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Today's word on journalism

Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)




Campus art shares stories
Dedicated professors, demanding education, and a beautiful atmosphere each contribute to the overall positive attitude at Utah State University. Specifically adding to the surroundings, are the beautiful and unique sculptures placed all around campus, which each have their own unique story to tell. / By Whitney Hales

Labor of love: Former student creates Web tribute to late artist Stephen Naegle
A book in the lower level of USU's Merrill-Cazier Library is dedicated, "In Memoriam, Stephen Naegle." The dedication describes the author's shock at hearing of her friend's death in a car accident in 1981, a year before the book was published. / By Liz Lawyer


Dialog dancing in Utah
Are you married or engaged? How is your relationship with your family? Do you drink coffee? Outside of Utah these are simple and direct questions, but if you're a student at Utah State University these questions could obtain a deeper meaning. / By Garret M. Brownlee

With iPods in the classroom, students can be two places at once
Technology is exciting and intimidating. As soon as you've mastered the newest technological step, the technology world has pumped out new ideas and tools. Apple's "iNation" is changing the way we learn and communicate. / By Amber Grange

Cold rain, warm lips at True Aggie Night
About 200 students gathered Friday, despite off-and-on rain, to smooch their sweetheart, friend or person they just met atop the "A" statute all for the sake of tradition. / By Mikaylie Kartchner
Lluvia fría, labios tibios en la Noche de los Aggies Verdaderos


Can you name that famous orange face?
With all the excitement over the makeover of the Paunis' home, some may have missed the fact that other stars were in town: the Beatles, John Travolta, Gene Simmons and the cast of American Idol. / By Jason A. Givens

Students get the skinny on making healthy meal choices
A simple game of Jeopardy shared many pieces of key information that can help people to know the facts about what they are eating and what they should be eating. / By Irene Gudmundson

Utah's on the Top 10 list for U.S. earthquakes
Utah may not seem like a hotbed of earthquake activity, but it is listed as one of the top 10 earthquake states by the U.S. Geological Survey. / By Jason A. Givens

Depression among college students rising
We all experience feelings of being stressed, overwhelmed, lonely, sad or inadequate from time to time. But for some, those feelings may last continuously for weeks, or months, or even years. Such feelings that last are signs of depression, which, according to Dr. Jim Davis, the director of student health and wellness at Utah State University is the "number three diagnosis." / By Jason Chesney

What to do about obesity, the No. 1 killer
What is considered obesity is simple if you look at the BMI scale (Body Mass Index). Below 20 in considered underweight, 20-25 is normal, 26-30 is overweight, and 31 and above is considered obese. The BMI is the standard what Americans go by to judge what they are. The scale today makes it hard to judge what you really are though; people look different today then the generation before us. / By Chad Giles

Want better grades? Don't pull that all-nighter -- get some sleep
Any busy college student knows a typical day can include classes, homework, studying, work, exercise and extracurricular activities. With so many demands on a students time sleep is often something that is sacrificed to fit more into one day. / By Jackie Banda

Early planning's the key to a successful trip to Europe
A cool summer breeze brushes softly against your feet as you quietly sit and enjoy a Nutella and banana crepe at a quaint little bistro in Paris. While devouring your new found joy in life, you look through your bag and search for your favorite travel book to discover what new destination you plan to go. / By J. Michel Knight

Have the 'winter blues' got you down?
Arms have been reaching back to the dark and dusty parts of closets recently, reaching for long-sleeved shirts and jackets, to replace shorts and sleeveless shirts. / By Jamie Karras

Window, window, on the wall . . .
You were late waking up and it isn't your best hair day. As you walk by the Taggart Student Center, you resist the urge to look at yourself in the window. Just one look and you can fix that flyaway. But if you look, you know someone will be on the other side -- either laughing at you or singing the words to You're So Vain. / By Jerrica Hall

How to save money on groceries, eat better and kiss your spendy fast-food suppers goodbye
It's a constant battle between money and food for the average college student, and a lot of the time, food wins. That aching need for a quick belly fix can overshadow any image of a full piggy bank. Or, if "money's on your mind," perhaps health isn't. / By Rebekah Bradway

