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  • Documents made public, state Utah Governor had the power to call special elections for vacant congressional seatDocuments made public, state Utah Governor had the power to call special elections for vacant congressional seat

    SALT LAKE CITY – Breaking news regarding special elections in Utah emerged Tuesday,  after Governor Gary Herbert waived his attorney-client privileges, making a controversial legal opinion public. The document, which was released today, stated that the governor had the power to call a special election to replace Jason Chaffetz’s seat in congress. The attorney general’s office says the governor had the power all along to call the special election. The Utah legislature and the governor were divided over the issue, and the Utah Attorney General’s office was asked to draft a legal opinion, which was kept secret from both sides. Now that John Curtis is in office, filling the vacant congressional seat, the governor stated that there was no reason for lawmakers to continue fighting the issue.  

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  • President Russell M. Nelson ordained as 17th president of LDS ChurchPresident Russell M. Nelson ordained as 17th president of LDS Church

    President Russell M. Nelson, formerly of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was ordained as prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive testDoctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

    President Donald Trump performed "exceedingly well" on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said Tuesday, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president's mental fitness for office.

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  • California couple's ordinary home held torture chamberCalifornia couple's ordinary home held torture chamber

    From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home looked fairly orderly. The couple who owned it had purchased the house new in 2014 and soon arrived in the Los Angeles suburb of Perris with their 12 children.

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  • Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles are still alive. Just like everyone expected.Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles are still alive. Just like everyone expected.

    This season's second-to-last Sunday of NFL competition comes this weekend and Tom Brady will be playing. That's not exactly stunning. Brady has pretty much ended all debate about which quarterback is the greatest in pro football history. He and the New England Patriots will be playing in their seventh straight AFC championship game this weekend.But the quarterbacking company that Brady will keep this weekend is not exactly what anyone would have expected. It is, by the NFL's customary late-January standards, pretty sketchy, actually. There's not a Manning to be found. Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan were bounced from the playoffs this past weekend. Cam Newton exited a week earlier. Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson didn't even make it.If you said going into the season that Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles would be starting the conference title games, you had it pegged.Yeah, sure you did."I've said it a bunch all year long: I really don't care," Bortles said Sunday in Pittsburgh after he and the Jacksonville Jaguars ousted the Steelers. "I could care less what anybody in here says about me or what anybody in the world says about me. I enjoy going to work every day with the guys in that locker room and the coaching staff. I enjoy everything we do. And this is the type of stuff you dream of, is getting opportunities to play in games like this."Bortles spoke about his own approach to ignoring the considerable criticism that has come his way. But he could have been speaking for the other quarterbacks not named Brady who will be playing Sunday. It's Bortles and the Jaguars facing Brady's Patriots in the AFC, and Foles' Philadelphia Eagles hosting Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game."I know there was a lot of people against us this last week, just answering questions and just hearing about it," Foles said after the Eagles beat the Ryan-led Atlanta Falcons Saturday. "But the biggest thing about this is, that's sports. That's part of it. The biggest thing in our locker room is we believe in one another. Everyone believes."It will be reunion of sorts for Foles and Keenum, who are former Rams teammates. Foles was benched in favor of Keenum in 2015, when the franchise was in St. Louis. By the summer of 2016 the team was in Los Angeles, the Rams had picked quarterback Jared Goff first overall in that spring's draft and Foles wanted out. The Rams granted his request to be released.Now, the two will face off Sunday in Philadelphia with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake."I don't know if I can put it in perspective right now," Keenum said after the Vikings' first-of-its-kind, walk-off victory over the New Orleans Saints Sunday. "My family's here. I'm just gonna go enjoy the night and get ready for the conference championship on Sunday."Keenum, undrafted in 2012 before a couple of unremarkable stints with the Houston Texans and the Rams, became the starter in Minnesota only because of injuries to Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. But once he was allowed on the field this season, there was no getting him off it. He played at a near-MVP level, and he now he has the Vikings a win away from becoming the first team ever to play a Super Bowl on its home field.The win over the Saints will go down in NFL playoff lore as the first postseason game ever decided on a touchdown with time expired in the fourth quarter. The most memorable characters in the drama were Vikings wideout and former Maryland star Stefon Diggs, who was on the receiving end of the 61-yard catch and run, and Saints safety Marcus Williams, whose missed tackle gave Diggs a free path to the end zone. But it was Keenum who delivered the throw."It's very magical, miraculous," he said Sunday. "I'm sure you guys will find lots of good words to name the play or whatever you guys are gonna do. But for us, we don't want to waste any opportunity . . . that's given to us, especially this one. Does it put any more pressure on the future or this next game? No, this next game is big no matter what."The Eagles are a vulnerable No. 1 seed in these NFC playoffs because they have Foles filling in for Carson Wentz, the second-year quarterback who was an MVP front-runner before suffering a season-ending knee injury in December. Philadelphia has looked predictably unsteady since Wentz was hurt, and Coach Doug Pederson even was asked before the playoffs about his willingness to bench Foles in favor of youngster Nate Sudfeld if needed.That wasn't necessary Saturday. There was a bit of good fortune for Foles, as when a would-be interception caromed off a Falcons defender for a key catch that set up a field goal at the end of the first half. But Foles steadied himself and outplayed Ryan, the reigning league MVP, with a 23-for-30, 246-yard passing performance.Yet even the doubts faced by Keenum and Foles don't stack up to the level of derision aimed at Bortles, the Jaguars' once-prized young quarterback who has faced intense scrutiny for his decision-making in the pocket, his delivery and his propensity to throw interceptions. Houston Texans defensive standout Jadeveon Clowney referred to Bortles as "trash" this season, and that was while Bortles was playing well.Many observers say they expect Jaguars' football boss Tom Coughlin and Coach Doug Marrone to bring in a new quarterback next season to go with a dominating defense. But it was Bortles, rookie tailback Leonard Fournette and the offense, not that defense, that led the way to Sunday's 45-42 win in Pittsburgh. And Bortles's teammates were quick to come to his defense afterward."He has a huge heart," Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. "He's very competitive. I've got so much respect for him. He came out here and played his heart out. I'm proud of him. We know we can do some great things."Said defensive tackle Malik Jackson: "I'm excited for that man. All these quarterbacks are paid with no playoff games. I wish I was Blake."The next task for Bortles and the Jaguars is formidable. The Patriots will be playing in their 12th AFC championship game with Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their coach. That duo is seeking its eighth Super Bowl appearance and sixth Super Bowl victory.But calling Bortles the other, lesser quarterback in a game played by Brady is not likely to offend him. He's heard far, far worse, after all."I'm just happy to win," Bortles said Sunday. "I have no animosity toward anybody that's ever said anything. I'm happy to be able to come here and do this with this team, happy to be able to continue to play for another week. There's a lot of guys sitting at home on the couch watching this that I'm sure [are] wishing they could play. I know in past years, I've been. So to continue to have an opportunity to go play is pretty awesome."

