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Arizona State University has committed more than $200 million to renovate Sun Devil Stadium in Spring 2015.
After a thief made off with her bicycle, Becca Mercer needed a way to get around Arizona State University’s Tempe campus during the spring semester of 2014.
Service branch: U.S. Army Special Forces
Where and when served: February 1967 to December 1969 in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Reflection: My most memorable moment came in the spring of 1969 near the tri-border area of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We observed several thousand soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army finishing breakfast and massing just inside Laos. Myself and one other American Green Beret were in command of a Mobile Strike Force Company (about 150–165 Sedang Montagnard strikers) when an order came down to “go get ’em” and my first thought was, “me and what army?”
Even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could see the looks on the faces of these boy soldiers and the translation was unmistakable! I’ve heard it before and I’ve heard it since … “Crazy Americans!” We slowly worked through the linguistic barriers when it came to trying to understand complex concepts versus just taking a simple direction or explaining a set of instructions. The basic message was, “you guys are nuts and are going to get us all killed, we think we have a better idea and one which may not get everyone killed” … including this young American Green Beret. Their argument made sense.
We’d take a few guys down there, look around, see what we could see and then call a massive B-52 airstrike down on them and that would be that. Then we would race back to the relative safety of our hilltop perimeter. We got about 50 meters outside of our perimeter and we ran smack into the middle of a forward element of about 500 NVA soldiers of the 66th NVA Regiment. We set up a hasty ambush, which slowed them down long enough for us to make a beeline back to the top of the hill, but we took several casualties in the process. We were outside of artillery range and the monsoon cloud cover precluded bringing in tac air (tactical air support).
Hours went by and we were running out of ammunition and water and we were taking more casualties. Surrounded, we began to formulate an escape plan … our options were all bad. Several hours had past and it was now late in the afternoon. A few times, there were breaches in our defenses and some soldiers had managed to make a run at the small command post in the center of the perimeter. One made it all the way to my location, but he was out of ammunition, so he came at me with a bayonet; I turned but my arm took the point of the bayonet; I turned hard with my arm crooked and he took a full forearm to his jaw.
The sound of crunching teeth and bone were distinctive. He crumpled to the ground. My bodyguard, Dai, ran over and emptied a full magazine into him. Just as we were about to come to grips with our inevitable demise, the clouds broke ever so slightly and an old Skyraider came down through the clouds and almost instantly began dropping copious amounts of ordnance on our enemies. It was dropped so close I had a piece of shrapnel fall right next to me. It was the size of a football. Another hour passed before we began to feel secure that we would actually see another day.
I can see, feel, and taste that day just like it was yesterday. It was a memorable moment all right … and for the better part of that day, I thought it was going to be my last. There were many days like that one, but that’s the one that I remember the most.
Have you ever wondered why some butterflies have iridescent blue-black wings and a taste that’s repulsive to birds and other predators? Ron Rutowski, a Tempe resident and biology professor at Arizona State University since 1976, has too — actually, he’s spent years and traveled extensively throughout North and Central America and Australia, studying the ways color is produced, employed and perceived in the animal kingdom, particularly on ways insects use color as a visual signal and how it’s interpreted by their compound eyes.
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NEW YORK — American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they're texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government's latest study of worrisome behavior.
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Sameer Sarmast leaves the house each day with his wallet, his keys and... dates.
Authorities have a man in custody after robbing a bank, according to officials.
I was told some decades ago that my life would pass like the seasons of the year. With life-expectancy hovering at roughly around eighty years, my wise counselor said that we can divide our lives into four seasons of twenty years each. The first twenty years of life is spring. Life is new and young. Flowers bloom and the grass is green. Everything is just beginning — childhood, adolescence, young adulthood. In the spring we begin to plant the seeds that in time will grow, bloom, and eventually be harvested. The entire year — all other seasons — lay out before us, and we want to get to them as quickly as we can.
Page Springs Cellars and 15 other wineries will pour samples at the Tilted Earth festival in Cottonwood.
A tax on renting cars to help pay off the Arizona Cardinals' home is illegal, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, Johnnae Morris, 16, a team manager for the Blue Springs High School football team, relaxes while texting in the press box at the end of practice at the school in Blue Springs, Mo. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday, June 12, 2014, found a surge in number of kids who spent three or more hours on an average school day on screened electronics other than TV. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Allison Long, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, students are taken to buses waiting outside Spring High School, in Spring, Texas, after a 17-year-old student was stabbed to death and three others were injured after a fight. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday, June 12, 2014, found a drop in the number of teens involved in fighting at schools. Fights at school fell by half in the past 20 years. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
After 28 years steering one of the best track programs in Arizona history, Valley Christian High School coach Dan Kuiper has stepped down from his position as the school’s track coach.
Things are always worse the second time around, the deputy police chief warns the buddy-cop team of Jenko and Schmidt in "22 Jump Street."
The riveting family drama “Alone Yet Not Alone” will open Friday, June 13, at just two theaters in the Valley: Harkins Superstition Springs at Power Road and U.S. Highway 60 and AMC Mesa Grand at Stapley Drive and the 60.
WASHINGTON — The popular ACT college admissions exam is broadening how it reports students' scores.
In this photo provided by Burnham Design, a vibrant wall color like this shade of spring green is balanced by equally bold furniture and accent pieces that combine the room's entire palette in the bedroom designed by Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design. (AP Photo/Burnham Design, Sarah Dorio)
Nationwide GameStop and Spring Mobile, GameStop’s technology retail brand, raised more than $300,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation and exceeded the original goals by nearly 250 percent.
Daniel Hollands needed a break from tennis, so he took one.
The Mesa Code Club raised more than $10,000 during a spring fundraiser and will celebrate its achievement with a Summer Showcase Event.
As temperatures climb, Mesa residents can donate water at various locations in the city to provide hydration for the homeless and unsheltered.