Students, do you know what your health insurance covers?
Health care may not be found on the top of most students' spending lists. After tuition, gasoline, textbooks, and iPods there just doesn't seem to be enough left for health care. / By Keegan Garrity

Next few weeks are prime time to get flu shot
As the leaves continue to turn and snow begins to cover the mountains, flu season is fast approaching. / By Jenny Despain

Woman drives 312 miles to cry with Pauni family
When she saw some famous faces in the shots, she recognized right away as her favorite show that she's watched every week since it aired, and she knew she had to come and see it in person. One hundred dollars later, sales from her concert tickets, Wright enjoyed every minute of the construction. / By Irene Gudmundson

Bored by your same-old student meals? Here's help
Those familiar with professional cook Emeril Lagasse have heard the phrase "let's kick it up a notch!" Well, gourmet cooks aren't the only people capable of doing so. As a college student, it is a constant challenge to find time or money to make anything close to a gourmet meal, but it doesn't take either to add an extra spice or sauté instead of microwave a simple dish. It's time to kick it up a notch. / By Candace Mabey

Commentary: The community makes the difference
The events of this past week have made for a heartwarming story. A struggling family who has always put others first finally gets its own needs met with the help of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. But behind the TV stars, and even the Pauni family themselves, is the story of a community who came together to make it all happen. / By Kathryn Kemp

USU PR students get hands-on experience with 'Extreme Makeover'
Six students lost their social lives, personal lives and all sense of time, while working around the clock on the biggest service project to hit Cache Valley. / By Brooke Barker

The mafia's all over Internet gambling, ex mobster tells students
A former member of the Colombo crime family, Michael Franzese, spoke to USU students about the dangers of gambling Tuesday. Franzese, who is rumored to have been one of the biggest moneymakers for the mob since Al Capone, said, "[Organized crime] is a subculture of everything that exists." / By Ryan M. Monk and Rebekah M. Bradway

Pro athletes, face painting and free food highlight students' 'Extreme' party
Families, teams and students gathered together in support of the Pauni family to eat, play games and get their faces painted at the pre-party Wednesday evening on Utah State's HPER field. / By Rebekah Bradway

Alaskan Postcard No. 5: Making friends in the land of many men
Besides taking tours for Grayline, I would also drive to take passengers to enjoy different excursions. One of the places I liked to go most was Southeast Exposure. Southeast Exposure guides kayak trips, rock climbing, a zip line and also a little mountain biking. / By Ginger Warburton

'Unbelievable! Most exquisite' says family member of ABC-TV's choice
Emotions were flowing Monday morning after the crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition announced a Logan family as the recipients of a customized dream house to be built this week. "It's crazy-- that's it! Unbelievable! Most exquisite! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we got it! We are really blessed," Spencer Pauni, 20, said. / By Rebekah Bradwa
'Increible! Muy exquisito,' dice miembro de la familia escogido por ABC-TV

Pre-show party, donations among student projects for 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'
The big service projects may not begin on-site until after the demolition Tuesday afternoon, but students at USU are working on another service project in conjunction with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. / By Brooke Barker
Una Fiesta de pre-exposición y los donativos de estudiantes el programa de Televisión "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (Renovación Extrema: Edición de Casa)

Volunteers answer 'Extreme Makeover's' call, sending line down the hall
The scene: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's volunteer table Monday in the Taggart Student Center. By 8 a.m., when the sign-ups actually opened, the line stretched the front of the USU Bookstore. / By Irene Gudmundson
Los voluntarios sobran en responder al pedido de 'Extreme Makeover'

Casper's ice cream opens in Providence
With a classy atmosphere straight from the Jazz Age, the old blends with the new at Casper's Malt Shoppe. Customers are welcomed every day but Sunday to the store, located near Stadium 8 Theaters at 585 W. 100 North in Providence. / By Dave Mehr

North Logan library to mark 10th anniversary in November
North Logan City Library will mark 10 years of community involvement with an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 14. / By Erin Wadsworth

