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New York Times Headlines (July 14, 2012)

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Sanford Becomes 5th ASU Track & Field Olympic-Bound (#London2012)

ASU 400M Runner Named to Israeli Team


July 2012

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Haaretz News Article On Donald Sanford

Proud to Run for His Adopted Country

SUN DEVIL 2012 OLYMPIANS (as of July 2012)
Desiree Davila (marathon/USA)
Kelsey Campbell (wrestling/USA)
Zeke Jones (freestyle wrestling head coach/USA)
Alison Williamson (archery/Great Britain)
Amy LePeilbet (soccer/USA)
Riley McCormick (diving/Canada)
Gal Nevo (swimming/Israel)
Micky Benedetti (diving/Italy)
Rowie Webster (water polo/Australia)
Amy Hastings (track and field/USA)
Ryan Whiting (track and field/USA)
Kyle Alcorn (track and field/USA)
Eric Boateng (men’s basketball/Great Britain)
James Harden (men’s basketball/USA)
Ike Diogu (men’s basketball/Nigeria)
Donald Sanford (track and field/Israel)


TEMPE — Former Arizona State Univeristy track and field quarter-miler Donald Sanford was added to Israel’s Olympic delegation for the 2012 games after the exceptions committee ruled his recent achievements were at an extremely high level.

Point-zero-nine seconds separated Sanford and a medal at the European Championships in Helsinki last, where he placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 45.91. His result caused the Israeli Olympic committee to add him to the delegation flying to London 2012. Continue reading

ASU Water Polo Honored as ACWPA Releases All-Academic Awards

9 Sun Devils Honored, 4 Earned ‘Outstanding’ Merits

July 11, 2012


TEMPE, ARIZ. – Nine members of the Arizona State University water polo team were honored as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPA) released its annual All-Academic Awards, ACWPA Executive Director Larry Sanders announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The All-Academic awards are separated into three tiers based upon the overall GPA of student-athletes.  An `Outstanding’ merit level is granted to those with a GPA ranging from 3.71 to 4.00, a `Superior’ honor to those with a 3.41 to 3.70 GPA and an `Excellent’ rating to those with a GPA between 3.20 an 3.40.

Four Sun Devils were honored with an Outstanding Merit, led by sophomore goalkeeperIaneta Hutchinson.  Hutchinson, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, remains perfect in the classroom with a 4.00 GPA in psychology.

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Valley Publication Sold, Pinal News Chain Grows

By Matt Lewis 

TUCSON, ARIZ. – The pool of media owners and entrepreneurs just got a little smaller. An East-Valley area publication, San Tan Valley Today, has transferred ownership recently. A sale, or merger, has combined Today Publications, the owner of San Tan Valley Today, and the Carnes family, owners of Copper Area News Publishing Company. The alternative news monthly print product and daily online website was sold by owner Stacy Deprey-Purper and others invested in the venture. The start-up publishing company was designed to cover an under-served area of San Tan Valley, an unincorporated area that lies smack dab on the dividing line between Pinal and Maricopa Counties.

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Suns Shooting Star Fades Away

Nash to Become Nothing More Than a Memory of Former Glory

By Derek Evans

     Steve Nash, one of the best point guards of his time, lacks one major element on his resume – a championship ring. Nash has proved to be one of the best overall players in Phoenix Suns’ history. While he has a very impressive resume, his desire to put a ring on that finger, at least in part, led him to leave the Suns franchise.

Yesterday the Suns agreed to a sign and trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. This deal gives Nash a three year contract with the Lakers, in return, the Suns get two first-round and two second-round picks from the Lakers franchise.
The trade puts the Lakers on course to have a team with a caliber similar to the Oklahoma City Thunder. These two franchises will likely dominate the western conference next season.

The reverberations of this trade will be felt for at least the next few seasons. The Suns, some NBA experts predict, will be near the bottom of the western conference. The only thing the Suns will be competing for next season is the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Many analysts speculate that the Suns will not be playoff contenders, at least in the near future, if not longer.

Nash might have stayed in Phoenix if the franchise had shown him they were committed to winning the National Championship. The Suns has been on the decline since the loss of Amare Stoudemire two years ago. There have been several chances to restore their former glory, but those came and went – like the fading of a tumbleweed into the desert horizon.

