• Red All Over: Devin Lloyd’s return finishes Utah football’s major offseason business. Can the Utes contend in 2021?

    Red All Over: Devin Lloyd’s return finishes Utah football’s major offseason business. Can the Utes contend in 2021?
    Red All Over is a weekly newsletter covering Utah athletics. Subscribe here.On Saturday at 5:20 p.m., Devin Lloyd tweeted out a 21-second highlight video from the shortened 2020 football season, and slapped a caption on it that read, “One Last Ride.”Lloyd, a University of Utah redshirt junior linebacker and a finalist for last season’s Butkus Award, will return to Salt Lake City in 2021 as a redshirt junior. With that, all of the Utes’ major offseason business should now
  • After facing pressure, Salt Lake City School District will reopen junior high and high schools for in-person learning

    After facing pressure, Salt Lake City School District will reopen junior high and high schools for in-person learning
    In the face of a lawsuit and increasing pressure from legislators to reopen, Salt Lake City’s school board yielded Tuesday night and will have its junior high and high school students back in classrooms in person starting next month.It will be the first time that those kids, in grades seven through 12, are able to attend school for a full day face-to-face with their teachers since the pandemic began last spring and classes were moved online. The approved reopening will start Feb. 8.“
  • Utah Jazz’s win over Pelicans sees them continue their ascension toward being NBA’s best 3-point-shooting team

    Utah Jazz’s win over Pelicans sees them continue their ascension toward being NBA’s best 3-point-shooting team
    New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy was asked before Tuesday’s game if the Utah Jazz’s 3-point prowess necessitated a departure from his preferred inside-out defensive style. He said no, his primary concern remained preventing Gobert from getting dunks and Donovan Mitchell from getting layups.And then, early in the third quarter, the Jazz ended six consecutive possessions with a made 3, generating an 18-point advantage that effectively ended the game.Still, as pretty as the offense was
  • The Triple Team: Jazz run for easy threes, highlight plays in big win against Pelicans

    The Triple Team: Jazz run for easy threes, highlight plays in big win against Pelicans
    Three thoughts on the Utah Jazz’s 118-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans from Salt Lake Tribune Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen.1. The Jazz are just ruthless against bad 3-point defensesThe Pelicans came into Tuesday night’s game allowing the most 3-point attempts and makes to their opponents, so perhaps it wasn’t exactly surprising when the Jazz were able to carve them up with a ton of open threes. In fact, the Jazz hit 21 of them tonight.So where did they come from?•
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  • Why Utah State men’s basketball keeps winning

    Why Utah State men’s basketball keeps winning
    Logan • Utah State men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has a mantra after every win: The team will enjoy it until midnight and then move on to the next game.It’s like the Aggies are in a never-ending “Cinderella” loop that occurs only when the play basketball. But so far this season, that mentality has worked.The Aggies beat the Colorado State Rams 83-64 on Tuesday night at The Spectrum, marking their 11th straight victory overall and giving them a 9-0 record in
  • Early observations from the Utah Jazz’s sixth straight win — over the Pelicans

    Early observations from the Utah Jazz’s sixth straight win — over the Pelicans
    While the Utah Jazz entered Tuesday night’s matchup at Vivint Arena on a five-game winning streak,  there was some thought that an inconsistent but lengthy-and-athletic New Orleans team might give them enough defensive trouble to make things interesting.And things were interesting … for about a quarter an a half.Soon enough, the Jazz exploited the Pelicans’ lack of acumen on that side of the ball, and rolled to a 118-102 victory.Here are some early observations from the g
  • Quick thoughts on Utah State men’s basketball’s 83-64 win over Colorado State

    Quick thoughts on Utah State men’s basketball’s 83-64 win over Colorado State
    Logan • The Utah State men’s basketball team won its 11th straight game overall with its 83-64 victory over the Colorado State Rams on Tuesday. Here are some quick observations.1. The Aggies kept Colorado State’s 3-point shooting at bay. The Rams came into the matchup as the best shooting team from distance in the Mountain West Conference. But Utah State let the right players shoot and bothered CSU’s best shooters to hold the Rams to just 33.3% from the 3-point line.2. Bro
  • Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video

    Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video
    Washington • Trying to repair his tarnished legacy, President Donald Trump trumpeted his administration’s accomplishments and wished his successor luck in a farewell video as he spent his final full day in office preparing to issue a flurry of pardons in a near-deserted White House, surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside.“This week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said in the video
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  • Salt Lake City School District to decide Tuesday when junior high and high school can resume in person

    Salt Lake City School District to decide Tuesday when junior high and high school can resume in person
    State lawmakers and a district judge will be watching as the Salt Lake City school board meets tonight to see if it decides whether junior high and high school students can return for in-person learning next month.A ruling from the court and a pending bill will both be based on whatever action comes out of the meeting.The board had previously voted to delay reopening secondary schools until after all teachers had the opportunity to get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But with the new pr
  • Joe Ingles returns after three games injured

    Joe Ingles returns after three games injured
    Andy Larsen: Both Joe Ingles and Derrick Favors are available for the Jazz tonight vs. the Pelicans.
  • BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales hasn’t missed a beat since returning from knee injury

    BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales hasn’t missed a beat since returning from knee injury
    Provo • BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales doesn’t get nervous — there are no pre-game jitters, or doubts.But as the sophomore got ready for the 2020-21 season opener against LSU at the South Point Shootout, she did feel a little nervous. It was her first time playing in a game in more than a year and the first time playing in a BYU uniform in a year and eight months.It was Gonzales’ return after tearing her ACL the summer of 2019.“It’s been a long time coming,”
  • Utah Gov. Spencer Cox releases 500-day plan for new administration

