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For an impoverished Africa, students turn air into water

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
WATER WORLD: Vice President of operations for the Alter-Air Corporation stands next to a machine he helped design which has the capacity to turn atmospheric moisture into drinkable water.

Drawing water from thin air may seem like magic, but for six ASU students it's business.

ResLife pushes
room-rate increase

For on-campus residents, rent is on the rise if the Arizona Board of Regents opts to approve a rate increase at their March meeting.

This spring, passport as essential as sunscreen

With spring break less than six weeks away, students are buying swimsuits and packing suntan lotion.

'Wow'? More like 'meh'
The "Wow" starts now - or at least that's what Microsoft Corp. said of the launch of its new operating system, Windows Vista, Tuesday.

Sans affirmative action, minority presence still strong
Despite measures in several states that force public universities to reject affirmative action, ASU will continue to provide for minority scholars.

Committee endorses two teacher loan programs
PHOENIX - A House committee endorsed bills on Tuesday that seek to put more qualified teachers where lawmakers say they're sorely needed: on American Indian reservations and in math and science classrooms.

Downtown campus to have its own Memorial Union
In order to improve upon the quality of student life for the Downtown campus, construction began on a new 5,000 square foot student activity center in the Arizona Center, 455 N. Third St.

Photo slideshows
Tunedig Shindig
Pow wow
Candlelight vigil | Virginia Tech
Fire consumes house

Write, cast, rehearse, perform
Given just 24 hours to write, cast, rehearse and perform a play, most would wilt under the white-hot lights of the stage.

Walk and silent auction raises money to train service dogs
Tempe Beach Park was flooded with dogs Saturday during the Walk 'n Roll Dog Walk and Silent Auction.

Loop 101 expected to reactivate cameras
For a nine-month trial period between Jan. and Oct., six photo enforcement cameras were installed on the Loop 101 freeway, rearing results that many Arizonans may find startling.

Glasser is men's hoops' new workhorse


In the 29 years ASU has competed in Pac-10 basketball, no other Sun Devil freshman has logged more minutes than point guard Derek Glasser.

I just planned your weekend - free hoops

How easy is it to get behind the ASU men's basketball team?

So easy, a caveman, could do it.

Photos: Slideshow
Week in Sports, Feb. 12-16, 2007
Week in Sports, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2007

ASU Archery bounces back, returns to glory
When Ted Harden II came to ASU as a freshman two years ago, he was determined to bring back the most successful team in the history of Sun Devil athletics.

Devil Dish
It finally happened.

Opinions: A small shock toward better mileage

NEFF: In Paris this Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international consortium and science authority established under the United Nations, will release the first part of its comprehensive assessment report on global warming.

The report is the fourth of its kind since 1990, and is aimed at policymakers and government leaders. It was written by over 1,200 experts from all over the world, reviewed by 2,500 more, and has been lauded as the last word on the subject.

Opinions: Iraq critics need to act on their convictions

WADE: President Bush recently announced his strategy to deploy more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq. The majority will be stationed in Baghdad, aiding in the effort to help squelch the insurgent violence and guerrilla warfare that have consumed parts of the capital city.

Even before Bush's proposal was officially presented to the public, some Democrats spoke out against it and many have moved to counter the so-called "surge." Some Republicans have also expressed dismay, most notably Sen. Chuck Hagel, who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Opinions: Between Iraq and a hard place
It felt like politicians spent years arguing over how our strategy could be boiled down to a simple catchphrase.

On the Cover: Painful Passion


Colorful tattoos line Anna Kinison's arms, silicone stars are implanted into her hands and scars in the shapes of stars, crosses and circles jump out from her fair skin.

Skip the merengue, take some salsa!

When dance teacher Brenda Smith first started teaching at ASU in 1996, she had a single summer session with 15 students.

Burgers and ice cream have never been this chic
It's interesting that Phoenix's Delux, 3146 E. Camelback Rd., prides itself on burgers and brew because, although they boast a wide selection of beers as well as seasonal varieties, their burgers are rather sub par.

Local Limelight: Dear and the Headlights
Local band Dear and the Headlights is focused on more than just getting their name in lights. In fact, for the band members, getting to play music comes first and getting their name out comes second.

Q & A: with Ben Crafts
It's easy to be starstruck when you meet someone like 20-year-old, former ASU music major Ben Crafts.

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