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Honrando ‘Mando’ Montaño

By Maia Larson
Associate Editor, Pegasus Books

I wanted to share my favorite memory of Mando — I worked with him in the Scarlet and Black at Grinnell College my senior year (I was the copy editor, he was the news editor) and we often were the last ones in the office (along with the editor-in-chief) as we tried to put the paper to bed. This would often be around 4 or 5 a.m. on a Friday morning, and though I planned my schedule so that I had the mornings to sleep, Mando obviously packed his schedule as full as possible and had class in the morning. While I was always bitching about how tired I was and whining about how I wanted it to be done, Mando was always, always positive and excited about something. Continue reading

Editor’s Note

By Matt Lewis

The sudden and unknown circumstances around the death of Armando Montaño, an intern with the Associated Press, makes it more difficult for those who cared about him to find some sort of closure. I did not know ‘Mando’ well, but I knew him enough to know that the world lost a great soul.  I had the distinct pleasure of working on a story with this young man at The New York Times Student Institute.

Montaño’s parents decision to sign him up for journalism in high school would forever alter the trajectory of his life. As a young man, he aspired to be an actor.

For those who knew him better than I did, I am sorry for your loss. I too know the heart-ache of losing this wonderful young man.

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Press Release: Stage 32 Invites Public to Learn About Film, TV and Theater

By The Stage 32 Team

You’ve been invited to join Stage 32 , the fastest growing network for film, television and theater creatives. Over the last six months, more than 60,000 talented people from 175 countries have joined the Stage 32 movement. Stage 32 is exclusively for seasoned pros, motivated industry newcomers and students to gather, discuss new ideas and develop great projects. We join actor with director, director with producer and producer with cast and crew.
Stage 32 helps you stay informed, grow your network and use your connections to help you find work or get projects off the ground. It’s like Facebook meets LinkedIn for creatives!
As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Click the link to accept your invitation to
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Mailing address is:
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Scottsdale, Ariz.; 85260

By The Stage 32 Team

You’ve been invited to join Stage 32 , the fastest growing network for film, television and theater creatives. Over the last six months, more than 60,000 talented people from 175 countries have joined the Stage 32 movement. Stage 32 is exclusively for seasoned pros, motivated industry newcomers and students to gather, discuss new ideas and develop great projects. We join actor with director, director with producer and producer with cast and crew.
Stage 32 helps you stay informed, grow your network and use your connections to help you find work or get projects off the ground. It’s like Facebook meets LinkedIn for creatives!
As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Click the link to accept your invitation to
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U. of Ariz. Seeks Alumni to Star in a Promo Video

By The University of Arizona News Service (

The University of Arizona Alumni Association is shooting a promotional video and is looking for die-hard Wildcat fans to participate. The video will be sent out to all alumni this fall leading up to homecoming. The video will have a voice-over, so participants will not have any dialogue.

  • Date: Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21
  • Time: Project length is about 1-2 hours. Exact time will be set closer to the shoot date.
  • Location: UA Main Campus (free parking will be provided)

Below are the roles we need to cast:

  • Students or recent graduates
  •  Infants (under a year old) and mothers
  • Females and males (40 – 60 years old)
  • Elderly females and males (65 years or older)
  • Males (under 40 years old)
  • Four couples (who are between the ages of 25 – 35 years)

All participants will get free lunch and gift.

If you’re interested in starring in the UA’s video please contact Director of Marketing, Kelley Prust, as soon as possible:
Phone #: (520) 626-9337

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Associated Press Intern Dies in Mexico City

Reporter Mando Montano, 22, Found Dead

July 2, 2012

MEXICO CITY – Armando Montano, an aspiring journalist who was working this summer as a news intern for The Associated Press in the Mexican capital, was found dead early Saturday. He was 22 years old.

In this Jan. 12, 2010 photo, Armando Montano, who was 22 when he died, posed for a photo with Matt Lewis at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in Tucson, Ariz. Montano, an aspiring journalist, was working this summer as a news intern for The Associated Press in the Mexican capital. He was found dead early Saturday, June 30, 2012. Montano’s body was found in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near where he was living in the capital’s Condesa neighborhood. The circumstances of his death were being investigated by Mexican authorities. (New York Times Journalism Institute)

Montano’s body was found in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near where he was living in the capital’s Condesa neighborhood. The circumstances of his death were being investigated by Mexican authorities.

