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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

Jerod Walker charged with possession of marijuana, dismissed from football team

By Aaron Falk

April 19, 2006 | Two Utah State University football players have been dismissed from the team after charges were filed against them Tuesday alleging possession of marijuana. A third player has been charged with underage drinking.

Already faced with a first-degree felony count of rape, USU quarterback Jerod Walker ran into more legal troubles Monday night, when police say the freshman admitted to smoking marijuana in a teammate's on-campus dormitory.

USU Lt. Steve Milne said officers responded to the Richards Hall dorm room of Aggie wide receiver Dionte Holloway on a complaint of marijuana odor.

"Officers spoke with Dionte and smelled the odor," Milne said.

"Dionte admited to having smoked marijuana and officers searched the room, and a small amount of marijuana was found."

Milne said officers saw Walker leaving the residence and made contact with him after speaking with Holloway. Milne said Walker admitted to having smoked marijuana with Holloway that night.

Both players have been charged with Class A misdemeanors of possession of an illegal substance. A third player, 20-year-old running back Chris Forbes, was cited with a Class B misdemeanor accusing him of being a minor in possession of alcohol, after police found alcohol in his bedroom during the search.

Walker was suspended from the team last week after a 20-year-old student alleged Walker raped her in his on-campus residence April 9.

Mike Strauss, director of media relations for the USU athletics department, said both Walker and Holloway have now been dismissed from the team completely.

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