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By theno1pick, Mar 27 2016 05:16AM

By Lindsey Wisniewski

It was the top of the ninth-inning and sophomore pitcher Ryan Hingst was almost finished pitching his first game as a Sun Devil. He had two outs and needed just one more to close out Arizona’s State 5-0 victory over Utah Friday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

But what came next, Hingst didn’t see coming.

“A lot of screamin’, a lot of hugs, somebody ripped my jersey off,” Hingst said. “I’m on cloud nine right now. I don’t even know how to put it into words.”

Hingst didn’t need to put it into words.

In a matter of moments, he pitched a fastball to Utah’s Dallas Carroll and a fly ball to centerfield was caught and ended the game. Hingst did it—he pitched the 10th no-hitter in Sun Devil history, all while striking out a career-high nine Utes and walking three more in Arizona State’s first Pac-12 win of the season.

The last time a pitcher completed a no-no was former left-hander Ryan Kellogg on March 23, 2013 against Oregon State. Just three years later, Hingst adds his name to the list.

Yet, the connection between Hingst and Kellogg run deeper than this shared accomplishment.

“I actually roomed with him for a little bit last year after they kicked us out of the dorms,” Hingst said. “We have a really good relationship and I’m probably going to give him a call right after this.”

But before Hingst could phone Kellogg, he was already tweeting about his former roommates big game.

“Congrats to @RWHingst on his no hitter tonight! #NoNo,” Kellogg said on Twitter.

Head coach Tracy Smith also chimed in on the right-handed pitcher’s stellar performance and his 121 pitches in the win.

“Thank god he got him on his last pitch because we were going to have to take him out,” Smith joked.

“What Ryan did on the mound was fun. I’ve been apart of those as a player but I haven’t been apart of those as a coach—that’s pretty special.”

Andrew Shaps and Brian Serven also played a significant role in Arizona State’s big win. During the top of the eighth inning, Shaps caught a deep hit to the center to hand Utah a crucial second out. He finished the game with two hits and one RBI.

Serven also finished with two runs on two hits for the night.

While excitement around Hingst’s standout performance will probably stick around the clubhouse for sometime, ASU (14-8, 1-4) will get ready to play again in its deciding game against Utah (7-13, 3-2) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Smith says he hopes this win will help to get his team back on track.

“I’m hoping tonight’s a catalyst to kind of put us back in our groove a little bit,” Smith said. “I know this club’s going to hit.”

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By theno1pick, Dec 5 2015 12:03AM

A campaign created to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona is quickly gaining traction with the state's education glitches at the forefront and could ask residents to legalize weed for anyone over the age of 21.

It's no shock that Arizona's education system has been deteriorating. Just this year, the Grand Canyon State ranked 47th in the nation for quality education, according to EdWeek. That same study found Arizona's education spending the lowest at $40.8 million, well below the national average of $65.4 million per year.

The Arizona Marijuana Initiative, created by the Marijuana Policy Project, would regulate the sales of cannabis, while adding a 15 percent sales tax to help fund education in Arizona. This money could be used to revitalize Arizona's K-12 school system and boost education funding.

But despite the projected funds, there has been clear opposition to the initiative.

More harm than help

Diane Douglas, the superintendent of public instruction for the state, has publicly vocalized her resistance to the legalization, even if it would help fill a gap in funding for education in Arizona.

"I don't know what the number will be, we don't know the number that will be generated," Douglas said during her "We Heard You Tour," in Mesa. "But I'm sorry, I do not believe in generating money for children's education through the perpetuation of vices, regardless of what those vices will be."

The Marijuana Policy Project believes the state could see revenue of up to $40 million annually once the regulations are applied. This estimate is based off of cannabis sales in Colorado but adjusted to reflect the state population and marijuana consumption rates here in Arizona, according to Carlos Alfaro, the group's campaign manager.

Seth Leibsohn, chair for the Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a public education campaign to ensure marijuana legalization does not occur in Arizona, chimed in on Douglas' comments in agreement.

"You can't even build a school with that type of money," Leibsohn said. "It makes absolutely no since, it's like taxing the arson store to fund fire safety."