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Network Blues


By Cary L. Tyler

It was not a good week for the networks, especially CNN and Fox.

The first, of course, is the colossal mistake by the two networks in regard to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when both jumped the gun and stated the act had been struck down by the Supreme Court.

The Poynter Institute (a non-profit school/community covering journalism) breaks down this mistake in detail (, as well as the follow up egg on the face by CNN and pile on Associated Press reporters.

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Ripples of Healthcare Decision Still Felt

Verdict is still out on impact to election.

By Derek Evans

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.” The decision was historic because the Supreme Court is largely comprised of justices appointed by a conservative president. The impact of the decision on this year’s presidential election has yet to be seen.

President Barack Obama, at least in several polls, is expected to win. The decision, experts speculate, might not have impacted Obama’s hopes for reelection. Mitt Romney’s chance of defeating the president was also predicted not to be significantly impact his campaign., a news website with an emphasis on politics, reported that Obama’s approval rating rose slightly, which propelled his lead against Romney.

For now, however, the polls remained within the margin of error. Romney will continue to assert the bill, and the decision to uphold it, is detrimental to the country. Romney has glossed over his own version of healthcare reform. “Romneycare,” which was a precursor to “Obamacare.” The biggest shock came as a result of which justices decided to uphold the law.

Chief Justice John Roberts, considered by many to historically vote conservatively, was one of those who voted in the majority to uphold the law. The perception of the Supreme Court is that there are four consistently conservative justices, four consistently liberal justices and a wild card, but in the past has voted more conservatively. This led many to predict that the only way the court would uphold the law was if justice Anthony Kennedy voted with the liberal justices.

His vote however was not need in the majority opinion. Roberts, who was appointed to the court by former President George W. Bush, turned out to be the wild card. The decision, many feel, by Roberts, was strategic. Trust in the court, as well as the other two branches of government, are at an all-time low. Ironically, in 2005, when Roberts was being appointed, then-U.S. Senator Obama voted against Roberts’ appointment to the court.

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Sun Devils Wrap Up Olympic Track & Field Trials

Final list of alumni heading to London fixed at four after an eventful two weeks in Eugene.

June 30, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. – Competition concluded for Sun Devils past and present on Saturday night as the final Arizona State alumni and student-athletes finished competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore.
In her first appearance at a U.S. championship, junior Keia Pinnick finished the heptathlon competition with a strong 13th-place finish overall with 5,752 points.  Over the course of the two day event, Pinnick set a new career-best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.69m (5-06.50) and also posted a heptathlon personal best of 6.02m (19-09.00).
Pinnick rounded out the competition by winning the 800-meter portion of the event with a time of 2:11.98.

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Tea Party Patriots Fly Flags of Discontent for July 4

Tea Party Patriots of Glendale, Ariz. are showing their patriotism by watching “TV Ad: Watch the Defeat Obama Telethon July 4th!” Which will be shown world-wide via YouTube, the world’s largest video sharing site. To watch the ad visit: [] (Credit:

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Breaking News: Yitzhak Shamir, Former Israeli Prime Minister, Dies at 96, Officials Say

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Saturday, June 30, 2012 — 2:05 PM EDT —

Yitzhak Shamir, Former Israeli Prime Minister, Dies at 96, Officials Say

Yitzhak Shamir, who emerged from the militant wing of Israel’s pre-state militia and served as prime minister longer than anyone except David Ben-Gurion, promoting a muscular Zionism and expansive settlement in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, died Saturday. He was 96.

His death was announced by the Israeli government.


As head of the right-wing Likud bloc, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now leads, Mr. Shamir served as premier from 1983 to 1984 and from 1986 to 1992. He had withdrawn from public life over the past decade, silenced by Alzheimer’s disease.

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‘Vintage’ Arizona Highways Released

Arizona Highways, the magazine, released images of “vintage” covers that date back to 1925. The first issue was available to the public April 1925. This is the first edition of the magazine that chronicles the state through the medium of photographs. – 30 –

Gilbert rallies around cancer patient

Gilbert rallies around cancer patient

Gilbert woman stunned by town’s generous response to her efforts to help a friend battling cancer. (Source: The Arizona Republic/

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The Biggest Loser Casting Call: Season 14

June 30, 2012, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Biggest Loser is now casting individuals for Season 14!

