• Gov. Herbert changes election rules so candidates can collect signatures by email

    Gov. Herbert changes election rules so candidates can collect signatures by email
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here. To support journalism like this, please consider donating or become a subscriber.Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday issued an executive order allowing political campaigns to collect voter signatures without making in-person contact, after candidates and residents alike had complained about the risks of canvassing du
  • In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts

    In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts
    Cairo • Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few women’s accessories and 50 Egyptian pounds (at the time about six U.S. dollars).“I was afraid, but I didn’t hesitate,” she said. “There weren’t any other solutions.”That night, el-Kashif was a 13-year-old boy named Abdel-Rahman. She has since emerged as pe
  • What Utah renters should know about coronavirus aid

    What Utah renters should know about coronavirus aid
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here.William Heinig is among thousands of Utah renters now being pushed to a cliff’s edge by the coronavirus emergency.The 23-year-old New Yorker who moved to Salt Lake City four years ago now works part time clerking at a Chevron gas station. Like people the world over, he’s deeply worried — but le
  • Live coronavirus updates for Monday, March 30: Fundraiser for Utah coronavirus victim; Salt Lake City changes parking rules

    Live coronavirus updates for Monday, March 30: Fundraiser for Utah coronavirus victim; Salt Lake City changes parking rules
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here. To support journalism like this, please consider donating or become a subscriber.It’s Monday, March 30. We’ll provide the latest coronavirus updates involving Utah throughout the day.[Read complete coronavirus coverage here.]----9 a.m.: Friends seek to help family of Utah woman who died of COVID-19A
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  • Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

    Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021
    Tokyo • The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.“The schedule for the games is key to preparing for the games," Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said. “This will only accelerate our progress.”Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postpon
  • [Fansided: Sir Charles In Charge] - NBA Monday Social: CJ McCollum shows off new foster puppy amid social distancing

    [Fansided: Sir Charles In Charge] - NBA Monday Social: CJ McCollum shows off new foster puppy amid social distancing
    Despite the hiatus, the un-official NBA offseason is keeping social media ablaze as CJ McCollum debuted his new puppy and Enes Kanter shared some great con...
  • 3-year-old killed in Utah rollover crash. The child wasn’t in a car seat.

    3-year-old killed in Utah rollover crash. The child wasn’t in a car seat.
    A 3-year-old was killed Sunday afternoon in a single-car accident about 15 miles north of Cedar City, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The child was not restrained in a child car seat.At about 3 p.m., a southbound SUV rolled near milepost 62. The 3-year-old, who was in the back seat restrained by a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.According to UHP, the driver of the SUV reached into the back seat to give the crying child a bottle, and the vehicle drifted to the r
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel: We can safely restart the economy in June. Here’s how.

    Ezekiel J. Emanuel: We can safely restart the economy in June. Here’s how.
    The argument that harsh restrictions on business and social interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic will do more harm than good has real power. Unemployment is projected to rise to 30 percent in a few months, and an economic contraction in the second quarter of 15 percent or more has been forecast.President Trump’s wish to open up the country by Easter and avoid a nationwide shelter-at-home policy is understandable. After all, a COVID-19-induced recession will cause its own serious health
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  • David Leonhardt: Trump’s coronavirus response is hurting his reelection chances

    David Leonhardt: Trump’s coronavirus response is hurting his reelection chances
    The strangest part of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response is that it’s almost certainly damaging his chances of reelection.I realize that may sound surprising, given that his approval rating has been rising. But when you look beyond day-to-day events — which Trump often struggles to do — you see that he is creating the conditions for a miserable summer and fall, with extended virus outbreaks and a deeper recession. The summer and fall, of course, are the crux of
  • Jennifer Senior: The psychological trauma that awaits our doctors and nurses

    Jennifer Senior: The psychological trauma that awaits our doctors and nurses
    This is the moment to pray for the psychological welfare of our health care professionals. In the months ahead, many will witness unimaginable scenes of suffering and death, modern Pietàs without Marys, in which victims are escorted into hospitals by their loved ones and left to die alone.I fear that these doctors and nurses and other first responders will burn out. I fear they will suffer from post-traumatic stress. And with the prospect of triage on the horizon, I fear they will soon be
  • Annalee Newitz: What social distancing looked like in 1666

