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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Man pleads guilty to attempted child sex abuse

By David Bowman

February 11, 2009 | William David Hart, Hyrum, pleaded guilty Monday in 1st District Court to attempted sexual abuse of a child, a 1st-degree felony.

Hart, 42, was accused of touching a 9-year-old girl's buttocks at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan on Dec. 13. Her father witnessed the abuse and chased Hart until he caught him, and called the police.

In his pretrial conference Hart agreed to a plea bargain that amended the original charge of aggravated sex abuse of a child to attempted sex abuse of a child. This reduced the possible prison term of 10 years to life, to three years to life.

Prosecutor Barbara Lachman said Hart has prior convictions for lewdness.

Judge Clint S. Judkins set Hart's sentencing for March 30.

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