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Today's word on journalism

Friday, January 20, 2006

Variations on "truthiness":

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."

-- Mark Twain, author, newspaperman and humorist (1835-1910)

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'Exodus' still a riveting read, nearly 50 years after it was first published
Uris explains at the beginning of his book that Exodus is fiction. The important thing is that many of the events described in the book actually happened. / By Megan Roe

USU students create the book they wish they had as kids
Late one night during a shift at a youth rehabilitation center, two young counselors -- a journalist and artist -- discovered their mutual dream to create a children's book. / By Shauna Leavitt


Eating disorders linked to media's 'ideal' body image
There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only eight who do. / By Lexie Kite

Pop culture? It's more than whatever you want, gosh!
When was the last time you went through an entire day without quoting a movie? / By Diana Maxfield is 'home' for thousands of USU students
The ability to communicate so effectively is one of the reasons why Myspace is so well-liked. If you can't reach someone in the instant messaging you can leave an e-mail. If you want to announce a party you can send out a mass bulletin. / By Greg Carter

Marry me? There must be 50 ways to pop the question
I used to think that an engagement ring was traditionally delivered in a small package, a nice velvet box possibly wrapped with a bow. / By Natalie Naylor

Modesty: Could it really be the hot new trend?
The dictionary definition of modesty: "propriety in dress, speech, or conduct." The real definition of modesty: Hot! And it looks like the fashion industry is starting to agree. / By Kathryn Kemp

Finding Zion: A journey through the world's burdens to a place of unity and peace
Sport utility vehicles and minivans -- not handcarts and wagons -- push forward through downtown Salt Lake City's unusually heavy traffic on the first weekend in October. / By Lexie Kite


If you're getting 'glam' for holiday parties, don't forget your make-up
With Santa Claus loading his sleigh, and the holiday celebrations well under way, it's time to get ready! Getting party-ready, that is. / By Lindsey West

Got something to tell the world? Grab your keyboard and blog it
In the super fast-paced world of the Internet, fads come and go faster than you can say eBay. / By Brianne Olsen

USU's ropes course a good way to build group unity and leadership
Ropes courses promote leadership, teamwork and self-confidence using unique hands-on tactics. Participants scurry across ladders, ropes, cables and nets. / By Chelsea Nelson

Moab's the oasis of Utah
It is where Thelma and Louise took their deadly plunge; a young Indiana Jones began his last crusade and where visitors can go on camel expeditions. / By Lacy Lindstrom

Hot tips for a smooth transition from studenthood to the world of work
Walking around campus lately you may see more troubled faces on your fellow students than would otherwise be considered normal. / By Amber E. Brown

The legend of Arthur Bowers: World's toughest granddad
I miss my granddad. He went on a trip last year to a better place. I look forward to seeing him again someday, but hopefully not for a while. / By Jon Arthur Perry

Spending Christmas break in Logan won't make it blue
If you are one the few students who are stuck here in Cache Valley for the Christmas break, don't worry. / By Jared Sagers

Angie's famous hangover breakfast saves the day
"What would you guys like to drink?" Contrary to what we had answered the night before, "We would like a huge pitcher of water... Oh, and coffee." / By Lauren Murakami

Life after 'make-out mishaps' -- how to appreciate your embarrassing moments
Granny panties can be defined as fluffy underpants that cover the entire derriere from cheek to cheek. / By Trisha Taggart

IMA scores touchdown with annual Turkey Bowl
Thanksgiving is a time for giving, eating, and football. Every year the Institute Men's Association at the Logan L.D.S. Institute combines the three. / By Joseph Sheppard

Wishing that Christmas was less commercial? Take a peek at celebrations around the world
Just like the Christmas holiday is a mixture of pagan and Christian symbols and values, American Christmas traditions are a mixture of traditions from all over the world. / By Brittany Nelson

