The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 9/15/07
This Week's Overall News Theme:  State Of Shock

The Story Messenger headline: "Man Shocked After House Burns"
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The Spin Yeah, he couldn't believe it. His house burned down. Wait. I just read the article. The man was literally shocked. As in tazered. Messenger doing schtick?

The Story This great line from the "Man Shocked" story: "[Deputy] Hunter then tazered Thompson at approximately 7:50 a.m. He immediately dropped into the middle of the street. The putting green on the nearby golf course was still wet with dew as the man lay sprawled in the roadway."
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The Spin Hemingway got hired at the Messenger?

The Story Messenger reporter Robert Morgan pens a piece called "Why You Should Hate Decatur" which compares Decatur to Southlake (after a D Magazine article profiling Southlake.) And excerpt: "[T]he average home in Southlake is valued at $458,000 while Decatur's average home value is estimated at $99,800. While Southlake residents are living paycheck to paycheck after paying taxes and high mortgages, Decatur-ites have more cash to splurge on windshields, commissioners and resale shops."
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The Spin  Kind of a funny line there at the end. But surely he isn't serious about the "more cash."

The Story Decatur ISD goes high tech. "Through the online Family Access program, parents can check their student's grades, progress reports, attendance records, class schedule, disciplinary issues and even their cafeteria balance."
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The Spin And for those parents that don't care, it gives them another way not to care.

The Story Despite the 2000 Census showing the City of Rhome to have 551 people, officials believe that actual number is 1420.
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The Spin "The government forgot to count those being held against their will," said one city hall employee.

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