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Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Water balloon prank results in $1,000 fine for Smithfield man

By Molly Farmer

April 1, 2006 | James B. Clark, 22, of Smithfield, pleaded guilty Tuesday in 1st District Court to a class-A misdemeanor of obstruction of justice, lying to law enforcement officials about dropping water balloons out of a flying aircraft in 2005. Judge Thomas Willmore reduced the charge to a class B misdemeanor.

Clark, whose charges originally included two counts of reckless endangerment, one count obstruction of justice, and one count of navigating an unlicensed aircraft, was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine by May 1.

Clark said he and his passenger thought it would be funny to drop water balloons on some of their friends from the aircraft, but when they began flying, they realized it wasn't safe. They instead decided to drop the balloons on a vacant lot, far from any people on the ground, Clark said. After landing, Clark lied to law enforcement about his whereabouts and actions, but later filed a confession of his participation in the event.

Clark, who has no criminal history, said he has surrendered his pilot's license to the FAA, and there is no guarantee he'll get ever get it back.

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