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Today's word on journalism

Saturday, November 5, 2005

News Flash: Fox to launch "Geraldo at Large."

"Fox sees America's glass as half-full, the other guys see it as half-empty. That's the biggest revelation, that innate sense of optimism in our country that I found at Fox, and I appreciate it. I totally embrace it."

-- TV personality Geraldo Rivera, 62, says he has an optimistic nature. ("That's why I got married to someone 32 years younger than me and just had a kid."), 2005.





November glows warmer when it's lit by hugs from home
November is a beautiful, graceful name for such an ugly month. While October is a painter's pallet of colors, November is the paint thinner, stripping the colors of their lives. / By Sarah West


Sticky buns: Beauty pageant's lessons remain
While I'm taking one last look in the mirror, a stranger suddenly lifts up the back of my suit and starts spraying a foreign substance on my bum. / By Gentri Lawrence

Attention, Utah girls! There's life after high school, and it's not marriage
Twenty-one years young. Except when living in Utah, where it really does mean 21 years old. So here it is, I am 21 years old, I am not dating anyone seriously (truthfully I am not dating anyone at all, or even going on dates for that matter). / By Lauren Murakami

Yes! Blessed are we who lived through the humiliations of junior high
It's a horror that haunts me to this day, as I remember the hurried shuffle of the once-again awkward teenager, venturing to classes through a pandemonium of giggling. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Trek through Croatia reveals beautiful land bearing scars of war
Heading to Croatia, I was expecting a country full of contrasts, a geographical paradise in a land still marked by the tears of war. I knew that 10 years ago, it would have been impossible to drive freely through the countryside. / By Jerome le Carrou


Hardware Ranch gets ready for sleighrides to see the elk
This winter get above the inversion at Hardware Ranch, where people of all ages can experience wildlife firsthand with exciting and educational activities. / By Sarah West

When it comes to kissing and dishing, I'm not your typical girl . . . well, just this once
To be honest, I don't even remember how I met him (he doesn't know that of course). / By Emma Tippetts

Sneaking out by the pale moonlight -- what was I thinking?
I snuck out, don't worry about me, Love, Megan.
I laid the note on my bed, just in case someone came down to check on me. / By Megan M. Roe

Can a manly man own a cat? Lemme tell ya. . . .
Is it socially acceptable for a man to own a cat? A friend of mine says owning a feline is about as manly as liking the Backstreet Boys or wearing a pink shirt. / By Jon Perry

Six Flags has a key to my car -- and they can keep it
There exist three copies of my car key: one I carry with me, the other sits on a ledge above the coat rack at my house and the third belongs to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. / By Kevin Nielsen

Jazz up your humdrum student life -- eat more cheese and ice cream
Every good college student should always have cheese in the refrigerator. / By Brock Anderson

Curses! Thrifty resourcefulness foiled by library's diabolical book relocation plans
"Yikes!" I screamed as I pushed my way down the crowded aisles of the bookstore to find the required text books for this semester's classes. The prices were outrageous. The fish diversity text cost $94.95 by itself! / By Elsa Lee

Fixing up the old house focuses attention on changes, some of them painful
As I wander out of the bedroom into the hallway I am greeted by fruit wallpaper in faded green, yellow, red and brown tones. The floor creaks under my feet and dust tickles my nose. I find gray wood panels as well as faded disco flowers in lime green and fuchsia. I look sadly at my husband and say, "Do we have 20 years to remodel?" He laughs at me. / By Angel Larsen

Smithfield couple answers mission call . . . to hurricane-torn Louisiana
Katrina smashed into Louisiana just days after Robert and Helen Chambers of Smithfield received their LDS mission call to the New Orleans area. / By Shauna Leavitt

To rush or not to rush?
Sure, we've all seen Animal House and we have our own ideas about what goes on in those houses on Greek row. But, if your really curious about what happens in a fraternity or sorority, now is your chance to find out. Rush week begins Sept. 12 and will kick off with an all-Greek luau at 7 p.m. in the Sunburst Lounge / By Connor Cottle

Thinking about Graduate School: key steps in the process
As a broke and worn-out college student, the finances and time available for graduate school seem unfeasible.

