthunter Debe Branning, believes ghosts are real.
The MVD Ghostchasers are who you're really gonna call for haunted houses, spirit-infested spots and any other ghostbusting needs in Arizona. This team of ghosthunters brings "Ghostbusters" from the silver screen to real life.

Debe Branning leads a double life.

By day, Branning is a receptionist at the Anasazi Animal Clinic. But at night, the 5-foot mother of two takes on the paranormal as the director of MVD Ghostchasers.

Branning, a 53-year-old Mesa resident, first plunged into the paranormal when she worked at the Mesa Motor Vehicle Division 15 years ago. Branning and a few other women who worked at the MVD wanted to take a weekend vacation with a creepy twist. That's when they found themselves in the midst of moving shadows at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas for a bit of ghost hunting.

Branning says the group smelled phantom cigar smoke and heard footsteps in the basement of the hotel. They also felt someone brushing up against them in a dark hallway.

It's time to take a hike

The weather is perfect and school is getting stressful. What better way to get out of the daily grind and de-stress than to go for a hike at one of the Valley's many prime hiking areas?

With the decrease in temperature comes an increase in outdoor activities, and hiking is one of the Valley's main outdoor attractions.
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