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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Lewiston man sentenced on marijuana charges

By Diane Denning

November 18, 2008 | A Lewiston man was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday on two accounts of possessing and distributing marijuana.

Jerry Jack Bird, 26, was arrested Nov. 30 last year for using and selling controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church.

Bird pleaded his case to Judge Thomas L. Willmore. "I know I have done something wrong," Bird said. "I have already started thinking about making changes in my life."

Defense Attorney Rhome Zabriskie said, "I asked Bird if there was anything spectacular he wanted to share, and he said, 'I don't have any excuses. I find comfort and solace in drugs.'"

Bird was sentenced to 365 days in the county jail, a fine of $1,850, and the possibility of 0-5 years in prison. He is required to get his GED through the classes offered at the jail, and is also required to receive counseling.

"This involves distribution," Willmore said. "It is very serious. You better get the help you need."

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