Student finds credits evaporate in transfer, virtually starts over at USU
When Preston Elizarde moved back to Utah in 2004 to get his bachelor's degree he had no idea he would have to start over at Utah State University. / By Irene Gudmundson

Mermaid fins and Spandex are favorites at Mr. USU Pageant
Mermaids, comedians, dancers on treadmills and Spandex -- lots of Spandex -- could only mean one thing . . . it was time to crown a new Mr. USU. / By Kathryn Kemp

Lagoon transforms into scary fun during October
Dusk in Farmington, Utah. A wind is winding its way out the mouth of Farmington Canyon and across the midway of Utah's own magic kingdom: Lagoon, a family-owned amusement park tucked up against the mountains. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Veterans memorial is a beloved Richmond city landmark
It may be a small city, but Richmond has a big way of honoring its military veterans. That way is in the form of a veterans memorial designed by Val Lewis, a sculptor who also designed the veterans memorial in Tremonton. / By Jason A. Givens


'Rock it like a hurricane' as big hearts help Pauni family
Some may call it stalking; others would say "groupie." I would choose the word "luck." The night I first met Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band, it was totally unexpected -- and will probably stay in my memory for a long time. / By Brooke Barker

'Crazy' concert crowd crows about corn dogs to help the Paunis
The floor was bouncing and the roof was rising as 2,500 people gathered to listen to Isaac Hayden and Ryan Shuppe and the Rubber Band, and to support and the Pauni family at a concert Wednesday night in the Spectrum. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Mike Christiansen: 'Guitar has been my life'
The old saying, "Those who can't do, teach," doesn't apply to Mike Christiansen. Although he has been a teacher for 30 years, and was named USU's Professor of the Year in 1994, Christiansen is also a stellar guitar performer, recording artist and author. / By David Baker

USU Symphony Orchestra opens season with Beethoven's Fifth
Utah State University's Symphony Orchestra opens the concert year in a big way with an all-Beethoven concert and a special guest artist, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes.


Horrors of Halloween Countdown, Vol. 3
What if you just want a bunch of movies suited for the Halloween season but don't contain buckets of blood and super-intense scenes that test patience and nerves? Then this week's list is for you. / By Ryan Pence

Horrors of Halloween Countdown, Vol. 2
Halloween is creeping up on us, and if we are not careful it will pass us by without warning. What good would that do us? / By Ryan Pence

Horrors of Halloween Countdown, Vol. 1
With Halloween 17 school days away, I find it more than appropriate to celebrate this time of year with a look at what the macabre has to offer in the way of movies. / By Ryan Pence

Wild Art

Fairies? Frankenstein's monster? Who had the best costumes at the Scream? / Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Dance of destruction: Sequenced photos of the Pauni house coming down

Victory at last -- the Aggies' first win on the football field / Photos by Mikaylie Kartchner

World Trade Center, five years later / Photos by Jennifer Lund

A soldier walks for peace / Photos by Jason A. Givens and Ted Pease


Biz News

Crowds welcome Logan's new Deseret Industries store
Twenty-four thousand square feet stocked with never-previously-shopped donations in the new Deseret Industries is only one of the treats that the 55,000 square feet building brings to the community. / By Lisa Rose
Las masas dan bienvenidos a la nueva tienda de Deseret Industries

Not too late, or too early for women to plan for retirement, professor says
Anyone who has been to the dentist knows how much it can cost. Even with dental insurance, it isn't cheap. One Smithfield dentist is trying to make the financial experience a little easier. / By Tracy L. Lund

Biz Features

Head for Paradise if you're looking for good prime rib
Home-style cooking and great service are a couple of reasons customers say they go to the Cracker Barrel Café in Paradise, Utah. The café and restaurant, "a territorial trading post since 1881," serves lunch and dinner and is home to prime rib that the menu boasts as "the best in the valley." / By Rebekah Bradway

Want to avoid debt? Saving a little now can help
With the average American household having about $14,500 in debt (excluding mortgages) and when one in every 73 households filed for bankruptcy in 2003, it's not too hard to see that the whole debt trend is raging. College students across the nation feel this pressure and often succumb to it. But how can it be avoided through this time of practically no income, tuition costs, and so many expensive toys? / By Andrea Olsen


