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    Gehrke: Trump's dark message belies a nation's goodness

    Gehrke: Trump's dark message belies a nation's goodness


    Facing the prospect of a bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln used his first inaugural to address Southern states in a bid to preserve the Union. “We are not enemies, but friends,” he said, appealing to “the better angels of our nature.” In the...

    Facing the prospect of a bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln used his first inaugural to address Southern states in a bid to preserve the Union. “We are not enemies, but friends,” he said, appealing to “the better angels of our nature.” In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt spoke of a nation that is strong, united and resilient, reassuring the population that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In Donald Trump’s world, it seems, the only thing we have to fear is ev...
    'I can't believe this is happening' -- Utah fans of Trump hold back tears of joy

    'I can't believe this is happening' -- Utah fans of Trump hold back tears of joy


    Washington • When Robert Woodruff heard the three men in front of him praising Donald Trump, he leaned forward and embraced the strangers in a hug, spreading his arms wide over the backs of their rain-dotted ponchos. His wife, Anna, shook her head and...

    Washington • When Robert Woodruff heard the three men in front of him praising Donald Trump, he leaned forward and embraced the strangers in a hug, spreading his arms wide over the backs of their rain-dotted ponchos. His wife, Anna, shook her head and laughed, pulling her tan jacket tighter around her neck. “Where you guys from?” drawled one of the men, whose words poured out as white steam in the chilly air. “Utah,” Woodruff responded. “So you know Donny Osmond?” “I actually did the insulatio...
    Sen. Orrin Hatch acting as a designated survivor during inauguration

    Sen. Orrin Hatch acting as a designated survivor during inauguration


    Washington • There’s not much resemblance to Kiefer Sutherland, but Sen. Orrin Hatch took on the role of the designated survivor during Friday’s inauguration events — one of the people playing the role. Outgoing President Barack Obama’s...

    Washington • There’s not much resemblance to Kiefer Sutherland, but Sen. Orrin Hatch took on the role of the designated survivor during Friday’s inauguration events — one of the people playing the role. Outgoing President Barack Obama’s designated survivor was Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security. Hatch, a seven-term Utah Republican, was incoming President Donald Trump’s pick and, as such, stayed away from the ceremony and was in an undisclosed location for the duration. As president pro ...

    Meet the Utahns going to Washington to celebrate -- and protest -- Trump's inauguration


    Hundreds of thousands of Americans will descend on Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate — and to protest — the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a quadrennial show of America’s peaceful transfer of power that will also put on full...

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans will descend on Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate — and to protest — the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a quadrennial show of America’s peaceful transfer of power that will also put on full display a country still sharply divided after a raucous campaign. Trump’s victory and assumption of the presidency will be met with celebrations by his supporters on Friday as he takes the oath of office. The next day, those upset with Trump’s ascendan...

    Chaffetz actually skipped the meeting, says ethics watchdog he lambasted


    Washington • The federal ethics official whom Rep. Jason Chaffetz lambasted last week for refusing to meet with him pointed to newly disclosed emails Thursday to say the congressman was the one to sidestep a December meeting. Walter Shaub Jr., the...

    Washington • The federal ethics official whom Rep. Jason Chaffetz lambasted last week for refusing to meet with him pointed to newly disclosed emails Thursday to say the congressman was the one to sidestep a December meeting. Walter Shaub Jr., the director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), had tentative plans to talk with Chaffetz in person Dec. 8, according to emails released by the agency. But the Utah Republican, who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee and had initially reque...
    Courts deny Swallow's motion to disqualify judge ahead of February trial

    Courts deny Swallow's motion to disqualify judge ahead of February trial


    The judge presiding over former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s public corruption case won’t be disqualified from the onetime GOP officeholder’s February trial. That’s because Swallow’s attorneys failed to prove their claim that 3rd...

    The judge presiding over former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s public corruption case won’t be disqualified from the onetime GOP officeholder’s February trial. That’s because Swallow’s attorneys failed to prove their claim that 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills has shown repeated biases against him, a court order issued Friday says. The legal standards for proving bias are “a high hurdle to surmount,” the district’s associate presiding judge, Ryan Harris, wrote, “[Swallow] simply ...

    Utah prison inmate charged with aggravated murder in cellmate's death


    A Utah prison inmate has been charged with aggravated murder, accused of fatally assaulting his cellmate in August. Julio Cesar Garza, 26, was charged last week in 6th District Court with the crime, which could carry the potential of the death penalty....

