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Monday April 2, 2001

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Tucson Riots!

11:44pm April 2, 2001

Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets as hundreds of disappointed University of Arizona fans overturned vehicles Monday and set at least three afire.

Several people were apparently hit, including a Phoenix television reporter, though the extent of their injuries was not clear. Riot officers seemed to meet with little resistance, although they continued to move down the street in formation, banging their shields with their batons.

"Now this is a riot," Assistant Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said as officers moved in to break up a crowd at a major intersection near the campus.

An estimated 2,000 fans had spilled into the streets after Arizona lost the NCAA championship to Duke in Minneapolis.

Police said initially there was little problem and only a handful of minor arrests.

But then about a 1,000 people jammed an intersection near the campus, and a motor home and least two other vehicles were burned, some after having been overturned. With the damage escalating, police - in riot gear - ordered the crowd to disperse and then moved in shoulder to shoulder.

Students mostly gave way as the police approached. One individual sat still in the middle of the street and was taken into custody.

Later police fired stun grenades to help disperse the crowd and fired rubber bullets, striking some individuals. At least one could be seen holding his head.

One person reportedly was treated at a hospital for facial wounds from allegedly having been thrown into a window, and one officer suffered an ear injury, Villasenor said.

Villasenor said six people were arrested on varied charges that included assault, trespass, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

Police had cordoned off the entire campus by closing streets to vehicular traffic, a precaution to avoid having motorists trapped as some were during the 1997 postgame action.

Villasenor said there had been several small fires along the main avenue, where he estimated about 2,000 people milled about at one point, and that there were four other small fires at Jefferson Commons, a student housing area about four miles away.

There also were reports of shots but no injuries at a bar on the edge of the campus, and some students set off fireworks, police and others said.

It was unclear how many cars were damaged. Police had reported one overturned near the campus early on, and Pima County sheriff's deputies had reported another was overturned about 10 miles away.


11:08pm April 2, 2001

Roughly two hours after the Wildcats fell to Duke, rowdy fans on Fourth Avenue - a popular downtown Tucson venue - tipped several vehicles, set an recreational vehicle on fire and overturned streetlights.

An explosion at 10:12 p.m. Tucson time outside the Hut, 305 N. Herbert Ave., sent spectators running and activated nearly 500 extra police officers in full riot gear to disburse the crowd.

Police detained several people.

No major injures have been reported.

Earlier, Tucson police officers and firemen were dispatched to an area just west of the Student Recreation Center where another vehicle caught fire.

More information will be updated here as the Wildcat reports through the night.


Just one more!

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Wildcats want to win championship for 'Mrs. O'

MINNEAPOLIS - Arizona senior forward Gene Edgerson said earlier this season that he would wake up in a frantic sweat in the middle of the night, spinning in a flurry of emotions.

He worried about his coach, who lost his wife to cancer, and he shared a hollow feeling with his teammates as their season went into a tailspin.

Worst of all, Edgerson feared that the dreams of capturing the National Championship were becoming more elusive.

It's been more than three months since the Arizona team captain spoke of those nightmares, but since that time in January, the Wildcats have climbed from the depths of misfortune with one aspiration in mind.

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Demonstrators march to make the streets safer for all people

'Take Back the Night' event expanded to not focus solely on women's issues

It was a clear, starry night Friday when more than 100 UA students marched to take it back.

At the University of Arizona's fourth annual "Take Back the Night" event, students and community members rallied for more awareness of issues regarding violence, especially those relating to women.

They marched against "nighttime" crimes like rape and domestic violence, which, according to their chants, could be prevented through better awareness and more government intervention.

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Preseason favorites reach pinnacle

MINNEAPOLIS - When college basketball season began last October 15, two teams were on top.

Five months and seventeen days later, the same Arizona and Duke teams are the lone survivors.

Beginning the season ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in nearly every national poll, the Wildcats and Blue Devils took very different paths to arrive at tonight's national championship game, but through the perplexities of the season, here they are, still standing.

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Tuition increase could improve students' education

Tuition increase.

The phrase sends shivers down the spines of cash-strapped college students everywhere. Yet, in Arizona, where in-state tuition costs $2,344, this slight increase could actually benefit students who already pay so little for their education.

President Peter Likins has recommended a tuition hike of $200 for in-state students and $500 for out-of-state students in an attempt to finance solutions to a host of problems plaguing UA.

The increase seems meager when UA students consider the scope of needs facing the university. From professors' salaries and teaching assistant (TA) salaries to improvements in advising and information technology, a tuition increase could have a direct impact on the quality of education UA students receive.

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Lear's Great War

UA art students submit work to be judged by professionals for 25th annual VisCom show

The temperature may be rising all over campus with the advent of Spring, but for the art department this year, Spring means "cold."

That is because "cold" is the theme for the 25th annual Visual Communications (VisCom) art show, a juried exhibition of students' graphic design, illustration and computer-related, two-dimensional artwork.

Every Spring UA VisCom students submit work to be judged by working design and illustration professionals who then select, from those entries, which pieces will hang in the exhibition.

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Fast facts: Monday April 2, 2001

One million $1 bills weigh one ton.

Harry Truman was the first president to pardon a turkey before Thanksgiving.

The original copies of "Gone with the Wind" weighed 3 pounds and contained 1,037 pages.

A stretched-out slinky is 87-feet long.

In California, it's against the law to use your dirty underwear as a dust rag.

In Maine, it's illegal for a police officer to tell you to have a nice day after giving you a traffic ticket.

The average person loses two ballpoint pens a week.