    The Salt Lake Tribune / 17 min. ago more
  • Long-secret Utah AG opinion released, says guv’s handling of congressional election was legalLong-secret Utah AG opinion released, says guv’s handling of congressional election was legal

    After months of pressure by lawmakers and legal challenges by The Salt Lake Tribune, Attorney General Sean Reyes on Tuesday released a secret opinion saying Gov. Gary Herbert acted legally last year as he conducted a special election in the 3rd Congressional District.It says the governor had the legal authority to conduct the election as he did — but only because the Legislature had not passed more specific laws outlining procedures.Of course, the Legislature asked Herbert to call a special session so it could enact such rules — which Herbert refused to do. He noted several legislators were then talking about running for the seat of retiring Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and he worried openly that new rules could be designed to benefit them.Legislative leaders had requested the opinion from Reyes’ office last year as they weighed potential legal challenges to Herbert early on.It was completed — but Herbert blocked its release by claiming he was the client of the attorney general who had already been giving him advise on the election. He said releasing an opinion, from a separate part of Reyes’ office, could violate his attorney-client privilege and hurt him in a possible lawsuit with the Legislature.The governor insisted he had never seen the contents of that secret opinion, which it turns out supported his position.Legislators fumed and blasted Herbert and Reyes for withholding that opinion. The Salt Lake Tribune sought the document through an open records request. The Utah Records Committee eventually ruled in the Tribune’s favor, but Reyes then challenged that in 3rd District Court.On Tuesday, Reyes released a letter sent to him last week by Herbert, House Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. They jointly agreed that since the election won by new Rep. John Curtis was over, differences about the procedure “that resulted in his election are moot” — showing Herbert no longer need fear legal action from the Legislature.They encouraged Reyes to release the opinion because it “may be of use to the legislative process as lawmakers contemplate the process for elections to fill congressional vacancies.” Rep Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden has opened a bill file to rewrite the rules for special elections.Tuesday, Reyes did release the long-secret opinion, summarizing in an accompanying letter that “Herbert’s actions appear to have been within his statutory and constitutional authority.” So why didn’t Reyes and Herbert decide to release that much sooner?“At its core was our ability to effectively represent the executive branch, and not be compelled to potentially harm a client,” Reyes wrote.“Inappropriately providing analysis that could be used by a possible opponent [the Legislature], especially over the objection of our client, would damage our ability to defend them. It would also potentially violate our oath and ethical obligation to adhere of the Rules of Professional conduct,” Reyes wrote.With that, he said “our office had no clear ethical path forward. In that environment, I was not willing to ask my attorneys to step into the breach. I was also unwilling to potentially harm a client to whom I have legal, ethical and constitutional responsibilities.”Reyes said now that the threat of lawsuits “is behind us and our client has waived the conflict of interest,” barriers blocking release of the document “have been removed.”Hughes and Niederhauser did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment about the opinion, which they had long sought.The opinion outlines details behinds the conclusion that Herbert acted legally.It agreed with assertions by legislative leaders that it usually is their prerogative “to promulgate regulations for congressional elections, including election to fill vacancies.”However, it said the Legislature had never written such rules into law — even though they asked Herbert to call them into a special session to do that.The opinion said that because the Legislature “has not prescribed the time for or manner of holding the election, it ‘leaves room for executive discretion’” to do that — allowing the governor to set rules for the election legally.Also, legislative leaders had asked for an opinion about when a vacancy actually occurs — because Chaffetz announced he would resign weeks before he actually did, and Herbert issued a proclamation outlining and starting election procedures before Chaffetz actually left.The opinion said a vacancy occurs only when someone actually leaves office, “but nothing in Utah law prohibits — and national practice supports — the potential for a pre-vacancy procedure to fill a soon-to-be vacant congressional seat.”

    The Salt Lake Tribune / 20 min. ago more
  • Suspect steals two cars in Sandy, still on the looseSuspect steals two cars in Sandy, still on the loose

    SANDY, UTAH - A carjacking suspect was on the loose Tuesday evening. The Unified Police Department, Cottonwood Heights and Sandy Police are all searching for the suspect. They described the man as Polynesian, with long dark curly hair, and of medium height. Unified police said around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday the suspect stole a car outside a day care facility in Holladay, at 6120 South and 2075 East. Police could not confirm if the vehicle was unlocked and left idling when it was stolen. Police said the suspect drove to Sandy near 10385 South and Willow Hill Drive, where he tried to force a homeowner to give him the keys to a vehicle, but they refused. Soon after, the suspect found another idling vehicle, at a job-site in Sandy at Hidden Valley Drive. Robert Bird, the owner of the vehicle, had quickly got out of his car to throw away some trash across the street. In that short amount of time, the suspect pulled up behind his idling Subaru. “Just as I'm throwing it into the dumpster this black Volvo pulls up behind me and the guy jumps out of that one into my car, which of course is running, and took off,” said Bird. Bird said he tried to jump in the passenger seat to grab his phone, but missed. A while later, Police found his Subaru abandoned,  near Alta View Elementary School. The keys were no where to be found. “I feel fortunate I got my car back, and fortunate it didn't get any worse than that,” Bird said. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call their local department, or Unified Police.

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  • Jazz’s Thabo Sefolosha to undergo knee surgery, expected to miss the rest of the seasonJazz’s Thabo Sefolosha to undergo knee surgery, expected to miss the rest of the season

    Veteran wing Thabo Sefolosha has elected to undergo knee surgery that likely will end his season, leaving the banged-up Utah Jazz (17-26) even more shorthanded.The Jazz announced Tuesday afternoon that Sefolosha’s procedure to repair an avulsion in the medial collateral ligament in his right leg would be performed Wednesday in Salt Lake City.League sources have told The Tribune that the Jazz will ask the NBA for an injury hardship waiver. If granted, Sefolosha’s salary of $5.8 million would not be charged to the Jazz’s salary cap, giving them additional flexibility ahead of the trade deadline.Sefolosha, 33, was one of the free agents the Jazz signed over the summer, hoping to construct one of the league’s toughest defenses in the wake of Gordon Hayward’s departure. Injuries helped derail that hope, but Sefolosha was no disappointment. He averaged 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting 49.2 percent in 38 games with six starts for one of the best offensive seasons of his career.He was injured while running back to defend a fast break Friday against the Charlotte Hornets. Aside from his statistical production, the Jazz also expect to miss his mentorship, competitiveness and professionalism, which functioned as a glue in an adversity-laden season.“We need to find a more collective mental toughness,” coach Quin Snyder said after Monday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. “I think Thabo was someone who was giving us that just with his leadership and his presence. We have to find that as a group.”Sefolosha is on the first year of a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Jazz, who have a team option to bring him back next season, which would be his 12th in the NBA.It’s expected that Jonas Jerebko and Joe Johnson will fill time at power forward. Jerebko has averaged 6.2 points per game in 16 starts this season, while Johnson is averaging 7.2 points.Sefolosha wasted little time endearing himself to Utahns, saving a woman who was struggling in the Provo River the first day he moved to the state. He also found a niche with the Jazz as a wing defender for matchups with Kevin Durant, LeBron James and some of the league’s other stars.He gave some pregame speeches to the team, and several younger players credited him with teaching them the ropes on defense in the NBA. They hope that he’ll still play that role despite his injury.“I look to him, like, ‘What do you see in the game?’” Donovan Mitchell said. “When you have a guy you can go up to like that, it shows how much he knows and his presence.”

    The Salt Lake Tribune / 21 min. ago more
  • Lake Powell EMS pilot completes 3,000th rescue mission, a milestone reached by fewLake Powell EMS pilot completes 3,000th rescue mission, a milestone reached by few

    Matt Stein, an emergency medical services pilot who has flown with Classic Air Medical for 25 years, ended 2017 by logging his 3,000th rescue flight.

