The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 3/6/04:
The Story The local political campaigns wind down as election day nears next Tuesday.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin Thank goodness. The Spin feels beaten up and we aren't even involved.

The Story A 17 year old student at Bridgeport High School is arrested after a run-in with police. The officer told the boy to go to the principal's office but he "bolted and ran to the commons." The officer followed, the officer was hit "more than once in the face", and the kid got the business end of a pepper spray canister.
News worthiness **
The Spin Couldn't all of this have been avoided?

The Story A 28 year old man hung himself in the Bridgeport Jail after he was arrested for possession of marijuana.
News worthiness ***
The Spin Another casualty in the War on Drugs. 

The Story County Commissioner Kevin Burns suggests that the county sue the City of Decatur over a legal issue because a similar lawsuit existed between Waco and McLennan County. The lawsuit did not exist and Burns later admits his comment was "hearsay" and that he brought it up "to get Decatur off its high horse." Decatur Mayor Joe Lambert said, "If this was a joke, I fail to see the humor." Burns said, "I'm irreverent. That's my personality."
News worthiness **
The Spin Careful. That got Bill Maher booted off of ABC.

The Story A "vague" threat spray painted on a Paradise High School door and authorities cleared the school and brought in a "bomb sniffing dog from Plano".  Nothing was found.
News worthiness **
The Spin The dog cut his visit short once he became indignant when he learned there was not a Petsmart he could visit during his lunch break. "Hey, I don't mind going back to the country," the city-fied dog said as he straightened his diamond studded dog collar recently purchased at Willow Bends Mall, "but, gimme a break, the owners don't even pick up after their dogs around here. How barbaric!"

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