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From Taco Bell to Hogwarts, here are the week's top State Press stories

​We're sad too. RIP Taco Bell.

Palm Walk
Students walk on Palm Walk on the first day of classes on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Tempe.

Don't start slacking now: Summer is getting closer by the minute. We hope you have the opportunity to say your final goodbyes and make peace with your favorite Memorial Union restaurant. But before you cry all over your tacos, take a minute to refresh yourself on what happened this week.

Memorial Union Taco Bell set to permanently close

Photo by Aaron Coronado | The State Press

Adiós, Taco Bell! After April 22, students and faculty alike will have to find another place to eat their favorite fast food-style Mexican food. Reporter Megan Janetsky explains why the restaurant is closing and what will take its place.

Read more: Memorial Union dining hall to undergo renovations over summer

If the presidential candidates were your ASU roommates

Photo by Aimee Plante | The State Press

What if the presidential candidates were your roommates? Columnist Cody Fitzpatrick answers that very question while poking some fun.

Read more: Top 10 photos of Donald Trump yelling: a definitive guide

New bill allows out-of-state customers to use vertical IDs to purchase alcohol

Photo by Coleton Berry | The State Press

One of the 16 pills Gov. Ducey signed into law Tuesday was House Bill 2031. The bill allows alcohol vendors to serve those of legal age with vertical state IDs, overturning a 2014 law that prohibited that. Reporter BrieAnna Frank gathered the facts and reactions to the bill.

Read more: Tempe, Arizona officials increase funding to reduce use of fake IDs

Students react after Gov. Ducey signs three new abortion bills into law

Photo by J. Bauer-Leffler | The State Press

Governor Ducey signed three bills that will put restrictions on abortion medication, state employee donations to Planned Parenthood and other restrictions on fetus research. Reporter Joy Ivy details each of the bills, and how they could affect women and the medical industry in Arizona.

Read more: Arizona state lawmakers challenge abortion rights

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Jack of all clubs: Dumbledore's Army

Photo by Lauren Hornberger | The State Press

If you're a Harry Potter fan, this is the club for you. In his weekly series, Muggle Jeff Darge learned more about what ASU's very own Hogwarts has to offer.

Read more: ASU Quidditch is not just for Harry Potter nerds

Best of ASU

Photo by State Press Magazine staff

The results are in! The State Press Magazine staff has compiled your votes into its yearly list of what's the best of ASU, from "Best Taco" to "Best Place to Cry."

Humans of New York photographer visits ASU, encourages passion

Photo by Johanna Huckeba | The State Press

Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the Barrett Lawns on Wednesday. Stanton shared his life experience with attendees and the story of how he started his photo blog. Reporter Simran Dave was there, and spoke to students who said they took away a few things from his talk. 

Follette becomes first ASU beach volleyball player to win 30 games

Photo by Ryan Santistevan | The State Press

Even though ASU beach volleyball only won two of four games this week, there was a silver lining. Junior Whitney Follette made history, becoming the first ASU beach volleyball player to win 30 games. Reporter Natalie Orr learned a little more about Follette's story and what this milestone means to her.

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