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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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Man pleads guilty to forcible sexual abuse

By Charissa Ingraham

November 19, 2008 | LOGAN -- A man pleaded guilty Monday to forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. His sentencing will be at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29.

On July 26, Danial Shepperd, 31, entered the victim's home and asked for a glass of water. He then began to make sexual remarks and became violent and bit the victim when she resisted. The victim contacted the police and Shepperd was arrested. He was found to have a blood alcohol level of 2.41 percent.

Judge Thomas Wilmore ordered that Shepperd cannot have any contact with the victim, direct or indirect, and cannot use or be around any type of alcoholic substance. Shepperd was also ordered to attend substance abuse counseling.

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