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'A fairly bleak and empty life'

Bettina Hansen / THE STATE PRESS
GUILTY: Clarence Dixon pleads his case during sentencing in front of the jury responsible for determining whether he lives or dies, after being found guilty for the 1978 murder of ASU student Deana Bowdoin. Tempe Police Detective Tom Magazzeni solved the 30-year-old cold case, and jurors deliberate this week over whether he will serve another life sentence or receive the death penalty for his crime.

Twelve Maricopa Superior Court jurors are deciding Wednesday whether Clarence Wayne Dixon will be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison for the 1978 rape and murder of ASU senior Deana Bowdoin.

McCain, Clinton show wide leads in Arizona

Early polls say that hometown candidate Sen. John McCain and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton hold substantial leads in Arizona, but many voters remain undecided.

Super Bowl expected to score big for Tempe
Super Bowl XLII is bringing more to the Valley than the biggest show in town. It's bringing in traffic jams, more than 100,000 fans, and hundreds of millions of dollars for the state.

Kenyan ASU students watch turmoil unfold in home country
Joram Sachida spent the first 22 years of his life in Kenya.

Monkey pajamas lead to burglar's arrest, police say
Monkey business is no more after a victim's description of a burglary suspect's monkey-printed pajamas led to his arrest last week.

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).

Photo slideshows
ASU vs. Washington State
Protest against the Israeli blockade
Photos of the Week: 1/21/08-1/25/08
Sports: Hockey and Tennis
Men's Basketball: ASU vs. UofA

Early success boosts ASU to win

Photo Courtesy of ASU Media Relations

Inexperience and poor starts were early indicators of the struggles the ASU gymnastics team might encounter this year with a young squad.

ASU left out in the cold by Minnesota

The ASU men's and women's swim and dive team braved subzero temperatures this weekend in Minnesota when it squared off against the Golden Gophers in its final non-conference dual meet of the season.

Devil Dish
As a baseball fan from California, I thought I'd get the baseball juices flowing by writing a review of the five California major league ballparks, from north to south.

ASU hockey ices visiting Weber State in weekend sweep
After dropping four consecutive games to the likes of top-five opponents Penn State and Oklahoma, the ASU men's ice hockey club vowed that a new season would begin.

Opinions: Monkey Business

Monkey see, monkey do. Monkey do better.

Do you think you're smarter than a monkey? A report from the Public Library of Science Biology throws a wrench, a monkey wrench if you will, into that thought process. The results of their research show that monkeys have a slight edge over a sampling of average college students in arithmetic skills.

This confirmed another recent study out of Japan that showed monkeys performed better on short-term memory-related tasks than college-aged students.

Opinions: My Dirty Little Secret(s)

This is my first column for The State Press and I feel as though I need to clear the air right up front; for, you see, I have a dirty little secret.

Actually I have two secrets but they are opposing sides of the same coin. My first confession is that I am a chemical engineering major. Therefore I crack the obligatory jokes at the expense of those on the west side of the Palm Walk. You know who you are; the history majors, the art students, English majors and pretty much anyone who will make less money than me when I graduate. On the first day of class last semester, one of my professors kicked off class with a poignant overhead--it was a list of average starting salaries upon graduation.

Opinions: Letters to the editor

An even exchange


ASU students are part of the illegal drug market, where dealers trade the dangers of selling for a lucrative lifestyle.


Now that tuition is paid, books are bought and the year is in full swing, the stress of the new semester is in the past. But before students get to kick back and Facebook the day away, they have papers to write and exams to study for, leaving limited time for much else.

'Graffiti,' 'Avedon' exhibits now open at Phoenix Art Museum
The 1950s coined the poodle skirt. The 1980s claimed the "member's only" jacket. This generation has finally left its print on fashion and the 1990s are now known for the vibrant, urban style inspired by graffiti.

From the Editor: A Roma!
Last summer, I spent seven weeks in Italy through the Italian department's Florence study abroad trip.

A guide to necking
Turtlenecks are no longer just for emergency hickey-coverage. They've been upgraded in the fashion world to an actual wardrobe choice. Now, with their renewed status, turttlenecks are a perfect piece to ride out the rest of winter and transition into spring.

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