/ By Kristin Bishop

You're only five hours from paradise: How to plan your Yellowstone getaway

If life is getting too worrisome and you're starting to feel like a potato taking root in front of the computer, a visit to Yellowstone National Park might be just what you need. / By Shauna Leavitt

Psst! Heard of the Italian Place? Word of mouth builds a base of loyal customers
Across the street from the familiar Cafe Ibis, the Italian Place opened its doors at 11 a.m. on a recent sunny morning. The first customer arrived near 11:40, and the rush of quickly customers grew thick. / By Elizabeth Livingston

Today's special— three restaurants and their stories
It might be called a blue plate special where information and stories are the main course, paired with sides of humor and insight, with a serving of history for dessert. That's on the menu for Utah State University faculty member Lynda Linford and a unique creative project she is undertaking.


'The September Project'— USU libraries to participate in the nationwide grassroots effort
Utah State University Libraries and Cache MicroCinema invite members of the campus and Cache Valley communities to campus Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. for a film screening and discussion as part of "The September Project."


Got Panache? The Depot does when the dancers hit the floor
Set in the Depot for a single night every month, Club Panache came alive with music and packed the room Friday. / By Liz Livingston

Wild Art

Here come the pumpkins, squash, peppers . . . to Brigham City's Fruit Way / Photos by Nancy Williams

Interpol plays Kingsbury Hall / Photos by Robert McDaniel

Marching against the Big Box: A photo essay on the Wal-Mart protest, by Jeremy Wilkins and Sarah Ali

Wildfire in the Wellsvilles / Photos by Mike Sweeney


Biz Features

Theurer's Market still the hub of Lewiston after a hundred years
A hundred years ago, when a pound of sugar was less than a nickel and a dozen eggs only a dime more, Theurer's Market opened for business. / By Sarah Ali

Cocoa in a hurry for hundreds of marathoners? Just another day of service from Angie's
Angie's Restaurant received a call Saturday morning saying the runners of the 2005 Top of Utah Marathon were coming in chilled from the rain and wind. Within half an hour, Angie's had hot cocoa at the finish line. / By Shauna Leavitt

Rising gas prices have USU students pinching pennies, planning trips more carefully
Leigha Foster, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, said it used to cost her $22 to fill up the tank to her 1994 Ford Escort. It now costs $40. / By Sarah Ali


Across Bridgerland

A thousand gather to honor USU instructor and students killed in crash
Eleven roses were on display -- nine white roses to represent the students and teacher who died in the crash and two yellow roses to represent the students who remain in critical condition. / By Shauna Leavitt

USU cancels inauguration for President Albrecht
USU has announced the cancellation of all inauguration activities planned for President Stan L. Albrecht. Events are canceled in reaction to the deaths of eight students and one instructor involved in a 15-passenger van accident Monday. Inauguration week was scheduled for Oct. 10-14.

USU mourns loss of students, instructor in van crash
Utah State University is in mourning after eight students and one instructor died in a 15-passenger van accident Monday. Two students remain in critical condition.

USU microbiologists suspect environmental damage from artificial snow
Microbiologists Camille Swasey, Jon Takemoto and Brad Kropp suspect that a fungicidal material contained in SnoMax, a widely sold commercial snow inducer used in snow-making machines, may suppress fungi on which trees and other plants depend for growth and survival.

Wal-Mart gets go-ahead from planning commission despite public protest
Picket signs failed to blockade the yellow smiley face Thursday at a passionate planning commission meeting. The Logan Planning Commission granted the permit that will put two Wal-Marts within five miles at a heavily attended meeting. Click for photos of the protest at City Hall / By Natalie Andrews

Holocaust survivor to visit USU
At just 11 years of age, Marion Blumenthal Lazan had endured six-and-a-half years ensnared in Nazi Germany. She emerged as a Holocaust survivor, with a desire to never let this happen to anyone again.