Ski down a hill or curl up by the fire, but enjoy your winter break
Students who have spent the last four months studying, cramming and complaining about school, now find themselves with lots of extra time on their hands. / By Maren Marie Hintz

The goose is getting fat . . . some ideas for new holiday meals
Many of us are used to gathering around a tasty oven-roasted turkey or a baked ham at this time of year. If you'd like to continue with these old stand-bys, consider a new method of preparation. / By Ryan Reeder

It's time for the family Pike party -- and I fit right in!
Our annual "Pike party" is a gathering of people who have absolutely nothing in common except blood. And I'm still doubtful about that. / By Gentri Lawrence

The whole meaning of Christmas
My mother would always make hot chocolate for us children after we came in from playing in the snow. We took family shopping trips each year to Provo or Salt Lake City. I thought it always an adventure to inconspicuously purchase gifts and hide them in the car without family members seeing them. I had a different hiding spot for the gifts each year. / By Reba Stringham

Proud to be a Christmas fanatic -- it's what I do best
Credit cards are being swiped and bells are being jingled a little more frequently this time of year. Yes, Christmas Day is rapidly approaching and holiday shoppers are busy checking their lists twice to make sure they haven't forgotten anything. / By Brock Anderson

OK, I admit it -- I hate snow
Utah is known for its great snow. Its powder is perfect for snowboarding, skiing and sledding. There are so many fun activities to do when it snows. I used to wonder how anyone could hate it. Now I know why. / By Tatiana Southam

Meals on Wheels important in keeping senior citizens independent, healthy
Cache County senior citizens aren't just playing golf and knitting doilies, as they're often portrayed. / By Sarah West

Fountain of youth? It's staying active and involved, say Cache seniors
Helping senior citizens staying active and social is the goal for many local centers that cater to older people. "Keeping active keeps you younger," Stacy Abbott, activities coordinator of the Senior Citizens Center said. / By Manette Newbold

Lewiston scouts recall benefits of earning Eagle rank
Troy Karren, who earned his Eagle in 1973 at the young age of 13, knows the benefits of achieving an eagle rank and has helped more than 12 scouts on their Eagle project. / By Sarah Ali

Campus is friendlier to wheelchairs than it used to be, but winter is tough
Getting around in a wheelchair can be difficult at times, depending on how accessible the area is. Utah State University campus has become progressively more accessible to those in wheelchairs as the need has grown. / By Holly Adams

The real deal on inane reality shows
I live in a house with six other strangers. We all come from different backgrounds, different areas of the country and we all have very different lifestyles. / By Emma Tippetts

Rating the store brands to see who'll be 'top nog'
For as far back as my mind remembers, I have been an eggnog connoisseur. I've tasted about every type non-alcoholic eggnog there is. / By Randah Griffiths

If we can't define Christmas with snow, let's try food and football
A white Christmas seems ideal, but why let weather determine how things will turn out for the holidays? / By Kevin Nielsen

Review: USU's 'Macbeth' is not for lethargic playgoers
"There's husbandry in heaven, their candles are all out." Try to decipher the meaning of that sentence, Shakespearean laypersons. Now, imagine that the aforementioned phrase was uttered in a Scottish accent. / By Brad Plothow

Get smart -- intelligence is the fountain of youth
Ever since the start of time people have searched in vain for the fountain of youth or the holy grail, which as we learned from Indiana Jones holds the same powers. There may be an easier way to live longer. No, it's not a diet and no, it's not exercise. / By Kevin Nielsen

Frontier Christmas celebration will benefit community food pantry
The American West Heritage Center hopes to provide food for the needy while helping visitors experience old and new Christmas traditions. The heritage center will hold its annual Frontier Christmas, with free admission in exchange for non-perishable food or small gift donations, on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. / by Angel Larsen

Superstar of belly dancing to participate in USU 'Soiree'
Belly dancing, the art associated with the sultans and sheikhs in the deserts of Arabia, seems hardly fit to be found in the snowy mountain valley of Utah. / By Sarah Ali

