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Massacre hits home for one
ASU student

Olivier Douliery / ABACAUSA.COM
REMEMBER | Tens of thousands of students attend a candlelight vigil to remember, as well as support, the Virginia Tech Community Tuesday at Virginia Tech University in Blackburg, Va. a day after a 23-year-old student shot 32 people to death Monday before committing suicide.

Two days after the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, the nation grieves, students turn to the Web to offer support and authorities work to figure out 'Why?'

Fire consumes vacant Mill Ave. home

Smoke and flames consumed a small white and green house near Mill Avenue on Seventh Street Tuesday evening.

Get-tough DUI bill gets tougher
A get-tough DUI bill was recently amended to be even tougher and could be signed into law as early as the end of the week.

USG turns to profs for help with fighting textbook prices
Members of the Undergraduate Student Government are taking action to combat the rising costs of textbooks on campus - by e-mail.

ASKPsi raises money for Best Buddies after robbery
Five judges were faced with a tough decision Friday evening at Tempe High School as 14 Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) members fought for the title as Mr. AKPsi 2007.

ASU students take trash, make transportation
A group of ASU engineering students will test boats they built out of cardboard in the 8th Annual Rotary River Rally on Tempe Town Lake this Saturday.

Devils seek revenge against 'Cats


The ASU softball team went into Tucson on April 6 looking for two victories.

Devils earn three Pac-10 Awards

Three ASU track & field athletes were named the Pac-10 Athlete of the Week for April 9-15.

Too soon to jump on D-Backs' wagon
It's too early for this. Way too early.

But man, do those Arizona Diamondbacks look good. Off to the best start in team history, the 2007 team already has people quickly piling onto the bandwagon.

Devil Dish
With the Ironman Triathlon in town recently, I've been looking more and more longingly at my months-of-no-use running shoes.

Track continues to rewrite records
The ASU track and field team earned more wins and regional qualifiers last weekend and also continued to rewrite the record books at three separate meets.

Opinions: Vonnegut's words are worth thinking about

NEFF: I was thinking about Kurt Vonnegut's recent death when a certain person or persons at Virginia Tech murdered 32 people in a shooting spree.

As an upper middle class white kid who's never experienced suffering or tragedy of any serious kind, I thought I'd point out an excerpt from a speech Vonnegut gave at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 22, 2003, in which he describes his late Uncle Alex, a bachelor, insurance salesman, and Harvard graduate:

"His principal complaint about other human beings was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy...

Opinions: Let's discuss LGBTQ rights

BEITMAN: Today marks the eleventh annual National Day of Silence, a symbolic action to represent the ensuing silence of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community as a result of discrimination or marginalization.

It began in 1996 at the University of Virginia, and has since spread. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network estimates that some 450,000 students participated in this national event last year, as well as 4,000 schools. The network also reported that, "The tenth National Day of Silence was one of the largest student-led actions in American history."

Opinions: How far is too far?
The media coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre raises several age-old, valid concerns about the media's response to tragedy.

On The Cover: Hoop dreams

Even though Phoenix is already home to the National Basketball Association's Suns, a new team has taken the court. The Phoenix Flame, one of several expansion teams of the 3-year-old International Basketball League, played its first game last Friday.

Scottsdale cafe wows taste buds, wallets

The Hotel Valley Ho, at 6850 E. Main Street in Scottsdale, is a fun, fresh escape from this decade.

Tempe Improv adds second stage to venue
An opportunity to do just that is on its way, as Tempe Improv, at 930 E. University Drive, opens a second stage to showcase a wider variety of laughs, said Nicole Green, who manages Tempe Improv.

No Laughing Matter
As almost everybody knows, a good sense of humor is a major turn-on. Cracking a joke can make even the dullest of situations entertaining, regardless of the setting.

Don't I Know You?: Q & A with Stephen Aiken
In a world of short skirts and pom-poms, it may be hard to imagine a male in the mix. But Stephen Aikin, a drawing junior, has found his calling as a male cheerleader.

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