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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD


The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Man sentenced for sexual exploitation

By Natalie Buckley

April 13, 2009 | LOGAN -- A 23-year-old man appeared in First District Court April 6 and pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor.

Trevor Porath was charged with two second-degree felonies, and was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison on both counts for the possession of child pornography. He was also fined $10,000 plus an 85 percent surcharge.

Judge Thomas Willmore said, "These little girls are the victims." He said Porath needs to apologize to the girls that were victimized.

ďEvery time you or others viewed the child pornography it is as if these children were being victimized over and over and over again," Willmore said.

Porath said, "Iím ashamed of what I did and Iím sorry."

Willmore said that Porath needed to join a sex offenders program at the prison and if he does, the fine will be suspended. The 61 days that he has already served in jail will count towards his sentence.

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