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Tuesday February 6, 2001

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Officials deny UA involvement in Dartmouth prof murders

Rumors connecting instructor's business card unfounded

University of Arizona officials said there is no truth behind rumors that a UA professor has been implicated in the double homicide of two professors at Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school in Hanover, N.H.

Members of national and local media inundated the UA yesterday with phone calls regarding a rumor that places a business card of a UA geosciences faculty member in a rented automobile connected with the Dartmouth homicides.

"No one on the investigative team has looked at anybody at Arizona," said UA spokeswoman Sharon Kha, an associate vice president of communications. "There was never a connection. It was a rumor that was unfounded."

On Jan. 27, two longtime Dartmouth professors, Susanne and Half Zantop, were found dead, stabbed in their home four miles from campus. The Zantops were a popular couple at the college and known in the community for their charity. They have two grown daughters.

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Prof seeks origin of life

Seeking an answer to life's origin extends beyond laboratory work.

The only way to understand how life started more than 4 billion years ago is to search outer space, where the mystery of living organisms could possibly be kept frozen to this date, said Jonathan Lunine, a UA lunar and planetary laboratory professor.

Last night Lunine gave his first public talk, about seeking life beyond Earth, to about 240 people, marking the largest turnout for a Steward Observatory lecture audience in the last two years.

Scientists in the 1930s discovered methane and nitrogen elements on Titan, a moon of Saturn, showing a similarity to the organic molecules of Earth, Lunine said. However, because of smog on Titan's surface, scientists cannot detect what is out there until at least 2004, at the conclusion of the Cassini-Huygens mission.

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Junior ace Blau quits team; Cats hammer Lumberjacks

The UA women's tennis team won its first Pacific 10 Conference match of the season this past weekend only to lose one of the team's best players to off-court disputes.

Junior Lindsay Blau, the team's No. 1 singles player, left the team permanently, citing differences with her coaches.

"Lindsay has decided to quit the team," UA head coach Brad Dancer said. "We really don't want to go into it much more."

When reached yesterday, Blau said her decision to leave the team was due to a personality conflict with Dancer, who took over for Stephanie London last season.

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The greener invisible hand

Good news! Over 5,000 students enrolled in the UA Eller College of Business and Administration. While students within the College of Science are researching the chemical and physical properties and implications of pollution, the business students are learning how to run a firm with financial goals.

As we proceed into the 21st century, environmental policy needs to shift toward a more business-style approach.

(This is where the business students applaud.)

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A 'River' runs through it

Broadway dance sensation opens tonight at Centennial Hall

Contrary to stereotype, professional dancers eat pizza, too.

"I try my best to eat healthy, but it's hard on the road. Sometimes, pizza is our only option," said Irish dancer Michael Patrick Gallagher of the Broadway hit Riverdance.

Despite admitting to this healthy-eating faux pas, Gallagher did not seem terribly ashamed.

"Otherwise, I eat lots of veggies, fruit, pasta and chicken," he added.

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Fast facts: Tuesday February 6, 2001

In Texas it is illegal to have sex with a fish.

In Florida it is illegal to get a fish drunk.

In North Carolina the government liked both laws, so it is illegal to have sex with a drunk fish.

To "fall off the wagon" does not refer to drunkenness. It actually references sobriety. "Up on the wagon" refers to drunkenness, from the days of beer wagons.

In the movie "The Shawshank Redemption," when all of the prisoners are on the roof drinking beer, take notice of the containers. They are drinking bottles of beer. The movie was set in the '30s. Beer wasn't bottled, but instead canned in the 1930s.