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Obama’s first 100 days: An overview

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BY MICHAEL ALVAREZ

Even during Obama’s historic presidential campaign, he received comparisons to former presidents such as John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  His uncanny ability to connect to real Americans brings memories of Robert Kennedy, who was slain before America could reap the full benefit of his character.  During his campaign Obama seemed almost unreal, a character from your favorite television show or a superhero arriving just in time to save our nation.

Even with his landslide victory, Obama still had to come into this job seriously and ready to revive a nation in the dumps.
The first days of Obama’s presidency were nothing like his easy ride to the white house.  Obama inherited a failing economy, high unemployment numbers, and the near economic collapse of the nation. More on page 431

mculber @ June 12, 2009

City of Phoenix hikes up parking meter rates

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BY ANDREW KNEELAND

The City of Phoenix announced on March 16 that the cost of the 2,600 parking meters would raise nearly a dollar per hour. Since this increase — which some argue is a long time coming; Phoenix hasn’t raised meter rates since 1992 — many ASU students have been forced to dig deeper into their wallets.

The cost to park anywhere in downtown Phoenix is now $1.50 per hour. This is up from just an hourly charge of 60 cents. Phoenix officials claim that this change was long overdue. Similar cities such as Las Vegas and Denver were charging one dollar an hour long before Phoenix made the increase. More on page 425

mculber @ June 12, 2009

Movie remakes a safe bet during tough economy

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BY CHRIS COLE

In a futuristic era, battles between good and evil are decided with the use of photon torpedoes and starships, like the famous U.S.S. Enterprise, blast into warp drive after disconnecting from Starfleet Headquarters. James Tiberius Kirk sits confidently in the captain’s seat and fan-favorite intellectual Spock stands obediently at his side as the galaxy flies past the windows.

This may sound like a story familiar to televisions and movie theaters since 1966, but this sight has now been introduced to the next generation in the hit summer movie “Star Trek.” Director J.J. Abrams chose to reboot an almost-forgotten franchise using a trendy, new approach gaining popularity with major movie studios. More on page 423

mculber @ June 12, 2009

Journalism’s fast approaching future

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BY RENEE RODELA

According to the Newspaper Association of America, The New York Times laid off more than 100 jobs this year, yet there audience has increased 45% at an excessive rate. They retain 1.1 million subscriptions, but their website receives an audience of 1.5 million people daily that is continuously growing.
It is almost cliché to say that the world is constantly altering. All we can only hope to do is run fast enough and not get trampled or left behind. More on page 419

jsmccul1 @ June 12, 2009

Disney-Pixar’s “Up” more adult than previous films

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BY CAITLIN HIGGINS

In a world where sharks are vegetarians, monsters suffer from pedophobia, rats can cook better than humans, and your toys are more than they appear, why can’t a house fly to South America with thousands of helium balloons?

Disney-Pixar’s newest movie, “Up,” tells the story of Mr. Fredricksen an old man whose dream is to live by Paradise Falls in South America. For years he has to keep putting off his dream because life happens, and he has to spend the money to fix his house, or get a new tire. When he finally gets the chance, tragedy happens, and he thinks that he has to give up on his dream. More on page 410

mculber @ June 12, 2009

High school students learn journalism fundamentals in Cronkite program

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BY JACQUELINE BUTLER

For two weeks each summer, dozens of Arizona high school students — and some from around the country — live and work on the ASU campus, learning real-world broadcast and multimedia journalism skills in a professional environment.

The Summer Journalism Institute (SJI) is a program at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication running from May 31-June 12, 2009 for high school students to receive journalism training.

The program takes at least six months to plan, according to director of SJI, Anita Luera. Applications have to be given out at least several months in advance to the high schools.

“We get applications as early as January sometimes,” Luera said. More on page 409

jsmccul1 @ June 12, 2009

‘Fake green’ trend hurts environment, consumers

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BY VALERIE NUNEZ

In recent months, environmentalism has taken a turn toward mainstream with the “go green” movement that’s currently sweeping the nation. It is not unusual to encounter reusable grocery bags or hybrid cars at every turn, and while there is nothing wrong with being aware of and wanting to help the Earth and environment, one cannot help but wonder why companies and consumers are suddenly interested.

“For some people, it’s certainly a fad. Anything perpetuated by MTV is going to be a fad,” said 19-year-old David Rakestraw, who “went green” about a year ago. “Some businesses are saying they’re going green while they really aren’t doing much for the environment.” More on page 398

mculber @ June 12, 2009

Herberger Theatre brings culture downtown

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BY ASHLEY LOPEZ

Across the Valley, there are numerous parks and recreational centers for families to visit to engage in exciting activities. One place to visit, for example, is the Herberger Theatre Center, located on Second Street and Monroe Street. This is the sight of not only theatre, but the outdoor museum of historical importance.
The Herberger Theatre was built in 1989. It has two stages, and a built in spot for 815 patrons of orchestra. The theatre hosts many shows a year, and is visited by about 175,000 people every year. Included in this 175,000, there are around 30,000 young children that also visit. More on page 396

jsmccul1 @ June 12, 2009

Psychological trauma, character manipulation associated with Reality TV

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BY HANNAH RAKESTRAW

All eyes on me in the center of the screen, just like a reality show.
“I was walking around with a bag of groceries, and just started crying because I couldn’t figure out where my room was, where I was on this planet, almost,” Jenn Hoffman said after remembering the first disoriented day she was fired from season 6 of The Apprentice.
“I had to write down people’s names and phone numbers, like my mom’s, because I was scared I was going to forget who I was,” she said.
Constantly speculated and scrutinized, reality stars are housed in pressure. When released back into the “norm,” they face challenges, and in many cases have even reported psychological mishap. More on page 393

mculber @ June 12, 2009

Randy Johnson enters pitching immortality

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BY ANDREW KNEELAND

Crafty. Lanky. Bizarre. These are the words that some use to describe Randy Johnson, one of the best left-handed pitchers ever to inhabit this planet. Standing at six foot ten inches, the nickname “Big Unit” has been coined to represent Johnson.
For baseball fans across the country the June 4 game between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals will be forever etched into their memory. Not because of the sloppy infield, nor the pounding rains, but because it was this day that Johnson notched his 300th career victory. More on page 388

jsmccul1 @ June 12, 2009