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Hundreds Sing in Utah Capitol at Gov't Secrecy Protestnew

Hundreds gathered at the Utah Captiol tonight protesting a bill signed by the governor that guts Utah's open government records law known as GRAMA. Spotaneously, the protesters entered the Capitol and House Chamber, signing and beating drums.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Jesse Fruhwirth  |  03-10-2011  |  Politics

Utah's Secrecy Grabnew

The Utah state legislature is seeking a special exception from government transparency on the eve of the redistricting process, a function of utmost importance to the functioning of our representative government.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Jesse Fruhwirth  |  03-07-2011  |  Politics

What Happened to 2010 Citizen Lobbyists in Utahnew

Gay activist Eric Ethington feels he and the LGBT community got screwed this year. “It seemed like the Legislature did not take much input from their constituents, and by and large, just made general statements."
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Austen Diamond  |  03-23-2010  |  Politics

Utah Legislative Wrap-Up 2010new

This past legislative session, which ended March 11, Rep. Mark Wheatley ran a resolution urging school districts to consider building “green” schools whenever possible.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Josh Loftin  |  03-23-2010  |  Commentary

Aqua Velva Man: Success Means Never Having to Say You're Sorrynew

“Well, I’m not apologizing for anything,” said Mit Romney. (Mit downsized his name at the same time he downsized his domiciles, so people would forget that he is the richest guy to ever run for president.)
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  D.P. Sorensen  |  03-16-2010  |  Commentary

Utah's Unstable Oil Refineries: Preventing the Next Blastnew

One loud explosion knocked pictures off Judy Averett´s walls. When she ran outside her Woods Cross home on Nov. 4, 2009, she saw black clouds rising from the ground directly in front of her, to the south and to the north.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Jesse Fruhwirth  |  02-02-2010  |  Environment

Bars, Lounges and Wine Cellars to Visit During the Sundance Film Festivalnew

There is no shortage in Park City of places to drink and, maybe, bump into a B-list celebrity during the Sundance Film Festival. But if you want to know where A-listers are likely to turn up — or at least where you and your pals can score a good glass of wine or cold beer in a snazzy setting — read on.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Ted Scheffler  |  01-26-2010  |  Food+Drink

Attorney Aaron Tarin Fights For Undocumented Immigrantsnew

Aaron Tarin believes Hispanics coming to Utah are following God’s plan. In The Book of Mormon it is prophesied that close to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the people of Lamanite descent, whom Tarin interprets as being primarily Hispanics, would experience a spiritual and physical gathering in the Americas.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Stephen Dark  |  01-12-2010  |  Immigration

Utah Ski Resort Reviews: Experiment with Unfamiliar Venuesnew

Whatever you want, there’s a Utah ski resort that specializes in it. Want a miles-long nonstop run? Gourmet food? How about a giant half-pipe, or multi-terrain parks, or making your own trails through the trees, or a resort with no other people?
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Wina Sturgeon  |  12-29-2009  |  Sports

Some Claim Their Encounters With Aliens are Too Close for Comfortnew

"These UFOs are not being reported out of nowhere. On the National UFO Reporting Website, there are hundreds and hundreds of reports of UFO sightings, from every state in the Union since the 1930s," Elaine Douglass, Utah state director of Mutual UFO Network, says. "They are always flying around. What are they doing? They are picking people up,"
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Carolyn Campbell  |  09-25-2009  |  Culture

Too Many Pregnant Addicts Call Salt Lake County Metro Jail Homenew

With treatment-center beds so hard to come by, judges hand pregnant women jail sentences to provide them at least with safety and some prenatal care. But most of the babies will still be born into a world where drug withdrawal is one of their first sensations.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Eric S. Peterson  |  06-30-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Utah Schools Hassling Immigrants About Enrolling Their Children in Public Schoolsnew

The ink on the state's sweeping new get-tough-on-immigrants law isn't even dry yet. In fact, the law doesn't take effect until July 1, 2009. But reports that immigrant children are being denied enrollment or being told they must pay tuition of around $6,000 to attend a free public school are trickling in.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Ted McDonough  |  04-25-2008  |  Education

Utah's Legislature Doesn't Have Time for Polygamistsnew

Utah has been blind and mute regarding polygamy since the LDS Church formally forbade the practice in favor of statehood in the 1890s, because despite what evils may lurk in the hearts of the polygamist collective, the majority of Utahans remain sympathetic to polygamists.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  John Saltas  |  04-17-2008  |  Religion Robert Paisola and His Online Version of Three Card Montenew

With a rap sheet including convictions for insurance fraud and possession of kiddie porn, Robert Paisola finds it tough to land real work. So he's created a special new hustle: a game of endlessly multiplying websites and his own form of electronic extortion against those who try to shut him down.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Stephen Dark  |  05-23-2007  |  Crime & Justice

Forbidden Fruitnew

Inbreeding among polygamists along the Arizona-Utah border is producing a caste of severely retarded and deformed children.
Phoenix New Times  |  John Dougherty  |  01-04-2006  |  Science

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