• Stay away from bats, health officials warn Utahns

    Stay away from bats, health officials warn Utahns
    As the main carriers of rabies in Utah, bats can be dangerous.After finding several bat infestations in homes, the Utah Department of Health is reminding residents of the health risks that bat exposure poses.Of 44 bats tested for rabies this year, four came back positive. The virus can be transmitted by bites, scratches or saliva from infected animals.Rabies can go unnoticed, given that bats have small teeth and claws and their bites can be fairly painless or invisible.“If you find yoursel
  • South Jordan man charged in standoff with police allegedly had stockpile of explosives

    South Jordan man charged in standoff with police allegedly had stockpile of explosives
    A man accused of making bombs and who was taken into custody after a standoff with police outside his South Jordan home has been charged with multiple felonies.Ryan Lynn McManigal was charged with two counts of first-degree felony attempted homicide/aggravated murder and three counts of first-degree felony use of a weapon of mass destruction.Court documents filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court also reveal how many explosives were found in the 42-year-old man’s house and how one nearly det
  • Police stopped him 18 times, but Black senator says he strives for civility

    Police stopped him 18 times, but Black senator says he strives for civility
    Even though he is a U.S. senator, Tim Scott, says he was stopped by police this year. And last year. And seven times in one especially trying year. He said during 20 years he’s been stopped 18 times because of his race.Still, the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate told a webinar Wednesday about racism that was sponsored by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation in Utah that he’s learned that a key is not to act with bitterness or violence, but with civility and listening.“It&rsquo
  • Bagley Cartoon: Making Moscow Great Again

    Bagley Cartoon: Making Moscow Great Again
    This Pat Bagley cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday, July 30, 2020. You can check out the past 10 Bagley editorial cartoons below:Low BarrDidn’t See That ComingStorm TrumpersWhat Women Don’t WantAntifa Super SoldierSocial Distance StudiesTaking a Knee to Voting RightsTrump’s Secret PoliceEyes on The BeehiveSecond WaveWant more Bagley? Become a fan on Facebook.
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  • Utah foster mother gets one year in jail for toddler’s troubling death

    Utah foster mother gets one year in jail for toddler’s troubling death
    Judge Samuel Chiara sat on the bench, his eyes cast downward. He was silent for a few moments after he announced his sentence for a foster mother.“I hope that justice has been served,” he said finally. “It’s the best I can do, as a human being, in this case.”Chiara had just sentenced Lisa Jo Vanderlinden to one year in jail and 14 years probation after two-year-old Lucas Call died while in her care in August 2018.Vanderlinden had originally been charged with aggrava
  • Weekly Run newsletter: Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles bring a human element to the NBA’s restart

    Weekly Run newsletter: Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles bring a human element to the NBA’s restart
    Want to subscribe to the Weekly Run newsletter? Click here.Orlando, Fla. • Whenever I tweet out a story I write, it’s inevitable that some people will reply with their thoughts. Some are thoughtful fans who’ve actually read the story, others are merely drive-by trolls reacting to a headline. After tweeting out my story on Tuesday about the Jazz’s vow to continue pushing social issues, I have to admit, a couple people in my mentions really got to me with their replies.I&rsq
  • ‘Mormon Land’: Scholar discusses ‘White Horse Prophecy,’ Nelson’s focus on Second Coming, and the apocalypse

    ‘Mormon Land’: Scholar discusses ‘White Horse Prophecy,’ Nelson’s focus on Second Coming, and the apocalypse
    Amid a global pandemic, civil unrest, a presidential election and — in Utah — a string of nerve-rattling earthquakes, many biblical believers are thinking anew about the so-called apocalypse.For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though, the end times have always been a part of their theology. After all, the latter days are referenced in their faith’s official name.There also is buzz in pews and on porches about the “White Horse Prophecy,” M
  • Leonard Pitts: AOC, the hornet’s nest Republicans cannot stop themselves from poking