    Annalee Newitz: What social distancing looked like in 1666
    A lot of English people believed 1666 would be the year of the apocalypse. You can’t really blame them. In late spring 1665, bubonic plague began to eat away at London’s population. By fall, roughly 7,000 people were dying every week in the city. The plague lasted through most of 1666, ultimately killing about 100,000 people in London alone — and possibly as many as three-quarters of a million in England as a whole.Perhaps the greatest chronicler of the Great Plague was Samuel
  • Charles M. Blow: Trump doesn’t know what to do with no enemy to vilify

    Charles M. Blow: Trump doesn’t know what to do with no enemy to vilify
    The coronavirus pandemic is first and foremost a global public health crisis. But here in the United States — as is likely true in other countries — the response to it is heavily overlaid with political calculations. It is both obvious and inevitable. The crisis is unfolding in the lead-up to the election.Viewed strictly in a political light, the consequences and rewards of responses to this virus — good responses as well as bad ones — suggest a new political dynamic that
  • Utah officers create child care option for and by families of first responders

    Utah officers create child care option for and by families of first responders
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here.When Utah schools announced they were closing because of the coronavirus outbreak, Ian Adams knew he needed to do something about child care for first responders.As executive director of the Utah Fraternal Order of Police, he saw that officers and firefighters were being exposed to COVID-19 and forced to quarant
  • [Forbes] - Grading The 2019-20 Utah Jazz: The Six ‘Starters’

    [Forbes] - Grading The 2019-20 Utah Jazz: The Six ‘Starters’
    How do the six primary rotation players for the 2019-20 grade out for the year? Here's a dive into each of their seasons.
  • 'Everyone is sick’ — A look back at when Spanish flu pushed back LDS General Conference

    'Everyone is sick’ — A look back at when Spanish flu pushed back LDS General Conference
    Alarming as it may be that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints canceled public attendance at the coming General Conference, it’s hardly the first time public health concerns have shut down events at Temple Square.Spring came late in 1919 — so, too, would April’s General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.After the outbreak of “Spanish influenza” the previous October fall, Utahns were just beginning to breathe easier as the inf
  • Utah renters will get coronavirus aid, but not in time for all

    Utah renters will get coronavirus aid, but not in time for all
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here.William Heinig is among thousands of Utah renters now being pushed to a cliff’s edge by the coronavirus emergency.The 23-year-old New Yorker who moved to Salt Lake City four years ago now works part time clerking at a Chevron gas station. Like people the world over, he’s deeply worried — but le
  • Robert Gehrke: Here’s proof that social distancing is working in Utah, but now is no time to let up

    Robert Gehrke: Here’s proof that social distancing is working in Utah, but now is no time to let up
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here. To support journalism like this, please consider donating or become a subscriber.First, the good news: The work we are all doing and the sacrifices we are making appear to be keeping the spread of COVID-19 at least somewhat in check.Yes, the number of cases in Utah is growing — and will continue to grow i
  • Letter: Sexual health is part of life

    Letter: Sexual health is part of life
    Where did you learn about the birds and the bees? Did they mention that the United States has one of the highest teen birth rates in developed countries? Or that a sexually transmitted disease can lead to long-term urinary tract problems?Some worry that these facts may be unsuitable for middle-school-aged students, but sexual health is a critical part of an individual’s life. If individuals are not taught proper sex education in their youth, the lack of knowledge can lead to serious conseq
  • Letter: Preventing wildfires requires reductions in grazing

    Letter: Preventing wildfires requires reductions in grazing
    Being a resident of Draper, I often hike Draper’s Bonneville Shoreline Trail section in the spring when the cool green mountainside vibrates with the wind. Gambel oaks, Sandberg bluegrass, and other essential native plants uphold the green oasis.But the lush landscape quickly spoils into a hazy, arid yellow-red with the start of summer. Summertime paints the mountainside dead with the expansive prickly, dry cheatgrass. The invasive grass dries the land and strangles native grasses to creat
  • Letter: Let’s call it ‘physical distancing’

    Letter: Let’s call it ‘physical distancing’
    As we strive to find goodness and safety during this time of uncertainty, I like my school chum's suggestion of the substituting the word “physical” for “social” in our COVID-19 distancing phrase. We already have too much social distancing.The power of words.Patricia Isom, SandySubmit a letter to the editor
  • Letter: Don’t forget the truckers

