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Thursday, October 7, 2004
photo Firefly on Fourth flaming

Popular restaurant gutted by fire early Wednesday morning

A fire destroyed the second floor of the North Fourth Avenue restaurant FireFly Food and Spirits early yesterday morning.

The cause of the fire at 509 N. Fourth Ave. is unknown, fire officials said.

At 1:50 a.m. Randy Lopez, manager of Plush nightclub across from Firefly on East Sixth Street, went to take out the trash behind his building and saw flames billowing from FireFly's roof and second story windows. [Read article]

Jury begins deliberations in serial rape trial

The jury began deliberations late yesterday afternoon in the trial of James Allen Selby, a man suspected of attacking and raping several women near the UA.

The jury is considering 34 counts against Selby. If convicted, he is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Charges against Selby, 37, include first degree murder, rape, kidnapping and burglary. Selby is accused of attacking five women and a 13-year-old girl in Tucson between October 2001 and May 2002, one of whom was a UA student. [Read article]

Campaign aide talks about UA political start

A former UA student and coordinated campaign director for the Kerry presidential campaign spoke to about 50 UA students and staff yesterday about how her political experience at the UA helped jumpstart her political career.

Ana Ma, a former Associated Students at the University of Arizona elections commissioner, discussed the benefits and drawbacks of a career in politics and also encouraged students to vote on Nov. 2. [Read article]

photo Folklore class first in Tucson festival

A UA folklore class will give a presentation about UA history and traditions at this weekend's annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival downtown.

It is the first time in the festival's 31-year history the UA will contribute a presentation.

The English class, Introduction to Folklore, will feature presentations on Greek Life, The How and Why of Almost Everything at the UA and some of the UA's best ghost stories. [Read article]

photo Emergency contraception available at Campus Health

The Women's Health Clinic at Campus Health is trying to increase awareness among female students about the availability of emergency contraception.

Emergency contraception, or the so-called "morning-after" pill, is used to reduce the risk of pregnancy when taken after unprotected intercourse.

Kim Birmingham, a pharmacist in the Campus Health Center, said the pharmacy sees a consistent number of girls coming in to get prescriptions for emergency contraception filled every day. [Read article]

ASUA to bus students to presidential debate

ASUA senators announced at yesterday’s meeting they will bus 120 students to ASU, the site of the third and final debate for the upcoming presidential election, for an ASU-sponsored debate party.

Students will watch the debate at Arizona State University’s Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

Three buses, sponsored by the Arizona Students Association and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona will meet at Old Main Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and the trip is free, said Sara Birnbaum, executive vice president for ASUA. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • In June 1963, in Britain, the British tennis player Michael Sangster served a ball that was clocked at 154 miles per hour. This is the fastest tennis serve ever recorded.

  • Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive. Gephydrophobia is the fear of crossing bridges.

  • Theodore Roosevelt's wife and mother both died on the same day.

  • The amount of play money printed each year for use in the Parker Brothers game "Monopoly" totals more than the amount of real currency issued annually by the United States Government. [Read article]

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