* Winner: An act of kindness resulted in another act of kindness when KISN radio returned a Barbie doll to its original owner. After hearing that a Barbie doll set aside to be auctioned to raise money for needy children was stolen, Sarah Morley, 19, donated hers to the Assistance League of Salt Lake City. KISN radio raised $4,559 from its "Cares for Kids" listeners in bidding for the "Gold Sensation" Barbie doll, with the doll going to the station. The station not only presented the $4,559 check to the Assistance League, which provides clothing for needy children who attend schools in the Salt Lake Valley, but then gave the doll back to Morley. Happy Valentine's Day.
* Winner: The Alpine School District is the only one in Utah that has a significant foreign language program for its elementary school students. Studies show students are able to learn foreign languages much easier in the pre-teen years. The district is to be commended for its vision, and more districts should follow its lead. Some private schools also have a progressive foreign language program. Rowland Hall-St. Marks, for example, teaches third- and fourth-graders Spanish, fifth-graders German and sixth-graders Latin. Well done, or as they say in Spanish, bien hecho.Loser: The U-6 route through Spanish Fork Canyon has resulted in a lot of grief over the years. Last year alone, 22 people were killed on the highway between Spanish Fork and Price. Five have already been killed this year and 111 have died on the Spanish Fork-Price stretch since 1993. Local and state officials call Spanish Fork Canyon the most dangerous stretch of road in the state. They're working on plans to make it safer. How about starting with increased fines for illegal passing across double lines?
* Winner: Those who have made "Titanic" one of the highest grossing movies have to be pleased that the 3 1/2-hour blockbuster received a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations, including best picture, actor and director. The most wins for a single film is held by 1959's "Ben Hur," with 11. The ship may have sunk (oops, gave away the ending), but box office receipts and performances have soared.