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Light rail testing rolls into Tempe in March

Bettina Hansen / THE STATE PRESS
LIGHT ON THE LINE: Light rail cars sit on the Operations and Maintenance track at 48th Street and Washington Street in Phoenix. Testing of the cars is done here, and will be expanded to Tempe in March despite inspectors recently finding 11 gaps in the line, in preparation for the rail’s opening on Dec. 27. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said the light rail opening will occur as scheduled.

Get ready, Tempe: The light rail traffic jams are about to get worse.

With as much as 91 percent and 39 miles of the light rail completed to date, Valley Metro representatives said they plan to expand their testing area from Washington Street in Phoenix to Apache Boulevard in Tempe starting in March.

Spending the holiday in Nevada ­— for a cause

Many ASU students spent the three-day weekend shopping, partying or sleeping.
But Sean Bowie skipped classes starting Tuesday and took a road trip to campaign for Barack Obama in the Nevada caucuses.

Students buzzing about Apple's new laptop, rental service
MacWorld 2008 ended on Friday, but ASU students are still talking about the new technologies unveiled at the event.

Low-cost bus operator hits the road out of town
Californian ASU students looking for a way to get home have one fewer option now that the low-fare bus service Megabus has ceased operations in Phoenix and Tempe.

Police Beat
A 21-year-old Phoenix man was arrested Friday morning at the intersection of Interstate 10 and West Elliot Road on charges of aggravated assault and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Photo slideshows
Sports: Hockey and Tennis
Men's Basketball: ASU vs. UofA
P.F. Chang's Marathon
Anatomy of a fighter
Halloween on Mill

Rose Review: There Will Be Blood
I knew that Daniel Day-Lewis could take out Scarface (Al Pacino) after seeing his vehement character in Gangs of New York, but I was unsure that he could take on Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).

Stanford capitalizes on Sun Devils' defensive breakdowns

Kaitlin Ochenrider / THE STATE PRESS

The biggest problem facing the ASU women's basketball team this season has been its inability to put together 40 solid minutes of basketball.

Lopez twins control second half, lead Stanford past ASU

A couple of the Pac-10's premier big men went head-to-head Saturday, when the No. 24 ASU men's basketball team took on No. 20 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.

Devil Dish
We learned a lot on Sunday.

The Patriots reaffirmed that they are the best team in the NFL, by far.

Sun Devils cruise through opening matches
The ASU women's tennis team capped off its weekend slate at home, going undefeated, while proving why it's No. 19 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

Opinions: Earth: Somebody else's final frontier

WRIGHT: Prepare your tinfoil hats, ladies and gentlemen: first contact is upon us.

OK, OK, so we haven't actually found any aliens. And, as far as we know, none have found us. But people are searching, a lot harder than you might think.

Opinions: We sing our songs in order to live

WALLACE: Kurt Vonnegut once wrote "If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: 'The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.'"

Vonnegut died last spring, as we all, God forbid, will.

Opinions: The Letters to the Editor

'Superbad,' 'Juno,' 'Once' top list of Mitchell's best movies of 2007

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

While we are already a little ways into 2008, let's take a look back at the movies that made 2007 spectacular. Here are the ten best films of last year

Cliched '27 Dresses' still full of laughs

"27 Dresses" is something of a rarity among romantic comedies — it actually contains some funny moments. Unfortunately, audiences can expect to be bombarded with clichés as well as laughs while they watch yet another girl find love in another unexpected place.

Pass the mic
Whether it's singing with a guitar or reading poetry, open mic nights are a part of aspiring musicians' and poets' exposure to performing.

Eternal Sunshine
Audrey Hepburn opens Breakfast at Tiffany's sporting black Ray Ban Wayfarers with pearls and a Givenchy evening dress. The scene would not have been complete without her shades granting her Hollywood cool.

Go East, young woman
Gather round, Sun Devil whippersnappers: as your wiser, more sophisticated elder, I have a tale to tell. It's the cautionary story of a former SPM editor who, dreaming of seeing her name on the masthead of a national magazine, graduated from ASU and moved to New York City.

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