November 20, 2004 issue

Sentencing reform draws praise
For many years, authorities agree, treatment options for mentally ill criminal offenders has been severely lacking. Now, a program launched by the city of Tempe is not only experiencing success but gaining wider recognition.

Center advances kidney care
Kidneys — no, we don’t spend much time thinking about them. But when they fail, our lives can be turned topsy turvy and we find ourselves following a life regimen that’s controlled by the unrelenting need for dialysis.
By Melissa Hirschl

Sports Update...with Brian Gomez
Upset puts Aztecs in quarterfinals

Boosted by an improbable win over sixth-seeded Peoria in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs, 11th-seeded Corona will meet 14th-seeded Gilbert Highland in Friday’s quarterfinals at Hascall Henshaw Stadium.

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
Holiday pie crust rated G (for good!)

Pies have remained a Thanksgiving staple--a fixture on the American landscape generally--despite the fact that no one really makes them anymore. At least, we don’t make them like we used to.

Thanksgiving service aids homeless
Area churches will join in an annual community-wide Thanksgiving Interfaith Service designed to provide emergency assistance for Tempe’s homeless.

Students compete in finals for U.S. science honor
Corona del Sol High school students Kevan Christensen and Vinayak Muralidhar competed last weekend in the Western Regional Finals of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology at the University of California at Berkeley
By M.V. Moorhead

Techno Files...with Riley Gay
Firefox may outfox virus vulnerability of MS browser
Just when it’s beginning to look like Microsoft has won the browser war, though, a new contender has stepped up to challenge that dominance.

Internet security in a wireless world: a ‘how to’ primer
War drivers are people who drive around neighborhoods and office parks with laptops looking for open or unprotected wireless access points to the Internet. War spammers not only electronically hijack the web connections they find, but also use them to send unsolicited e-mails.

Area girl to represent Chandler in Miss Arizona Teen pageant
Corona del Sol High School Honors Freshman Lina Washington has been selected to represent Chandler in the upcoming Miss Arizona Teen- USA Pageant.

Drum corps lining up 2005 members
According to the academy, drum corps activity has reached performance, design and competition levels comparable to that of the Olympics.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
National Treasure

Da Vinci Code-type treasure hunt that begins on the back of a dollar bill and ends at church. Disney-style entertainment will appeal, particularly to younger audiences.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
On DVD: Star Trek & The Stepford Wives
The complete first season of Star Trek—The Original Series has at last become available in a compact 8-disc box set

Symphony’s annual holiday concert due at Gammage
The evening of music will feature organ soloist Kimberly Marshall and the Arizona Mormon Choir with conductors Gregor and Lorri McHardy.

Kidz Calendar
Calendar of events for December 2004