Across Bridgerland

Pauni family says thank you
Today the Paunis are happy to be back in Logan, and ready to move into their new home, but they can't help but think of their father, Danny Pauni. / By Brooke Barker
El 23 de octubre: La familia Pauni da gracias

The dream is finally a reality: the Paunis have a new home
The moment everyone was waiting for finally came and went Sunday afternoon, leaving emotions high, a community changed for the better and a deserving family with a new home. / By Kathryn Kemp
El sueño es finalmente una realidad: los Paunis tiene un nuevo hogar

USU landscape students get 'Extreme' hands-on experience
Eighty Utah State University landscape architecture and horticulture students are doing in two days what it usually takes professional landscaping crews some three weeks to accomplish. / By USU media relations & marketing

And the walls come tumbling down
A crew in place: all ready for lights, camera and destruction! Extreme Makeover got underway Tuesday with a slew of spectators and volunteers vying for the perfect spot to sit and watch the walls come crashing in and possibly catch a glimpse of Ty Pennington, the show's host. / By Brooke Barker


Volunteers march to site of Pauni home -- four times
A chill in the early morning air was broken by the sounds of cheering and clapping as a large crowd of volunteers marched down 400 East toward the site of a new home being built by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the Pauni family. / By Kathryn Kemp

ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' surprises Logan family
Bright and early Sunday morning, a Logan family received possibly the biggest surprise of their lives-- a new home courtesy of ABC's TV show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." / By Brooke Barker
ABC 'Maquillaje Extremo: En casa Edición' sorprende la familia de Logan

Utah Court of Appeals to convene in Logan Oct. 30
Former Associated Students of USU (ASUSU) President Quinn Millet filed an appeal that will be heard by the Utah Court of Appeals in Logan Monday, Oct. 30. / By Rebekah Bradway

Local News

North Logan sets public hearings for proposed land-use regulations
Interests in the new Land-use Element are being sought by North Logan's Planning Commission and City Council. / By Erin Wadsworth
Ciudad de North Logan fija audiencia publica para regulaciones propuestas del uso del terreno

Kaysville couple finds challenges in trying to sell Nibley land
A couple from Kaysville is working with Nibley City to earn money to treat an illness foreign to Utah. Kieth and Johann Yorgason of Kaysville approached Nibley Planning and Zoning to create a minor subdivision Thursday night. Unknown to the city, the Yorgasons thought they had already created the subdivision. / By Jacob Fullmer

Smithfield's Summit school starts locking doors for safety
With the nation reeling from a string of school shootings, Summit Elementary wants to make sure its students are as safe as possible. / By Tracy L. Lund

Hyde Park signs on for 1200 East connecting road
Main Street may not be the only option in the near future for those seeking a direct route between Smithfield and Logan. Hyde Park became the second city to approve an interlocal agreement to extend 1200 East, Wednesday night. / By Natalie Cook

Wellsville P&Z recommends approval for teen group home
A recommendation to approve a new ordinance allowing the business license for a group home in Wellsville was made by the Planning and Zoning Committee to the City Council yesterday. / By Landon Bench
El comité de Planificación y Zonas de Wellsville recomienda la aprobación de la casa para grupos de jóvenes

Nibley council hears advice from Sandy city planner
In a public meeting following City Council Wednesday night, council members continued discussion on the future of Nibley city. / By Jacob Fullmer

Hyrum considers reducing water shares requirement
The City Council held a public hearing considering reducing the city required water shares from 3 acre-feet per acre to 2 acre-feet./ By Ryan M. Monk

Where Paradise ends is still up in the air
Cache County and Paradise are still at odds about the town's exact west corporate limit although an engineer recently surveyed the town. The City Council discussed the problem Wednesday evening. / By Rebekah Bradway

Hyde Park may get 4-way stop at 2nd South and 7th East
Citizens' requests for a 4-way stop at the entrance to Shadow Bluff Estates may get approval in the near future, making streets a little safer. / By Natalie Cook

