The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 10/15/05:

The Story JP C.D. Archer files criminal complaints against two Wise County Sheriff's Deputies after he was not promptly allowed inside a home where a suicide had taken place. Deputies maintained they were waiting for the scene to be processed before allowing the JP to come in.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin (1) This is getting really good, (2) you must read the letter the JP sent to Sheriff David Walker that was mercilessly (and I do mean mercilessly) reprinted in full in this weekend's Messenger (online version not available yet), (3) Texas might want to rethink the very odd and antiquated practice of having JPs perform an on-the-spot inquest into certain deaths.

The Story Some guy from England travels all the way to Wise County to  be an "Old West Cowboy" at a ranch in Paradise for a week.  He was part of a "wild west re-enactment" group in Britain:  "I put me gear on, strap my gun on, [and] go out with the boys." 
News worthiness *
The Spin His travel agent is still sitting at her desk, phone lodged in her ear, and mumbling incoherently: "You want to travel from England to where? And why?"

The Story James Wood Motors and the United Way team together to raise money. "Kick a football 35 yards into the the bed of a 2006 GMC half-ton pickup and win the truck. Sound simple enough?" the Messenger wrote.
News worthiness ***
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The Spin The Messenger plasters the arrested (but not convicted) Allen Smith of Bridgeport on the front page and takes a shot at The Spin and the County Court at Law judge in the same week.
News worthiness *
The Spin Did you guys hire Nancy Grace as an editor?

The Spin The PUC overrules an administrative law judge and sends a proposed TXU electrical line north instead of the business districts of Bridgeport and Decatur.
News worthiness ***
The Spin It's amazing that we are amazed when a governmental body actually listens.

The Spin We have a new winner for the most candid "Spotlight" on high school athletes with three stellar comments.
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The Spin Here.

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