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Thumbs up, thumbs down
by Tribune Editorial Board
May 22, 2010 | 966 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thumbs down to the Washoe County legal community for giving the James Biela defense team a ready-made appeal by holding his trial for the murder of Brianna Denison in the same city where the case received unprecedented media attention (including from this newspaper). If he is found guilty, Biela’s lawyers will likely already have a motion written saying there was no way their client could have received a fair trial here.

Thumbs down to the driver of the red SUV who raced through the red light going south on McCarran Boulevard at Prater Way earlier this month.  The light clearly had turned red — fortunately, the front vehicles on Prater did not immediately drive through the intersection on their green light.  Also fortunately, the pedestrian with the right of way had the foresight also to wait until the red light violator had passed the crosswalk.  This particular incident happened during the lunch hour on a busy Friday — but happens at every stop light intersection on nearly every red light.

Thumbs down to the people who are making the combination of Pyramid Way and Victorian Avenue a nightmare to drive right now. The thumb may turn if the work is finished on time and properly.

Thumbs down to the city and National Train Day folks for letting the day honoring the contributions of railroads pass Sparks by. They say it won’t happen next year; we shall see.

Thumbs down to Sue Lowden for fitting her own and probably all of her staff members’ feet in her mouth. Her comments about trading chickens for health care and owning fancy tour buses are a danger to Nevada’s already sad reputation for education level.

Thumbs down to city of Sparks and Reinke for not getting their plans together better for the new Father’s Day half-marathon (now the October half-marathon).

Thumbs up to the Washoe County School District for somehow managing to still have the money for making upgrades at schools this summer and for pushing back the vote on a bond measure that had no chance of passing this year.

Thumbs up for the Regional Transportation Commission for somehow getting voters to approve RTC-5 in 2008, which is helping the agency get through the current economy with little or no cuts.

Thumbs up to all walkers who help raised funds for animals on Saturday.

Thumbs up to the person who bought reporter Cortney Maddock a cup of coffee in a random act of kindness at the Starbucks on Pyramid Way and C Street.

Thumbs up to Anthea Humphreys and the volunteers and interns with the Sparks Heritage Museum who earlier this month put together a fundraiser evening “Night at the Museum,” celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary.  Those who attended this gala event enjoyed performances by the Reno/Sparks area Young Chautauquans as they literally brought the exhibits to life.  All in all, a successful evening for the museum and their upstairs refurbishing project.

Thumbs up to anyone who rode their bike to work this week.

Thumbs up to the Reno Bike Project for its bike swap event on Saturday. Local vendors came together to promote biking as a healthy alternative for the community and the environment. At least one Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy also had his bike spruced up to continue the occasional patrol at special events on his new bike from the department.

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