The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/1/05:

The Story Another year in our dreary lives comes and goes which prompts the usual "Top Ten"lists in local newspapers rating the most important stories. You know, elections, crashes, scandals, etc.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin "Wise County Growth" was the lead story but we all know what that means: We can now get a a little drink that is made up of espresso, cocoa, steamed milk & whipped cream.  Now that was Breaking News. 

The Story The Messenger runs an article on the Bluebonnet Nudist Park which included this tidbit: "Clothing is optional for women and children, while clothing-free is a must for men."
News worthiness **
The Spin What's the old Sesame Street song: "One of these things does not belong here . . . . " (Hint: It beings with "child" and ends with "ren").

The Story Not to let go of the Bluebonnet Park story (especially since its a slow news week), this quote caught our eye: "We don't care what you look like, how big you are, how small you are . . . . if you have tattoos or piercing in odd places," said Edward Moss, one of the owners.
News worthiness **
The Spin In light of recent FCC crackdowns on indecency, we are prevented from typing a very funny comment. 

The Story Police search for a bank robber accused of looting the Wells Fargo Bank of Rhome. He was described as "wearing a hunter-style camouflaged cap and shirt and sunglasses . . . [and] is believed to be a [driving] a large silver pickup . . . ."
News worthiness ****
The Spin That should lower the list of suspects to, say, 10,000 Wise County residents.

The Story Police Chief of Southmayd PD, B.A. Mitchell, defends local law enforcement from a Letter to the Editor written by Jack Knopf. "Police officers, in Texas or elsewhere, do not make up reasons to pull you over," the Chief wrote. "There is some reason that the officer felt it necessary to make contact with you. Either [1] you have come from an area that is undesirable or suspicious, [2] you committed an infraction of the law, or [3] you gave him reason to be suspicious."
News worthiness **
The Spin That's all well and good except reason #1 is not a basis to stop an individual.  (But as a public service, could you list those portions of Southmayd that you deem "undesirable" so that we can all avoid them? )

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