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  • Ex-doctor’s victims recount sex abuse as young gymnastsEx-doctor’s victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts

    Lansing, Mich. • One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children — one with the warning that "little girls don't stay little forever."Nearly 100 women and girls planned to speak or have their statements read during an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing. Many of them cried as they told their stories. Some requested that their identities not be made public. The judge consoled the victims and said they should not blame themselves."I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar and those 'treatments' were pathetically veiled sexual abuse," one victim, Kyle Stephens, said to the 54-year-old Nassar, who bowed his head with his eyes closed or looked away as she and others spoke.Stephens, the first to speak, said Nassar repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing. She said he rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, among other abuse.She said Nassar later denied it, and her parents initially believed him. Stephens said she largely blamed her father's suicide on the shame and self-loathing he felt for defending Nassar."Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don't stay little forever," Stephens said. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents were in the room. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.Another statement came from Donna Markham, who told of how her daughter Chelsey killed herself in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination."It all started with him," she said, describing her daughter's downward spiral into drug abuse.Victims described experiencing "searing pain" during the assaults and having feelings of shame and embarrassment. They said it had changed their life trajectories — affecting relationships, causing them to be distrustful and leading to depression, suicidal thoughts, and anger and anxiety about whether they should have spoken up sooner."He touched the most innocent places on my body," said 17-year-old Jessica Thomashaw, recounting how she was sexually assaulted at ages 9 and 12. "I couldn't be just a normal girl anymore, and I forever lost a big piece of my childhood due to his abuse."Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who is expected to order a sentence Friday, said the system had failed them."You shouldn't be angry with yourself," she told a 31-year-old victim, who said she was assaulted almost 20 years ago. "You went to him for pain and healing, and you didn't know. No one faults you or any other victim for that. You were a child."The Michigan attorney general's office is seeking 40 to 125 years in prison for the 54-year-old Nassar. The maximum represents a year for each of the 125 girls and women who filed reports of abuse with campus police. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles on Monday said she was among the athletes sexually abused by Nassar. Another gold medalist, Aly Raisman, tweeted Monday that she would not attend the sentencing "because it is too traumatic for me. My impact letter will be read in court in front of Nassar. I support the brave survivors. We are all in this together."Olympians McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas also have said they were among Nassar's victims as teens.In November, he admitted to digitally penetrating 10 girls, mostly under the guise of treatment, between 1998 and 2015. As part of plea deals in two adjacent Michigan counties, he said his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls' consent.Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced in Eaton County in two weeks.The criminal cases followed reports last year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving him and coaches. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.Melissa Imrie told the judge she was assaulted in 1997, when she was 12, after breaking her tailbone. She described years of severe depression, sleeplessness and other issues."Everybody's story that I listened today is just an echo of everything that I've went through. They're just speaking like it's my voice," Imrie said.She said she wants young athletes "to be safe from sexual predators, from this kind of abuse."

    The Salt Lake Tribune / 22 min. ago more
  • Letter: Let’s make our many transaction numbers easier to handleLetter: Let’s make our many transaction numbers easier to handle

    We are ruled and defined by numbers, whether it’s our Social Security number or the countless transaction numbers we are assigned as we go about our daily business.The older I get, the harder I find it is to deal with them if they are presented as an unbroken string of digits. Take a random example: 483027561471985284. We may be asked to save it, write it down, refer to it or even read it back to someone over the telephone. Even for a young person, that’s almost impossible, much less for an octogenarian whose eyes aren’t what they once were.I would make it a requirement for everyone — retailers, government employees, website designers, you name it — to split such series of numbers into groups of three or four: 483 027 561 471 985 284. Our Social Security and charge card numbers are already formatted that way, probably because someone discovered that it results in far fewer errors.This may seem trivial compared to the problems we face over tax reform, gun laws and health care, but I believe it’s a battle worth fighting, one that might even be winnable in 2018.Dana E. Wilson, Millcreek

    The Salt Lake Tribune / 23 min. ago more
  • A growing number of actors are renouncing Woody AllenA growing number of actors are renouncing Woody Allen

    New York • A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.Timothée Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Allen film to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse: Time’s Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. The breakout star of “Call Me by Your Name” announced on Instagram that he didn’t want to profit from his work on Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York,” which wrapped shooting in the fall.“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Chalamet.Chalamet is just the latest cast member of an Allen production to express regret or guilt about being professionally associated with the director. In recent weeks, Rebecca Hall (“A Rainy Day in New York,” ″Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”), Ellen Page (“To Rome With Love”), David Krumholtz (“Wonder Wheel”) and Griffith Newman (“A Rainy Day in New York”) have all in some way distanced themselves from Allen or vowed that they wouldn’t work with him again.The rising chorus suggests the road ahead for Allen may be particularly challenging, even for a director whose personal controversies have for decades made him an alternatively beloved and reviled figure in movies. Financial support for the filmmaker has not previously waned in part because of the eagerness many stars have for working with a cinematic legend. But fielding a starry cast may prove increasingly difficult for Allen in a movie industry in the midst of a “Me Too” reckoning.“If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” Greta Gerwig, who co-starred in Allen’s 2012 comedy “To Rome With Love,” told The New York Times last week. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization.”Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, has said Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7. Allen, who has long denied the allegations, was investigated for the incident but not charged.Farrow has previously questioned why the “Me Too” movement hasn’t ensnarled Allen. In an op-ed published last month in The Los Angeles Times, she wrote: “Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?”Price, the former head of Amazon Studios, resigned in October after an allegation that he had sexually harassed television producer Isa Hackett while she was working on the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle.”“A Rainy Day in New York” is the fourth project for Allen with Amazon, which bet heavily on the filmmaker to help establish its film production arm as a home to auteur filmmakers. It reportedly spent $80 million to lure Allen into television to make the 2016 series “Crisis in Six Scenes.”Amazon, which didn’t respond to queries Tuesday, also distributed Allen’s “Cafe Society” in 2016 and “Wonder Wheel,” which opened Dec. 1. It has grossed a mere $1.4 million domestically on an estimated budget of $25 million but had more success overseas, grossing $7.8 million.“A Rainy Day in New York,” a romantic comedy due out sometime this year, also stars Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Elle Fanning. In his statement, Chalamet tellingly noted that due to “contractual obligations” he couldn’t comment on the long-standing allegations against Allen.The announcement by Chalamet, a favorite Oscar contender for best actor this year, followed a similar one Friday by his co-star Hall. She said she was donating her salary from the film to Time’s Up, the recently formed initiative to combat gender inequality in the entertainment industry. “It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation,” Hall wrote on Instagram.Some have continued to publicly support Allen, though, including Alec Baldwin.“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed,” Baldwin said Tuesday on Twitter. “The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked with Woody Allen three times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”

    The Salt Lake Tribune / 41 min. ago more
  • Tribune Editorial: Let’s take better care of our individuals with disabilitiesTribune Editorial: Let’s take better care of our individuals with disabilities

    Only the few who are blessed to be closely associated with, or have a family member as, a person with different abilities (sometimes called a person with disabilities) can really comprehend the challenges such individuals live with. Some have a typical intelligence in an atypical physical body that won’t move on command. Some have challenges with their intellect or development and their physicality.But one thing is certain: They are all individuals.Which is why it is so disappointing to learn that the state of Utah is treating them as a homogenous group, rather than as individuals with distinctions and differences. Many individuals with disabilities cannot live independently without some kind of supervision. Obviously, some need help more than others. Those who have the ability to live life mostly on their own, though, are starting to ask why the state isn’t letting them.And they are using their independence to file a lawsuit against the state to regain control over their own lives. Staci Christensen just wants to go to the movies and work more hours at her restaurant job, which she knows she could do if the state would let her. She also wants to date, which the state also won’t let her do. There’s something wrong with that.Christensen has Down syndrome and lives at an intermediate-care facility called Medallion Supported Living in Payson. The facility houses people with disabilities who are on Medicaid. Plaintiffs in the suit, including Christensen, allege that these intermediate-care centers are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.The Disability Law Center and Salt Lake City firm Parsons Behle & Latimer filed the suit in federal court last Friday.Aubrey Wieber, for The Salt Lake Tribune, reported that the lawsuit “alleges that by relying so heavily on intermediate-care facilities, the state is unnecessarily segregating people from their communities and is institutionalizing them in chaotic environments where they are unable to live fulfilling lives.”The state does have a program to allow individuals to live more independently, with subsidized housing and transportation help. But the program is at capacity, and people on the wait list wait an average of six years for the state to find room. Many don’t ever get accepted.Living life with a disability is hard. Not having control over your life or your decisions can compound those difficulties. Those who are high-functioning should be allowed to function. For those individuals over whom the state has guardianship, we should do everything possible to let our adult sisters and brothers be adults.

