The winners and the losers
• Loser: Armed robbery is no joke. That, apparently, is news to some young people. Police in Sandy this week said a 16-year-old boy confronted three people outside a bowling ally, demanded money and said he would shoot them. He left after one of the men said he had only $1, but he couldn't escape police, who came quickly after someone else nearby gave them a call.The boy, who apparently has a history of pulling pranks, said it was all a joke. His first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery, however, is not.
• Winner: The Utah Humanities Book Festival is ending, but the weeklong event has shown how, as the Humanities Council chair wrote in an op-ed piece this week, the state "has one of the most innovative and active humanities councils in the country." The council's reach is statewide, and it has helped to preserve oral histories, promote discussions on current issues and support film festivals and reading groups. The council even helps promote family literacy and provides a humanities course for low-income adults. The state is much richer because of these efforts.
• Loser: How can a habitually drunken driver be arrested 28 times in 11 years and still be on the road? That's a question Utah's judicial system needs to answer after Travis John Wright was picked up last week in Orem. He had a restricted license because of alcohol-related offenses, was on probation for DUI and had a blood-alcohol content twice the legal limit. He now faces the possibility of felony DUI charges.
All his potential victims, which includes just about everyone, need to ask how someone can run up such a record and still have any sort of permission, restricted or otherwise, to sit behind a wheel.