The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday before 10:00 p.m. unless I'm lazy.
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For the week ending 12/01/07
This Week's Overall News Theme:  To Tragic To Be Funny

The Story The First Baptist Church of Decatur shuts down its daycare center after being placed on probation by the State for an incident in which a former employee "stuck her hand out" and hit a child in the forehead causing the child to fall to the ground.
)News worthiness (1 to 5)
The Spin This may have been the worst kept secret in Decatur and finances may have played a role in shutting the place down.

The Story That same worker, Betty Pizana, 26, was no-billed by the grand jury in November after appearing before them (according to the Messenger.)
News worthiness ***
The Spin Defendants rarely appear before grand juries. If they do, they can assert their Fifth Amendment rights. But if they choose to testify, and the facts are murky, a sincere and honest explanation will get them no-billed every time. That's what apparently happened here.

The Story A crazy scene breaks out in Bridgeport as Teddy Boyd shoots his wife and then kills himself in her home. SWAT from Denton shows up as well as the media from the metroplex.
News worthiness *****
The Spin For some reason the reaction seemed to be more of sadness than anger.

The Story In the other tragedy of the week, Candace Richardson and her son, Shane Eichthaler, were killed in a traffic accident on 380.
News worthiness ***
The Spin No crime. No drugs or alcohol. Just a horrible accident. No spin here. 

The Story State representative Phil King makes an appearance in Wise County at a fundraiser. Some couples paid $1,000 to attend while most tickets went for $25.
News worthiness *
The Spin "Yeah, we threw that $1,000 figure out there as a joke, but we actually had a couple of takers," said one fictitious King spokesperson. "We had to scramble and get them an extra helping of mashed potatoes."

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