Are you finally ready to change your life? Do you have the desire and passion to make the change? If you have at least 85 lbs. to lose, we strongly encourage you to apply!

'Biggest Loser' Casting Call @ Superstition Springs MallFAQ:

  • What time is the open casting call? The open casting call is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Please do not line up more than 3 hours prior to the event. The casting directors will do their best to meet with everyone in the line.
  • What should I bring to the open casting call? Bring a non-returnable photo of yourself. The casting team will pass out casting call applications for you to fill out while you wait in line. Please note: The casting call application is different than the application you can download from the website. Do not bring the application from the website. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. It is a good idea to pack snacks and water for your wait in line.
  • What should I expect? Casting directors will be meeting with groups of applicants in a meet-and-greet style. If you move on to the next round, you will receive a phone call by the following Monday to setup a full-length interview.
  • What should I wear? Dress to impress, but wear something that you will be comfortable wearing all day long.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and have a Photo ID. Applicants may begin lining up outside the mall entrance doors near jcpenney home store at 4 a.m. on the day of the event. Mall entrance doors open at 6 a.m.

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Paradigm Shift: No Longer Using the Front Door


By The Gilbert Gumption

There has been a paradigm shift, the American public hardly uses their front door any more. Why, you might ask – well the answer is quite simple my dear Holmes (as Watson would say in Sherlock Holmes) – garages. So we escape the tyranny of rain and other weather elements…

More coming soon, stay tuned this week for the hilarious conclusion! ;-p

Press Release: ‘Living Amongst Animals’ Album Review

My name is Derek Evans and I wanted to inquire about having you review my album “Living Amongst Animals.” It will be, officially released, in July. If so, I can send you a digital copy of the album.
A few things about me:
I have toured and/or shared the stages with Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Everclear, Blues Traveler, The Paper Raincoat, Erin McCarley, Greg Laswell, Anya Marina, Eisley, Bob Schneider, Rusted Root, and many more.
Two of my songs were featured in the movie “Shoots and Ladders.”
Most recently(September 2011), my single, “The Wind Cries” was featured on the Itunes Singer-Songwriter and Pop charts.
4 Tracks from the Album have been placed in various radio markets(The Wind Cries, High School Walls, Take Me As I Am, and Yellow Steps.)
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you and really hope to work something out.
Best Regards,
Derek Evans



(Los Angeles, Calif.; July 6, 2011)
Derek Evans’ ‘Living Amongst Animals,’ produced by Dan Diaz, will be released on May 22, 2012. His album was funded by his fans with his campaign “Music With A Cause” via PledgeMusic. PledgeMusic is an avenue where musicians rely on the fans to raise money for their album. In return the artists provide various incentives including pre-release copies, signed material, and tour memorabilia. The artist also chooses a charity to donate portions of what is raised. At the time of the campaign, Evans was very ill battling a palsy in his left eye and having a tumor behind his right eye, almost losing complete vision. During half of the campaign, Evans was in the hospital recovering. In the end he exceeded his goal and has currently raised 176% of his goal with portions going to three charities:

  1. Lemons To Aid
  2. Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research
  3. Dana Farber Cancer Research for his friend who recently passed away after a year long battle with a very rare form of cancer.

