• ‘Mormon Land’: In wake of Capitol siege, retired Sen. Harry Reid says church needs to warn members about joining ‘fringe’ groups

    ‘Mormon Land’: In wake of Capitol siege, retired Sen. Harry Reid says church needs to warn members about joining ‘fringe’ groups
    As it prepares to welcome a new president, the United States, a land of prophecy and promise to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stands at a momentous moment.A defeated, disgraced and divisive president has become the first commander in chief to be impeached twice. A violent mob has desecrated the People’s House, eroding the very foundation of democracy. And, amid threats of more unrest, a shaken nation tiptoes into the future with as much trepidation as hope.One
  • Mitt Romney’s full day: Speaks out on impeachment, Russia, China, poor cybersecurity

    Mitt Romney’s full day: Speaks out on impeachment, Russia, China, poor cybersecurity
    Sen. Mitt Romney plunged headlong into four fiery issues Tuesday — impeachment, blasting Russia’s arrest of an opposition leader, denouncing ongoing Chinese aggression and blasting what he says is weak U.S. defense against cyber attacks.That came as he questioned President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for secretary of state and homeland security, in tweets and in interviews with reporters in what was a full day for the Utah senator.As he walked into a confirmation hearing on Bide
  • Joanne Slotnik: What Utahns can do if we are ‘better than this’

    Joanne Slotnik: What Utahns can do if we are ‘better than this’
    Utah is a long ways from Washington, D.C. Do individual Utahns have any role in responding to the chaos that shook our country last week?It’s easy to think we can do nothing from afar, that we have no part in what comes next. But I believe we all have a responsibility in moving our democratic republic away from the brink.Like so many others, I was glued to my screens on that fateful Wednesday, hardly believing what I was seeing. As the shocking events unfolded, shattering our unquestioned
  • Rate of positive COVID-19 tests stays high as Utah reports seven more deaths Tuesday

    Rate of positive COVID-19 tests stays high as Utah reports seven more deaths Tuesday
    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.The Utah Department ofd Health reported another seven deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday as the number of Utahns hospitalized in intensive care units rose slightly.Vaccinations reported in past day/total vaccinations • 3,695 / 172,603.Cas
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  • After community pushback, LDS Church renames, relocates Tooele temple

    After community pushback, LDS Church renames, relocates Tooele temple
    After retreating in August on plans to put high-density housing around the proposed Tooele Valley Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that it will relocate and rename the temple as well.The three-story, 70,000-square-foot, newly named Deseret Peak Utah Temple — with the same exterior and interior designs as the originally planned edifice — will be built west of the intersection of 2400 North 400 West in Tooele.The valley’s temple had been s
  • Gordon Shepherd: To the Republicans of the Senate

    Gordon Shepherd: To the Republicans of the Senate
    Friends, Americans, Countrymen, lend me your ears;I come to convict the President, not to praise him.The evil that men do lives after them;Their wickedness must from our midst be cleansed.So let it be with this President.The noble Pence has told you the President was ambitious,And truth be, it is a most grievous fault when lawless.But the President has not answered for it yet —Here today by leave of Pence and the rest.For Pence is an honorable man;So are they all, all honorable enablers of
  • Nine facts Utah health experts want you to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

    Nine facts Utah health experts want you to know about the COVID-19 vaccine
    The COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out in Utah and across the United States, and experts say it can’t happen fast enough.“The faster and more people we get vaccinated, the closer we can get to herd immunity and getting through this,” said Dr. Mark Supiano, chief of the geriatrics division at University of Utah Health, in a Facebook Live Q&A session Tuesday.This week, Utahns over the age of 70 are scheduled to get their first doses of the vaccine. They join a growing lis
  • Utah is going to play football in 2021, but will the COVID-19 vaccine help get fans back to Rice-Eccles Stadium?

    Utah is going to play football in 2021, but will the COVID-19 vaccine help get fans back to Rice-Eccles Stadium?
    There may have been a lot of uncertainty, a lot of testing, and a lot of cancellations, but the 2020 college football season got played, including five games for the University of Utah.The 2020 season got played despite all the hurdles, so it stands to reason that the 2021 season will get played, too. The question then becomes, with a COVID-19 vaccine now part of the general pandemic equation, what will the Utes’ run-up to 2021 look like?For starters, neither the NCAA, nor the Pac-12 has o
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  • Mets fire new GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

    Mets fire new GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter
    New York • Jared Porter went from rising star to unemployed — literally overnight.Just more than a month after joining the New York Mets as general manager, Porter was fired Tuesday for sending sexually explicit, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.ESPN reported late Monday that Porter sent dozens of unanswered texts to the woman, including a picture of “an erect, naked penis.” ESPN
  • Mitt Romney’s full day: Speaks out on impeachment, Russia sanctions, weak cybersecurity

    Mitt Romney’s full day: Speaks out on impeachment, Russia sanctions, weak cybersecurity
    Sen. Mitt Romney plunged into three fiery issues Tuesday — saying the Senate can proceed with impeachment without stalling Biden administration nominees; calling to punish Russia for arresting an opposition leader; and demanding better cybersecurity against Russia and others.As he walked into a confirmation hearing on Joe Biden’s nominee for Homeland Security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, reporters asked him if the Senate could proceed with an impeachment trial on President Donald T
  • President Russell Nelson, other top LDS leaders vaccinated against COVID

