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The winners and the losers

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Winner: Moe the hippo, who lived at Utah's Hogle Zoo for 30 years, became a dad for the second time in his 32 years this week. Baby "Boopie" was born Thursday at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, N.M., to mom Karen, 5. Moe was relocated in 2005 in the hope that he and Karen, who was acquired from the San Antonio Zoo, would hit it off and start a family in a new state-of-the art hippo exhibit. The so-called "Land of Enchantment" seems to suit the couple well.

Loser: For a SMART student grant program, it sure has dumb rules. About 150 Utah State University students have lost the federal Science and Mathematics Access to Retaining Talent (SMART) grant for students majoring in in physical, life or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering or foreign languages deemed "critical to national security." The $4,000 yearly grants are available only for a students' third and fourth years of study. Those in their fifth years — hardly a rarity at Utah colleges because of breaks for missionary service or work — are not eligible. Some former recipients were excluded because they had earned too many credits. Go figure.