• Mary Ann Thompson: Extreme risk laws can save lives

    Mary Ann Thompson: Extreme risk laws can save lives
    I’ve learned the painful way that life can radically change in an instant. More than 30 years ago, I found a half-written suicide note on my younger brother’s kitchen counter. I had already been concerned about Rick’s mental health, but discovering the note made me singularly focused on finding a way to have the shotguns he owned removed from his home.I went to nearby emergency rooms, spoke to police officers, and met with law enforcement. Nobody could help me. They said they d
  • Latino man attacked outside of a Utah tire shop talks about the defendant accused of beating him while yelling about ‘killing a Mexican’

    Latino man attacked outside of a Utah tire shop talks about the defendant accused of beating him while yelling about ‘killing a Mexican’
    Since he was 12 years old, Luis Lopez hung around his dad’s car repair shop, watching him work and slowly picking up some tools himself.He loved watching rims spin and tires inflate and began marking his best days by how thick the grease got on his hands. As a teen, he spent every day there after school. And at 18, Lopez enrolled in Salt Lake Community College so he could study auto mechanics.He hoped to run the family store one day.Now, he’s not so sure. Ever since a man beat him an
  • [Clutchpoints] - Jazz forward Joe Ingles rips fan for impolite photo request

    [Clutchpoints] - Jazz forward Joe Ingles rips fan for impolite photo request
    Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles has amassed quite a following in recent years for his no-nonsense approach to the game of basketball. Although he is grateful for every admirer he meets, the 32-year-old Aussie recently opened up about the disrespectful...
  • Latino teen attacked outside of a Utah tire shop talks about the man accused of beating him while yelling about ‘killing a Mexican’

    Latino teen attacked outside of a Utah tire shop talks about the man accused of beating him while yelling about ‘killing a Mexican’
    Since he was 12 years old, Luis Lopez hung around his dad’s car repair shop, watching him work and slowly picking up some tools himself.He loved watching rims spin and tires inflate and began marking his best days by how thick the grease got on his hands. As a teen, he spent every day there after school. And at 18, Lopez enrolled in Salt Lake Community College so he could study auto mechanics.He hoped to run the family store one day.Now, he’s not so sure. Ever since a man beat him an
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  • Latino teen attacked outside of a Utah tire shop talks for the first time about the man who beat him while yelling about ‘killing a Mexican’

    Latino teen attacked outside of a Utah tire shop talks for the first time about the man who beat him while yelling about ‘killing a Mexican’
    Since he was 12 years old, Luis Lopez hung around his dad’s car repair shop, watching him work and slowly picking up some tools himself.He loved watching rims spin and tires inflate and began marking his best days by how thick the grease got on his hands. As a teen, he spent every day there after school. And at 18, Lopez enrolled in Salt Lake Community College so he could study auto mechanics.He hoped to run the family store one day.Now, he’s not so sure. Ever since a man beat him an
  • [Clutchpoints] - Rockets’ Jeff Green’s 10-day span coincide with matchups vs. Jazz, Grizzlies

    [Clutchpoints] - Rockets’ Jeff Green’s 10-day span coincide with matchups vs. Jazz, Grizzlies
    The Houston Rockets made a splash in the post-trade deadline free agency market this week, signing veteran forwards DeMarre Carroll (buyout with the San Antonio Spurs) and Jeff Green, who inked a 10-day contract with the Southwest Division club. The...
  • D.C. woman dies in fall in Utah slot canyon

    D.C. woman dies in fall in Utah slot canyon
    A Washington, D.C., woman died Tuesday when she fell 40 feet while rappelling in a slot canyon near Hanksville, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported.A canyoneering party told Wayne County deputies that the 33-year-old woman was coming out of Angel Cove Canyon, a few miles east of Hanksville, early Tuesday morning when she slid 20 feet, then fell another 40 feet to the canyon’s bottom.Despite her friends’ efforts to resuscitate her, the woman died at the scene, the sheriff
  • Payson brothers charged with hate crime in alleged assault on LDS missionary

    Payson brothers charged with hate crime in alleged assault on LDS missionary
    Two Payson brothers have been charged with a hate crime in the alleged assault last month of a black Latter-day Saint missionary.The Utah County Attorney’s office filed a charge of assault with a hate-crime enhancement against Malachi Bay West, 20, and Sebastian Francis West, 19, over an alleged attack on two missionaries on Jan. 28.The Wests are being held in the Utah County jail, on $5,000 bail each. According to the charging document, the hate-crime enhancement was added because the ass
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  • Bernie Sanders’ campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses

    Bernie Sanders’ campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses
    Washington • Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign plans to ask for a partial recount of the Iowa caucus results, after the state Democratic Party released results of its recanvass late Tuesday that show Sanders and Pete Buttigieg in an effective tie.Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the campaign has had a representative in contact with the Iowa Democratic Party throughout the recanvass process. "Based on what we underst
  • Utah State basketball has had four consecutive wins thanks to Sam Merrill

