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Tuesday July 3, 2001

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In too deep

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As the expenses for higher education grow, UA officials warn students about the dangers of credit card debt

Inexperienced students are more likely to fall prey to high credit card interest rates

In-state tuition for a full time student: $2,490. Three hardback textbooks and a six pack of pencils: $130. One week's worth of groceries: $100. All charged to a credit card.

The look on the face of the student when he gets the monthly bill: definitely not priceless.

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Shooting victim found in UA area parking lot identified

A man found in the parking lot behind a university-area convenience store early Tuesday morning has been identified, according to university police.

The body of Fausto Enrique Sesma, a 23-year-old Mexican national from Sonora, Mexico was found at approximately 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, in the parking lot near 7-Eleven, 1774 E. Speedway Blvd.

A UA employee found the body on his way to work. After he found Sesma in a parked car bleeding, he immediately called UAPD who responded to the scene along with Tucson Fire Department where Sesma was pronounced dead at the scene

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Going, going, gone: Stitt leaves baseball program after 27 years

Livengood: It's time to go in another direction

Add another name to the list of long-tenured UA coaches who won't be back next season.

Jerry Stitt, UA's baseball coach, resigned last Friday, ending months of speculation that this would be his last year after another mediocre season in the Pacific 10 Conference.

Also leaving the program are Stitt's two assistants, pitching coach Bill Kinneberg and bench coach Victor Solis, who were released after Stitt's resignation.

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America has a lot to learn

PARIS - The revolution has begun in Amsterdam. A revolution for civil liberties that ignores the dogmatic and outdated morality that western civilization has been wearing like a pair of blinders for centuries.

I visited Amsterdam last weekend. It was a strange feeling to walk around in a country that has decided to legalize and regulate so many things that the U.S. keeps repressed and pushed into our bad neighborhoods and inner cities, out of sight and out of mind. I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was the Dutch had succeeded in creating here. Then it stuck me. It's freedom.

They have legalized marijuana and all natural psychedelic drugs including mushrooms, hallucinogenic cacti and herbal ecstasy. They have legalized prostitution, gambling, and most recently, allowed the usage of assisted suicide. Abortion is not politically threatened and - get this! - the people are free to make moral decisions for themselves.

Do these things scare you? They shouldn't.

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Spielberg's 'A.I.' remains true to Kubrick's legacy - mostly

There have been months of speculation preceding the release of "A.I." Cineastes have endlessly mused, conjectured and dreamed about the possibilities of a film project once in development with Stanley Kubrick, only to be later picked up by Steven Spielberg following the death of the legendary director. What would such a combination lead to? How would the completely different styles and sensibilities of two of the greatest masters of the screen match up - would it be a wondrous union of genius, A meets B to create an even greater C, or would the differences be too much for one film to handle, a center that cannot hold, making one big cinematic car crash?

The film has now been released, but moviegoers are no closer to an answer than before. Nor are the critics, who, in reviews published sometimes more than a week before opening day, are divided over the merits of the film. And so the debate rages on. Where is it most like Spielberg? Where can one see Kubrickian moments? Does the film's more metaphysical musings detract from its emotional center? Isn't that the kid from "The Sixth Sense"?

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Fast Facts: Tuesday July 3rd, 2001

The average speed of human male ejaculation is 28 miles per hour.

It takes between 13 and 20 seconds for the smell of an average fart to travel to the nose.

A human sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles per hour - the average wind speed of an F-1 tornado - once it has left the mouth.

A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

A meal takes between 12 to 15 hours to go through the whole digestive system.

The heart beats an average of 72 beats a minute.