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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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Woman pleads guilty to DUI

By Dave Archer

November 25, 2008 | BRIGHAM CITY -- Tracy Wood, 39, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving under the influence (DUI) Monday. Wood appeared before Judge Ben Hadfield at the Box Elder County First District Court in Brigham City.

Wood's charge was reduced from a class A misdemeanor to a class B, based on an deal made with the prosecution. Her attorney, Jon Bunderson, said the reduced charge came due to the fact Wood had completed a 16-hour DUI counseling course and completed her 90-day period with a suspended license without any issues.

"She's done everything you would normally have her do on probation," Bunderson said. "We just want to get this done with."

Wood waived her right to a delayed sentencing, and was subsequently sentenced to probation, a $950 fine and 40 hours of community service. However, $250 of the fine was credited back to her due to her completing the counseling course.

Wood pledged to Hadfield that she was sorry and wouldn't be making any similar mistakes in the future.

"I'm just sorry this ever happened," she said. "It was a lapse of judgment on my part."

Wood was arrested March 27 after crashing her white SUV into a pole and subsequently hitting a pair of parked cars near Wingers and Gamestop along 1100 South in Brigham City. She failed a sobriety test issued by officers on the scene. This was Wood's first criminal offense.

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