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Winner: Police spend a lot of time dealing with messy problems and unhappy situations. But two Salt Lake City police officers got a call of a different sort this week when they ended up helping deliver twin babies in the back of a pickup truck.

The mother, Feliza Ivanez, does not speak English. She had been frantically searching for someone to help her in the wee hours of the morning. The officers arrived just in time, proving themselves to be invaluable public servants. The babies, both males, are now healthy and doing fine. And the officers? They're probably out there somewhere wondering what the next call will bring them.

Loser: Orem's mayor got it right this week when he told a panel discussion the state needs to focus more on Utah County's transportation needs. The county is growing by about 14,000 new people each year, and I-15 is running slower and slower as the weeks go by.

The mayor, Jerry Washburn, also got it right when he said county residents need to face the prospect of higher taxes to make things better. Utah County was conspicuously absent when other Wasatch Front counties voted recently to increase taxes for mass transit. Now, a tax measure is under consideration for the 2004 ballot. We hope that traffic, as well as commerce and economic development, haven't ground to a halt by then.

Winner: BYU deserves to crow a bit about the accolades its business school is receiving. This week, The Wall Street Journal's annual international rankings placed it 26th in the world in terms of quality. Perhaps more importantly, the school ranked second in terms of its emphasis on ethics and third as a "hidden gem" among schools that don't receive enough respect and attention.

We imagine the school won't remain hidden for long with this kind of attention. And we imagine the local economy will continue to benefit greatly by having such a quality private institution in its midst.