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Today's word on journalism

Thursday, September 9, 2004

"We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business."

--Former President Jimmy Carter (Thanks to alert WORDster Jim Doyle)


Nielsen gets life in prison without parole
A jury took only 2 1/2 hours Wednesday to decide that Cody Lynn Nielsen should not receive the death penalty for kidnapping, killing, cutting up and burning Trisha Ann Autry in 2000. / By Emilie Holmes

North Logan rezone request approved
NORTH LOGAN -- The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a rezone request for 4.37 acres on the west side of 200 East and 2570 North from general commercial to multi-family residential with a 3-to-1 vote Thursday. / By Doan Nguyen

Providence postpones decision on field athletic fees
PROVIDENCE -- The City Council unanimously decided Tuesday night to table the issue of user fees for the city's athletic fields, in order to obtain the necessary information for making accurate rate adjustments and deciding the circumstances in which teams will be charged. /By Julie Oli ver

Smithfield will refurbish its historic Carnegie library
The Smithfield City Council met Wednesday with architect Joe Beck in order to discuss plans to reconstruct the historic Smithfield Library. / By Jessica Rands

Nibley considers where to build 'seniors' subdivision
NIBLEY -- An adult living community of about 20 houses to be near 3500 S. 720 West topped discussions Wednesday night at the Nibley Planning and Zoning meeting. / By Denise Albiston

River Heights in debt for $200,000
RIVER HEIGHTS -- At Tuesday night's City Council meeting accountant Steve Misener presented the audit report for the year ending June 30, 2003. Misener said that for the first time ever, River Heights has a debt in the amount of $200,000. / By Diana Taylor

USU student Jamal Jaber speaks to the audience in Arabic for part of his discussion on affirmative action, during a forum Monday in Taggart Student Center. / Photo by John Zsiray

Affirmative Action like an old car -- some say junk it, others say tune it up
It seems that the only thing both the Utah State University College Republicans and Aggies for the Education of Affirmative Action can agree upon is that the system designed to curb discrimination in the Unites States has grown out of its skin. / By Jacob Moon

Green Canyon subdivision approved by North Logan
NORTH LOGAN -- City Council members approved a concept plan for the Green Canyon Estate subdivision at Thursday night's council meeting. / By Doan Nguyen

Nibley residents persuade council to reconsider traffic changes
NIBLEY -- Citizens came out strong to voice their opinion against changes proposed by the City Council to a section of road on 800 West in Nibley, Thursday night. / By Denise Albiston

Nielsen's penalty phase in murder trial to start Tuesday
LOGAN -- Jurors will begin hearing from prosecution and defense attorneys Tuesday about whether convicted murderer Cody Lynn Nielsen should receive the death penalty for killing 15-year-old Trisha Ann Autry in June 2000. / By Emilie Holmes

Paradise talks about cleaning up
PARADISE -- In continued efforts to get the town clean, Town Council members Wednesday proposed ideas for renting a roll-off Dumpster for citizens to use for cleanup. / By John Zsiray

Remembering in silence, a participant in the King vigil lets his light shine. / Photo by Jill Prichard

USU students, faculty and friends, above, sing Amazing Grace at the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. vigil Tuesday in the TSC. / Photo by Jill Prichard. . . . Below, Ari Jenks, 5, holds her candle. / Photo by Stephanie Olsen

King's work still not done unless others carry on, speakers say
To many Americans, it is just another government holiday, but to the Black Student Union of Utah State University and many, many others, it is a day of reflection and regrouping. / By Jill Prichard

North Logan P&Z OK's development concept near Green Canyon
NORTH LOGAN -- The North Logan Planning Commission unanimously approved a concept plan for the 39.53 acre, 62-lot Green Canyon Estate subdivision, at approximately 1900 N. 1700 East, at Thursday night's meeting. / By Doan Nguyen

Ice, sub-zero cold not too much trouble, USU maintenance crews say
With recent snowfall and sub-zero temperatures keeping the Utah State University facilities department on its toes, maintenance crews have still been able to pause and warm their cold hands. / By Jacob Moon

USU'S PULSE: President Kermit Hall delivers his State of the University address Wednesday afternoon in the Eccles Conference Center. After discussing the future of the university and achievements of students and professors, he announced a $6.3 million donation by sisters Manon Russell and Kathryn Wanlass to help build an $8.5 million recital hall. / Photo by John Zsiray

USU president announces $6.3 million donation for recital hall
Utah State University will be seeing green after President Kermit Hall announced Wednesday that two sisters donated money for a state-of-the-art recital hall. / By Jill Prichard

Local businesses mingle with students at annual expo
More than 50 local businesses joined a live band Wednesday for the 92nd annual Cache Chamber of Commerce Business Expo held in Utah State University's Sunburst Lounge in the Taggart Student Center. / By Emilie Holmes


Life not just black and white: Race a bridge, not a barrier, to Caucasian secretary of BSU
Most of Doug Beazer's friends were minorities, but when he joined the Black Student Union, his Caucasian friends were quick to remind him that he wasn’t "black." A revealing interview with the white secretary of the BSU. / By Stephanie H. Olsen

