The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday before 10:00 p.m. unless I'm lazy.
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For the week ending 3/1/08
This Week's Overall News Theme: Cue The Law And Order Theme

The Story  Jaclyn Pennington of Decatur is arrested for the capital murder of her three year old child after allegedly throwing the child into a fireplace. 
)News worthiness (1 to 5)
The Spin Didn't I say "sheesh" just a couple of weeks ago?

The Story In record time after his arrest, former New Fairview city councilman Jerry Joe Bradish, 60, pleads guilty in Montana to the capital murder of his daughter 22 years ago. He avoided the death penalty. 
News worthiness ****
The Spin After learning that  his case was apparently the only one on the docket in that county, Bradish was faced with a plea bargain for life in prison without parole or the chance of a death sentence at the hands of a jury. Not much of a gambling man. 

The Story William Doyle Pierce, 38, and his wife, Latricia Pearl Holguin, 37, were arrested for allegedly leaving "severe bruises" on the butt of the man's seven year old daughter. (It appears to be a fall back charge for making the girl stand outside in 40 degree temperature last Christmas -- The dad told deputies that he was giving her"a lesson on how the homeless live." )
News worthiness ***
The Spin "My clients just feared that we'd all be homeless if that Barack Obama feller wins the White House," said a fictitious attorney for the couple. "And they may be right. Did you know his middle name was Hussein? Ya can't blame a red blooded American for being a little skeered."

The Story  Five huge full page ads (at least) appear in this Sunday's Messenger with Rep. Phil King purchasing two of them (with money obtained from, uh, well . . . you know.) One of the ads contains quotes from various citizens throughout his district including this one from David Shepard of Chico: "Thank you very much for saving Wise County Park."
News worthiness ***
The Spin Thanks for saving Wise County Park?  It's still there because of him?

The Story Commissioners vote to spend up to $80,000 for a company to prepare a study on the space needs for the county over the next 20 years.
News worthiness *
The Spin Uh, let me guess the conclusion: A hundred page report will be able to be summarized with, "We'll need a lot more space."  (And I'd just charge $50 for that.)

The Story The Rhome City Council bans cell phones in school zones.
News worthiness **
The Spin "This reminds our subjects, er, citizens that we are in charge. And it raises police morale by letting them jack with all those moms dropping off their kids at school. Throw in the fine money that we'll collect and this is like Christmas. I love public service!" said one councilman.
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