Leibsohn also emphasized his concern for the safety of adolescents and adults who may partake in using the drug, a view that is shared by many who are against its use.

"There's no shortage of studies of marijuana and the problems it causes," Leibsohn said. "We've spent the better part of seven decades trying to keep marijuana out of the hands of people [and] to abandon those seven decades...it's creating a problem to solve a problem."

On the other hand, vocalized supporters of the regulation of cannabis believe that the legalization will not only help the state's failing education system, but also solve various societal problems."

A controlled system

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, created by the Marijuana Policy Project, has been leading the pro-recreational cannabis push.

Alfaro says the campaign's goal is to reform pot laws throughout the state. However, he emphasized that the campaign's purpose is not to fix public education funding, but to regulate a market that's already in place.

"We understand that there is already an illegal market happening," Alfaro said, "And we just want to regulate it so that it's safe and benefits the community."

The group plans to regulate pot by establishing a system of licensed businesses, where products will be tested, packaged and labeled to guarantee consumers know what they're getting. Current medical dispensaries will be able to apply for a license to do this, should the initiative pass.

Mark Steinmetz, founder of Nature's AZ Medicines, a dispensary in Central Phoenix, says he intends to do just that.

"We've examined the legislation that's been proposed and there's a couple of different ballot initiatives, I think one is more responsible than the other," Steinmetz said. "And we support that legislation that basically takes a 15 percent excise tax on what some call adult use cannabis."

Additionally, Steinmetz argues against the views of many of the state's politicians, who believe marijuana would hinder, not aid, Arizona's education programs.

"Unfortunately, those very folks that are politicians that are against cannabis of any kind, medical or recreational, are also the same one's cutting rapidly from our education budgets," Steinmetz said. "Maybe their kids go to private schools but a lot of people in the state of Arizona rely on public education and so I think it's a great use of the funds."

Other states

If recreation marijuana was to be legalized in Arizona, it would join the District of Columbia, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska in funding state education needs.

Scott Newell, the director for the Colorado Department of Education Division of Capital Construction, said that Colorado uses its excise taxes from marijuana to improve K-12 public school capital improvements. These improvements can be anything from ADA upgrades to building a school from the ground up.

"Any money going to us to help schools is helpful," Newell said. "It's additional revenue we didn't have before."

Newell says that Colorado has yet to meet its estimated $40 million cap. But in just a year, recreational marijuana has raised $23 million for education funding and Newell expects that it will hit $30 million by next June.

He adds that depending on what the state decides to use the money for, $40 million could have either a significant or small impact.

"You could have $23 million broken up into smaller projects or if you had a new school, $40 million could get eaten up pretty quickly," Newell said.

The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Initiative says Arizona schools could see funding for full-day kindergarten programs, school construction and maintenance costs and public education.

The future

With over 115,000 signatures collected so far, half of the 230,000 required, it should come as no surprise that the controversial issue may very well be on the 2016 ballot in Arizona. Despite the divide on the topic, all parties said they anticipate the vote will take place.

"I suspect it will get on the ballot," Leibsohn said. "They spend about a million dollars collecting these signatures."

In rebuttal, Alfaro says The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign expects to see the initiative enacted.

"The prohibitionists [were] wrong when they said marijuana was harmful and they will be wrong again in November when we win."

By theno1pick, Sep 2 2015 07:55AM

During last night's first "Must See Monday" of the year, Clara Colmenero (Univision), Kris Pickel (CBS5), Kim Tobin (ABC15) and Linda Williams (FOX10) spoke about the challenges they’ve faced as women in journalism. From race to overcoming the gender barrier, these women defied the odds to become successful in their careers.

“The myth about anchor women being divas is not true,” moderator Lin Sue Cooney said in regards to stereotypes about women in journalism, “They are hard workers—they are journalists.”

Williams added, “If you’re good at what you do, you love what you do—no one is going to stop you.”

The women also discussed how the media landscape has changed in recent years and how social media has become an integral part of their job.

“I am under the belief that social media is not going to kill local news,” Pickel said.

Tobin also commented that using social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, has become an important part of her everyday routine with ABC15.

The next Must See Monday will feature Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS News. The event will be held on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Walter Cronkite School’s First Amendment Forum.

