• Loser: Officials at Rose Park Elementary say they are planning to discipline two third-grade girls who made up a story this week about a possible child abduction. We hope so.
Because of their imaginations, police expended about $10,000, including the use of 40 officers and 19 FBI agents for about 3 1/2 hours in a vain attempt to track a phantom kidnapper. Perhaps as they mature, these girls will understand there is enough real crime and tragedy in the world that no one needs to invent more.
• Winner: We don't expect conspiracy theorists to admit they were wrong and slink away. Chances are they will simply think the federal investigation into the collapse of a skyscraper next to New York's twin towers on 9/11 is just part of the cover-up. But the recently released report, which concluded that fire, not well-placed explosives, brought down the 47-story building ought to satisfy most people, and because of that it is good news.
The three-year study was done by scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They examined the explosives theory and found no evidence to support it. They also issued several recommendations for avoiding similar problems as a result of the study, which is more good news.
• Loser: If anyone needed proof that paper ballots are the most unreliable and easily corrupted system available for voting, the discovery of two absentee ballots in Salt Lake County this week from the 2005 primary election should suffice. No one is alleging corruption, and the two ballots wouldn't have changed any outcomes, but the fact the votes were forgotten ought to give people pause.
Electronic voting may have its flaws, but as far as anyone knows Utah's video voting machines haven't lost any ballots. People voting absentee still do so by paper. That can't be changed. But no one should prefer paper over computers on the grounds that it might be safer.
• Winner: The college football season starts today. Need we say more?