    Utah State basketball has had four consecutive wins thanks to Sam Merrill
    Sam Merrill practically walked the ball up the left side of the court before he decided to make a move. The Utah State men’s basketball team led by nine against Fresno State on Saturday, and the senior guard had designs on increasing that number.Merrill took one dribble to his left between his legs and made a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc — a sequence he performed so calmly he may as well have been throwing crumpled paper into a nearby trash can.That shot was a microcosm of a st
  • Lawmakers encounter robotics at Capitol

    Lawmakers encounter robotics at Capitol
    The FIRST Utah Robotics demonstration was held Tuesday in the Rotunda of the State Capitol, where the public and local legislators had a chance to operate the robots and to learn more about the FIRST program and the importance of STEM education.Thomas Edison Charter School from North Logan
  • BYU women’s basketball Sara Hamson joins her sister and mother in the 300 Block Club

    BYU women’s basketball Sara Hamson joins her sister and mother in the 300 Block Club
    Provo • There must be something in the Hamson genes. Or better yet, it must be in the Spaulding genes.Either way, last week Sara Hamson became only the third player in BYU women’s basketball history to reach 300 blocks.The other two players? Her older sister Jennifer Hamson and mother, Tresa Spaulding Hamson — a former All-American.Hamson, who so far has 308 career blocks as a junior, is on pace to break her sister’s total of 340. Her mom’s school record (494), howev
  • Congressional lawyer dies in fall in Utah slot canyon

    Congressional lawyer dies in fall in Utah slot canyon
    A Washington, D.C., woman died Tuesday when she fell 40 feet while rappelling in a slot canyon near Hanksville, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported.A canyoneering party told Wayne County deputies that Fiona Heckscher, 33, was coming out of Angel Cove Canyon, a few miles east of Hanksville, early Tuesday morning when she slid 20 feet, then fell another 40 feet to the canyon’s bottom.Despite her friends’ efforts to resuscitate her, Heckscher died at the scene, the sheriff&
  • Sam Merrill’s stellar play has keyed Utah State basketball’s recent surge

    Sam Merrill’s stellar play has keyed Utah State basketball’s recent surge
    Sam Merrill practically walked the ball up the left side of the court before he decided to make a move. The Utah State men’s basketball team led by nine against Fresno State on Saturday, and the senior guard had designs on increasing that number.Merrill took one dribble to his left between his legs and made a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc — a sequence he performed so calmly he may as well have been throwing crumpled paper into a nearby trash can.That shot was a microcosm of a st
  • Jury ends 1st day of deliberations in Weinstein’s rape trial

    Jury ends 1st day of deliberations in Weinstein’s rape trial
    New York • Jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial ended their first day of deliberations Tuesday with lots of questions and no verdict in the landmark #MeToo case that could put the once-powerful Hollywood producer behind bars for the rest of his life.The panel of seven men and five women asked to see a floor plan of Weinstein's apartment and emails, including one he sent to a private spy agency in 2017 listing certain accusers he feared would come forward as “red flags."The ju
  • BYU’s Sara Hamson joins her sister and mother in the 300 Block Club

    BYU’s Sara Hamson joins her sister and mother in the 300 Block Club
    Provo • There must be something in the Hamson genes. Or better yet, it must be in the Spaulding genes.Either way, last week Sara Hamson became only the third player in BYU women’s basketball history to reach 300 blocks.The other two players? Her older sister Jennifer Hamson and mother, Tresa Spaulding Hamson — a former All-American.Hamson, who so far has 308 career blocks as a junior, is on pace to break her sister’s total of 340. Her mom’s school record (494), howev
  • Trial for the wrongful death of the Powell children begins in Washington

    Trial for the wrongful death of the Powell children begins in Washington
    Tacoma, Wash. • A final chapter in the horrific saga of a Utah woman who vanished about a decade ago and the killings of her young sons in a fiery attack by their father years later began Tuesday with opening statements in a lawsuit against Washington state over the boys’ deaths.Josh Powell was suspected in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, Susan Cox Powell, when he killed the boys, 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden, in 2012. A Washington state caseworker had brought them to
  • Ben McAdams says he’s moving on after impeachment vote — including hoping to work with President Trump

    Ben McAdams says he’s moving on after impeachment vote — including hoping to work with President Trump
    Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams says that as gut-wrenching and politically dicey as his vote was to impeach President Donald Trump, he’s now moving on — and is seeking to work with Trump and his allies on important issues.“I felt what the president did was wrong and warranted impeachment. The process yielded a different outcome. I’m not going to continually relitigate a process that has concluded for me. My focus in on the next issues in front of us,” he told The Salt L
  • A new Utah loan practice that puts some borrowers in jail is so bad that even payday lenders oppose it

    A new Utah loan practice that puts some borrowers in jail is so bad that even payday lenders oppose it
    Perhaps a sign that a loan practice is truly predatory is when even the state’s payday loan industry — often criticized for charging more than 500% annual interest — opposes it.That happened Tuesday when payday lenders supported a bill that seeks to stop one high-interest lender in Utah that found a way to jail some borrowers who default on loans, and then seize their bail money.“That is not a practice we agree with,” said Wendy Gibson, spokeswoman for the payday lo
  • Bagley Cartoon: Trumpfestation

    Bagley Cartoon: Trumpfestation
    This Pat Bagley cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. You can check out the past 10 Bagley editorial cartoons below:<a href="https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/bagley/2020/02/17/bagley-cartoon-bloombergs/" target=_blank><u>Bloomberg’s Campaign to Bring Us Together</u></a><a href="https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/bagley/2020/02/14/bagley-cartoon-monumental/"><u>Monumental Tragedy</u></a><a href="https://www.sltrib.
  • Elizabeth Rosenthal: Who is profiting from your outrageous medical bills?