Curses! Centuries-old hex on USU play?
For superstitious thespians, hearing "good luck" before a performance is a kiss of death. But those two words aren't the only ones tabooed by performing artists. "Never say 'Macbeth'" while in the theater, says one who would know. / By Brad Plothow


Everything you wanted to know about the iPod
It's the newest technology craze, and it's changing the face of the music industry. / By Amanda Bolton

My short but stellar career as a rock star with Blind Iris
In the summer of 2003 I became convinced I was going to become a rock star. And why wouldn't I? My band, Blind Iris, had just found out our song Drive was going to be included on the new Tony Hawk video game. / By Jon Perry

Wild Art

Navel gazing: USU's Middle Eastern Dance group performs and hosts superstar Ansuya / Photos courtesy of Sarah Ali

First big snow of the season at USU / Photos by Robert McDaniel



A car-buying guide to keep you from having fits
"They tell you anything to get you in, but then they change their story. The only difference between them and a stripper in Las Vegas is . . . hell, I don't know a difference, they've got all the big lights and everything," said Bill Wright, Lewiston dairy farmer. / By Chris Johnsen

Zanavoo's chef says service is about finding your niche
Take a drive a few miles up Logan Canyon and you'll find one of Cache Valley's oldest restaurants. / By Dave Noack

Lewiston's Smoky Ridge jerky company dreams of national presence
New owners of Smoky Ridge Jerky have big plans for the small town jerky shop. / By Sarah Ali


Across Bridgerland

Is Internet blogging here to stay? Utah journalists weigh in
If you've watched CNN, performed a Google search or checked a friend's online profile, you know you can't escape them -- they have infiltrated mainstream media. / By Brooke Nelson

72 years later, Carbon and Sanpete still fighting over dam on Gooseberry Creek
In 1933, the Bureau of Reclamation outlined its plans to construct a dam and reservoir on Gooseberry Creek to provide Sanpete County farmers adequate water. Now, 70 years and countless broken promises later, the dam remains unbuilt. / By Jon Cox

Suit alleges Forest Service acted illegally in reversing motorized closure
Four organizations including three from Cache County filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday in U.S. District Court, seeking to restore a non-motorized closure in an area known as the Franklin Basin in northern Utah. The original closure was part of an updated Wasatch Cache National Forest 2003 Forest Plan.

Local News

Fun Park grand opening scheduled for April
Cache Valley is wont for skyscrapers, but one structure south of Logan is reaching for the sky. "It's too scary for me," Kathy Archer said of the "Sonic Boom." / By Brad Plothow

90% of USU students are married before graduation
The 90 percent statistic will not come as a surprise to most people familiar with Utah's religious culture. / By Jake Oyler

Smithfield council gives youth members a vote of thanks
Smithfield's City Council had a few extra members Wednesday night, when the city's youth council shadowed various members of the council. / By Kathryn Kemp

Box Elder residents speak their minds in nation's happy holidays' debate
What is the bright green fir or pine tree covered in twinkling lights? Is it a Christmas tree or a holiday tree? / By Angel Larsen

Nibley's plans to expand commercial business along US 89-91 worry Logan
Huge growth has Nibley officials looking to bring commercial business into the city, and this move has some nearby communities worried about possible impact on traffic flow and way of life. / By Diana Maxfield

Lewiston arts council will judge residents' Christmas lights displays Thursday
Lewiston's annual Christmas lights contest will end Thursday, with the city's arts council driving around the city to judge everyone's lights. / By Sarah Ali

North Logan works on creating a cemetery the town can call its own
It's a city that calls itself "the best place to call home." It's only a home to the living, however. Its residents, although they might be born and raised in the small city, must find somewhere else to be buried when they die. / By Natalie Andrews

Broken bank door probably vandalism, not burglary
Reports of broken glass on the side door of Zion's Bank last Thursday morning turned out to be a not as serious as expected. / By Sarah Ali

