A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 8/16/03:

The Story Buried in a Messenger story is this tidbit: "Mayor Joe Lambert said the [new shopping] center [at the old Grandy's location] will include a Starbucks location. Planning Director Trina Finney said plans for the shopping center were being reviewed by her department".
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin Mattie's immediately puts a Cappuccino on its menu with two flavors: "Would you like that sweet, hon, or unsweet?"

The Story Bridgeport voters will decide on an $18 million bond package that will probably pass with flying colors.
News worthiness **
The Spin Decatur school board members mumble how "nice it would be to be in Bridgeport" and then quickly realize they could be impeached for treason.

The Story The Messenger runs a long article on the life and death of Oklahoma teenager April Dawn Lacy.
News worthiness *
The Spin We know this is a little tough for the folks reading at work, but pull out the paper and check the picture of her brothers on page 9A. Scary. 

The Story The city of Decatur's financial reserves have dwindled from $1.8 million five years ago to $900,000. 
News worthiness ***
The Spin "If each person in town will drink twenty-five Caffe Lattes a day at that new Starbucks, we'll be rolling in cash before the next election. I've heard those things are really pricey so there's no telling how much tax we're gonna rake in," said one fictitious councilman.

The Story The federal government imposes new food guidelines for elementary schools due to the increasing obesity of young people. 
News worthiness *
The Spin The federal government will also monitor after school Happy Meal purchases.

The Story State Rep. Phil King is named to some school finance task force by some group that calls itself the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute. The group describes itself as a "think tank" . . . 
News worthiness 1/2 *
The Spin . . . but they let King in anyway.

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