Providence P&Z hears big commercial development plans for highway intersection
At Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting, commission members spoke of how the new Macey's store and gas station will affect other similar businesses in Providence. / By Dave Mehr

Wellsville residential treatment center for teens still causing concern
WELLSVILLE -- Residents are up in arms about a halfway house just 3/10 of a mile away from their schools. / By Landon Bench

River Heights P&Z asks mayor to state city's position on EIS for 500 South access
River Heights is faced with the issue of a few residents misrepresenting the majority of views of the people in the city. In order to prevent this, the Planning and Zoning Commission decided Tuesday to have Mayor Bill Baker formulate an official statement for the city in regards to Environmental Impact Study (EIS) conducted by the city of Logan. / By Clay Moffitt

Richmond residents tell council their worries about proposed annexation
The City Council had a public hearing Tuesday night to hear comments on the possible annexation of about 200 acres owned by Gary Gibbons and Robert Skabelund. Several citizens showed up to voice concerns. Mayor Mike Hall said more people were there than had been in a long time. / By Jason A. Givens

Fate of Canyon Road's ash trees depends on another study
Larry Cannon's voice is being heard regarding the Canyon Road development, but it remains to be seen if it will be enough to save his trees. / By Clay Moffitt

Maverik store finally wins a thumbs-up from Nibley P&Z
Residents were given approval on a shed they don't want and Maverik gets a long-awaited approval from Nibley Planning and Zoning Wednesday night. / By Jacob Fullmer

Carbon County library books found in Hyrum trash bin
A Dumpster full of Bookmobile books was found across the street from Ridley's Food and Drug recently. / By Ryan M. Monk

Residents petition Hyde Park to fix highway's dangerous drainage
Large puddles played a significant role in a motor vehicle accident last week that critically injured a Richmond resident. Concerned residents of the nearby subdivision petitioned the Hyde Park City Council to solve the drainage problem. / By Natalie Cook

Wellsville P&Z approves kitchen canning supply business
Scott Page, president of Highland Brands, LLC, was approved yesterday by the Wellsville City Planning and Zoning Committee for a new home occupation at 65 S. 450 East. / By Landon Bench

North Logan council approves electrical power station
A decision made by the City Council on Oct. 5 will allow a power station to be built near 450 E. 2100 North. / By Erin Wadsworth
El consejo de North Logan aprueba central eléctrica

USU students plan to research Powder Mountain's effect on Paradise
The Town Council agreed to work with USU students and a professor regarding landscape issues during their meeting Wednesday evening. / By Rebekah Bradway

Petersboro residents tell county to back off potential waste transfer site
NIMBY! While a waste transfer station has yet to find a home in the valley, around 60 Petersboro residents continued to show their unhappiness with the idea at Monday's County Planning Commission meeting. / By Brooke Barker

Richmond P&Z to hear rezone proposal for area near middle school
The Planning and Zoning Commission decided Tuesday they were willing to hear a formal proposal from the Stewart Land Group to rezone 10 acres near White Pine Middle School. / By Jason A. Givens

Cache County highlights lecturer keeps listeners laughing
"Imagine if that happened today. Channel five news would be here for sure to see the men dancing with each other up Logan Canyon, wearing pink and blue ribbons," exclaimed Kenneth Godfrey, describing the dances the men from the valley would have while working on the Logan LDS temple construction. / By Brooke Barker

USU's College of Ag breaks ground for Wellsville experiment station
Utah State's College of Agriculture held a groundbreaking celebration in Wellsville Friday in honor of its new agricultural complex. / By Landon Bench
El Colegio de Agricultura empieza construcción de una estación de experimentación en Wellsville

Where does Paradise end? That's the big question, officials say
Disagreements arose in recent meetings of the Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, because the members are unsure of Paradise's exact boundaries. / By Rebekah Bradway
Dónde termina Paradise? Eso es la pregunta grande, los funcionarios dicen