    Letter: Don’t forget the truckers
    I’m writing today on behalf of our truckers, the men and women who drive the big rigs that keep our grocery stores, big-box stores and other still-operating retail stores stocked with goods. This is an appeal to those restaurants of all kinds that are still offering drive-thru menus to consider how to serve the truckers whose rigs, in many cases, cannot fit through your drive-thru spaces.Truckers are going hungry where they are not allowed to walk up to order food at drive-thru windows and
  • Letter: Disasters should serve as a wake-up call

    Letter: Disasters should serve as a wake-up call
    With the coronavirus pandemic — sadly described as fluff by the “orange incompetent” — followed by our “moderate” earthquake of March 18 — my Tribune reading jolted by the back-and-forth rocking of my tenth-story condo — I am reminded of Voltaire’s revolutionary critical insight of the 1755 Lisbon 9.0 earthquake that killed thousands.From Wikipedia: “Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ attacks the notion that all is for the best in t
  • In virus times, have Americans found a shared experience?

    In virus times, have Americans found a shared experience?
    As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace — and, for public figures, quite practical — to point out how, unlike most major events in the 21st century, this was an unusually communal moment.There is power and authority in invoking shared experience, whether it comes from the president (“We are all in this together”), the governor of New York (“Nobody’s alone. We are all in the same situation&rdquo
  • [Salt Lake Tribune] - Utah sportscasters’ voices have been largely silenced by COVID-19, but they’re still keeping busy

    [Salt Lake Tribune] - Utah sportscasters’ voices have been largely silenced by COVID-19, but they’re still keeping busy
    Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke had a feeling things were about to change, as he began his final broadcast alongside color commentator Ron Boone.
  • Trump extends virus guidelines, braces U.S. for big death toll

    Trump extends virus guidelines, braces U.S. for big death toll
    Washington • Bracing the nation for a grim death toll, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not enough is done to fight it.It was a stark shift in tone by the president, who only days ago mused about the country reopening in a few weeks. From the Rose Garden, he said his Easter revival hopes had onl
  • Here are 5 high-profile bills Utah’s governor just signed into law

    Here are 5 high-profile bills Utah’s governor just signed into law
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed 151 bills Saturday, bringing his total to 334 from the recently completed legislative session. The governor has until April 1 to veto or sign legislation passed during the session.Below are five of the most noteworthy bills Herbert recently signed into law.Polygamy decriminalized Herbert signed SB102, which reduces the penalty for consenting adults engaging in polygamy. The bill was passed by the Legislature overwhelmingly, and was sponsored by Sen. Deidre Henderson
  • Utah sportscasters’ voices have been largely silenced by COVID-19, but they’re still keeping busy

    Utah sportscasters’ voices have been largely silenced by COVID-19, but they’re still keeping busy
    Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke had a feeling things were about to change, as he began his final broadcast alongside color commentator Ron Boone.“We opened the broadcast normally, and then we paused, and Ron and I said, ‘This is a strange evening, because this is very clearly the last time we’ll be calling a game with fans in the crowd, until’ — well, we weren’t sure."That night in Oklahoma City as the Jazz prepared to take on the Thunder was the first domin
  • John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms

    John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms
    New York • The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms.A message posted on Prine's Twitter page Sunday said the “Angel from Montgomery” singer has been hospitalized since Thursday and his condition worsened on Saturday.“This is hard news for us to share,” Prine’s family added. “But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wan
  • Family says 24-year-old Utah woman has died from coronavirus

    Family says 24-year-old Utah woman has died from coronavirus
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here. To support journalism like this, please consider donating or become a subscriber.A West Jordan family says five people in their household contracted COVID-19, and the infection killed a 24-year-old daughter and sister.Silvia Deyanira Melendez died Saturday at University Hospital, members of her family said. Her
  • Bob Garff, auto exec and former Utah House speaker, dies of the coronavirus

    Bob Garff, auto exec and former Utah House speaker, dies of the coronavirus
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here. To support journalism like this, please consider donating or become a subscriber.State Republican Rep. Melissa Ballard posted on her Facebook page that her father, Robert H. Garff, died from the coronavirus Sunday.Garff, who was 78, was a prominent Utah businessman and chairman of the Ken Garff Automotive Group

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