    President Russell Nelson, other top LDS leaders vaccinated against COVID
    Eight top Latter-day Saint leaders over age 70 — including 96-year-old church President Russell M. Nelson — got their first dose of the “prayed and fasted for” COVID-19 vaccination Tuesday morning to show “in word and deed” their long-standing support for immunizations.And they hope all others in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will follow their example.The Utah-based faith “urges its members, employees and missionaries to be good global
  • Loren Yager: The final report card on the Donald Trump economy

    Loren Yager: The final report card on the Donald Trump economy
    Economists are generally reluctant to attribute too much credit or blame to presidents in the performance of the overall economy, as demographic changes and external events often have a large influence on their record. However, as a candidate, Donald Trump made a number of bold predictions about his ability to manage the economy, as well as disparaging remarks about his Democratic and Republican predecessors. As a result, it seems appropriate to compare his performance to his promises and to the
  • Utah is offering free COVID-19 tests in 12 counties this week

    Utah is offering free COVID-19 tests in 12 counties this week
    Free COVID-19 testing will be available this week at 15 sites in a dozen counties across Utah.According to the Utah Department of Health, the free rapid antigen testing is being offered at locations chosen because they have a high rate of positive tests, lower numbers of tests conducted, untreated wastewater sampling shows the virus is spreading, and other surveillance data.Anyone older than age 5 can be tested, even those who have no symptoms. UDOH is encouraging anyone with even mild COVID-19
  • ‘My body is super weak:’ COVID-19 slows Ute gymnast MyKayla Skinner’s quest for Olympics

    ‘My body is super weak:’ COVID-19 slows Ute gymnast MyKayla Skinner’s quest for Olympics
    One reason MyKayla Skinner has been able to compete at an elite level for many years is the lack of injuries she has suffered.But now Skinner, the Utah gymnast who left the program following her junior season to train for the Olympics, seems to have run out of luck when it comes to physical setbacks.Skinner is training with her club coach Lisa Spini in Chandler, Ariz., with the goal of participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Games were rescheduled to start July 23, 2021 due to the pandemic
  • Justin F. Thulin: Protect American democracy from demagogues and authoritarian leaders

    Justin F. Thulin: Protect American democracy from demagogues and authoritarian leaders
    Donald Trump is a prototypical demagogue.Wikipedia says, “A demagogue is a political leader in a democracy who gains popularity by arousing the common people against elites (recall “I love the poorly educated” and how Trump shuns expertise, most notably in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic) especially through oratory that whips up the passions of a crowd (think of the large Trump rallies, including the one on Jan. 6 leading to the storming of the Capitol), appealing to em
  • Strong winds, scattered power outages hit northern Utah

    Strong winds, scattered power outages hit northern Utah
    The Weber School District delayed school by two hours on Tuesday after high winds caused power outages.The district announced it was delaying bus pickups and classes “at all locations” because of the “widespread power outages and safety precautions.” According to Rocky Mountain Power, there were 52 outages affecting 3,425 customers at 7:30 a.m. — about 400 of those customers were in the Weber District.Strong winds expected to continue this morning along portions of
  • Paul Krugman: Who’s radical now? The case of the minimum wage.

    Paul Krugman: Who’s radical now? The case of the minimum wage.
    Most Americans, myself included, will be deeply relieved when Joe Biden is finally sworn in as president. But almost everyone has a sense of foreboding, not just because of the specific threat of right-wing terrorism, but also because Biden will take office in a political environment polluted by lies.Most important, of course, is the Big Lie: the claim, based on nothing whatsoever, that the election was stolen. Has there been anything in U.S. history like the demand from leading Republicans that
  • Bret Stephens: Lincoln knew in 1838 what 2021 would bring

    Bret Stephens: Lincoln knew in 1838 what 2021 would bring
    In January 1838, when Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Illinois state legislature and two weeks shy of his 29th birthday, he delivered what was probably the most prophetic speech of his political career. It’s a speech whose time has arrived again in 2021.The Lyceum Address is named for the Springfield, Illinois, association that, according to Lincoln’s law partner William Herndon, “contained and commanded all the culture and talent of the place.” It concerns “the
  • Marriages online: Utah County’s system a hit with Israeli couples

    Marriages online: Utah County’s system a hit with Israeli couples
    The phones at the Utah County clerk’s office just keep ringing, many of the calls coming from those seeking marriage licenses. While that may not be surprising, given the county’s reputation as a haven for big families, there’s a twist.A number of the calls are coming from Israel. In fact, between Dec. 28 and Jan. 13, the county issued 62 licenses to Israeli couples. About a third of the 474 marriage licenses that were issued during the same period were to couples outside of Ut
  • Utah lawmakers expect COVID-19 to enter the Capitol. Here’s their plan to fight it and keep working.

