Video: How Smart Is Your ASU Student? Most Would Pass New Civics Test, But Not All

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Bailey Underwood, a business and marketing major, is one of several ASU students who took New Times' test.

Sure, they can design computer hardware or launch a startup company, but do they know the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices?

New Times put Arizona State University students to the test last week to find out if they'd have trouble passing a civics test that's soon to be a high-school graduation requirement.

See how they did in our video below:

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Judge Kozinski: If You Can't Stand the "Splatter," Get Out of the Execution Business

Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, wants Americans to know that executions are dirty, "savage" business.

In his written dissent to a Ninth Circuit ruling on Monday that puts the death penalty on hold for an Arizona killer, Kozinski appears to praise the guillotine and criticizes the idea that killing prisoners can be done in kinder, gentler fashion.

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It Looks Like Moon Valley's Getting a Goodwill, Despite Fight from Affluent Residents

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The former site of AJ's Fine Foods.

Much to the dismay of many Moon Valley residents, it looks like a Goodwill store is going to open in their neighborhood.

A couple of months ago, New Times obtained several e-mail chains among residents of the North Phoenix country-club community, including former Republican U.S. Congressman John Shadegg, rallying others to demand City of Phoenix officials not to allow Goodwill to open the store at the former location of an AJ's Fine Foods store, at Seventh Street and Thunderbird Road.

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Supreme Court: Voting Rights Act Can't Make Arizona Get Feds' Approval on Voting Laws

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which calls for Arizona and eight other states to get federal approval on new voting laws, is unconstitutional.

The problem, however, was not that the states needed federal approval to ensure their voting laws aren't discriminatory -- it's how those nine states were selected for scrutiny.

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John Shadegg, Other Moon Valley Elitists Trying to Keep Goodwill Out of the Neighborhood

Some homeowners in the North Phoenix country-club enclave of Moon Valley can't believe that Goodwill is trying to open a retail store in their neighborhood.

A few of the residents, like former Republican U.S. Congressman John Shadegg, are rallying others to demand City of Phoenix officials not allow Goodwill to open the store at the former location of an AJ's Fine Foods store, at Seventh Street and Thunderbird Road.

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Gilbert 5-Year-Old Finds Some Guns, Fires One in the Street

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As if there was a need for more reasons for Arizona to be stereotyped as a state full of gun nuts, get a load of this one from the town of Gilbert -- a 5-year-old went shooting this weekend.

This wasn't a supervised shooting expedition, either. Police say the 5-year-old took a pair of guns while he was being watched by a babysitter -- "watched" being a relative term -- and a neighbor watched him fire one off in the street this weekend.

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Homophobes Freaking Out Over Proposed Ordinance Banning LGBT Discrimination

According to Arizona's most powerful homophobic organization, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is trying to let men "gain access" to little girls in bathrooms.

Yes, the Center for Arizona Policy -- which claims pornography "has been linked" to rapes, child molestations, and serial killers and claims "homosexual activists" are "attempting to indoctrinate [children] into embracing homosexual behavior" -- is at it again.

See also:
-A Homophobic Group Killed Arizona's Anti-Bullying Law

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Woman Busted at Border With 310 Vials of "Date Rape" Drug

Ketamine -- lots of it.
Bad news, rapists (good news, society): Customs and Border Protection says officers caught a woman attempting to enter the United States with 310 vials of a "date rape" drug.

According to CBP, 51-year-old Josefina Irene Dominguez was pointed out for additional questioning and a vehicle search at the Mariposa Port of Entry on Monday, whereupon the vials, containing ketamine, were found.

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"Obamacare" Allegedly Provoked Amber Gardner to Attack a Woman and Destroy a Deli With a Stone Hammer

Amber Gardner probably didn't do so well in high school government class.
People around the country reacted differently to last week's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."

Amber Leah Gardner sure had a unique reaction.

Gardner's apparent response was to go to a Mesa deli with a stone hammer, rant about Obama and shout some "racial remarks" at the employees, then allegedly attempt to hit one of the employees with the hammer before proceeding to wreck the deli with that hammer.


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Arizona Republic Lays Off 30 to 40, Announces Closure of Chandler Offset Plant; "Yes" Fashion Magazine's Ending

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"Yes?" No.

‚ÄčAbout 40 people have been laid off at the Arizona Republic, which also announced plans to close a Chandler press that prints USA Today and various inserts.

The local pink slips come as part of a 2 percent layoff at Gannett's publishing division nationwide. About 700 people are losing their jobs.

Publisher John Zidich, in a Republic article today, cites weak national revenue at Gannett as part of the reason. As with layoffs at the state's largest newspaper in mid-2008, late 2008 and 2009, the limping economy also is blamed.

Some Republic staffers heard the news well after others -- because they were on mandatory, unpaid furloughs announced last month.

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