    Leonard Pitts: AOC, the hornet’s nest Republicans cannot stop themselves from poking
    She was a teacher in Michigan.She was in line at a Walmart in rural Ohio.She was at a bar in San Francisco.She was a post office supervisor in Miami.He told her to smile, and she didn't.He wanted to buy her a drink, and she declined.He didn't like her driving. He didn't like her T-shirt. He had been her friend for seven years, but he didn't like when she was put in charge of the percussion section in their marching band.So he called her something, a vulgar noun modified by a vulgar adjective, ne
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  • Another 339 Utahns come down with COVID-19, the lowest daily count in six weeks

    Another 339 Utahns come down with COVID-19, the lowest daily count in six weeks
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. Another 339 Utahns have tested positive for COVID-19 — the lowest daily tally in six weeks — the Utah Department of Health reported Wednesday.Six more Utahns have died from the disease, bringing the state’s death toll
  • Here’s an updated timeline of the slaying of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey and the reform that has followed

    Here’s an updated timeline of the slaying of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey and the reform that has followed
    University of Utah student-athlete Lauren McCluskey was fatally shot outside her dorm in 2018 by a man she had dated. Her murder exposed serious flaws in the school’s responses to intimate partner violence, and continuing revelations have spurred widespread reform. Here is a timeline of events leading up to her death and the fallout, as compiled by campus police, an independent team who reviewed the university’s handling of her case, and additional reporting by The Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Spencer Cox chooses workforce services director as his interim chief of staff

    Spencer Cox chooses workforce services director as his interim chief of staff
    The longtime head of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services is shifting into a new role as interim chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.Jon Pierpont has worked as executive director of the workforce services agency since 2012.“Jon is a trusted leader and tireless public servant,” Cox, who is also running for governor, said in a Wednesday news release announcing the change. “His experience and background will be critical over the next several months as the state contin
  • Big Tech CEOs scrutinized by Congress on monopolies and bias

    Big Tech CEOs scrutinized by Congress on monopolies and bias
    Washington • Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are answering for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.The powerful executives are defending their companies as buttressing competition and offering essential services to consumers. The four CEOs are testifying remotely for a hearing Wednesday
  • BYU’s defensive line left plenty of room for improvement after the 2019 season

    BYU’s defensive line left plenty of room for improvement after the 2019 season
    There was no point of contention more heated last year than BYU's defensive line.After splitting the first four games of the 2019 season — all against Power Five programs — BYU seemed poised to finish out the remainder of the season on a strong note. Instead, starting with being steamrolled by Washington, 45-19, the Cougars continued losing instead of recovering. And what stung more was that they were games BYU shouldn’t have lost.At Toledo and South Florida, the Cougars led in
  • Cox chooses workforce services director as his interim chief of staff

    Cox chooses workforce services director as his interim chief of staff
    The longtime head of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services is shifting into a new role as interim chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.Jon Pierpont has worked as executive director of the workforce services agency since 2012.“Jon is a trusted leader and tireless public servant,” Cox, who is also running for governor, said in a Wednesday news release announcing the change. “His experience and background will be critical over the next several months as the state contin
  • Utah’s youth is only part of the reason COVID-19 deaths are lower here, a researcher says

    Utah’s youth is only part of the reason COVID-19 deaths are lower here, a researcher says
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. Utah’s per capita death rate of COVID-19 is just over one-sixth of the country’s death rate — a difference that is only partly explained by the state’s relatively younger population, a demographic research paper
  • Frank W. Fox: Truth and falsehood in Trump’s America

    Frank W. Fox: Truth and falsehood in Trump’s America
    Beyond the clatter of political tumult, Donald Trump has done immeasurable harm to the United States.The damage in question has little to do with his policy choices, his appointments or the causes he has embraced. It runs deeper and spreads wider than mere politics — like an oil spill that cannot be contained. It has poisoned virtually every aspect of our democracy.Since Trump took office, our political culture has split down the middle and all but fallen apart; our stature in the world ha
  • Utah’s lower median age is only part of the reason it has fewer COVID-19 deaths than the nation, a researcher says

