A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 12/22/01:

The Story Decatur ISD votes to pay teachers a $750 bonus if they will reveal, in January, their plans to resign at the end of the school year.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin How about a $750 bonus to those teachers that promise to stay?

The Story C.L. Gage writes a letter to the editor questioning the motivation of the members of Decatur's Planning and Zoning Commission. "[They voted against] the application for the permit to build a $6.1 million apartment complex. What were these people thinking?"
News worthiness  **
The Spin  Come to think about it, doesn't the decision fly in the face of the constant cheer of "Growth is coming. Growth is coming."?

The Story The school board for Bridgeport ISD voted to allow PTO members to sell Harry Potter paraphernalia to raise money. One member voted against the proposition.
News worthiness *
The Spin First the children and now the parents! Maybe there is something to those deviltry arguments.

The Story Decatur ISD votes to resurface the running track at a cost of $75,500.
News worthiness **
The Spin Random "good old days" thought: What would a few bags of cinder cost?

The Story Local law enforcement begins to develop a plan whereby sexual assault examinations would be performed locally instead of in Fort Worth or Dallas. According to the article: "The transportation issue is a factor which causes many assaults to go unreported".
News worthiness  *
The Spin If a victim doesn't report an assault because of the transportation issue, wouldn't she have to know in advance that the examination would occur in the metroplex? How many victims really knew this before their alleged assault? (A bigger story was buried deep in the article: Thirty sexually assaults were reported in 2000, but there have been 79 reported so far this year - a shocking 163% increase).

The Story The City of Rhome "unanimously approved [the] adoption of the Racial Profiling Policy, Part B."
News worthiness  **
The Spin We hope they understand they are supposed to be against it.

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