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The winners and the losers

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Winner: Justin Bieber inspires varied reactions among people, from revulsion to adulation, mostly depending on the age group of those involved. But what he did just prior to his Salt Lake City concert last week was pure class. Responding to a social media campaign, he paid a visit to 7-year-old cancer patient Millie Flamm, who had to miss the concert because of treatments. Family members said he sang her favorite song and kissed her on the cheek. Bieber is Millie's favorite singer. We're guessing all the people who rallied to make him aware of the young fan are pretty special, too.

Loser: Influenza is hitting the nation with a vengeance this year. It's so bad the mayor of Boston declared an emergency. Utah has not been spared. And amid all this, there may be a growing hesitancy among people about the flu vaccine. Dr. Frank Esper, a viral respiratory disease expert in Ohio, told Fox News that websites, blogs and social media are perpetuating false information about the shots, their effectiveness and the possibility of unwanted side-effects. You can't get the flu from the shot, nor are you immune from the flu just because you haven't had it for many years. The yearly mutating strain of influenza virus remains a big killer in the United States. Americans may want to be less apathetic about getting the shot.

Winner: The number of traffic deaths in Utah last year was the lowest since 1959, according to transportation officials. That's great news, and we hope it signals the start of a momentum toward no fatalities at all. Officials credit several factors, including new safety features in cars. Probably the most effective measure, however, has been the construction of more cable and concrete barriers along Utah roads to prevent people from accidentally straying over the center stripe and into oncoming traffic. Ten years ago, almost 200 people died in those kinds of crashes alone. Last year, the total for all fatalities was 215. It should be noted as well that the 80 mph speed limits along parts of I-15 in Central Utah have not led to an increase in deaths, contrary to what some had predicted.

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