North Logan P&Z reviews draft industrial design guidelines
For those who have never been to a Planning Commission meeting for their town, they should begin their investigation in North Logan. Who ever knew that people had to ask a committee if they could put a parking lot to the side of their building, instead of in the front? / By Erin Wadsworth

National & International News

Journalists always needed even when primary news media are changing, former executive of Tribune Co. says
All the changes are being caused by the way that media is being transmitted, he said, the Internet being the most revolutionary. / By Jason A. Givens


'Strong' PR, bad Army strategy
Not long ago, on what might otherwise have passed as another sedentary afternoon spent honing my Solitaire skills, I came upon a curious bit of news. / By Leon D'Souza
Publicidad 'Fuerte', estrategia mala

Etiquette for live performances: Don't be a jerk in audience or on stage
Sometimes I feel the need to drive nails through the thick skulls of various people -- but I don't because I'm civilized and I live in a civilized world. / By Ryan Pence

You say you're broke? The cupboard is bare? Be grateful you've got it so good
We live in a world that is out of balance in almost every way. Wealth, education, health, and overall life chances are only accessible to a small group of people, while the rest experience life in a way that many could never imagine. / By Kathryn Kemp

When it comes to things political I might be wrong -- but I doubt it
Having grown up in a staunchly conservative family, I was raised between Rush Limbaugh episodes and shooting guns at the gravel pit. (I assume this is the standard Bible Belt experience.) I was a member of Young Republicans until the age of 15 and sometime around then I realized the truth. The plain and simple fact is, no matter whether you identify yourself as a liberal, or a conservative, you are a hypocrite. / By David Connell

Tough lesson to learn: Read that contract before you sign
This summer my husband attended an Army school for 10 weeks at Camp Williams. We went hunting for apartments a month before we needed to move in, and found a nice apartment complex in Draper. It was one of the cheaper ones at $688 a month. / By Holly Adams

We can -- and should -- keep the 'extreme' generosity going
ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition just rolled through town. They helped build the deserving Pauni family a new home. But did ABC really provide much more than a handful of designers and a few cameras? Couldn't we as a community have built that house without the help of ABC? Did ABC provide something we couldn't? / By Marty Archibald
Podemos -- y debemos -- mantener la generosidad 'extrema'

E. coli scare was a worthy warning, but don't be afraid to go out and live your life
A recent trip to an Italian restaurant in Cache Valley surprisingly opened eyes to a scare that has hit the U.S. When ordering an appetizer of hot spinach dip off the menu the restaurant informed us that most spinach has been wiped out of Cache Valley restaurants due to an E. coli scare found recently. / By Megan C. Tschida

Despite Marshall Thompson, we need to stay in Iraq
Logan native and Utah State University graduate Marshall Thompson wants U.S. out of the war. / By Andrea Edmunds

All right, all you caffiends! 'Fess up to your habit
We're all sleep deprived, we all don't eat as healthy as we should, we are all way too hard on our 20-something bodies, and we all try and make up for these bad habits with one drug or another. We choke down protein shakes, take Tylenol for our achy muscles and drink anything with caffeine for even the slightest bit of energy. / By Alexis Lear

Tale of two immigrants: Who stays? Who must go?
At the surface, opinions on the immigration issue in the United States can appear to be as black and white as the divide between Democrats and Republicans or cat lovers and dog lovers. A poll of people on the street, asking them what they think of immigrants from countries like Mexico living in America, would likely return answers such as, "Send them back," or "Let them stay." / By Tyler Riggs

Banning online poker is a bad idea
Government officials aren't always the most informed individuals, and sometimes they say or do things that just don't make sense. / By Jake Williams

A war of ideas, not icons
A few months ago, when I arrived at my current duty station in the eastern United States, military scholars and those in the know whispered apprehensively about the enormous clout of one man standing in the way of a safe handover of security operations in Baghdad. / By Leon D'Souza

People in Utah get married too soon--my roommates and I plan to resist
When Derek walked in on his wife Adison with his best friend Mark, he moved to Seattle and fell in love with Meredith. When Meredith slept with Derek she didn't know he was married. And when the Chief slept with Dr. Grey, he knew she was married, and he was married too. / By Sarah Reale