Wal-Mart controversy swirls at USU; protests in the works
When what are expected to be hundreds of local protesters gather at 4:30 p.m. Thursday near a proposed site for a Wal-Mart at the south end of Logan, Jay Price plans to be part of the crowd. / By Brad Plothow

Local News

Smithfield modernizes rules for cemetery behavior
In the Smithfield City Cemetery, the rule used to be that you couldn't tie your horse to a headstone, monument, tree, or fence. / By Kathryn Kemp

North Logan residents and officials hop on the bus for a city planning 'field trip'
Sometimes, the planning goes to the lot. The City Council, Planning Commission and residents jumped aboard an LTD bus to do just that and take a field trip Tuesday. They toured Logan's Cliffside area, Smithfield, and Hyde Park and ended at their own east bench to scan approaching development and make a plan before it was too late. / By Natalie Andrews

Providence OKs election judges
Election judges for all city precincts were unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday evening for the Oct. 4 and Nov. 8 elections. / By Emil Dixon

River Heights says hello baseball, goodbye tree
Baseballs may be flying soon in River Heights' new ballpark. In their Tuesday meeting City Council members agreed to remove a pine tree that is obstructing play in the park's left field. / By Brock Anderson

Grand opening of Nibley's charter school set for Tuesday
Finishing touches on the new school building and public misconceptions regarding charter schools were discussed by board members of Thomas Edison Charter School's south campus at their Thursday meeting. / By Diana Maxfield

'How about some sidewalks?' youths ask Newton
Two Boy Scouts proposed sidewalks at the town's planning and zoning meeting last night, proving people are never too young to suggest ideas to the Commission. / By Manette Newbold

Police arrest suspect in drug robbery
Police arrested a robbery suspect Thursday after a drug theft from the pharmacy at Smith's Marketplace on Main Street. / By Natalie Andrews

Paradise will go for a FEMA grant to fund its newsletter
The Town Council agreed Wednesday to apply for a FEMA fire protection and safety grant to fund a monthly newsletter to provide information on fire safety, emergency preparedness and town announcements to the approximately 500 households served by the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department. / By Jen Beasley

Millville school carnival keeps kids from fundraising door to door
Rainy weather couldn't keep Millville Elementary students from attending the PTA's outdoor fundraising carnival Wednesday night. / By Holly Adams

Wellsville grants conditional use permit for corn maze
With Halloween next month, the City Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a conditional use permit for Jed Clark's corn maze on the east side of Highway 89-91, south of Highway 101 and north of 200 South, with the condition of access only allowed from 200 South. / By Angel Larsen

Providence renews agreement with Cache Sheriff's Office
The City Council passed a resolution to renew an agreement with the Cache County Sheriff's Office that will maintain the city's current level of police protection through the coming year. The decision came Tuesday evening in a unanimous vote. / By Emil Dixon

River Heights considers changes in animal control
City Council members had mixed feelings concerning current animal control services during their Tuesday meeting. While all three council members at the meeting felt the current services need to be reviewed, Councilwoman Gladys Ann Atwood seemed more concerned about public safety. / By Brock Anderson

Wellsville council grants preliminary approval to subdivision
The City Council approved two preliminary plats, one for a home and the other for a subdivision, at Wednesday night's meeting. / By Angel Larsen

Paradise will reconsider annexation petition
The Town Council agreed Wednesday to allow an annexation petition filed by Cache Valley resident Brenda Summers to be withdrawn until she can provide a more precise map of her property. / By Jen Beasley

National & International News

Rebuilding the Big Easy neither easy nor smart, USU professor says
New Orleans should not be rebuilt on its existing site, says Professor Richard Toth of Utah State University's department of environment and society.