Political science class puts Nibley under the microscope
Randy immons, the political science department head at USU, team-taught an upper-division state and local politics class with Roberta Herzberg during fall semester. After a month and a half summary of basic city politics, Simmons' 50 students zeroed in on one city -- the fastest-growing city in Cache Valley: Nibley. / By Emilie Holmes

Korean at USU among international students caught in job training Catch-22
Shang-hun Lee, 28, from South Korea, grew up strongly believing in the "American Dream," an idea of the availability of many opportunities in life that most Asians still worship. Not anymore. / By Young Joon Lim

British put the salt flats on racers' map, professor says
As Stonehenge sits somewhere is England, so do the Bonneville Salt Flats sit somewhere in the western United States. "Everybody in Britain knows about Bonneville, just not where it is," said Ron Shook during a presentation Friday night about racing on the salt flats. / By Jacob Moon

The Spirit Squad practics in the Spectrum. / Photo by Jessica May

USU spirit squad steadily improving under mentors' guidance
In between bites of an overpriced hot dog and sips of a jumbo cola at the Utah State University basketball games, one hardly gives a second thought to the athletes occupying the sidelines . . . the women in blue and white skirts and the men sporting the megaphones. / By Jessica May

LATEST IN HYBRID TECHNOLOGY: One of the most popular cars at the 2004 Utah International Auto Expo last weekend at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy was the all-new Toyota Prius. Toyota made a huge leap into hybrid technology with the Prius, which had its debut a couple of years ago. Priced at around $19,995, the updated model includes a 1.5-liter, 106-horsepower engine with 67 horsepower from an electric motor. The result from this technology is in a 15 percent increase in fuel economy and reduced emissions. It is capable of getting 60 miles per gallon on the highway and 50 in the city. / Photo by Jacob Moon

Providence Inn offers romantic hideaway
PROVIDENCE -- Nestled in a city maintaining a population of a little more than 4,000, a unique treasure is buried. /By Kelly Hafen

Autism center helping children 'desperate to exist in this world'
Lisa Warren watches as her 3-year-old son leaps into the kitchen and brakes in front of the refrigerator. "Popsicle," he states. "Before [ASSERT] I'd have to open all the cupboards and pull out everything to eat," Warren said. "Then he'd grunt and move things aside if he didn't want them." / By Irene Hannigan

Primerica go-getter always thinking of business (even in the bathroom), dreams of retiring by 40
LOGAN -- Robert Burch, a 22 year-old business major at USU, likes to read magazines in the bathroom.Sitting on the floor of Burch's bathroom is a broken wicker basketbrimming with a years worth of Forbes and Money magazines.''The bathroom is a good place to relax,'' Burch said, ''It's a small space with a comfortable chair and a door that locks. It's the best place for good reading material.'' / By Heather Strasburg

Edith Bowen a school for kids, but a lab for teachers
LOGAN -- One might see a fourth-grader reading a copy of the Constitution posted in the hallway, a third-grader struggling to carry their guitar or a first-grader practicing pronunciation of words in the Spanish language when walking through the Edith Bowen Laboratory School. / By Jennifer Geisler

Actors re-create the historic moment at Promontory Summit. / Photo courtesy of the Golden Spike National Historic Site

Substitute train engines, absent spikes put a spin on Golden Spike history
The joining of the tracks brought together not only two stretches of track, but also a nation. / By Rachel R. Keoppel

Elk are calling you a Hardware Ranch, now under new management system
HYRUM -- Hardware Ranch opened for the season in December, but Santa Claus' sleigh wasn't the only one making an appearance. At the ranch, you're the one aboard the sleigh. And instead of reindeer, you see elk. / By Loni Stapley


Nate Harris goes for the block against UCI's Greg Ethington during Thursday's game. Utah State beat UCI 57-48, to extend its win streak to 13. / Photo by John Zsiray

Aggies overcome cold start, defeat Irvine
Spencer Nelson had to wear a protective facemask, but his teammates might have wished they could hide their faces Thursday night, at least in the first half. / By Tyler Riggs

Aggie women blown out by Riverside
A poor shooting night mixed with a career night from the opposing team's leading score did not create an ideal situation for the Utah State women's basketball team Saturday in its 89-62 loss to the UC Riverside Highlanders. / By Tyler Riggs

USU player Ali Aird gets hit by Cal State Fullerton's Tamara Quinn. Aird had 18 points and 13 rebounds for her third straight double-double for the Aggies. / Photo by John Zsiray

Fullerton's hot three-point shooting sends Aggies to another heartbreaking loss
Flat. That is one word fitting of the women's basketball team's defensive effort Thursday in its 69-68 loss to Cal State-Fullerton. / By Tyler Riggs

COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN: Jacob Guttormsen, right, has words with Boise player Alex Hall. USU competed against Boise Friday and Saturday. beating the Broncos both times -- the first game by a score of 13-1. / Photo by John Zsiray