    The Salt Lake Tribune / 42 min. ago more
  • Women say the rise of #MeToo changes how their Sundance films will resonate with audiencesWomen say the rise of #MeToo changes how their Sundance films will resonate with audiences

    As Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman were finishing their documentary about celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, the #MeToo movement was inspiring thousands to share their stories of sexual harassment, abuse and assault.“Once we realized that we were in the middle of a sea-change moment in our culture, we recut the ending to include it in the film,” Sartain and Grossman, the directors of “Seeing Allred,” said in an email interview. “Gloria has been out front on the issues of sexual harassment and sexual abuse for decades. … It feels like the world is finally catching up to her.”The rise of#MeToo, ignited by accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, has given many films about women and led by women added resonance just as they arrive this week at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Thirty-eight percent of the selected movies were directed by women.One of them is “RBG,” a new documentary that chronicles the early legal career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her arguments for women’s equity in the 1950s and 1960s — an era when women in some states couldn’t hold a bank account or accuse their husbands of rape.Betsy West, who co-directed the film with Julie Cohen, said Ginsburg’s work gives “the current news a context. A lot of people do not know this history, and they do not know the extent to which women were completely discriminated against not so long ago.”The timing also is “fairly serendipitous” for dramatic films with strong female leads, said Liz Destro, a producer on the drama “Lizzie,” a portrait of the infamous ax-wielding Lizzie Borden.Much like the dystopian story of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a historical setting “allows you to see the misogyny that’s right in front of you,” she said.Women have been victims of sexual misconduct and inequality “to a certain degree, our entire lives,” Destro said. “The only thing that changed in October is that men started to see it and believe it.”Telling women’s stories • Dan Mirvish, co-founder of the rival Slamdance Film Festival, said he believes the twin topics of women’s equality and men’s misconduct will be unavoidable at Sundance. “Every Q&A in Park City, it’s going to come up again,” he said.Some events in Park City, inside and outside official festival venues, are slated to foster those discussions.A Culture Shift panel will explore how creative people can affect the national conversation on gender and race issues. Director Ava DuVernay, producer Christine Vachon and Issa Rae (creator of HBO’s “Insecure”) will participate Friday at Park City’s Egyptian Theatre.On Saturday, activists are organizing Respect Rally Park City in City Park. It’s an attempt to duplicate the success of last year’s Women’s March, where some 8,000 people (including Weinstein) marched through a snowstorm down Park City’s Old Main Street to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump.Part of the solution to bias and harassment is more representation of women in media and beyond, Putnam said. “We think our role is about who’s represented in the stories we tell, and what effect those stories [have] in the culture at large.”Sundance has been involved in the early meetings for Time’s Up, a new coalition of groups advocating for women’s equality and setting up a multimillion-dollar legal defense fund for women subjected to sexual misconduct and intimidation.Putnam also touted ReFrame, an initiative launched last February by Sundance Institute, the group Women in Film and 50 Hollywood leaders to improve gender parity in the movie industry.For years, Sundance has been “really focused on the idea of gender, as well as other sorts of underrepresented groups,” Putnam said. Some of the women directors who have gotten a boost through Sundance’s labs or the festival include DuVernay (“Selma,” “A Wrinkle in Time”), Jill Soloway (who created the Amazon series “Transparent”), Dee Rees (“Mudbound”) and Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”).‘Beautiful elements of feminism’ • Sara Colangelo, whose debut film “Little Accidents” premiered at Sundance in 2014, will see her second movie premiere Friday at Sundance. “The Kindergarten Teacher,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, will be part of a timely lineup of Sundance films with dominant female leads.Laura Dern is a troubled journalist in “The Tale,” Carey Mulligan is a 1960s mom in “Wildlife,” Andrea Riseborough is a woman having an identity crisis in “Nancy,” and “Star Wars” fighter Daisy Ridley is reimagined as a Shakespearean heroine in “Ophelia.”“I didn’t know that this was going to happen when I wrote the script,” Colangelo said. “In my head, we were going to have a female president now. We didn’t know that, politically, things would shift the way that they did.”In “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Gyllenhaal plays the title character, an educator and would-be poet who discovers one of her students may be a poetry prodigy.The movie is a remake of an Israeli film that focused on the relationship between the teacher and her student, Colangelo said. “I wanted to ground my version of this story, and this character psychologically, in this woman’s psyche,” she said.The psyche of accused killer Lizzie Borden intrigued actor Chloë Sevigny as she worked for years to develop “Lizzie,” first as a miniseries for HBO (where Sevigny starred for years on the polygamist drama “Big Love”) and later as a feature film, directed by Craig William Macneill.“It’s a thriller, like a beautiful thriller, but it also has these beautiful elements of feminism,” said Destro, one of the film’s producers.The strictures on women in the 1890s made it impossible to have an independent life or have a relationship with her family’s Irish maid (played in the film by Kristen Stewart), driving her to violence in the film. But, Destro said, sexism also helped her beat the rap.“The irony of it was it was really misogyny that got her off,” Destro said. “In the trial, there was a lot of evidence against her, but it was 12 men [on the jury], and they all said after the trial that somebody so dainty and so high-class couldn’t do something so terrible.”Meeting icons • Besides Ginsburg and Allred, festival documentaries profile actor Jane Fonda, genocide survivor and activist Nadia Murad, Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A., rock star Joan Jett and fashion icon Vivienne Westwood.West and Cohen had pursued a comprehensive interview with Ginsburg for years for “RBG,” produced by CNN Films. In 2015, Ginsburg agreed to do an interview in summer 2017.The filmmakers also interview many of her admirers, including Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch.Early in her career, Ginsburg argued six major women’s equity cases before the Supreme Court and won five of them.“She was very careful in the cases she brought and the ways in which she presented the cases,” West said. “She knew she was trying to educate and change the minds of male Supreme Court justices who had really never considered the issues she was raising.”The movie also covers how Ginsburg’s sharp dissents of her conservative colleagues have made her an icon to young people, thanks to the semi-ironic nickname “Notorious RBG.” “She really is seen as a rock star,” West said.It also took Sartain and Grossman years to persuade Allred, the celebrity lawyer, to be profiled. She finally agreed in 2014, three months before the Bill Cosby sexual-assault scandal broke. (Allred’s clients include women who have accused Cosby, Weinstein and Trump of sexual misconduct.)In chronicling Allred’s life, they saw the tough lawyer people see on TV. “What we didn’t know,” the filmmakers said, “is that she is also a very warm, funny and thoughtful person, a doting grandma and a fiercely loyal friend.”British filmmaker Lorna Tucker said Westwood, the confrontational fashion designer who is the subject of her documentary “Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist,” was often a prickly interview. Westwood dismissed requests to recount her work with entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren to outfit the punk band The Sex Pistols.But the film finds an unexpected link to the current moment when it touches on the emotional and physical abuse McLaren inflicted on Westwood.“It’s been really nice watching this movement of women getting angry,” Tucker said. “What I hope is, after this movement, everything becomes equal. … It needs to get to a point where this crap doesn’t happen, and we don’t even need to talk about equality.”