The albums first single, “The Wind Cries” clearly marks a defining moment in ones life and
challenges who we are what we will become. This track alone, clearly marks a stepping stone for Evans with regards to songwriting, musicianship, and overall production.
“I spent 6 years touring around the country as a solo artist”, says Evans. In that time, I had
lost my grandfather, spent two long periods in and out of the hospital due to illness, and in the end I discovered my passion for people, life, and this earth. You can hear his travels through the Redwood Forest in the opening track “The Gypsy Song”, the moment he met the woman he fell in love with in “Yellow Steps”, the moment he started reflecting on his entire life in “Down The Line”, and even the moments where he was battling himself and was trying to find his way with “The Wind Cries.”
Derek Evans will begin supporting “Living Amongst Animals” with his new band “Derek Evans and The Evergreens” on August 23, 2011 as he headlines the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach- followed by a west coast and mid-west tour. Derek Evans and The Evergreens consist of Steven Carter on Saxaphone, Ryan PK Brown on Stand Up Bass, and rotating members on Keys, Drums, and Lead Guitar. Their first show was in December 2010, where they had a full crowd Porters Pub at UCSD.
Sharing the stages with a range of artists are a defining trait that seem to have validated his mark in the industry. Evans has toured and/or shared the stages with Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Everclear, Blues Traveler, The Rescues, Erin McCarley, Greg Laswell, Anya Marina, Rusted Root, Bob Schneider, and many more. What remains almost as impressive is that, he has managed to do this as an independent musician.
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How Sweet It Is! U of A Baseball, Natl. Champs…

By Derek Evans

(Harry How for Getty Sports)

Not only did they win their first championship since 1986, the ESPN announcers said they became only the second team to go undefeated throughout the whole college World Series since 1999. When the team won they wear shirts saying “Wildcats own Omaha.” And I can’t think of a better statement to describe how the team played.

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Newsletter: ASU Walter Cronktie Journalism School (June 2012)

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Pac-12: All-Academic Track & Field Teams

The Sun Devils posted more first-team selections than any school in the conference.

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Pac-12 Conference released its 2012 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field All-Academic teams on Monday and eight Sun Devils found their way to first-team honors and 18 were honored overall, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has announced.

The Arizona State men posted five first-team honors – the most of any school in the Pac-12 Conference – while the women had three first-team selections, which tied with several teams for the most selections and gave the Sun Devils the highest amount of total first-team selections of any team (8) in the conference between the men and women.  Colorado had six total first team selections while Stanford had five.

The men were led by senior John Kline, who graduated in May with a 4.03 GPA in Kinesiology.  Kline was honored with the ASU Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award and Mouer Award from the School of Nutrition.  Kline was also the lone Sun Devil on the All-Academic first-team lists to earn an All-America award, taking second-team honors for his work on the men’s 4×400-meter relay that finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships this past weekend.

For Kline, it was his third consecutive first-team honor from the conference, having earned it the last two years as well.

The ASU men’s distance team was well represented as redshirt freshman Garrett Baker-Slama earned first-team accolades with a 4.09 GPA in Kinesiology.  Baker-Slama – who had a solid first year in the steeplechase – was the lone redshirt freshman to earn first-team honors.

Junior Nick Happe, who earned second-team All-America honors indoors in the mile, also posted a 4.09 GPA in Finance while redshirt sophomore steeplechaser Steven Schnieders earned first-team honors with a 3.82 GPA in Accountancy.  Happe was an honorable mention selection in 2011 while Schnieders was a first-team selection last year as well.

Senior decathlete Jamie Sandys – a point-scorer at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships – rounded out the first-team selections with his 4.09 GPA and double major in Anthropology and Sociology.  Sandys is also now a three-time first-team selection.On the women’s side, graduate Cj Navarro was the top Sun Devil on the first-team list after posting a 4.08 GPA – graduate-work included – in Education Technology. Navarro scored for the Sun Devils in both the hammer and discus competition at the Pac-12 Championships and was just one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA finals in the discus competition.

Navaro earned her fourth Pac-12 honor with the selection, having been a first-team selection in 2010 and 2011 while being a second-team honoree during her redshirt freshman campaign.

Fellow thrower Alex Hartig also earned first-team honors with her 3.94 GPA in Accountancy.  The redshirt freshman was one of just two freshmen on the first team and was also a point-scorer for the Sun Devils in the shot put at the conference championships.

Junior Natasa Vulic rounded out ASU’s first-team selections with a 4.00 GPA in Pre-Physiology.

The Sun Devils posted two second-team honorees, both on the men’s side, in Nathan Estes and Derick Hinch.  Estes, a junior, posted a 3.59 GPA in Mechanical Engineering and scored for the Sun Devils in the shot put this year at the Pac-12 Championships while Hinch was one of the top newcomers in the conference in the pole vault, finishing third at the NCAA Championships and posting a 3.37 GPA in sociology as a junior college transfer.

