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6 Thursday, Octot 2, ! 997 Pshrump VsSey Gszette I III I One word can change the meaning of everything There's qul a difference in the two Pahrump newspapers in the way they report things. This newspaper is often accused of "slanting" the news. Not true, newspaper is under strict instructions to report the facts. Free  is given on the edi but not on tke news. A recent example of this appeared in the two newspapers this past week. About two years ago this newspaper "broke" the story, in several front page articles, of wrong-doing at the top level of the tax-payer funded Nye Esmeralda Economic Development Authority, NEEDA. We stated that allegations were being made that Director Darlys Smith was being accused of embezzflng monies from that organization. It was a big Nye County story and we broke it. Since then we reported only the facts as the story unveiled. The "other" paper began to play it on the front page as we backed-off and ran related stories inside the paper. The recent sentencing of Smith would have been on our front page last week, except, with all the awards we won, it was our time to hoot. We wanted the I;ront page color shot of our own staff. "Fhey deserved it. We ran the Smith story on page two, The "other" paper ran it front page and included a very lengthy article about other allegations. There may be a lawsuit against Smith, according to the article, due to certain allegations she has made. We don't run "there may he" stories. If a lawsuit should transpire, then we'll run it. Period. However, the "other" paper began heralding this story after we broke it as if it was the biggest thing that ever happened. I think they were embarrassed by being "scooped" originally. It almost became a vendetta. The lead story in both newspapers last week was very interesting to I I I I say the least. Here's what the "other" paper said, and I quote, "Smith, who pleaded guilty in June to several felony counts of embezzle- ment..." Here's what this newspaper said: "Smith pleaded no contest to the charges." The article further pointed out that she plead, not to embezzlement, but to one count of theft. So, accordingto the "other" paper, Smith pleaded g//ty to several felony counts of embezzlement. According to this newspaper, Smith pleaded no contest to one count of This is a very big discrepancy. Who was right? The original charges were 24 counts of embezzlement, forgery and perjury. The PVGazette article made that clear. The PVGazette article also accurately reported that this was plea.bargained down to the one count of theft. Smith pleaded no contest to this charge. A "no-contest" plea generally means that the accused is not pre- pared to accept guilt for the charges but is prepared to accept a penalty for them. It's almost like a traffic ticket you don't believe you deserved, but you pay the fine anyway because to fight it isn't worth the time, trouble and money. Smith does not accept guilt for what happened. She maintains that she was duped by others. SomehOw, I don't think that we have seen the end of this story. There are always charges and counter charges, allegations and mistatements. Until this appears on a court docket, we're staying clear of it and will continue to do so until, and if, it becomes official. We got our information directly from the District Attorney's office. Anything else is slanting the news. Target [by Joe Richards from the Kinydom oJ  Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore ht.tnt A loaf a day