    Utah’s lower median age is only part of the reason it has fewer COVID-19 deaths than the nation, a researcher says
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. Utah’s per capita death rate of COVID-19 is just over one-sixth of the country’s death rate — a difference that is only partly explained by the state’s relatively younger population, a demographic research paper
  • Census: Pandemic still battering Utah families economically

    Census: Pandemic still battering Utah families economically
    Three months of weekly surveys show that COVID-19 continues to wallop Utahns economically, from cutting their pay to making it hard to buy enough food, pay rent or mortgages or obtain medical care.Still, Utahns seem to be doing better than most Americans.On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 12th consecutive weekly Household Pulse Survey to measure how Americans are doing financially amid the pandemic. It shows that Utahns are about in the same condition as when surveys began three m
  • Mitt Romney slams Trump for plan to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany

    Mitt Romney slams Trump for plan to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany
    As the Trump administration announced plans Wednesday to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany, Sen. Mitt Romney criticized that as a huge mistake that hurts American allies and helps adversaries.The Utah Republican issued a statement that the move “is a grave error. It is a slap in the face at a fried an ally when we should instead be drawing closer in our mutual commitment to deter Russian and Chinese aggression.”Germany is a hub for U.S. operations in the Middle East and Af
  • Navajo Nation reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

    Navajo Nation reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths
    Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday night reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths.The total number of people infected on the reservation now stands at 8,927 with 446 known deaths.Tribal health officials said 78,501 people have undergone testing and 6,585 have recovered from the virus.The Navajo Nation once had one of the highest per-capita rates of coronavirus infections in the U.S.The daily number of reported cases has declined over
  • How a tiny fish is helping Utah and the West tackle big questions about the Colorado River’s future

    How a tiny fish is helping Utah and the West tackle big questions about the Colorado River’s future
    Charismatic is hardly the best word to describe the humpback chub, a fish with a frowny eel face jammed onto a sport fish body in a way that suggests evolution has a sense of humor. Nor did tastiness build a fan base for this “trash fish” across its natural habitat throughout the Colorado River Basin. But, in 1973, the humpback chub became famous by winning federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.Researchers in the Grand Canyon now spend weeks at a time, several times a y
  • Report: Undocumented Utahns have missed out on $154 million in emergency aid

    Report: Undocumented Utahns have missed out on $154 million in emergency aid
    To Alexandria Taylor, it feels like the coronavirus has been chipping away at her family’s stability for weeks.First, business dried up for her husband, who installs countertops and tile for a living. Without that income, her family slipped behind on their mortgage payments. Then, the illness itself swept through their Salt Lake City household, forcing her husband to stay home from work altogether so he could take care of his wife and three daughters.For a moment, it looked like there migh
  • Salt Lake City to start collecting parking fees again

    Salt Lake City to start collecting parking fees again
    Free parking was nice while it lasted, but Salt Lake City will require motorists to start paying again in two weeks.The city had paused metered parking enforcement in March as part of its pandemic response. Officials now say businesses need parking fees and turnover to bring in more patrons.“We are glad we were able to suspend enforcement for the time we did, and understand it was helpful [when] many street-level businesses were closed,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a news release.
  • From Southern crisp to Korean spice, Utah is battered in a fried chicken frenzy

    From Southern crisp to Korean spice, Utah is battered in a fried chicken frenzy
    The stipulations put forth weren’t harsh: Open at least 50 to 100 miles away and change the name of the restaurant.For Mr. Charlie’s Chicken Fingers owners Cody Hilliard and Bartley Melton, the recipe for both delicious fried chicken and success were clear — built on a foundation over 1,900 miles away in Alabama at Jim Bob’s Chicken Fingers & Breakfast. Bartley missed Southern fried chicken and sweet tea terribly while living in Heber City, so the duo talked about wha
  • Robert Gehrke: A pandemic is not the time to yank a safety net out from under vulnerable people

