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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

Logan teen pleads guilty to drug charges

By Cory Broussard

April 28, 2006 | LOGAN -- Scott Flinn, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to two days in jail Tuesday in 1st District Court.

The two counts of possession were reduced from felonies to class A misdemeanors after a deal was struck between Flinn's lawyers and the County Attorney. Flinn was extremely apologetic when he took the stand to plead guilty. He said that he has been trying to get his life together and working hard to overcome his addiction to drugs, especially marijuana.

Flinn, a Logan resident, currently has no job, and said he quit a job at Taco Time in February because it wasn't challenging enough. That fact struck a cord with Judge Thomas Willmore.

"I don't know what your problem is other than your lazy," Willmore said. "When your lazy you hang out with the wrong people and do drugs."

Willmore gave Flinn 10 days to find a fill time job or face more jail time as a penalty. The original sentence called for a full year in jail, but Willmore reduced that to two days because Flinn had previously served 26 days in jail.

Flinn was fined $775 and assigned to drug and alcohol classes at Bear River. The cost for his classes will be credited to his fine. He will be on probation until the classes are finished and his fines are paid.

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