The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 2/28/04:
The Story It is announced that highway 380 will finally undergo its massive reconstruction in May.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin And the closest thing we have to a death defying amusement park ride will be gone forever.

The Story A Holiday Inn Express under construction in Decatur burns to the ground causing $2 million in damage.
News worthiness ***
The Spin You might remember the chain's recent ad campaigns showing normal folks doing extraordinary things because "I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night."  Investigators are looking into whether any local resident has gone around saying "I burned down a Holiday Inn Express last night". 

The Story Former Bridgeport standout Kyle Clifton is named to the NY Jets "All-Time" team at linebacker. The Bridgeport Index wrote "He retired in 1996, and his father mused 'because it's a young man's game.'"
News worthiness **
The Spin This is worthy of mention because (1) Clifton may be one of the all time good guys and (2) the Index writer used the term "mused".

The Story County Commissioner Mikel Richardson responds to an anonymous mailer that went out critizing him. In a Letter to the Editor he wrote: "Recently Precinct 3 was blanketed with a vitriolic four-page mail out concerning me."
News worthiness *
The Spin The Spin hates to have to have a dictionary handy when he reads the paper. (For 99.9 % of the potential voters out there who might not have caught it, he meant the letter was "so sharp as to cause mental pain". )

The Story The Messenger suggests a change in the format of the local political forums by creating a panel of reporters to screen questions. "Those reporters should represent the county's only viable newspapers (the Wise County Messenger and the Bridgeport Index, as well as a representative of the Fort Worth Star Telegram)."
News worthiness **
The Spin The Alvord Gazette, The Greensheet and  The Spin take offense to being excluded.

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