    Elizabeth Rosenthal: Who is profiting from your outrageous medical bills?
    Every politician condemns the phenomenon of “surprise” medical bills. This week, two committees in the House are marking up new surprise billing legislation. One of the few policy proposals President Trump brought up in this year’s State of the Union address was his 2019 executive order targeting them. In the Democratic debates, candidates have railed against such medical bills, and during commercial breaks, back-to-back ads from groups representing doctors and insurers proclai
  • McAdams says he’s moving on after impeachment vote — including hoping to work with President Trump

    McAdams says he’s moving on after impeachment vote — including hoping to work with President Trump
    Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams says that as gut-wrenching and politically dicey as his vote was to impeach President Donald Trump, he’s now moving on — and is seeking to work with Trump and his allies on important issues.“I felt what the president did was wrong and warranted impeachment. The process yielded a different outcome. I’m not going to continually relitigate a process that has concluded for me. My focus in on the next issues in front of us,” he told The Salt L
  • Mark Sanford: Why do my fellow Republicans make excuses for Trump’s deficits?

    Mark Sanford: Why do my fellow Republicans make excuses for Trump’s deficits?
    People have a tragic flaw: Sometimes we want others to do the thinking for us. And across the ages promoters and con men have been more than willing to oblige. They invite us to indulge in the fantasy that a newfound father figure will fix it all, though it never works out that way.This is the premise of a prescient book from 1841, “Extraordinary Delusions and the Madness of Crowds,” by the Scottish journalist Charles MacKay, which documents in extensive detail the moments when entir
  • As Utah expands medical cannabis access, lawmakers resist recreational use

    As Utah expands medical cannabis access, lawmakers resist recreational use
    Lawmakers reiterated their firm commitment to keep recreational marijuana out of Utah on Tuesday as they advanced legislation to help streamline the state’s emerging medical cannabis program.The multifaceted bill that they discussed would offer expungement opportunities for patients prosecuted in the past, increase the number of cannabis recommendations each doctor can issue and eliminate a much-maligned packaging requirement for raw flower. However, the bill’s sponsor, Senate Majori
  • President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

    President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long
    Washington • President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting what he called a “ridiculous” 14-year prison sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former New York Police Department commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others.Others who got a break from Trump include financier Michael Milken, who served two years in prison in the early 1990s after pleading guilty to violating U.S. securities laws, and Edward DeBartolo Jr., the form
  • Utah man acquitted of rape last month now charged with raping a child

    Utah man acquitted of rape last month now charged with raping a child
    A Utah man was charged Tuesday with five felony counts, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl and offering her mother money to keep her from calling the police.The latest charges against Samuel Heber Butler is the eighth time the 24-year-old has been accused of sexual assault.It’s the second time prosecutors have charged him. A little over two weeks ago, Butler was acquitted of sexually assaulting a Dixie State University student in 2017.He was arrested last week after a woman called
  • [Deseret News] - Breaking down the Utah Jazz’s remaining regular season schedule

    [Deseret News] - Breaking down the Utah Jazz’s remaining regular season schedule
    The Jazz have 28 games remaining in the season after the NBA All-Star break, and Utah is favored in 19 of those contests according to FiveThirtyEight’s game-by-game projections.
  • Paul Krugman: Democrats of the Living Dead

    Paul Krugman: Democrats of the Living Dead
    Madrid • I’m in Spain right now, talking about zombie ideas — ideas that should have been killed by evidence, but just keep lurching along. In the modern United States, most important zombie ideas are on the right, kept undead by big money from billionaires who have a financial interest in getting people to believe things that aren’t true.But sometimes zombie ideas also manage to eat centrists’ brains. Sure enough, some of the most destructive zombies of the past doz
  • George Pyle: We don’t need to boost growth. We need to handle it.

    George Pyle: We don’t need to boost growth. We need to handle it.
    Saying you want to build more public transit along the Wasatch Front because you want to encourage development is like saying you want to build more hospitals in China because you want to encourage coronavirus.You build hospitals because people are already sick, or are going to be. And you build more public transit because people are already here, or are going to be.There is no need for the state and local governments hereabouts to do anything along the lines of tax breaks or grants to boost tha
  • Utah House votes to require warning labels on porn

    Utah House votes to require warning labels on porn
    The distributors of obscene material would be required to include warnings on their products or face lawsuits and fines under a bill that earned overwhelming support from the Utah House on Tuesday.Representatives voted 60-12 in favor of HB243, which seeks to curtail the prominence of pornography in the state — and particularly its reach to children — by requiring the inclusion of a warning label on printed materials or a 15-second advisory ahead of online content.Failing to do so cou

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