The men would also see three student-athletes earn All-Academic honorable mention honors in seniors Daniel AuberryChris Benard and Mason McHenry while the women had five honorable mention selections in seniors Ashley Lampley and Kauren Tarver, junior Keia Pinnick and sophomores Alycia Herring and Constance Ezugha.

To be selected for Academic All-Pac-12 honors, a student-athlete must carry a 3.0 or better grade point average, have completed at least one full academic year at their institution and be a starter or significant contributor to the team during the academic year.

Checking Work E-mail Frequently May Raise Heart Rate

By Cheryl Gamachi

On May 4, researchers at UC Irvine had a new study proving that people who check their work email 24/7 have higher stress levels and believe it or not, less focus than workers who don’t check their email for hours.
Researchers examined the heart rate of workers at an office outlying Boston. One group
checked their email regularly and the other was asked to take a ‘five-day email “vacation”’,
according to the Los Angeles Times. The groups wore heart rate monitors taking their heart rate measurements each second throughout the whole study.
It was found by the research team, led by UCI informatics professor Gloria Mark that when the workers were constantly checking work emails, they were in a steady “high alert” heart rate state. When they were taking their email “vacation”, they had a calmer, steadier heart rate.
According to an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “Mark said that for most workers, the idea that we need to be checking email is a myth that we tell ourselves.”
Now in December, the French firm Atos made headlines when the company’s leadership
announced that it would be a zero-email company by 2013.
But according to the Los Angeles Times, Mark said Atos is an exception.

AZ D-backs Slide Back Into Contention

By Derek Evans

After winning the National League west division last year many had high expectations for the Diamondbacks this year, and thus far those expectations have not happen. The season overall has been a struggle for the team, finding themselves behind both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. There has, however been good news recently for the Diamondbacks the team has won five games in a row and is back at the 500 mark with a record of 30 wins and 30 losses. The team is still in third place, currently sitting eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, but as the season goes on I am skeptical as to if the Dodgers can keep their highly impressive winning ways, especially if their best player Matt Kemp still struggles to stay healthy. The recent turn around for the Diamondbacks, is in large part due to the team’s pitching. This teams knows who they are, even last year they were not a great hitting team, they need to rely on pitching. In the offseason they acquired starting right handed pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics. Cahill started off not looking very good , but is now looking like a very good addition. ESPN. Com has his record as four and five, but most baseball fans know record for a starting pitcher doesn’t mean much and his ERA is 3.36. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has also pitched well lately, he struggled early but now his ERA is 3.93. The Diamondbacks are far from being out of the race in the NL west and after the all-star break at the very least I expect them to make life very hard on both the Dodgers and the Giants.

Was Last Year a Fluke? Too Early to Say

Last season was a magical year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team shocked the baseball world by winning the National League west division over the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Many people expected this year to be much of the same for the Diamondbacks, but so far that has not been the case. Everyone who follows professional Baseball know that it is an extremely long season and games this early into the season really don’t mean a lot if anything at all. Having said that it still has to be disappointing for Diamondbacks fans to see how they have been playing thus far this season. The team currently sits with a record of 16 wins and 21 and they are eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. But all is not lost for Arizona, for one their two main rivals in the division both have problems of their own. The San Francisco Giants are currently without their starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval and their great closing pitcher Brian Wilson is out for the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers also have injury problems of their own, their best player centerfielder Matt Kemp is currently on the disabled list. So even though things seem bad right now all is not lost for the Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks fans have to remember the season is a marathon and not a sprint.

Can the U of A Wildcats do it? Why not?

By Derek Evans

On Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats clinched their way to the College World Series. As a U of A student myself, I can’t help but be excited. College baseball is not on the same level of college sports like college football and basketball. The two sports get far more attention and make a lot more money than college baseball. Your avid college sports fan tell you the winner of the most recent college football national champion and basketball , but there is a good chance he or she doesn’t know who won the college world series last year. The question of if the Wildcats will win the college world series now that they made it, but there’s no reason why they can’t. This team has a great offensive that can come from behind. I watched the game Friday , which was game one of the Super Regionals, which is a three game series, the team was down five to zero in the fourth inning, but they came back to win seven to six. There was a part in the game when the announcers were talking about how disappointed senior designated hitter Bobby Brown was that he didn’t get drafted the week before. No doubt he is motivated to show the Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts wrong. Another huge part of the team is freshman catcher Riley Moore. Having already been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies last year , he turned down for a chance at the College World Series. The official athletic site for the Wildcats says this is the first time for the team in the College World series since 2004. I don’t know if they will win the whole thing , but if they did it wouldn’t surprise me.