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  • Girl lying next to grieving grandfather in heartbreaking photo dies of cancerGirl lying next to grieving grandfather in heartbreaking photo dies of cancer

    PENSACOLA, Fla. – A young girl, whose battle with cancer was shared widely after a photo with her weeping grandfather was posted on Facebook, has died, according to a statement on the family's tribute page. "Our sweet Braylynn, our warrior princess, earned her sparkly pink angel wings this evening," the statement read. "Her nickname was Princess Bel and she could light up any room. She loved Hello Kitty and her birthday was December 10. She was a princess with the strength of a warrior and she will NEVER be forgotten." In December, 5-year-old Braylynn was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. The child's family was told she may live for a year, but in early January she entered hospice after experiencing complications. Braylynn's family posted updates about her fight against cancer on Facebook. But a gut-wrenching photo of Braylynn with her grandfather earlier this month was shared around the world. Braylynn's maternal grandfather suffers from ALS. When he saw Braylynn in the hospital, he broke down. Parker wrote on Facebook, "In a few days I will have to bury this beautiful little girl. Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father. Both of my heroes, gone, within the same year..." Braylynn's family has set up a GoFundMe page for medical and funeral expenses that has raised over $75,000. The family will post funeral arrangements once they have been made.

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  • House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdownHouse panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown

    The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday in a showdown over whether he could be forced to testify in the panel's Russia investigation.

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  • Utah County launches new 911 text messaging serviceUtah County launches new 911 text messaging service

    OREM, Utah  – The Orem Police Department announced that all of Utah County will be launching a 911 text messaging service, where people will able to be connected to a dispatcher via text. “If you can call 911 for help, please do, but for those times when you can’t call, there is now ‘Text to 911’. This new feature is also a benefit to the hearing impaired and can be helpful in an emergency as opposed to a voice call to 911” the police department wrote in a statement. For citizens who are in a situation where it would be dangerous to call 911 and speak to a dispatcher, “Text to 911” could prove to be life-saving. “Cases of abuse, burglary and robbery have been successfully reported across the country by callers who have been able to text 911 without tipping off a suspect. We are happy to be able to offer this life saving service to our citizens,” the police department said. “As the public safety professionals in Utah County we are always working to improve our ability to respond to emergencies to help keep you safe.,” a press release on the new service said.

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  • As Nelson’s longtime right-hand man, Oaks brings a keen legal mind to Mormonism’s new Big ThreeAs Nelson’s longtime right-hand man, Oaks brings a keen legal mind to Mormonism’s new Big Three

    For nearly 34 years, Dallin H. Oaks has been at Russell M. Nelson’s side — in solemn meetings at the Salt Lake Temple, during intense policy discussions at LDS Church headquarters and for public appearances in Mormon General Conferences.There they always were. The lawyer and the doctor. The judge and the surgeon. The apostle and the ... apostle.That close association will continue after Nelson, newly ordained and set apart by his fellow apostles as the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, picked his longtime colleague to be his first counselor in the governing First Presidency (Henry B. Eyring is second counselor).Nelson, who became a renowned heart surgeon, and Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice, even were called to the Mormon apostleship on the same day in 1984, but the former was ordained about a month earlier.As such, the 85-year-old Oaks, a former president of LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University and next in line to succeed the 93-year-old Nelson, is well prepared after having served more than three decades in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.“The interesting thing about Oaks is that he comes from an academic [legal] background,” said LDS historian Matthew Bowman, author of “The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith.” “That has made him sort of the point man in church leadership for complex issues of the law.“Particularly, he is probably [the leadership’s] most academic thinker about religion and its place in public life,” added Bowman, a history professor at Arkansas’ Henderson State University.Indeed, unlike Nelson’s immediate predecessors, Thomas S. Monson and Gordon B. Hinckley, Oaks has not spent the bulk of his working life within the Mormon hierarchy. Before his apostolic appointment, Oaks already had built a legacy and reputation as a professor, attorney and jurist possessed of a keen, deliberative legal mind.From human laws to God’s lawsHe clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren in 1957-58 and practiced law in Illinois before accepting a professorship at the University of Chicago Law School in 1961. In 1969, while heading the school’s discipline committee as it addressed a campus sit-in, Oaks was assaulted twice.He became president of BYU in Provo in 1971, overseeing creation of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He left BYU in 1980 to join the Utah Supreme Court, where he served as a justice for four years before becoming an apostle.Oaks penned respected scholarly pieces on Fourth Amendment and related issues regarding evidence exclusion. He even delved into whether LDS founder Joseph Smith’s 1844 order to destroy the press of the anti-Mormon Nauvoo Expositor was legal.Oaks opined that while destruction of the printing press itself was illegal, it probably fell within the laws of the time to declare the newspaper’s attacks on Smith as “libelous” and therefore close it down as a “public nuisance.” Either way, the move set the stage for Smith’s assassination three weeks later.While serving on Utah’s high court, Oaks crafted several major opinions. In one case (KUTV v. Conder) he wrote a ruling that overturned a lower court’s order barring the news media from using the term “Sugarhouse Rapist” or disclosing past convictions of a defendant during a criminal trial.In another headline-grabbing case (Wells vs. Children’s Aid Society of Utah) Oaks wrote the opinion upholding as constitutional a statute that terminated parental rights of unwed fathers. That case involved a father of an adopted newborn who had failed to file paternity papers within statutory time limits.Former Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Gordon R. Hall remembered Oaks both as “a first-class member of our court and a real asset” as well as a “good friend.”“He was very knowledgeable of the law,” said Hall, now retired at age 91, “as well as an all-around gentleman with a proper judicial demeanor.”And if his former bench buddy someday rises to the LDS Church’s presidential chair, Hall said, Oaks would wear the prophetic mantle well.“He would handle that position in a very appropriate manner,” Hall said. “His experience in other walks of life has been exemplary. He knows what’s happening, and how to handle matters and people as they arise.”Fighting for religious libertyA frequent voice for protecting the rights of religions and their leaders to speak out on moral and political issues, Oaks twice testified as an LDS Church representative before Congress — a rare thing for the faith — in support of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.The U.S. Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional in 1997, but Oaks has continued to vocally defend religious speech in the public forum. In recognition of his lifetime devotion to that cause, he received the Canterbury Medal from the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom in 2013.In fact, U.S. President Donald Trump proclaimed Tuesday, coincidentally the day of Oaks’ elevation to the LDS First Presidency, as Religious Freedom Day.Mormon historian Richard Bushman — who wrote “Rough Stone Rolling,” an acclaimed biography of the first LDS Church prophet, Joseph Smith — predicted that Oaks’ defense of religious expression would be a hallmark of his growing role in Mormon leadership — along with continued conservative views against same-sex marriage.“This is sky-blue speculation, but he is a man of logic,” said Bushman, who has interacted with Oaks for decades, both in writing and speaking about Mormon history and beliefs.“He’s not one for telling stories like President Monson was, nor [is he] known for incidents of kindness — not that he isn’t kind himself; he is a very generous, kind man,” Bushman said. “But he would lay down things in a very systematic fashion; not necessarily doctrine, but just good common-sense principles.”Oaks’ approach, is not unlike a lawyer arguing a case or a judge shaping a legal opinion.If Oaks ever became the church’s president, Bushman suspects, he would “seek help for making large decisions” from his advisers. However, once convinced, “he would be fairly bold . . . in seeking revelation.”Surprising stancesBowman, meanwhile, sees a potential Oaks presidency focused on “promoting clarity on murky [doctrinal] issues, such as gender in the priesthood, LGBTQ issues, and staking out a strong position for the church in the public sphere” on such matters.However, Oaks conservatism is no knee-jerk response. During a BYU-Hawaii commencement speech in March 2017, he chided the White House, without mentioning Trump by name.Along with the global woes of climate change, violence, immoralities and other evils, Oaks stated, “We are even challenged by the politics of conflict and the uncertainties sponsored by the aggressive new presidential administration in the world’s most powerful nation.”Bowman views that as evidence of an Oaks who “is a careful thinker on these sorts of things.”He also recalled a recent speech in which Oaks — while defending continuation of the all-male priesthood — spoke glowingly of the potential for Mormon women serving that priesthood as advisers and administrators.While Oaks has been “vociferous in his defense of the church’s position on gay marriage. . . he also criticized Kim Davis, the [Kentucky county clerk] who refused [in 2015] to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the courts had ordered her to do so,” Bowman pointed out. “He believes religious people need to abide by the procedures of American democracy, even if they go against . . . what they might prefer.”For instance, Oaks also proved instrumental in pushing a landmark compromise through the Utah Legislature in 2015 that guaranteed employment and housing protections for LGBTQ individuals while safeguarding some religious liberties.Oaks’ conference addresses generally have been serious sermons, delivered with successive, footnoted points, on matters of doctrine, morality and spiritual perseverance.Still, colleagues say, Oaks can display a disarming sense of humor.In a 1993 interview, then-Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham recalled that “no matter how heated the discussion [among the justices] might have become, Dallin could invariably tell a story that would get everyone laughing.″Whenever lawyers droned on with oral arguments, other high court colleagues shared, Oaks would begin sliding down in his seat. Eventually, only the top of his bald head was visible.He wasn’t afraid to poke fun at his follicly challenged pate, once telling former law clerk Fred Voros: “The Lord made many heads and those less beautiful he covered with hair.”BeginningsA Provo native, Oaks scored success as an athlete on Brigham Young High School’s 1949 championship basketball team. He also competed on the football and track teams.As a member of the school band, Oaks, legend has it, also sneaked out some violin cases so that he and some mischievous friends could stage a bogus “bank robbery.” The pranksters reportedly went Al Capone-style into a Provo bank clad in trench coats and hats pulled down on their brows.They displayed no weapons, his friends would later recount, and took no money — something that apparently kept Oaks and his posse from getting into serious trouble.His first job was sweeping up at a radio repair shop and testing radio tubes. At 16, that technological fascination led him to obtain a first-class radio-telephone operator’s license.While he was a BYU freshman, announcing radio coverage of high school basketball games, he met his future wife, June Dixon.They married in 1952 and had six children. His wife died in 1998.Oaks remarried in 2000, exchanging vows with the former Kristen Meredith McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.On Tuesday, Oaks praised Nelson and pledged to support the new LDS prophet.“I know his love of the Lord and Jesus Christ and his commitment to our Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation,” Oaks said. “I know his love of people. I know of his wisdom.”He knows, because he has been Nelson’s right-hand man — and he will continue to be so.News editor David Noyce contributed to this story.