    Robert Gehrke: A pandemic is not the time to yank a safety net out from under vulnerable people
    This week, my buddy Ken Sanders had to do something he has resisted for a long time. He launched an online fundraiser to try to keep the doors to his iconic bookstore open.In the past couple of weeks, while my colleagues tally coronavirus deaths, Kathy Stephenson has been writing obituaries for some of Salt Lake’s most popular restaurants — places like Canella’s and the 9th and 9th Mazza.Since the outbreak began, 132,580 businesses on Yelp! have closed their doors and more than
  • How a tiny fish is helping Utah and the West face big questions about the Colorado River’s future

    How a tiny fish is helping Utah and the West face big questions about the Colorado River’s future
    Charismatic is hardly the best word to describe the humpback chub, a fish with a frowny eel face jammed onto a sport fish body in a way that suggests evolution has a sense of humor. Nor did tastiness build a fan base for this “trash fish” across its natural habitat throughout the Colorado River Basin. But, in 1973, the humpback chub became famous by winning federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.Researchers in the Grand Canyon now spend weeks at a time, several times a y
  • Eight crashes in 10 years. Is the regional airport in West Jordan safe?

    Eight crashes in 10 years. Is the regional airport in West Jordan safe?
    At least eight times in the past 10 years, aircraft crashed near the South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan. They went down in soccer fields, a few feet from an elementary school, on the New Bingham Highway — and, last Saturday, into houses.The weekend crash was the first that killed someone on the ground — 72-year-old Maria Quintana, who was on her back deck when a plane slammed into her home. It also killed three people on the plane, injured three other passengers and damaged
  • Letter: Scott Bell will listen to the voters

    Letter: Scott Bell will listen to the voters
    Remember those ballot initiatives Utahns worked hard to get onto our 2018 ballot? Remember last winter, the unpopular tax bill that even taxed food? The majority of Utahns let our Legislature know what is important to them. But many legislators ignored their own constituents.Utah Rep. Steve Christiansen, R-West Jordan, supported that regressive tax bill. He claimed he listened but ignored prolonged public outcry against it. In doing so, he followed the pattern of Ken Ivory, his predecessor, who
  • Letter: We must all do our part

    Letter: We must all do our part
    If you lived or worked in a community that had a number of fires, it would be your obligation to not only put the fire out, but make sure there will not be a fire on your property again, find out how the fire got started, and eliminate the cause.On the other hand, if you were the property owner who had a gas leak on your property that caused fires in other properties other than your own property, it would be your obligation and responsibility to repair the leak.For the people who think they don&
  • Letter: Say no to oil and gas leases

    Letter: Say no to oil and gas leases
    Most Utahns and visitors from around the nation and the world who find beauty, solitude, recreation and far-reaching vistas of nature would say no. Yet the Bureau of Land Management is proposing an 85,000 acre oil and gas lease sale right next to Arches and Canyonlands national parks.Calls to cancel the sale are building momentum and include local government entities, the outdoor industry, environmental organizations and citizen groups. The sale will negatively impact Utah's economy and reputati
  • Utah businesses promise to interview at least one person of color for top-level jobs

    Utah businesses promise to interview at least one person of color for top-level jobs
    First, Utah businesses pledged to interview more women for top-level positions. Now, they’re extending that promise to people of color.Companies across the country have worked to diversify their leadership in recent years. There are just five Black CEOs and 37 female CEOs, which is actually a new high, in the Fortune 500, according to the magazine Fortune. In Utah, the number of women in top positions at companies dropped from 11.6% in 2014 to 6.4% four years later.When ParityPledge launch
  • Letter: We are led by ‘the least generation’

    Letter: We are led by ‘the least generation’
    When I was a young boy we all lived with what would later be called the greatest generation — make that The Greatest Generation.We were visited on occasion by three uncles in the Navy, three in the Army and a cousin who was a Marine. The latter was lost to us on Saipan. Later another uncle, again a Marine, was lost in Korea. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins worked building airplanes and ships both in Texas and the Northwest. Little question with the sacrifices so many were making, and th
  • Letter: Leaving WHO is like defunding the fire department

