The Deseret Morning News editors found Lori Hacking's murder the top story of 2004. In a better world it would rank as the bottom story. The death, the endless, gruesome garbage search, the husband's driveling on and on, did not top anything worthwhile. Comes now the acid test: Will you sift endlessly the boring trivia of trial to make it the top story of 2005?

Edwin H. Beus