• China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

    China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths
    Beijing • China reported Saturday a figure of 2,641 new virus cases, a major drop from the higher numbers in recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented.The number of new deaths rose slightly to 143, bringing the total fatalities in mainland China to 1,523. The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 66,492, according to a notice from China's National Health Commission.COVID-19, a disease stemming from a new form of coronavirus, has spread to more than
  • [Deseret News] - Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell on pace to join elite group of NBA players

    [Deseret News] - Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell on pace to join elite group of NBA players
    Mitchell, who has scored 4,814 points to this point in his career, is on pace to break the 5,000-point mark by the end of the season.
  • Game Thread: Utah Jazz aiming to end losing skid vs Hayward, Celtics

    Game Thread: Utah Jazz aiming to end losing skid vs Hayward, Celtics
    The Utah Jazz have lost three straight following the All-Star break, and things won’t get any easier with Gordon Hayward and the Celtics in town tonight. After taking a four-game winning streak into an All-Star break that featured Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell playing on the big stage, the Utah Jazz have quickly dropped three […]
    Game Thread: Utah Jazz aiming to end losing skid vs Hayward, Celtics - The J-Notes - The J-Notes - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • [ESPN] - A roller-coaster winter has left the Jazz searching for an identity

    [ESPN] - A roller-coaster winter has left the Jazz searching for an identity
    From Christmas to late January, the Jazz were the hottest team in the West. But the foundation that has made Utah a dark horse contender has crumbled since.
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  • Two arrested in fatal West Valley City stabbing

    Two arrested in fatal West Valley City stabbing
    A man died early Wednesday following a stabbing in West Valley City.The man was in an argument near 3965 S. 3515 West when he was stabbed multiple times, West Valley City Police wrote in a social media statement. The suspects, who were “known to the victim,” fled, police said.The man was taken to a hospital, where he died at about 1:30 a.m.The investigation led to a house in Kearns, where officers found two men they believe to be involved in the stabbing, as well as other evidence, p
  • Vernal man had downloaded up to 23,000 images of child porn, authorities allege

    Vernal man had downloaded up to 23,000 images of child porn, authorities allege
    Utah state investigators have discovered 23,000 illicit images of nude girls on electronic devices and DVDs in the possession of a Vernal man, whose home was decorated with disturbing, yet “technically legal” anime pornographic images, authorities announced Tuesday.Andrew Derek Walden, 31, is in jail without bail, facing 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies, according to court documents. His arrest followed a Feb. 19 search of his home by the Utah A
  • Robert Gehrke: The most important bill the Legislature will consider this year might not get any money

    Robert Gehrke: The most important bill the Legislature will consider this year might not get any money
    If you drive pretty much anywhere in Salt Lake City, you can’t miss the thousands of apartments popping up all over the city.Your eyes don’t deceive you. Through the first nine months of 2019, building permits were issued for 2,000 more apartments than were issued in all of 2018. It’s not just a building boom, it’s a building explosion.Even with all that construction, the state has a critical shortage when it comes to housing that is actually affordable.A report last year
  • Utah alcohol bill could make it easier to buy a bar license

    Utah alcohol bill could make it easier to buy a bar license
    A bill that would, among other alcohol changes, make it easier to buy a bar license from an existing club owner was introduced Tuesday in the Legislature.But it’s unclear if HB399, sponsored by Rep. Timothy Hawkes, R-Centerville, would ease Utah’s current shortage of bar licenses or just help business owners with deep pockets.Under current state law, liquor licenses can be sold to another person — whether it is for the same location or a different premises — but the trans
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  • Letter: Sanders can save the Democratic Party

    Letter: Sanders can save the Democratic Party
    As of this week, Bernie Sanders is leading with women voters, black voters, voters under 50, white voters, LGBTQ voters, Hispanic voters, voters who make less than $100,000 and he has the most donations from active duty troops.His campaign has hit 7 million small donations, the only Democrat with more than Donald Trump, he has more volunteers than any candidate and won the most votes in the two first states.The other side of the coin is that the Democratic Party is broke. The Sanders campaign ha
  • Letter: People are afraid to lose their health insurance

    Letter: People are afraid to lose their health insurance
    If Bernie Sanders becomes the Democratic nominee, we face another four years of Donald Trump due to loss aversion and Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal.Loss aversion is a cognitive bias where the pain of loss is psychologically twice as powerful as the pleasure of gain. People are more upset about losing $10 than are happy about finding $10. Roughly speaking, losses hurt about twice as much as gains make you feel good. This aversion to loss is a strong emotion. People resist change. We fo
  • Letter: Gerrymandering is real in Utah

    Letter: Gerrymandering is real in Utah
    Rep. Brad Wilson, et. al., it is laughable for you to claim that gerrymandering is not a significant issue in Utah.Last year, as you may know, the San Juan County Council radically changed (for the better) after a federal court mandated a redistricting due to, you-know-what. Accordingly, Navajos for the first time have a majority of the three seats. The resulting change is epic for this county of 56% Native Americans.I live in a town of 5,000 people that is split in half by legislative districts
  • Letter: Choose life. Resources and love await.