New 'high road' connecting Smithfield, Hyde Park and North Logan gathers support
The hope of having a main road that would go straight from North Logan to Smithfield may be farther away than some city and county officials had hoped. / By Kathryn Kemp

River Heights works with state and national groups to preserve Zollinger Farm
The preservation of the Zollinger Farm near River Heights is the latest conservation effort being made in the valley. / By Brock Anderson

Annexing the Cobblestone area is on Mendon's new year's resolution list
Many residents of Mendon are surprised to learn that an area at the south end of the city, known as Cobblestone, is not officially a part of the city. / By Marty Archibald

Property taxes funded public schools almost 20 percent less this year
Cache County taxpayers may have noticed a decrease in the percentage of their property tax that is used to pay for public schools this year after viewing their truth in taxation notice. / By Emil Dixon

Who's on the right side in Paradise water standoff? It's a pot-boiler
In the arid West, it is said that water runs uphill toward money. / By Jen Beasley

Arrests for drunken driving increase in winter, police say
With the temperature changes of winter comes possible crime changes for law enforcement officers. / By Angel Larsen

Inmate assaults sheriff's deputy at jail
An inmate at the Cache County Jail assaulted a deputy Wednesday night when they were trying to move him. / By Holly Adams

Man must complete sex offender treatment for probation violation
James Boyd Davenport was sentenced to an indeterminate amount of time in jail and completion of the sex offender treatment program at the Northern Utah Treatment Center. / By Jen Beasley

Mendon's holiday lights go on despite frigid cold
About 150 people braved freezing temperatures Tuesday night and came out to watch the city's Christmas lighting ceremony. / By Marty Archibald

Man's sentencing for assault scheduled for January
A man who pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge will be sentenced in January after a pre-sentence investigation. / By Kathryn Kemp

No. 1 tip for driving in winter weather? Slow down
Christmas trees, bright lights and decorations are beginning to come up. But with the approaching holiday comes the onset of winter weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions. / By Sarah West

$50,000 damage to home and garage from car fire
A car fire caused approximately $50,000 worth of damage to a garage and condo unit Wednesday afternoon at 109 Penhurst Place, when a 1983 Nissan Pulsar caught fire. / By Emil Dixon

Newton puts teeth into dog laws; kennel owners not happy
The Town Council voted unanimously to change Newton's dog ordinances Thursday night and all agreed canines are a big deal. / By Manette Newbold

Mendon's 'Cottage Library' off to a healthy start
Since its opening July 23, the Mendon Cottage Library has grown substantially due to support from the local community. / By Marty Archibald

Alcohol-related arrests make up 60 percent of USU's crime
The number of arrests by the Utah State Police Department of minors in possession of alcohol (MIPs) have not yet passed last year's rate, but with the holiday season comes potential for more alcohol-related incidents. / By Jen Beasley

Paradise firefighters sound an alarm for more help
If you're "warm and breathing," Troy Frederickson wants you. / By Jen Beasley

Nibley council approves city's first neighborhood commercial zone
The City Council voted to approve a zone change on 3.34 acres near 3100 S. Main, changing a residential zone to the city's first neighborhood commercial zone. / By Diana Maxfield

Hyrum student receives governor's scholar award
Not many USU students can say they've met the governor, seen his mansion and are already doing research that benefits others, without having graduated from college yet. But one sophomore has done just that. / By Sarah West

Mendon still looking for donations to restore old railroad station
What once was the passenger and shipping hub for Mendon will soon be a community center for the city. / By Marty Archibald

Police arrest Providence man suspected of stealing meat
A man was arrested and taken to jail Tuesday morning on suspicion of breaking into a Logan home and stealing frozen meat, according to police reports. / By Manette Newbold

National & International News

ESL classes helping international students overcome language barrier
From classrooms to chat rooms, exposure is the best English teacher. / By Blake Berrett