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  • Doctor: Trump is healthy, did very well on cognitive testDoctor: Trump is healthy, did very well on cognitive test

    Washington • President Donald Trump’s overall health “is excellent” and he did “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening designed to detect early signs of memory loss and other neurologic functions, the Navy doctor who performed Trump’s medical checkup said Tuesday.Ronny Jackson had issued a blanket declaration that Trump was in “excellent health” after last Friday’s exam and promised to provide a fuller readout on Tuesday.He reported that the 6-foot-3 (1.9-meter) president weighed in at 239 pounds (108 kilograms) — 3 pounds (1.36 kilograms) heavier than he was in September 2016, the last time Trump revealed his weight to the public.Trump’s blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.Trump was 70 when he took office on Jan. 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the presidency.Trump’s heart exam was normal, with regular rhythm and no abnormal sounds, which Jackson said led him to conclude with confidence that Trump “has a very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues.” Trump has no heart disease.The 71-year-old president performed “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening, which is not a standard exam for the checkup but which was requested by Trump. The doctor said he had “absolutely no concerns” about Trump’s cognitive abilities. He speculated that Trump requested the exam in an attempt to beat back the narrative of the past few weeks that he is mentally unfit for office.“He’s very sharp. He’s very articulate when he speaks to me,” Jackson said. “I’ve never known him to repeat himself when he’s around me. I found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process.”Trump last revealed details about his health two months before the November 2016 election.Trump’s cholesterol reading from Friday’s exam was borderline high even though he takes a low dose of the statin drug Crestor. Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump’s bad cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it currently is 143.Trump’s body mass index, or BMI, of 29.9 puts him in the category of being overweight for his height. A BMI of 30 and over is considered obese.Jackson said he prescribed a diet lower in fat and carbohydrates, and exercise. He’d like the president to lose 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms) over the next year.Despite the diet and cholesterol concerns, Jackson stressed that Trump’s “cardiac health is excellent.” He passed a battery of heart exams including a stress test that Jackson said showed an above-average exercise capacity for a man of his age, despite some calcium buildup in his arteries. He also takes a low-dose aspirin for heart health.Jackson said Trump has avoided some big heart risks — he’s never smoked and isn’t diabetic — and has no family history of heart problems.Trump did not undergo a psychiatric exam, but he did undergo a cognitive screening test. Called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, it is designed to detect early signs of memory loss and other neurologic functions — and Trump had a perfect score, the doctor said.Cognitive assessments aren’t routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare’s annual wellness visits for seniors.___AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard and Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.

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  • Salt Lake City Police Department seeks robbery suspectSalt Lake City Police Department seeks robbery suspect

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  • Letter: Shouldn’t the new Jazz uniforms feature coal cars, oil derricks and smoke?Letter: Shouldn’t the new Jazz uniforms feature coal cars, oil derricks and smoke?

    The Utah Jazz’s new uniforms, as reported recently in The Tribune, strike me as false advertising. They feature multiple shades of yellow, orange and red meant to evoke Utah’s wonderful redrock landscapes.Yes, Utah does indeed have breathtaking natural beauty worth celebrating. But Utah is a state where the political leadership, and presumably a majority of the electorate that repeatedly returns these people to office, value mineral extraction and industry over clean air and wild places.The Orrin Hatch-led decimation of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments is only the latest example. So wouldn’t it be more fitting for the Jazz to sport uniforms in black and gray, with images of coal cars, oil derricks, billowing black smoke and regional haze?Jeffrey W. Kramer, Salt Lake City

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  • Kevin Sumlin says coaching Arizona is ‘the right challenge’Kevin Sumlin says coaching Arizona is ‘the right challenge’

