The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 10/7/05:

The Story  Rep. Phil King, who is trying his hardest to self-destruct over the last couple of weeks, writes a weak letter to the PUC about the proposed route of the big transmission line cutting through Wise County. Suggesting that the line should go through the LBJ Grasslands, King referred to the federal property as "nothing more than a patchwork of loosely configured pastures . . . . "
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) *
The Spin Although he did point out that he would never suggest the line go through the grasslands had it been named the Ronald Reagan Grasslands.

The Story In addition to his first letter to PUC, Rep. King then wrote another letter to the PUC really objecting to the path of the transmission line. 
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The Spin "Dear PUC Board Members:
I really thought my first letter was adequate, but those country folks up in Wise County, at least I think its called Wise County, are all over my butt because of this transmission line.  Would you please give Tom Craddick a call and see what he thinks about this? Whatever he says is fine with me. And did you hear that my big telecommunications bill passed last session? That was really cool. Love, Phil"

The Story In a series of Letters to the Editor written by pastors and non-pastors regarding the downfall of society, we get one from a pastor in Decatur who writes that some of us need to get our heads out of the sand unless "you want young people to die from DUIs and ODs [or] to be emotionally scarred by bored sex and abortions . . . . "
News worthiness **
The Spin Did he say "bored sex?"

The Story Robbie Lee Thompson is arrested for allegedly threatening Chico bank employees that he would return with a weapon and shoot them if they didn't give them his money.  Unfortunately, he didn't have any money in the bank. He faces State and Federal charges.
News worthiness ***
The Spin The bank also assessed him a $10 "attempted transaction fee". (The University of Michigan also requested he return the shirt).

The Spin The Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission approves a zoning change that will allow alcohol sales in restaurants around the square.
News worthiness **
The Spin We predict the $15.00 "Three Martini and Chicken Fried Steak Lunch"

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