High-fructose corn syrup may modify memory

By Cheryl Gamachi

High-fructose corn syrup is linked with problems like weight gain, dental cavities, poor nutrition and now memory and learning abilities from a study published Tuesday, L’Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. (Read the story here.)

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles formed two groups of rats and substituted their water with a solution containing High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). One group was given Omega-3 fatty acids with brain-boosting qualities while the other wasn’t.

The rats were trained to go through a maze for five days, said AFP. It was found after six weeks the group of rats that were not given the fatty acids were slower.

“Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“High-fructose corn syrup is the most common added sweetener in processed foods and beverages,” according to Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D.,L.D.

“Eating a high-fructose syrup diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information,” said Gomez-Pinilla. “But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage,” according to LiveScience.

In 1977, a system of sugar tariffs imposed in the U.S. increase the cost of imported sugar. Producers were forced to find cheaper sources hence, HFCS. Domestic U.S. prices of sugar are twice the global price while corn costs were consistently low.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the average American consumes more than 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the Tucson Sentinel.

HFCS first began in the food industry in the late 1970s which is when many Americans started gaining weight in the wrong places. The production process was made by Dr. Yoshiyuki Takasaki at the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology of Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan. HFCS was then introduced to processed foods and soft drinks in the U.S. and is still making a boom in today’s products.

Nelson advises Americans to cut back on high-fructose corn syrup by:

  1. Avoid sugary, non-diet sodas. Drink water or other unsweetened beverages instead.
  2. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that contain non-nutritious, sugary and frosted cereals.
  3. Eat fewer processed and packaged foods like cookies, cakes and come microwaveable meals.
  4. Snack on fruit, vegetables and low-fat cheese instead of candy and pastries.

Who will be Romney’s VP? Does anyone really want to be?

By Derek Evans

Mitt Romney says he is in the process  of choosing his vice presidential nominee. Like always there are rumors of who it might be; but those rumors proved to be insignificant in 2008. I don’t think one single rumor had John McCain’s  V.P. nominee being  Sarah Palin.
In reality the vice presidential pick really doesn’t have a huge impact on the election. Voters vote for a president, not vice president. Nominees do, however, prove to be interesting fodder for the media.
Romney will pick someone – but can any of us predict whom? No. Here are a few people I think would be the most likely choices. For one there is Ohio Congressman Rob Portman. Portman might be a safe pick for Romney since he’s from an important swing-state Ohio. He also wouldn’t outshine Romney. It was hard for journalists to ignore Palin in 2008.
Portman does have some baggage, however, because he served in the George W. Bush administration. He was U.S. trade representative under Bush from 2005 to 2006 and director of office of management and budget from 2006 to 2007. I don’t think Romney should choose anyone with any ties whatsoever to Bush, since he was a widely unpopular president. Another possible pick is Florida Congressman Marco Rubio. Rubio seems to be a young growing star in the Republican Party, much like Barack Obama was before the 2008 election. There is a caveat – I think Romney would look very hypocritical if he picks Rubio. In 2008, Republicans attacked Obama for lack of experience and being a one-term senator. Wouldn’t you know it, Rubio would also be a one-term senator, if selected. If Romney thinks simply adding Rubio will get him the Hispanic vote he is gravely mistaken. It might actually hurt him more with Hispanics, since they might see through the vapid and unmistakeable ploy. Romney’s ‘camp’ (volunteers and organizers) might think simply running with an Hispanic will get him the Hispanic vote and could be strongly urging him to consider Rubio. Another possibility might be Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Much like Rubio, however I don’t think Jindal is ready at all. And again, like Rubio, he could possibly run for president in 2016 if Obama is reelected. There is also New Hampisher Sen. Kelly Ayotte, but after Palin I highly doubt the Republicans would choose another woman. Another possibility I see is New Jersey Gov. Chris Chirstie; but I think he is too happy with his current job to leave. I beg the question, does any Republican really want to be Romney’s VP nominee that bad? If Romney losses it might kill his running mate’s political career.