    Letter: Choose life. Resources and love await.
    Recently I had the opportunity to listen to a legislative hearing on House Bill 97, the Newborn Safe Haven Amendment sponsored by Rep. Patrice Arent, which would extend the period newborn children could be relinquished to 30 days.A young man, 17 years old and Utah’s first Safe Haven baby, spoke about his life and dreams for the future. Recognize and respect someone made the decision to give him life and then delivered him to a safe haven in hope for his future.Michael Kalm, in a Feb. 12 le
  • Letter: Both hands on the wheel

    Letter: Both hands on the wheel
    When I was in driver’s education (admittedly in the dark ages) I recall from the driver’s test there being a law that both hands must be used in the operation of the vehicle while driving.Was that law rescinded? I don’t believe it was.And yet the Utah Legislature has wasted enormous time and money over the years creating laws specifying which things we can’t do, when the police already have a tool at their disposal.But if using their time and our money effectively got pol
  • Letter: A fact of life

    Letter: A fact of life
    A scientifically valid fact of life: Greenhouse gas emissions come to a screeching halt starting yesterday or else.Charles Ashurst, LoganSubmit a letter to the editor
  • NBA salary bonus watch: Who's getting that extra cash?

    NBA salary bonus watch: Who's getting that extra cash?
    Unlike other professional leagues, pretty much all money is guaranteed in contracts in the NBA. However, there’s quite a bit of money at stake if players reach certain benchmarks on the year, whether it be total games played, a specifical statistical average or earning awards at the end of the year like All-Star or All-NBA honors, which teams often pay players for through salary bonuses. These bonuses often go unreported for a while and are counted as a total part of players’ newly s
  • [Fox Sports] - Utah faces Boston, aims to halt 3-game slide

    [Fox Sports] - Utah faces Boston, aims to halt 3-game slide
    Utah looks to break its three-game losing streak when the Jazz take on Boston
  • Utah State pummels San Jose State 94-56 in final home game of the season

    Utah State pummels San Jose State 94-56 in final home game of the season
    Logan • During a short break in his pregame warmup routine, Abel Porter said it was a bittersweet night. It wouldn’t be long before the junior guard played his final game at The Spectrum for the Utah State men’s basketball team.The night was bittersweet for various reasons. Bittersweet for the Aggies honored on Senior Night before the game, a group which included Porter, who redshirted in 2016-17, Diogo Brito, Sam Merrill and Roche Grootfaam.Additionally, it was bitter for San J
  • Sanders takes hits while gaining spotlight as front-runner

    Sanders takes hits while gaining spotlight as front-runner
    Charleston, S.C. • Democrats unleashed a roaring assault against Bernie Sanders and seized on Mike Bloomberg’s past with women in the workplace during a contentious debate Tuesday night that tested the strength of the two men at the center of the party’s presidential nomination fight.As the undeniable Democratic front-runner, Sanders faced the brunt of the attacks for much of the night, and for one of the few times, fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren was among the critics. The
  • BYU professor says school’s gay Honor Code change is 'a blessing,’ especially for those who don’t like it

    BYU professor says school’s gay Honor Code change is 'a blessing,’ especially for those who don’t like it
    After Brigham Young University surprisingly removed its ban on “homosexual behavior,” finance professor Jim Brau walked into class last week knowing his students would be thinking about that major change to the Honor Code.He knew some were excited, though it was still a little confusing what exactly it meant for gay couples. But he knew others at the religious school weren’t happy at all with the update.So before jumping into his lecture on venture capital funds, Brau decided t
  • [Deseret News] - It’s on the Utah Jazz players to right the ship, not the coaches

    [Deseret News] - It’s on the Utah Jazz players to right the ship, not the coaches
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz are in the midst of a rough stretch, having lost three straight. It’s not so much the fact that they’ve lost three games but how they’ve lost them that is alarming. I...
  • [KSL] - Ricky Rubio feels at home in his return to Utah | KSL.com

    [KSL] - Ricky Rubio feels at home in his return to Utah | KSL.com
    The former Jazz point guard had a standout night in his first game back in Salt Lake City.
  • Ross Douthat: The coronavirus is more than a disease. It’s a test.