Got Net trouble with a capital IE? Try the Firefox cure.
Madonna may have lived in a material world, but these days most people live in a world of the digital variety. Like computers before it and cars before that, the Internet is here to stay, leaving naysayers and old people in the dust ever since its inception. Those who do catch hold of the new technology aren't always happy with their online experience. / Steve Shinney

Protecting Americans is the responsibilty of every citizen
with the exception of North Korea's nuclear testing last weekend, the most recent disasters have not come from foreign shores, but from homegrown Americans. We can also see that our recent tragedies can't be prevented or resolved just by military or police force, but that they require the active involvement of the American people. / By Joseph Shepard

Meth addiction in Cache Valley affects people you know and love
In 2006, 337 people were treated for methamphetamine use in Logan. Some have gotten their lives back. Many more have not. / By Jessica Alexander

Why does filling up your car in Cache Valley cost so much?
From an outsider's perspective, most people around Cache Valley probably look a lot alike. Nonetheless, we all are different in our thinking and the way we view the world. It seems as though, however, that gas prices are driving us all crazy. / By KC Muir

Recovering poker addict misses the rush but not the craziness
On any given weekend, the phrase "I will raise you 10, no wait... 25," followed by the quick reply, "I'm all in," can be heard at college apartments across the country. Often, those playing will claim that they are more than capable to stop gambling at any time. Many of those same students, however, find themselves spending rent, food, and even tuition money to stay in the game. / By Matt Lenio

Just say no to payday loans - here's why
Payday loans, also called payday cash advances, are short-term loans usually paid by a personal check held for future deposit or authorization to electronically access personal checking accounts. Borrowers' credit is not usually checked and the requirements are very minimal. If you have a bank account and a full-time job, you probably qualify. / By Devin Anderson

No Child Left Behind needs to refocus priorities
America's teachers face many challenges in their profession. In their hands lies the future not only of a generation, but also that of a nation. These men and women overcome incredible obstacles on a daily basis: learning disabilities, helping students to learn English as a second language, and preparing our children to make the toughest decisions of their lives. / By C. D Clawson

Hello autumn -- goodbye tennis
Ahhh, the splendor of October! The leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, the scary movie industry is out in full force and you can almost smell the hot apple cider in the air. What a wonderful time for everyone. / By Joey Hislop

Board of Regents: Give them some clout, or throw them out
In a 2004 campaign idea that didn't register with many voters around the state, Gov. Jon Huntsman proposed the state do away with the Utah Board of Regents. Though never followed through on, I think the governor's deserves our attention. / By Jon Cox

Letter to the editor: Relax the immigration process

A reconciliation of conscience: National Coming Out Day 2006
Nevin R. Feather, a Library of Congress employee, was clearly frightened by the letter he received on June 28, 1962, from his superiors, demanding written responses to a report suggesting that he found members of the male sex "attractive," that he had been in bed with men and that he "enjoyed embracing them." / By Les Roka

What to do about the coming winter air pollution problem
The EPA's change will tighten the 24-hour fine particle standard of PM 2.5 from 65 micrograms per cubic meter to 35. At Logan's highest point last year we managed to reach 61.7. / By Devin Anderson

Some tips on tipping your restaurant server
"If it's good enough for my god, then it's good enough for my waiter." If you have ever served in a restaurant or performed any other service requiring a tip, you have probably heard this phrase which many people use to justify tipping 10 percent. / By Alexis Lear

Give more people the opportunity to become U.S. citizens
If Neil Diamond is to be believed -- and he's never steered us wrong before -- people are coming to America, today. The question is not whether or not people will come to America. Everyone who has ever lived on this continent, even Native Americans if you go back so far it doesn't matter, has ancestors who come from somewhere else. / By Steve Shinney

No easy answer to the question of guns on campus
A big stir erupted a couple weeks ago among constitutionalists and pro- and anti-gun lobbyists. The events that transpired at a Montreal university when an armed gunman opened fire and shot numerous students on campus have folks ready to throw the baby out with the bath water. / By Justin Siebenhaar