Vote in a small Iraqi town reflects changes in the wind
More than half of the Yathreeb area's 35,000 residents voted in the Iraqi general elections last week without incidence. Although insurgents caused disruptions at other polling sites in Iraq, calm prevailed in this community not far from Logistical Support Area Anaconda. / By Marshall Thompson

New technology connects us instantly, but there's a flip side, speaker says
The key to protecting American freedoms as the development of new technology progresses lies in knowledge, according to Kyle Water. / By Sarah Ali


Roommates should respect each other's space, time and possessions
We always thought part of the college experience would be the awesome roommates that we get to live with, who we'd have late night parties and therapy sessions with. / By Sarah West

Chivalry's dead, and women killed it
Dating used to be easy -- well, easier. Dad would go out and pick a nice man for his daughter and they got married. That was the end. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Professors, we're in this together, so let's not compete
As a senior graduating in May, I have felt several of my classes displayed nothing less than competition. Not competition among my classmates but competition among my professors. / By Marie MacKay

Without Santa, Christmas lost most of its magic
My earliest memory of Christmas is sitting in my car seat with my four brothers and sisters in the car, singing carols as my dad drives. / By Sarah Hill

December USU grads, you've learned what it means to be an Aggie
In a frantic rush of finals, activities and friends, college quickly passes by. / By Brady Beck

Help fight resistant bacteria; don't overuse antibiotics
Antibiotics are a great thing until they are abused. / By Molly Hillyard

Living out your fantasies in a virtual world can be hazardous
The Internet is fast, easy and convenient. But it is not always friendly. Which is what makes blogging so interesting. / By Brooke Nelson

Teach teens about the consequences of drinking pop
Soda pop machines should be left out of elementary schools but allowed in middle/junior high and high schools. / By Angel Larsen

Those good, old-fashioned Christmas days are vanishing
Christmas time used to be so magical when we were all kids. / By Elsa Lee

I'm punctual to a fault, and here's why
"You're gonna be late for school. You'd better run!" my mom shouted from her second-story bedroom window. She was still in her fuzzy green pajamas so she pulled the sheets around her, only allowing her face to show -- as if the sheets were going to hide her pajamas from the neighborhood. / By Randah Griffiths

The cars in my life have never been perfect, but I can dream
I always hated getting gas in the Malibu. I flipped down the license plate, unlocked the gas cap with a key, and kneeled on the hard cement, holding the pump handle the entire time. Mom made the mistake once of not holding the gas pump in. It fell out and gas sprayed everywhere. / By Sarah West

Need a haircut? Tips and tricks for men looking for a trim
Haircuts are a necessary part of life. A well-groomed man needs a trim six or more times a year. If he doesn't know somebody who cuts hair, he must choose whether to go to a professional stylist or a hair-college student. Both have their ups and downs, but I've found a few ways to get what I want out of my visits to the chop shop. / By Jon Perry

Pre-marital 'marriage education' should be mandatory in Utah
Hair stylists, chefs and nail technicians are all required to have state licenses. Clients look for them to be displayed on the wall, or at the very least, tacked to the door or mirror to ensure those providing services have the proper training and education to be operating a business. These licenses are non-negotiable: no license, no business. No one questions the logic behind the requirements and no one would ever suggest that personal freedoms are being imposed on by these mandates. / By Brooke Nelson


A guide to 4-wheeling adventures close to home
Some days I can almost hear the peaks shadowing Utah State University begging me to come explore them. But some research is necessary when you experience nature dirt bike or 4-wheeler style. / By Ashley Schiller

Aggie basketball fans, it's Oquirrh Bucket time
Wake up, Aggie fans, another basketball year is among us and it is time to show your support for your team in helping lift them past in-state rivals, Utah, BYU and Weber State. / By Bevin Cox

USU track star recounts his path from Namibia to Logan
I grew up in a beautiful city called Windhoek; it has a population of about 223,364 residents. Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia. / By Dasheek Akwenye


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