Breakdown of civility starts in the parking lot
The other day when pulling into a parking stall at Wal-Mart, a shopping cart was taking up half the stall, forcing us to back up and park elsewhere. / By Sarah West

Domestic partner benefits are a terrible idea
Mike and John are two same-sex partners living together in Salt Lake City. Mike works for the city and soon enough John will receive the same benefits that Mike enjoys, without even voicing a single "I do" at the altar. / By Marie Mackay

Journalism students need WiFi and laptops
The possibility of WiFi in the future for the USU journalism department is an exciting notion. Wireless Internet could be a serious help for aspiring journalists. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Gagging on gas prices? Amber waves of grain hold promise of cheaper fuel
The fall of 2000 is to blame, not Katrina, not Iraq, not the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It's all on the election of 2000. / By Kevin Nielsen

Making a connection out of grandmother's stubborn streak
Here I was sitting rows away from a casket, crying over a woman I barely knew. I didn't want to see her yet. I was scared. I wanted to remember her as the skin and bones stubborn smoking grandmother I called Meme and not some cold corpse lying in a nice outfit with pretty makeup on and her hair all done up. / By Elizabeth Livingston

We must anticipate a world without oil in order to prevent global crisis
According to the American geologist King Hubbert, the production of oil will reach its peak (the Hubbert peak) in Middle East around 2010. Hubbert announced in the 1950s that American production of oil would reach its peak in 1970. He was right. If he's right again. . . . / By Jerome le Carrou

Rebuilding Katrina-damaged homes: Not on the taxpayer's dime
Don't get me wrong. I applaud any efforts to save lives and repair the storm-torn Gulf Coast. But it's about time the government defined its role with respect to disaster relief. After all, the billions poured into FEMA hardly paid dividends when it mattered most. / By Brad Plothow

Funerals should be less complicated
Growing up, I told people I preferred attending a funeral over a wedding any day. / By Reba Stringham

Racism's roots are in lack of understanding
I can remember arid, parched days in the deserts of New Mexico, playing in the red sandstone mountains right behind my house with my best friend, Monique Garcia. We spent every waking moment together. / By Randah Griffiths

Long ago and far away, an interesting day in a Frankenstein kind of way
I woke up one fall morning and I knew if was going to be an interesting day. I decided to have cereal for breakfast and out came a prize. It was a Frankenstein glow-in-the-dark patch that I thought was so cool. / By Molly Hillyard

Is that hottie Taken? Check out the left hand
When a freshman first comes to a university or college, he learns early how to determine if someone he is interested in is "taken" or is single. All he has to do is look at the left hand. / By Tatiana Southam

Why the Catholic Church needs a Protestant revival
For years, as I was growing up, my mother and grandmother were the spiritual chieftains in our decidedly orthodox Catholic home. Grandma got out the rosary and sat on her favorite sofa every evening, solemnly counting beads as the clock ticked past 8, while Mum issued the clarion call: "Rosary time!" Then, one time, Dad nodded off. / By Leon D'Souza

Deceptions at the 'Dollar Store' -- Life in the holodeck of a Bombay mall
Walking into "Nirmal Lifestyles," a mall complex on the outskirts of a north Bombay suburb, can feel a bit like stepping into a holodeck deep in the Star Trek fictional universe. / By Leon D'Souza


Third period hurts Aggies in 10-2 loss on the ice to Weber D1
The Utah State hockey team suffered its first loss of the season, 10-2, to the Weber State Wildcats D1 team Friday night in Logan at the Eccles Ice Center. / By Jerome le Carrou

Smithfield Canyon's a hidden recreational treasure
Camping, hiking, biking, and bonfires are all common activities here in Cache Valley where you can get to three or four different canyons with just a 15 minute drive. But there is one small canyon that a lot of people may not think about when they're deciding on an outdoor adventure, and that is Smithfield Canyon. / By Kathryn Kemp

Soccer team gets first win of season
The women's soccer team won its first game of the season Thursday, beating the Univrsity of San Francisco Dons, 3-1, at Bell Field in Logan. The Aggies improved to 1-4-2 while the Dons fall to 1-6-0. / By Jerome le Carrou

Women's soccer team falls to UNLV, still looks for first win
Aggie sophomore Dana Peart scored her third goal of the season during the women's soccer team's 2-1 loss to the UNLV rebels Friday afternoon at Bell Field in Logan. / By Jerome le Carrou



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