Phoenix Suns should focus on present, future

By Derek Evans

The Phoenix Suns are watching this year’s playoffs from home, and if things don’t work out this summer, they could be watching it for a while. Just two years the Suns took the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers to a hard fought six games series in the Western Conference finals, but that seems so long ago. During that off-season they lost Amare Stoudemire to the Knicks. Then inevitable decline soon followed. Now this off-season Steve Nash is now a free agent. He says he’s considering changing teams. Suns’ fans better hope and pray he doesn’t. Nash has stated he is frustrated with the team’s apparent lack of energy to get talent around – and who could blame him. Nash is still a great premier NBA point guard, but the fact is, he isn’t getting any younger. He desperately wants to win an NBA Championship. Do the Suns have any chance to keep him? Their chances might be better if the team cans Head Coach Alvin Gentry; and maybe replacing him with a familiar face, say former head coach Mike D’Antoni? Would that be enough to keep Nash? Probably not, but it certainly would help. Re-signing Nash is so important for the Suns could set a precedent for the franchise for decades to come. Their ability to attract and retain quality players is paramount to the team’s financial and championship success. If the Suns don’t go out of their way to keep, they will be hard-pressed to find any big-name free-agents in the future.  This is a make-or-break off-season for the Suns. This summer could mean the difference between contending for the playoffs next year or watching from the sidelines year after year.

UA’s Online Education Program Off and Runing in Chandler

By The Gilbert Gumption

TUCSON, Ariz. – Monday marked the start of the Teach Arizona, fast-track, one-year masters of education program for the 2012-13 cohort. That’s not the news – it’s that the program has launched a satellite/online campus in the Chandler, Ariz. area. The courses are offered near downtown Chandler. Students will student-teach in-and -round the Greater Phoenix Metro Area this Fall and next Spring. Gilbert, Ariz. may benefit by having a few student teachers to help their district and surrounding districts that often serve the Greater Gilbert Area.

Check back later for more updates.

Can AZ go blue in Nov.? Possible, not probable

By Derek Evans

Arizonans know that in presidential politics, the State has been as red as the stripes in Old Glory.  In the past half century, the only time the State went blue was in 1996, when it went for Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton, who beat Republican candidate Bob Doll. Arizona did an about face to the right, when the desert-dwellers elected George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 elections. The State’s own U.S. Sen. John McCain won in 2008. One would think this would make Arizona a shoe-in for Mitt Romney this year, but that’s not necessarily the case. For one, current Republican Gov. Jan Brewer isn’t exactly popular among her constituents. According to, only 46 percent of Arizonans approve of Gov. Brewer; while 47 percent disapprove. Voters in Arizona this November may see a little bit of Brewer in Romney. After all they are both strong supporters of Senate Bill (SB) 1070.

(Photo by Matt Lewis/The Gilbert Gumption)

I can’t see this going over very well with Arizona’s large Hispanic population. Romney will probably try to win-the-state-over by talking about the economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate in Arizona is 8.6 percent; slightly higher than the current national average. This tactic alone, won’t help Romney to win Arizona. With this strategy he may even have difficulty winning on the national stage. Romney may very well be the most anti-immigration presidential candidates in American history. Bottom line, it’s possible President Barack Obama wins Arizona. Even if he doesn’t, by forcing the Romney camp to spend money in the state to defend what was once thought of as a Republican strong-hold, would be a major set-back.  Many pundits have not considered Arizona to be a swing-state, because of the number of Electoral College votes the State has. 

Editor, Publisher to speak to ASU Journalism Class

Co-owner, editor and publisher Matthew Lewis is speaking to a journalism class today, Tuesday, April 10 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at 4:30 p.m. in Cronkite 414. He will be speaking to Ginger Scott Eiden‘s introductory journalism class about his experiences as a student and professional journalist. Lewis spoke to Eiden’s class once before during the spring 2011 semester. He was invited back this year. More updates, video and photographs to come.

Lewis interviews former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard in Florence, Ariz. in 2010 during Goddard's campaign stop to the Pinal County town. (Photo by Brent Newton / Copyrighted 2010)