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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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Father who lied to protect daughter is sentenced

By Aubreyann Hansen

November 25, 2008 | Some say there can't be a price on the love a parent has for their child. One father will pay with jail time for covering up a lie for his daughter.

Adolfo Mendoza, 58, pleaded guilty to lying to the police, providing false statements at a preliminary hearing and allowing an unlicensed person to drive.

The unlicensed driver was Mendoza's 15 year-old daughter. Mendoza said he allowed her to drive and while driving she caused a crash. Mendoza said he traded places with her in the car so he appeared to be driving and therefore causing the crash, instead of the crash being the daughter's fault.

Witnesses told officers the daughter was driving, yet Mendoza told the police he was driving. Mendoza has admitted that he lied to police officers.

Mendoza was sentenced to 365 days in jail and a $200 fine with a $25 security fee. All but two days of the jail time were suspended. Mendoza said he will serve his jail time over the Thanksgiving weekend. The fine is due by Dec. 15.

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