    Letter: Leaving WHO is like defunding the fire department
    On July 7, Donald Trump notified the United Nations of his plans to withdraw U.S. funding from the World Health Organization (WHO). Chris Stewart, representing Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, supports this action.Stewart, echoing Trump, blames the WHO for being too lenient on China, where the COVID-19 pandemic started. This blatant threat by Trump and Stewart is an attempt to deflect from the current administration’s lack of leadership. Disregard of experts’ advice is the tr
  • Harris Sondak: Too many in parks and on trails are not being responsible

    Harris Sondak: Too many in parks and on trails are not being responsible
    As the mayor of the town of Alta, I have struggled since the emergence of the novel coronavirus to maintain public safety in my town.Resort towns were central to spreading the virus in both Europe and North America, but we have been lucky not to have any of our residents come down with COVID-19. Some guests have reported falling ill after they returned home, however, and certainly some visitors who came to ski tour after our ski area abruptly closed in spring or who are coming to hike this summe
  • A toast to Utah liquor dollars: They topped a half-billion for first time

    A toast to Utah liquor dollars: They topped a half-billion for first time
    For the first time in Utah history, annual sales of wine, beer and spirits broke the half-billion mark.Alcohol sales in the state reached $500.32 million in fiscal 2019-20, which ended June 30, according to preliminary numbers presented Tuesday to the state liquor commission.If those numbers hold, it would represent an increase of 4.38%, or $21 million, above the previous year — when sales hit $479.32 million.Those dollars actually represent a slowdown in growth for the Utah Department of
  • With nothing to lose, seeding games give the Utah Jazz a chance to fine-tune for the playoffs

    With nothing to lose, seeding games give the Utah Jazz a chance to fine-tune for the playoffs
    Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder talks with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) as the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers play at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News ORLANDO, Fla. — The Utah Jazz are not done ramping up.
    After three scrimmages over the last week, the Jazz will open up the restarted NBA season against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, but unlike the Pelicans, th
  • With restart looming, Utah Jazz have ‘vowed to continue to be outspoken’ on social issues

    With restart looming, Utah Jazz have ‘vowed to continue to be outspoken’ on social issues
    For most of his career with the Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell has had a routine of getting on social media a couple hours before each game and tweeting out the energetic exhortation, “Let’s go!”He hasn’t stopped doing that, but he is changing it up a bit these days.Before Monday’s scrimmage finale in Orlando against the Brooklyn Nets, Mitchell tweeted, “Let’s go... and ARREST BREONNA TAYLORS MURDERS!” [sic] while tagging Kentucky Attorney General Dan
  • Pelicans, Jazz to kneel together during national anthem

    Pelicans, Jazz to kneel together during national anthem
    The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz are discussing a plan to surround the Black Lives Matter signage on the World Wide Sports Arena court and kneel together during the playing of the national anthem on Thursday, league sources told ESPN. The game is the first of the NBA restart.
  • Rich Lowry: The loathsome Lincoln Project goes after Trump

    Rich Lowry: The loathsome Lincoln Project goes after Trump
    A couple of erstwhile Republican operatives who notably failed to elect Republican presidents are now trying to elect a Democratic one.They call their super PAC, self-importantly, The Lincoln Project. The operation is devoted to churning out harsh and often ridiculously over-the-top ads attacking President Donald Trump that are invariably praised by the media and progressives on Twitter, who are The Lincoln Project’s political base.The project's operatives tend to this constituency with a
  • Car accident kills toddler in stroller in Taylorsville

    Car accident kills toddler in stroller in Taylorsville
    A 2-year-old girl died Tuesday when a traffic crash caused a car to jump a curb and hit a stroller in Taylorsville.The girl’s mother and twin sister were taken to hospitals in critical condition, said Unified Police Department Sgt. Melody Gray. The crash happened on 3200 West near 5000 South.About 2:45 p.m., a driver applied the brakes to avoid hitting a dog, Gray said. A vehicle behind that car hit the braking car, Gray said, propelling it onto the sidewalk where a mother was pushing a he
  • William Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests

