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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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Arrests made in North Logan burglary

By Alice Bailey

April 15, 2009 - NORTH LOGAN | Two young men were arrested on April 7 after confessing to burglarizing a house in North Logan, said a North Park police detective.

The incident took place April 2 while the homeowners were away. The two juveniles allegedly entered through the unlocked back door and proceeded to steal firearms and computer equipment, Detective Ulysses Black of the North Park police department said. When the owners came home and found the items missing from their home they called the police.

Black said concerned family members of one of the boys notified the Smithfield police department when they discovered he had unaccounted for property in his possession. The Smithfield police notified North Park police when they discovered the items in the boy’s possession fit the description of the missing items from the North Logan home.

The Smithfield boy took sole responsibility for the incident but witnesses said they saw two boys together on the day of the incident, Black said. When the second boy was approached on the subject, Black said he admitted his involvement and disclosed everything to the authorities.

Black said both boys were found to be in possession of the stolen property. Everything that was taken from the home has been recovered.

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