    Tucson, Ariz. • Kevin Sumlin calls the head coaching job at Arizona "the right place and the right challenge."He made the comment at a news conference introducing him as coach on Tuesday.Sumlin said that when he spoke with Wildcats athletic director Dave Heeke about the job, talk inevitably turned to the Rose Bowl. Arizona is the only one of the original Pac-10 never to play in the game."I said, 'It is going to happen,'" Sumlin said. "'What time is that going to happen? Why not now and why not us?'"The 53-year-old coach, fired after compiling a 51-26 record the past six seasons at Texas A&M;, confirmed that he will retain Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator. He made no other announcements about assistants but there are consistent reports that he will bring in Noel Mazzone as offensive coordinator.Sumlin has an 86-43 record in 10 seasons as a head coach with nine bowl appearances. But he found long-term survival in the SEC difficult, losing his job after the Aggies went 7-6 last season, including losing to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl.Sumlin also coached four seasons at Houston, going 12-1 in his final year there in 2011. He takes over in Tucson just 13 days after Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general's office alleging he ran a hostile workplace.The claim filed by Rodriguez's former assistant alleged the coach fondled himself in front of her and forced her to cover up an extramarital affair he was having with a different woman. Rodriguez acknowledged the affair, but denied the allegations.Heeke expects a transparent program under Sumlin."I think you saw that Kevin's just an open, honest, straightforward person," Heeke said. "We're all in this together. It's a partnership, it's about the people. We look forward to a really long partnership with Kevin and a really open and inclusive environment."The first question asked of Sumlin was about being the first African-American football coach at Arizona."It is significant but this is my third time being a head coach and I've been asked that question every time," he said. "It is significant and shouldn't be overlooked but you hope that in time, in the next 5-10 years, that that is not the first question you get."With the hiring of Herm Edwards at Arizona State, the football coaches at both of the state's largest schools are African-American.Sumlin, who already has recruited successfully in Arizona and has strong ties in California and, of course, Texas, promised a program that will be heavily involved in the community."We will not be an isolated football program with our players," he said. "It's our job to do our part on the field to create excitement and I'm looking forward to that."Sumlin met with Arizona's players early Tuesday to offer them reassurance: one, that Yates would be back to run the defense and, two, that the offense would not vary greatly from the one run by Rodriguez. Arizona returns several talented young players, most notably dynamic quarterback Khalil Tate."Offensively, we're quite similar in philosophy," Sumlin said, "a little bit different in what we wanted to do maybe throwing the ball a little bit more and getting explosive plays and scoring points."But not too different from the read option Rodriguez operated."I wanted them to leave the building this morning not thinking we're going to run the triple option or we're going to become this crazy team," Sumlin said. "So they left the day feeling good. There will be some subtle changes but hopefully for the better."The triple option remark came after earlier reports that Arizona's top pick for the job was Army's Ken Niumatolo, who runs the triple option there. Tate responded to those reports with a tweet that read "I didn't come to Arizona to run the triple option."Heeke said Sumlin was the only person offered the job.The university will add more money to pay assistants, Heeke said, one of the subjects of a long conversation he and Sumlin had Saturday night."We want to get coaches that Kevin thinks will help lead our program forward and we're ready to invest in that," Heeke said.Pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents, Sumlin will get a five-year contract worth $14.5 million.Despite the speed of the decision, Heeke insisted there was an extensive search and extreme vetting of candidates."It felt like a marathon with a sprint pace," he said. "I'm at the finish line and trying to catch my breath a little bit."Several former players attended the news conference and Sumlin said all are welcome."You're always welcome in this program," he said. "This is your program. I've said this wherever I've been. No one knows more or should know more than former players because you guys played here, you guys sacrificed, did a lot of different things. You guys care and it's a different level of caring."

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  • Fuel tanker explosion kills employee at Hurricane trucking companyFuel tanker explosion kills employee at Hurricane trucking company

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  • Utah sheriff's deputy extradited to Arizona in child sex abuse caseUtah sheriff's deputy extradited to Arizona in child sex abuse case

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  • Letter: Kudos for plan to address climate change-related health risksLetter: Kudos for plan to address climate change-related health risks

    I’d like to thank the Salt Lake County Health Department for issuing its “Climate Adaptation Plan for Public Health.” The plan creates an action framework to address climate change-related health risks and actions needed to mitigate the effects on residents in the Intermountain West.It acknowledges the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning that “widespread scientific consensus exists that the world’s climate is changing these impacts could negatively affect public health.” Climate changes will continue to affect our air quality, water resources, extreme weather events, increased pathogens, contaminates and disease vectors, such as mosquitoes. Significant public health impacts should be expected.The health department’s plan addresses these likely impacts on the people residing in this region with concrete suggestions for mitigating actions that should be implemented now. Collaborators include Heat Risk Initiative, Utah Climate Action Network, Wasatch Clean Air Network and Utah Clean Cities Coalition. Many more stakeholders are needed at the table.It’s commendable that the Salt Lake County Health Department has brought these issues to the public’s attention. Steps are needed now to identify and fund mitigation measures. Without higher-level policy changes to directly address climate change, local health officials are left to assume responsibility for damage control.Susan Corth, Salt Lake City

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  • Utah Girl Scouts announces that their cookies will be sold onlineUtah Girl Scouts announces that their cookies will be sold online

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  • Pope acknowledges pain of abuse among victims — and priestsPope acknowledges pain of abuse among victims — and priests

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  • Inmate assaults deputy at Utah County Jail, authorities sayInmate assaults deputy at Utah County Jail, authorities say

    A Utah County sheriff’s deputy was treated and released from a hospital after he was attacked by a jail inmate early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

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  • Mother of 13 malnourished children was ‘perplexed’ when deputies arrived, captain saysMother of 13 malnourished children was ‘perplexed’ when deputies arrived, captain says

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The mother of 13 malnourished children who were found being held at a filthy, foul-smelling California home, some of them chained to furniture, was “perplexed” when deputies entered the residence over the weekend, a sheriff’s captain said Tuesday. Louise Anna Turpin, 49, was arrested along with her 56-year-old husband, David Allen Turpin, on Sunday. The Turpins' arrest was announced by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Monday, exploding into a story bringing national media attention to the residential community of Perris, some 60 miles east of Los Angeles. This photo was posted to a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on May 6, 2016. On Tuesday, authorities answered questions about the case, stressing the investigation was just beginning. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Fellows, who serves as chief of Perris police, said conditions in the home were “horrific.” But authorities had never before been called to the Muir Woods Road home, where the family moved in 2014. After the “courageous” teen got out of the home before dawn and placed her emergency call, deputies came to meet her nearby, the captain said. She showed the deputies photos that supported her claims that her siblings were being held against their will. The deputies went to the home to do a welfare check. There, they found three children chained to furniture in a dirty home. The 13 siblings ranged in age from 2 to 29, but the adult children looked like youths. “If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished … I would call that torture,” Fellows said. Their mother, however, did not seem to understand why deputies were at the home. “It seemed that the mother was perplexed as to why we were at that residence,” Fellows said. This photo was posted to a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on July 10, 2016. It’s not clear how the husband reacted. The couple was taken to the sheriff’s Perris Station and arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment. Investigators will soon present the case to prosecutors for charges. The parents, Fellows said, showed no signs mental illness. Investigators have no details as yet on any religious organizations connected to the case, the captain said. The Turpins are being held on $9 million bail each. The children are being treated at area hospitals.

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  • Ogden woman admits to shoplifting, then panics and tries to fleeOgden woman admits to shoplifting, then panics and tries to flee

    OGDEN, Utah – A Weber County woman was arrested on robbery, retail theft and drug possession charges, after allegedly admitting to shoplifting, then panicking while she was detained. Sarah Ann Huston, 37, was observed by employees at Cal Ranch, a retail store located at 955 N 2000 W in Ogden, concealing items in her coat. An employee also told police that she had observed Huston and her friend, “in the clothing area for about one hour going into and out of the dressing rooms.” Huston and her friend reportedly paid for some items, but when they attempted to exit the store, the security system went off. Police said in a probable cause statement that Huston stopped, and pulled a bracelet out of her coat pocket, apologizing for taking it. “While upstairs Sarah started to panic and wanted to leave and began to try and push her way out of the room,” employees told police. Huston reportedly pushed a staff member four times, in an attempt to leave. The total value of all the items that Sarah had attempted to steal was $191.92. When police arrived on scene, they searched Huston’s purse, which had several clean syringes and used syringes in it.  “Also inside her purse there was a metal spoon with a burnt end, and residue located. Deputies also found a couple clear plastic baggies used for containing illegal drugs,” police wrote. Police also stated that Huston had deposited “glass pipes and syringes” into a trash can that had previously been empty at the store where she was detained. While in a police car, Huston reportedly told officers that she had heroin, and did not want to be charged with it. She asked the officer to dispose of it for her, the probable cause statement said. Huston was arrested for three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of use or possession of drug, retail theft and robbery.