    William Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests
    Washington • Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, pushing back against angry, skeptical Democrats who said President Donald Trump’s administration is unconstitutionally suppressing dissent.The hearing, held Tuesday as the late civil rights icon John Lewis lay in state steps away outside the Capitol, highlighted the wide el
  • Three more protesters charged with painting Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office red

    Three more protesters charged with painting Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office red
    Salt Lake County prosecutors have charged three more protesters for allegedly painting the road outside of the district attorney’s downtown Salt Lake City office and its facade red during a demonstration in early July.Viviane Turman, 23, and Michelle Mower and Madison Alleman, both 25, were charged Tuesday with first-degree felony counts of criminal mischief and third-degree felony counts of rioting. Court documents allege Turman and Alleman dumped 5-gallon buckets of paint on the road and
  • Utah teachers union demands that the governor abandon his plan to reopen schools

    Utah teachers union demands that the governor abandon his plan to reopen schools
    The largest teachers union in the state is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to keep Utah schools closed this fall — saying it’s too dangerous for educators and students to return while cases of the coronavirus remain high.The demand from the Utah Education Association comes as districts are required to present plans for how they will reopen by the end of the week. Most are offering hybrid options, where some students would come to class while others would be educated remotely. But many t
  • Westminster College will play only other teams in its conference this fall

    Westminster College will play only other teams in its conference this fall
    Westminster College and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference have joined the growing trend of opting to play only conference opponents in sports this fall.The RMAC President’s Council voted during its meeting Tuesday to go with a conference-only schedule for team sports. The decision will affect the Griffins’ women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer programs.Teams can begin practicing Aug. 24. Competition can begin Sept. 18. That day, women’s volleyba
  • Heather Sundahl and Lisa Rampton Halverson: Lee used to stand against presidential ‘overreach’

    Heather Sundahl and Lisa Rampton Halverson: Lee used to stand against presidential ‘overreach’
    Over the course of his career, Sen, Mike Lee, R-Utah, has consistently voiced a principled opposition to political “overreach.” A search of the senator’s website provides 61 results calling out executive or federal overreach. In 2013, Lee said, “We now see how determined the president is to expand the power of the federal government and his willingness to use that power to harm the country to get what he wants. Congress cannot allow this to stand.”It is unsurprising
  • MLB temporarily suspends Marlins season through the weekend amid team’s virus outbreak

    MLB temporarily suspends Marlins season through the weekend amid team’s virus outbreak
    Miami • Major League Baseball suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday, and the Philadelphia Phillies will remain idled by the coronavirus pandemic until Friday, while the rest of baseball forges ahead with trepidation.“There’s real fear, there’s real anxiety for me, for all my teammates,” Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said Tuesday. “I think we’ve found it very difficult to focus on baseball at all the last couple of days.
  • Guest review: Can a forgotten Mormon leader teach us something about Donald Trump today?

    Guest review: Can a forgotten Mormon leader teach us something about Donald Trump today?
    Before the Civil War, America was rife with prophets. One of the most riveting was one who was raised in upstate New York and had a series of angelic visions, unearthed a set of ancient records that he translated as sacred scripture. He founded a religion with thousands of believers and gathered them to a utopian community, secretly practiced polygamy even as he publicly denied its existence, drew a host of critics who denounced his tyrannical leadership and political manipulations, initiated a
  • George Pyle: A pandemic doesn’t care what you believe

    George Pyle: A pandemic doesn’t care what you believe
    Mike Lee says, “There is no ‘pandemic’ exception to constitutionally protected rights.”But it is also true that there is no constitutional exception to a pandemic.The coronavirus doesn’t care what religion you are. Though it does love it if people gather in large groups, indoors, and speak, or sing, or do other respiratory things that are known to be the most efficient way the virus moves from one often unwitting host to another.Utah’s senior senator this week

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