    Ross Douthat: The coronavirus is more than a disease. It’s a test.
    A truism of our times is that media hysteria quickly envelops every major story, with social media virality and cable-news imperatives combining to make any domestic controversy feel like Watergate, if not Fort Sumter, and any international incident feel like the assassination of Franz Ferdinand — until the next story rolls around and last week’s crisis is forgotten.So it has been striking to watch media coverage of the coronavirus, which has now officially shaken free of its Chinese
  • [Forbes] - Defense Should Be Main Focus For Rockets

    [Forbes] - Defense Should Be Main Focus For Rockets
    The Rockets are hoping to become a top 10 defense.
  • Utah Royals FC to send star defender Becky Sauerbrunn to Portland Thorns

    Utah Royals FC to send star defender Becky Sauerbrunn to Portland Thorns
    Utah Royals FC said it wanted to get younger. It said it wanted to start looking toward the future while also keeping an eye on winning in the present.But no one thought those goals would possibly be at the expense of one of the club’s foundational pieces.The Royals are finalizing a trade that will send star defender and captain Becky Sauerbrunn to the Portland Thorns, The Salt Lake Tribune confirmed Tuesday. Multiple reports indicate Sauerbrunn will go the Thorns in exchange for allocatio
  • Sanders faces attacks in Democrats’ debate-stage clash

    Sanders faces attacks in Democrats’ debate-stage clash
    Charleston, S.C. • Democrats unleashed a roaring assault against Bernie Sanders’ electability and seized on Mike Bloomberg’s past with women in the workplace in a raucous debate Tuesday night that tested the strength of the two men leading their party’s presidential nomination fight. Sanders, his status as the Democratic front-runner undeniable, faced the brunt of the attacks for much of the night. Pete Buttigieg, mired among the moderates fighting to emerge as the chief S
  • Utah could charge for mandated pre-abortion ultrasounds under new bill language

    Utah could charge for mandated pre-abortion ultrasounds under new bill language
    A new version of a Utah bill requiring pre-abortion ultrasounds could impose costs on pregnant women who turn to the state for the prenatal service.While the Utah Department of Health currently provides free ultrasounds on request to people considering abortion, the proposed changes would enable officials to charge a “reasonable fee” for the sonograms that would be required before legally terminating a pregnancy. But the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Christiansen, said the free ul
  • Olympia Hills gets initial approval from Salt Lake County

    Olympia Hills gets initial approval from Salt Lake County
    Salt Lake County gave its initial support Tuesday to Olympia Hills, in spite of opposition to the high-density housing project from residents in nearby Herriman, Bluffdale and Riverton.After more than a year of study, members of the Salt Lake County Council voted 6-to-3 to approve a set of zoning changes for the 933-acre development proposed on unincorporated land west of Herriman, giving initial clearance for developers to build the project as a master-planned community.Tuesday’s vote is
  • Cristina Rosetti: Making polygamy a crime hasn’t helped its victims

    Cristina Rosetti: Making polygamy a crime hasn’t helped its victims
    On July 26, 1953, multiple branches of law enforcement entered Short Creek, a community built by polygamist Mormons on the border of Utah and Arizona.Over the course of the afternoon, officials drove thirty-six men and eight women to the jailhouse in Kingman, Ariz., and 153 out of the 263 children in the town were taken from their homes. The cited crime was polygamy.The 1953 raid, and previous legal actions meant to “save” members of polygamist communities, failed. Rather than protec
  • Utah Muslims gather at the state Capitol to encourage civic engagement

    Utah Muslims gather at the state Capitol to encourage civic engagement
    Over 100 members of the Utah Muslim Civic League visited committee meetings at the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for bills that impact the faith and refugee communities in the first annual Muslim day on the hill.Executive Director for the League, Luna Banuri, said the main goal was to provide the Muslim community access to the Legislature and to show lawmakers faces of their Muslim constituents.The event also aimed to teach Muslims in Utah how to exercise their civic rights. Banuri explained that
  • Utah Muslims gather at the state Capitol to encourage muslim civic engagement

    Utah Muslims gather at the state Capitol to encourage muslim civic engagement
    Over 100 members of the Utah Muslim Civic League visited committee meetings at the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for bills that impact the faith and refugee communities in the first annual Muslim day on the hill.Executive Director for the League, Luna Banuri, said the main goal was to provide the Muslim community access to the Legislature and to show lawmakers faces of their Muslim constituents.The event also aimed to teach Muslims in Utah how to exercise their civic rights. Banuri explained that

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