Our globe-trotting photographer Rey Leal is back at work, safe and sound.
I wrote a column about Rey shortly after he joined the staff in December and before he left on a monthlong photo/reporting freelance job in Turkey and Syria.
Rey and a writer went to chronicle the Syrian civil war and its repercussions.
They spent eight days in Aleppo, one of Syria's largest cities, and current focal point of the fighting.
There, you find what Rey calls the bravado of the revolution, exemplified by daily anti-government demonstrations after noon prayers.
He met a man whose son had been killed in the fighting. The father's reaction was pride that his son was a martyr and joy that he was now in paradise.
But three hours away, in Turkey, are the refugees who are "just trying to make it, just living their lives."
Money, as might be expected among those fleeing a war zone, is in short supply. There are people who were professionals in Syria -- doctors, lawyers, professors -- but now are forced to live three and four families in a two- or three-bedroom apartment because they have no way to afford anything else.
One of Rey's interpreters during his monthlong stay had been a fifth-year medical student. His school is destroyed, and he can't go back to Syria. His only options are menial jobs.
Rey likens the whole political dynamic to an onion, with never-ending layers of complexity.
"You think you understand it, then you talk to somebody else and that peels off another layer. The more layers you peel off, the more complicated and complex it becomes."
Looking down the road, Rey isn't hopeful. "There's no clean ending; it will be ugly for a long time."
Rey will chronicle his experiences in Syria in a series of stories for the Standard-Examiner. The first one, recounting his experience in Aleppo, appears Sunday. Other stories exploring Utah connections to Syria will follow periodically.
OLD FILE: The computer age reached out and bit us this week.
Specifically, a year-old news brief ran in Tuesday's paper, reporting the arrest of an Ogden man on child abuse charges.
Files that old should clear out of our system, but for some reason, this one didn't. We also could have caught it at several places down the line but didn't.
All in all, it wasn't our finest day. We should have done better.
FOR THE RECORD: In my last column, I wrote about trying to use a typewriter to write an old typing standard: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
One reader pointed out that the correct phrase is "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
The correct phrase contains every letter of the alphabet, which is why it gained favor as a practice tool for beginning typists.
Dave Greiling is managing editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4224 and at email@example.com.