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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

Woman pleads guilty on drug charges

By Liz Lawyer

April 17, 2006 | LOGAN -- Melissa Jennie Lescoe, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday in 1st District Court to charges of illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. Both carry possible jail time and fines.

Lescoe, a resident of Salt Lake City, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing, in which the prosecution must esatblish there is evidence to convict the defendant.

Judge Thomas Willmore gave Lescoe the privilege of work search, which allows jail inmates to leave every day to look for a job. He said besides having a job she would be required to submit to a urinary analysis every day and attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every week starting this week.

"I'm trusting you're going to get out this week," he said of the order to begin attending meetings immediately.

Lescoe told Willmore she already had a job secured and she will be renting a room from her boss.


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