    Utah Gov. Spencer Cox releases 500-day plan for new administration
    Gov. Spencer Cox on Tuesday released a plan for the first 500 days of his administration, focusing on six priorities that mirror the pledges he made during his recent campaign for the state’s top executive office.The 12-page roadmap will guide the newly inaugurated governor in the areas of economic advancement, education, rural affairs, health, equality and opportunity and government efficiency and modernization, and Cox said he’s grateful for the volunteers and advisers who helped a
  • Utah Senate approves bill requiring certification for K-9 police dogs

    Utah Senate approves bill requiring certification for K-9 police dogs
    Utah lawmakers are expected to consider dozens of police reform bills this session, and the Senate passed the first on Tuesday with a unanimous vote in favor of creating new training requirements for police dogs.The move to mandate that every canine and its handler be certified and annually recertified in the state comes after The Salt Lake Tribune published bodycam footage of a Salt Lake City arrest in which an officer commanded his police dog to bite a Black man who was kneeling with his hands
  • Senate President Stuart Adams wants to lower Utah’s vaccination age from 70 to 65

    Senate President Stuart Adams wants to lower Utah’s vaccination age from 70 to 65
    More than three-quarters of the Utahns who have died of COVID-19 are age 65 and over — and the pandemic has claimed the lives of almost one in every 100 Utahns who are older than 85.The 85-plus death rate is an estimate based on the number of deaths provided by the Utah Department of Health (as of Jan. 13) and 2019 population estimates from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. But it speaks to the toll the pandemic is taking on the state’s oldest seniors.Sen
  • Mormon Women for Ethical Government leader to take part in President-elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Prayer Service

    Mormon Women for Ethical Government leader to take part in President-elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Prayer Service
    Four years ago, Mormon Women for Ethical Government did not exist — women formed it to address concerns after President Donald Trump took office. Now the group’s leader is among interfaith leaders invited to participate in President-elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Prayer Service on Thursday.Emma Petty Addams, executive director of the group, said she will participate in the offering of a liturgical prayer at the event in National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.She is among 31 religio
  • After a horrific 2020, downtown Salt Lake City positioned for a post-pandemic rebound

    After a horrific 2020, downtown Salt Lake City positioned for a post-pandemic rebound
    Grit, hardship and optimism were all on display Tuesday as backers of downtown Salt Lake City merchants took stock of one of their more devastating economic years.The coronavirus pandemic dealt deep blows to tourism, shopping and millions of ticket sales as well as the daily flow of office workers into the heart of Utah’s capital for most of 2020, pushing many retailers and hospitality providers into peril. Arts and cultural events — among the urban core’s main draws — ha
  • Pac-12 releases its gymnastics schedule; Utah will play host to Arizona Saturday

    Pac-12 releases its gymnastics schedule; Utah will play host to Arizona Saturday
    The Pac-12 finally announced its gymnastics schedule on Tuesday and fans will be happy to know there is planned TV coveragethrough at least Feb. 28.Utah’s conference competition begins Saturday against Arizona at 1p.m. in the Huntsman Center. The Pac-12 Networks will televise the meet.Utah will host Washington on Jan. 30 then travel to Arizona State onFeb. 6 for its first conference road meet.Per its spectator policy, the Pac-12 isn’t allowing fans for home gymnastics meets in the Hu
  • Bagley Cartoon: Capitol Offense

    Bagley Cartoon: Capitol Offense
    This Pat Bagley cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 20, 2021. You can check out the past 10 Bagley editorial cartoons below:Final ActUnpacking the Last Four YearsDumb Man WalkingMr. CollegialityAn Elephant Never RegretsReal Bad NewsDon GoneMad HattersBeer Gut PutschMr. Cox Goes to Governin’Want more Bagley? Become a fan on Facebook.
  • Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons on last full day

    Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons on last full day
    Washington • President Donald Trump will offer rare, kind words to his successor in a “farewell address” Tuesday as he spends his final full day in office preparing to issue a flurry of pardons in a near-deserted White House, surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside.“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump will say in a video address, according to excerpts released
  • Utah hospitals again running out of room, as a more contagious coronavirus variant threatens more illness

    Utah hospitals again running out of room, as a more contagious coronavirus variant threatens more illness
    Utah’s hospitals are once again stretched to the limit, with a post-holiday surge of coronavirus filling intensive care units to near-record levels.“Our hospital is full,” Dr. Michael Good, CEO of University of Utah Health, said bluntly in an interview Tuesday.And with a new, more contagious variant of the virus now confirmed in Utah, it’s possible hospital crowding will worsen.“I think that’s top of mind. And it should be; it’s concerning,” said D
  • Final 2020 data: UTA ridership plummeted by 47% during year because of pandemic

    Final 2020 data: UTA ridership plummeted by 47% during year because of pandemic
    Year-end statistics show that the Utah Transit Authority lost half of its ridership during 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Ridership on buses was down by 40%; it was down on TRAX light rail by 52%; by 36% on the S-Line streetcar; and by 61% on the FrontRunner commuter train system.“If you’re doing the math, ridership is down 47% [systemwide] in 2020 versus 2019,” Eddy Cummins, UTA chief operations officer, told the board last week.He said riders took 23.53 million trip
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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