Cracking down on college sports
Whatever hope Utah State University sports fans had for their struggling football program was lost in mid September, the day wide receiver Tony Pennyman was dismissed from the team. / By Matt Lenio
Castigando los deportes de colegio

What you can do about Utah's high gasoline prices
Across the nation, headlines such as,"Area gas falls below $2" are exciting many consumers. In past months, it seemed that there was no end in sight to the ever-increasing cost of mobility. / By C. D Clawson

It's time Utah raised its minimum wage
Can you imagine living on $5.15 an hour? How about while going to school and working part-time? That's what many college students do every day. As college students we are expected to be poor. But how poor is too poor? / By Holly Adams

Where the pope got it right, and where he blundered
If there was ever a doubt about whether the rhetorical war on terror has, in effect, succeeded in polarizing the Muslim and Christian worlds, the pope's ill-timed and unfortunate remarks at Germany's Regensburg University ought to have dispelled any confusion. / Guest editorial by Leon D'Souza
Lo que El Papa entendió, y como se equivoc

Stop digging your own gasoline grave
Logan drivers are in a hurry to get nowhere, meaning there's no noticeable difference whether we're driving to Wal-Mart, campus, or the hospital. Then we bitch about gas prices. If that doesn't strike you as paradoxical, the impending knowledge will provide Jon Stewart-level enlightenment. / By Jake Williams

Aggie football's an old dog whose time has come -- just shoot it
Sometimes you have to shoot a sick dog. It's no surprise to any fan of Utah State football that this year's team is struggling. / By Tyler Riggs
El fútbol americano de los Aggies es como un perro viejo cuyo fin ha llegado -- hay que dispararlo

Football players, please believe in yourselves
This isn't an issue of losing. The issue is not just because they haven't won a single game this year. The issue lies in their attitude. How do you feel when you go to a USU football game? Pride? Excitement? Hope? Embarrassment ... ? / By Jessica Alexander

Aggie football fans are truer than you think
There is no question in anyone's mind that the USU football team is lacking in a few areas -- like points. But for a team that loses so consistently and predictably, the Aggies have some pretty loyal fans. / By Kathryn Kemp


River Heights runner has champion attitude to match her times
Macinze O'Very may have not got what she wanted in 2006, but don't expect her to mope around about it.
/ By Clay Moffitt
La corredora de River Heights tiene la actitud de campeón

Poker's popularity is partly because anybody can play the game
Gut shot, ante, big and small blinds, kicker, all-in. Haven't heard these terms before? Welcome to the world of Texas Hold 'Em poker. / By Rich McHenry

New 'walk-in access' program benefits both hunters and landowners
Thanks to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' Walk-In Access Program, sportsmen in northern Utah have access to more land than ever before. The program provides monetary compensation to landowners who allow the public to hunt on their property. / By David Baker

USU's 'Lost Boys' trounce in-state rivals in ultimate Frisbee
The teams collectively revealed the iconic object of their competitive desire: a 10 inch plastic throwing disc. An object commonly referred to as a Frisbee. The first day of the annual Big Sky Warm-up had begun. / By Mack Perry

USU's not a football school - basketball will cure our inferiority complex
USU is not a football school. That is a known fact and we can live with it. All we have to do through every football loss is lean over to our neighbor, tap them on the shoulder and say, "Wait until basketball season." / By Andrea Edmunds

USU Rodeo Club places fifth in Rocky Mountain Region
After a long-go-round of riding, tieing and an injured member, five Utah State University Rodeo Club members helped bring the USU club into the Rocky Mountain Region's fifth place spot Saturday night in Logan. / By Irene Gudmundson

USU athletics bleeding red -- and that should make you blue
If they build it, will you come?
In the movie Field of Dreams, Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella heeds the advice of a voice from the sky and mows down a sizeable chunk of his family's only source of income to build a baseball field, doing so with only the promise, "If you build it, they will come." / By Joey Hislop

Don't stop cheering for the football team
To say the Aggies' football team is bad is a gross understatement. They are laughably horrible. But that doesn't mean that support for the team should stop. / By Marty Archibald

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