Cardell Butler waits for Cal State Northridge forward Eto Onyenegecha to back off before passing the ball. Utah State beat the Matadors, 83-57. / Photo by John Zsiray

Aggies use fast start to bury another opponent, stay perfect in Big West
Another fast start, and another night of nearly perfect defense. The Aggies (5-0, 13-1) jumped to a 43-19 first-half lead en route to burying Cal State-Northridge. / By Tyler Riggs

USU forward Nate Harris tries for a layup against University of Pacific's Christian Maraker. Harris racked up 15 points and seven rebounds to help give the Aggies their 12th victory. / Photo by John Zsiray

USU holds Pacific to two field goals in first half, raises record to 12-1
The Utah State men's basketball team used one of its best first-half defensive performances ever to get off to its best season start ever Thursday night, defeating the Pacific Tigers, 66-51, in the Spectrum. / By Tyler Riggs

Utah State guard Christina Zdenek tries to block UCSB forward Brandy Richardson on Thursday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU still is in search of its first official victory. / Photo by John Zsiray

Aggie women drown in second-half layups, lose to taller Gauchos
That first win keeps eluding the Aggies. The Utah State Women's Basketball team lost its 10th straight game Thursday as the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated the Aggies, 86-51, in the Spectrum. / By Tyler Riggs


Richard Skinner lines up a shot. / Photo by Jill Prichard

Life full of strange bounces for USU's pool expert
Logan's very own pool shark started boxing at 9 and has taken a fishing pole under water in Okinawa, Japan. His life has made many strange bounces en route to being the USU pool instructor. / By Jill Prichard

Swing Club Vice President John Roring dances with club member Kathryn Tingey. / Photo by Stephanie Olsen

Swinging in the new year, Big Band style
Having patience with yourself to learn is the hard part, according to the Swing Club Vice President John Lee Roring, a senior in pre-dentistry. "Beginners get frustrated and quit, but it just takes time. The more you dance the easier it gets," he said. / By Stephanie Olsen


Doing it the way they did it back then
One of the greatest ironies of my conservative Christian upbringing in India was the manner in which I was introduced to the taboo subject of sexual pleasure. I learned about the ins and outs of procreation and the devils of pornography in a 90-minute crash course for 14-year-olds taught by a celibate Catholic priest. / By Leon D'souza

No breasts on boob tube?
So you really believe that it is better for children to see dying people, decapitations and countless gallons of blood than to see a breast? / By Matthias Petry

Bush talks tough, except about our nastiest threat: North Korea
The idea that the North Korean nuclear problem is taken care of makes me frown. But the idea that Iraq could be a greater threat to the United States than North Korea makes me laugh. / By Marshall Thompson

My life as a grown-up comes complete with kids, classes -- and dear old Dad
I am leading a double life. Not an exciting one as a model, or dangerous as a spy, but as a mom and full-time student, which carries its own form of danger and excitement. / By Heather Routh


Chad Crane relaxes in in paint-spattered studio. / Photo by Jessica May

USU artist grows from rooster 'color-er' to ways to fix emotion on canvas
Whether Chad Crane will become the next Picasso or Van Gogh, time will tell. But famous or not, it is easy to tell the USU art student loves art. / By Jessica May

'In America' leaves lasting mark on hearts, minds
Finding "A" films is as about as difficult as finding an "A" in my transcript. Few and far between. / By Jack Saunders

Fifth annual Pridefest finds something 'queer' all around us
A groundbreaking documentary about gay youth in America, a look at gay subtexts in a popular mainstream film, and an appearance by Frank DeCaro (Comedy Central's The Daily Show) will highlight the fifth annual Pridefest of USU's Gay and Lesbian Student Resource Center.

Cache's version of 'Dreamcoat' delighful, funny, professional
The place was packed, the crowed blared, and I, well I was stunned at the end of Cache Community Theater's (CCT) final showing of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. / By Jack Saunders

LDS film festival in Provo
The LDS film festival in Provo will offer a wide variety of programs and events.

Hofstetter's attempts at comedy fall flatter than his sales pitches
I can't remember if I went to see a comic or a sales pitch. The comedic performance of Friday's show by Steve Hofstetter and Josh Jacobs in the TSC resembled more of an infomercial than actual stand-up comedy. / By Jack Saunders

LDS Film Festival to host contest to make a movie in 24 hours
The LDS FILM FESTIVAL is launching its second 24-hour filmmaking marathon. Get together with a group of friends and be part of this exhilarating competition.

Comedian Steve Hofstetter in Taggart
LOGAN- The Brothers of the Gamma Epsilon chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Utah State University will present popular comedian and author, Steve Hofstetter, on Friday in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom

Logan High band thrives in changing times
Open the door to the band classroom, and you likely will see a group of students looking intently at their music while Band Director Dan Stowell conducts furiously as if he were auditioning for a job with the Boston Pops Orchestra. / By Tyler Riggs

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