By theno1pick, Jul 1 2015 09:27PM

If there's one thing Phoenix has that Portland doesn't, it's surely a lack of rain. But weather conditions have nothing to do with whether Portland Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge will sign with the Suns, while a championship has everything-- something the Suns have never obtained.

Let's face it though, Aldridge has played with Portland nine seasons. He has five playoff appearances, making it out of the first round only once during the '14-'15 season. And he's watched his team rebuild countless times during the Brandon Roy, Greg Oden injuries and the #NewTeamNewDream era that began as quickly as it ended with a Nate McMillan firing and the departure of Andre Miller, Joel Pryzbilla and Raymond Felton (to name a few).

Everything changed

It wasn't until Portland built a core starting five of Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard, Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews that a spark truly ignited-- a spark that would end a 14-year stint and send Portland to a second-round playoff appearance for the first time since 2000.

But on Mar. 5, 2015, in a game against the Dallas Mavericks, everything changed when guard Wesley Matthews suffered a left Achilles injury. He would be out for the season and a team that was 41-19 prior to Matthews' injury would finish the season 10-12, making a quick first-round exit against the Memphis Grizzlies in the playoffs.

Not exactly the championship hopes the city of Portland deserves and certainly not the progress Aldridge had wanted for him and his Blazers.

Free agency begins

As free agency courting perior opened on July 1, the Spurs, Suns and Lakers were amongst the rumored teams in the hunt for Aldridge. With the recent addition of Tyson Chandler to the Suns, Aldridge could easily be persuaded to bite as Phoenix has quality point-guards and a new, legit center in Chandler.

Prior to turning down a three-year/55 million contract extension with the Blazers at the end of the '14-'15 offseason, Aldridge reportedly made his intentions to stay with Portland known.

"I want to be the best Blazer - ever," Aldridge said. "If I stay the rest of my career, I should be able to catch Clyde [Drexler] by then. I should be able to leave a mark on a big-time franchise that is going to be seen forever. And I will be able to say I played here my whole career. This city has embraced me and grown with me. I have so much history, it just makes sense to stay," (Credit: The Oregonian).

But look into Aldridge's desires and you won't look too far, being the best Blazer of all time is significant but a championship is the real goal-- a goal that can be found with the right team and in the West, that team could be anyone.

More to follow.

By theno1pick, Mar 13 2015 06:00PM

The other day I was watching NBATV when I came across a commercial in the midst of the Portland Trail Blazers game. The commercial showcased professional basketball players Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Steph Curry supporting the fight for women's rights at home and at work. I thought to myself, well isn't this a nice commercial?

"When men lean in, everybody wins," Wade says in the video.

As it turns out the National Basketball Association (NBA) has teamed up with Sheryl Sanberg, chief operating officer for Facebook and author of the book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."

While I'm a huge supporter of gender quality, I was really excited to here about this initiative. But it wasn't until I dug a little deeper, I became saddened for women everywhere and realized that we're only taking steps backwards.

Choreplay is the new foreplay

According to the Associated Press (AP), in Sanberg's book she presents the concept of "choreplay," as an opportunity for men to become "better off financially and emotionally if they take more responsibility for housework and child care, while also backing equal rights for women at work.” Sanberg suggests that gender equality not only benefits women but also benefits men.

In other words, if you are a man who does chores and help your wife with activities around the house, you're more than likely to get laid.

Breaking ground

Has our generation really gotten to the point where in order for women to be treated equally there has to be some sexual bargain? Sanberg and the NBA's message speaks loud and clear-- you do chores for me, you'll be successful and have more sex. Nothing is more 'manly' than supporting your wife in equal rights and in return you'll be rewarded.

Since when did treating someone fairly mean that you had to get something in return? Have we really lost ourselves? This goes back to my early college days when I was studying psychology and we came across the concept of true altruism or selfless concern for the care of others. In many ways, I feel that altruism is a lot like equal rights. It's saying that you selflessly care for the equal rights for both men and women. Unfortunately, this initiative is not selfless. It's about men getting something in return. Wives are not prostitutes that expect payments for sex.

This isn't about leaning in, its about leaning further part.