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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

Judge denies woman's request to get out of jail and help brother

By Shauna Smith

April 19, 2006 | LOGAN -- Jennifer Mendez, 20, was ordered by the court Tuesday to remain in jail, after she requested to be released in order to help her brother with his "financial hardships."

After his apartment's power was turned off, Mendez's brother admitted to her he was having money problems, said Mendez. His 2-year-old daughter just went through surgery and Mendez wished to be let out so she could "go to work and help pay the bills," she said. Judge Thomas Willmore of 1st District Court denied the request.

"If you lose your apartment, you lose your apartment. It's something you'll have to deal with," Willmore said.

In February, Mendez pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.

Earlier in February Mendez was released from jail on her own recognizance, with the condition she would go to counseling. She missed two or three appointments and was sentenced 60 days in jail, which she will complete on May 6. She is currently involved in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Her previous sentence of one to 15 years in state prison will be suspended on completion of the program.

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