    Utah lawmakers expect COVID-19 to enter the Capitol. Here’s their plan to fight it and keep working.
    The Utah Capitol is usually a scene of huddled groups having intense conversations, crowded hallways and throngs of lobbyists waiting outside chamber doors during the legislative session.Those hallmarks of the annual gathering now feel taboo as the airborne coronavirus continues to spread. Still, Utah leaders are trying to pull off a largely in-person session through a combination of extensive rapid testing, social distancing and mask-wearing. They’ve also built a contingency plan into the
  • Utah Legislature convenes for lawmaking while bracing for protests

    Utah Legislature convenes for lawmaking while bracing for protests
    As they do this time every year, Utah lawmakers are heading into the state Capitol on Tuesday to begin 45 days of policymaking. Aside from the timing, though, little feels routine about the legislative kickoff clouded by armed protests and a deadly pandemic.For one thing, public participation will likely look different this year, with the Capitol temporarily closed and under a state of emergency order due to the threat of unrest and concerns about COVID-19 keeping some away from the complex rega
  • Letter: To reign in the madness, we need term limits

    Letter: To reign in the madness, we need term limits
    When will the insanity end? The recent Capitol riot was beyond madness as has been the months of rioting/looting throughout the country. All violence and destruction must be condemned and perpetrators punished. Don’t listen to pampered and out of touch athletes/celebrities; don’t get your news via social media; don’t rely on cable/network talking heads or political cartoonists as they are only concerned with ratings and inciting.Rather, hold elected representatives accountable.
  • Letter: The vaccine sign-up debacle could have been avoided

    Letter: The vaccine sign-up debacle could have been avoided
    To the Salt Lake County Health Department:Following the 70-plus vaccine sign-up debacle on Monday, I have a some questions.Knowing you had vaccine available for less than 50% of the over 70 population in the county, why didn’t you phase in the sign-up? For example, letting people over 80 sign up on Monday, over 75 on Tuesday, and over 70 on Wednesday? You have created a situation where a healthy 71-year-old will be vaccinated this week, and my 82-year-old husband with heart problems probab
  • Letter: Steward and Burgess could write a book on cowardice

    Letter: Steward and Burgess could write a book on cowardice
    In the mid-1950s,  John F. Kennedy wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Profiles in Courage,” which chronicled examples of grace under pressure.  Now, two of our Utah congressmen, Chris Stewart and Burgess Owens, could be included in “Profiles in Cowardice” for their joining the group of Republican representatives and senators who frivolously objected to one or more state certifications of Electoral College votes. For two months, they joined in The Big Lie&mdas
  • Letter: Ignorance of the U.S. Constitution ranges far and wide

    Letter: Ignorance of the U.S. Constitution ranges far and wide
    Republicans talk about the U.S. Constitution like they know what’s in it. They don’t. Most think the Constitution explicitly demands implementation of their political agenda; things like tax breaks for the rich, freedom from masks, special policing for minority areas, and keeping immigrants out of the country. It doesn’t.There are some things in the Republican platform that the Constitution does speak to, like religious freedom, freedom in the economy (but not a green light to
  • Letter: End of an era

    Letter: End of an era
    Yes, I miss my newspaper. Going out looking for it in the snow. The crackle of folding the pages, being able to cut out articles, reading without having to pay extra for my wifi and associated technological equipment.As a senior, this is the end of an era. The end of reading comics to grandkids, having pages to paint on or clean my windows with.Oh well, I guess I’ll survive with the changing times. After all I did progress to installing bidets in the bathrooms, saving paper in another way.
  • Letter: After everything, Trump gets a farewell parade on us

    Letter: After everything, Trump gets a farewell parade on us
    My tax dollars are going to a military parade-like sendoff for Donald Trump on the Inauguration Day of Joe Biden? My tax dollars should be spent on trying Donald Trump for sedition and treason! The MCPOTUS (Most Corrupt President of the United States) is taking all of us to the cleaners one last time.Rand Marcus, MillcreekSubmit a letter to the editor
  • Trump supporter who rode his horse through SLC charged with entering U.S. Capitol illegally

    Trump supporter who rode his horse through SLC charged with entering U.S. Capitol illegally
    Santa Fe, N.M. • A New Mexico county official and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump who had vowed to return to Washington after last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol to place a flag on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk was arrested Sunday by the FBI.Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin was arrested on charges of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol.According to court documents, Griffin told investigators that he was “caught up” in the crowd, which pushed its way
  • About 60 people rally in SLC to support Black lives and police reform

    About 60 people rally in SLC to support Black lives and police reform
    A rally supporting Black lives and strong police oversight that called on the incoming Joe Biden administration to focus on a “working people’s agenda” saw some of its fire tempered Monday after a snowstorm blew in.The Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Utah Against Police Brutality organized the event, and about 60 people gathered at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City. Speakers called for more community control of police, action on climate
  • About 50 people rally in SLC to support Black lives and police reform

    About 50 people rally in SLC to support Black lives and police reform
    A rally supporting Black lives and strong police oversight that called on the incoming Joe Biden administration to focus on a “working people’s agenda” saw some of its fire tempered Monday after a snowstorm blew in.The Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Utah Against Police Brutality organized the event, and about 60 people gathered at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City. Speakers called for more community control of police, action on climate

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