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Today's word on journalism

Friday, May 12, 2006


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

Smithfield man sentenced on drug charges

By David Baker

April 5, 2006 | LOGAN -- Gilbert Thomas Gabaldon, 39, of Smithfield, will serve 45 days in Cache County Jail and pay a fine of $1,000, after Judge Gordon Low suspended much of his one-year jail sentence Monday.

Low also granted Gabaldon work release and suspended much of his sentence and fines in favor of probation. The terms of the probation include the completion of drug and alcohol counseling, random drug and alcohol tests and the installation of ignition interlock devices on all vehicles Gabaldon may drive. Gabaldon also can't operate any vehicles not previously approved by the court.

Gabaldon pleaded guilty Feb. 23 to charges of illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked or suspended license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The substance and paraphernalia charges were class A misdemeanors and the other two charges were class C misdemeanors.

Gabaldon originally pleaded not guilty on Aug. 16, 2005, but accepted a plea bargain that made the controlled substance charge, which was originally a second-degree felony, a class A misdemeanor.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler said Gabaldon has already taken the initiative to get drug and alcohol counseling.


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