A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 06/15/02:

The Story The Rhome Police Force will be reduced to three officers after budget cut backs. "The officers will no longer be able to roam U.S. 81/287 or Texas 114."
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin We'll miss that warm "here we go though the police state zone" feeling on the way to Fort Worth.

The Story Denton Commissioners delay the vote on funding for a local homeland security coordinator. It may be several months before a decision is made. 
News worthiness **
The Spin What? And leave Denton Mall exposed to Al Qaeda until this fall?

The Story The South Wise County Chamber of Commerce invites governmental conspiracy guru Jim Marrs to speak at a June 20th luncheon. His topic "The War on Terrorism: Fact of Fiction?"
News worthiness *
The Spin Followed up with "The Sun: Necessity or Overrated?" 

The Story The City of Rhome declares an emergency in connection with its water problem since "some residents' water pressure enables a trickle of water . . . ."  On the brighter side, state mandated water quality tests have revealed "no violations of levels this year compared to fecal coliform violations last spring."
News worthiness **
The Spin Last spring sounds like an emergency.

The Story Several patrol deputies were called back to the Wise County Jail Wednesday night after a disturbance in one of the cell blocks. Chief Deputy Doug Whitehead said some of the inmates were soaking paper towels and throwing them from their cells. “We called in a show of force and things quieted down quickly,” 
News worthiness **
The Spin The next uprising is rumored to involve short sheeting each other's beds and providing sneak attack wedgies to unsuspecting jailers.

Special Highly Technical Research Project to be Conducted Throughout 2002: 
 New This Week
Year To Date
Number of new births announced in the Wise County Messenger
Number of new births announced by parents with different surnames (or no father identified): 
4 (28%) 
78 (33%)

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