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  • Rep. Mia Love has ‘substantive and productive’ meeting with Pres. TrumpRep. Mia Love has ‘substantive and productive’ meeting with Pres. Trump

    WASHINGTON — Utah Congresswoman Mia Love said she met with President Trump Tuesday morning, just two days after deploring him on CNN’s “State of the Union” for his alleged comments decrying immigrants coming from African countries and Haiti. “This morning’s meeting was substantive and productive,” Congresswoman Love said. “We discussed the importance and urgency of finding a solution for DACA recipients, on enhancing border security, and on implementing reforms to ensure our nation continues to attract the world’s top talent, regardless of race. I will work with both parties in Congress as well as with the White House to make sure that we reach an agreement.” On Thursday, Trump asked lawmakers “Why do we want all these people from s—hole countries coming here?” during a meeting on immigration reform in the Oval Office, according to a source briefed on the meeting. Love, whose parents immigrated to the United State from Haiti, released a statement that evening, saying “The President’s comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation.” When asked if she characterized Trump’s purported question as racist, Love answered affirmatively. “I think they were, yes. I think they were unfortunate. I don’t know if they were taken — I wasn’t in the room. I know the comments were made. I don’t know in which context they were made,” Love  said. “I’m looking forward to finding out what happened, but more importantly, I’m looking forward to fixing the problem.” Speaking with reporters on Sunday, Trump was asked if he is a racist, which he denied. Love said she is now counting on Congress to address and solve immigration issues in the United States. “I believe Congress can solve the vast majority of the immigration issues the nation faces. There is already agreement on many important aspects. We need to fight against those who have a vested interest in keeping immigration a wedge issue. This has gone unaddressed for far too long. Let’s have a real conversation, so Congress can finish the important work we were elected to do,” the statement Love released Tuesday said.

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  • Two shot in Magna; shelter in place lifted at nearby schoolsTwo shot in Magna; shelter in place lifted at nearby schools

    Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment MAGNA, Utah —Officials from the Unified Police Department are investigating a shooting at a bus stop in Magna Tuesday morning. The shooting incident occurred near 7200 W 3500 S. A 17-year-old and a 56-year-old man are both in critical condition after they were shot, according to police. Detective Chuck Malm of the Unified Police Department, says it started with a heated exchange between a 17-year-old and someone driving a black Nissan. “The juvenile victim was waiting at the bus stop when the vehicle pulled up. There was some words exchanged and after the words were exchanged the vehicle left,” Malm said. About ten minutes later, the car came back and opened fire. “There may be multiple suspects that were in the vehicle,” said Malm. The Utah Department of Transportation reports 3500 S has been closed between 7200 W and 7800 W as police investigate the scene. That section of the road was expected to reopen by noon. The 17-year-old was hit and rushed to the hospital. He’s currently in fair condition. An innocent bystander was also hit. Based on the state vehicle parked in the lot behind the bus stop, police believe he’s a state employee. “We believe maybe he was a state worker that was maybe collecting garbage or working in the area and was right behind the bus stop,” said Malm. Police say the 56-year-old innocent bystander is also in fair condition. The suspect’s car is a black Nissan hatchback or small SUV. “It left westbound from this location and headed north on Patrick Drive,” said Malm. At this point, police aren’t sure why that initial argument escalated, leading to a violent exchange that could’ve easily turned tragic. The Granite School District placed three nearby schools in a “shelter in place” state: Lake Ridge Elementary, Copper Hills Elementary and Matheson Jr. High. During a shelter in place, the schools’ exterior doors are locked, no visitors are allowed and classes proceed as normal. “The incident does not involve any of the schools, and there is no direct threat to students. The protocol is strictly precautionary to ensure student safety,” a statement from Granite School District said.  

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  • Romney won’t say if he’s running for U.S. Senate, but he just gave a campaign-style speechRomney won’t say if he’s running for U.S. Senate, but he just gave a campaign-style speech

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  • President Russell M. Nelson announced as 17th President of LDS churchPresident Russell M. Nelson announced as 17th President of LDS church

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its new leadership Tuesday. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced 93-year-old Pres. Russell M. Nelson as the 17th president and prophet of the LDS church. He was set apart as president on Jan. 14, 2018. Pres. Dallin H. Oaks, 85, was announced as First Counselor and Pres. Henry B. Eyring, 84, as Second Counselor in the First Presidency. Pres. M. Russell Ballard will be the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Prior to his service as head of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since April 7, 1984. He was president of that quorum from July 15, 2015, until his call as the Church’s leader, according to MormonNewsroom.org. The LDS church said President Dallin H. Oaks has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since May 1984. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980 and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship. According to MormonNewsroom.org, President Henry B. Eyring served as a counselor to President Thomas S. Monson from 2008 to 2018 and to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 2007 to 2008. The LDS church reports he was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 1, 1995. Before his full-time Church service, President Eyring was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1971 to 1977. He was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971. The church reports Acting President M. Russell Ballard has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve since October 6, 1985. It said in 1976 he was called as a General Authority Seventy. Before his call as a full-time Church leader, President Ballard had interests in automotive, real estate and investment businesses. After the announcement, President Nelson and his two counselors spoke to the media. “My hope is that as of today we will help you see the church as we are and what we are determined to become and why,” said President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor, first presidency. Leaders say they’re optimistic about the future of the church and will continue to spread their message to the world and help those in need – including the LGBTQ community. “God loves his children and we love them. And there’s a place for everyone who wishes to do so with, regardless of his challenges with us in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” said President Nelson. When pressed about bringing more women, people of color, and international members into the decision making process, President Nelson said the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Quorums of the Seventy are not a representative assembly of any kind. The leadership of the church is from the local communities. “We’ll live to see the day when there are other flavors in the mix but we respond because we’ve been called by the Lord. Not one of us asked to be here,” said President Nelson. President Dallin H. Oaks also commented that he always advises youth to stay away from labeling themselves. “ It’s dangerous to label themselves as a particular nationality, geographic origin, ethnic circumstance or whatever it might be because the most important thing about us is that we are all children of God,” said Oaks. “We are better suited to relate to one another and avoid a sort of quota system as if God applied his blessings and extended his goodness and his love on the basis of quotas that I think he does not recognize so we shouldn’t.” Leaders also invited those who strayed away from the church to come back. President Oaks said the leaders believe in the organization the church has set in place with multiple prophets, seers and revelators and a council system. “In council, we all in an independent spirit, individually praying for guidance from the Lord, we sit as the Lord’s servants to define doctrine of the church and expectation of the church.” President Nelson said it’s important for every member to know the difference between what’s doctrine and what’s human. He asked that people not be offended by what may have been said or what may have transpired. “Make sure you are square with your Heavenly Father who loves you and wants you to be happy. The way to happiness is to keep his commandments. Give your leader a little leeway to make mistakes as you hope your leaders will give you a little leeway to profit by your errors.”

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