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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

Sex abuse accusation under investigation

By Brad Plothow

April 21, 2006 | The Cache County Attorney's office is investigating a Cache Valley man in connection with allegations made to the Cache County Sheriff's office that a girl was sexually abused Monday by her great-grandfather, Lt. Matthew Bilodeau of the Sheriff's Office Support Services Division said Thursday.

The Sheriff's Office posted an incident report Monday at about 3 p.m. about "inappropriate touching" of a girl by her great-grandfather.

No arrest was made, but the case is being reviewed by the County Attorney's office.

"That's the nature of the beast," Bilodeau said of the incident. "Right now we're still conducting investigations. There was no arrest or anything, so I can't say much about it, can't give ages or names or anything."

Because of the ongoing investigation, the County Attorney's office can't elaborate on the incident either, Bilodeau said.


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