    A Utah prison inmate has been charged with aggravated murder, accused of fatally assaulting his cellmate in August. Julio Cesar Garza, 26, was charged last week in 6th District Court with the crime, which could carry the potential of the death penalty. Garza is accused of punching and kicking 24-year-old Carlos-Adrian Javier Hernandez inside their cell in the Gunnison prison facility on Aug. 25. Hernandez had been serving a sentence of up to life for the 2007 murder and rape of 15-year-old Keel...

    Fire department audit triggers county review of council members' spending


    A blistering state audit of the Unified Fire Authority, formerly led by Salt Lake County Councilman Michael Jensen, has prompted a separate county audit of expenditures by all nine council members and their staffs. County Auditor Scott Tingley said...

    A blistering state audit of the Unified Fire Authority, formerly led by Salt Lake County Councilman Michael Jensen, has prompted a separate county audit of expenditures by all nine council members and their staffs. County Auditor Scott Tingley said Thursday his office will conduct a detailed examination of expenses within the council office after learning of the extent of the issues raised in two audits of the fire agency released Wednesday by state Auditor John Dougall. The county auditor is an...

    Crowd unanimously asks Utah Board of Education to repeal student-athlete transfer rule


    Robert McDaniel said Thursday that when he became principal of Cyprus High School three years ago, he inherited a school with low test scores, poor attendance and below-average graduation rates. But in his first week he became a “hat-chaser,” he...

    Robert McDaniel said Thursday that when he became principal of Cyprus High School three years ago, he inherited a school with low test scores, poor attendance and below-average graduation rates. But in his first week he became a “hat-chaser,” he said, after two teachers complained about the number of students violating the school’s dress code. It later dawned on him, McDaniel said, that most of his faculty, students and parents didn’t care about hats. “I started focusing on what Cyprus High S...

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir gives seventh inauguration performance


    Washington • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, once dubbed “America’s choir” by President Ronald Reagan, belted out “America the Beautiful” ahead of Donald Trump’s oath of office Friday, earning applause from a crowd stretching down the National...

    Washington • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, once dubbed “America’s choir” by President Ronald Reagan, belted out “America the Beautiful” ahead of Donald Trump’s oath of office Friday, earning applause from a crowd stretching down the National Mall. A select group of the Utah-based choir, accompanied by the Marine Band, wore cream coats and plaid scarves as they performed the song on the west front of the Capitol. It was the seventh time the choir has sung at a presidential inauguration. “The oppor...
    Pastor preaching to Trump on Friday has called Mormon church a 'cult'

    Pastor preaching to Trump on Friday has called Mormon church a 'cult'


    Washington • A Texas pastor scheduled to preach at a private ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump on Friday morning has made several derogatory remarks about Mormons and charged that a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for Satan. Robert Jeffress, a...

    Washington • A Texas pastor scheduled to preach at a private ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump on Friday morning has made several derogatory remarks about Mormons and charged that a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for Satan. Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist, is set to address Trump and his family Friday before the incoming president takes the oath of office — a moment that will be preceded by a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. CNN first reported Jeffress will preside at a ce...

    President Donald Trump promises a nation where the people rule


    Washington • Promising a new day for America and hailing what he said was an historic turn for the country, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday before a crowd of hundreds of thousands. “What truly matters is...

    Washington • Promising a new day for America and hailing what he said was an historic turn for the country, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday before a crowd of hundreds of thousands. “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people,” Trump said. “January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our cou...

    Utah woman sent to prison for DUI crash that killed infant


    A Utah County woman was sent to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to driving drunk and hitting a tree — a crash which resulted in the death a 4-month-old passenger. Chelsea Fuller, 29, pleaded guilty in 4th District Court to third-degree felony...

    A Utah County woman was sent to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to driving drunk and hitting a tree — a crash which resulted in the death a 4-month-old passenger. Chelsea Fuller, 29, pleaded guilty in 4th District Court to third-degree felony counts of automobile homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Judge James Brady immediately sentenced the woman to prison on Wednesday, according to court records, ordering her to serve two consecutive zero-to-five-year terms beh...

    Rolly: The latest audits of quasi-government agencies fit a growing trend


    What do the Utah Transit Authority, the Economic Development Corp. of Utah, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative, the Utah Communications Authority, the Utah College of Applied Technology, the Utah Dairy Commission, the Utah Local...

    What do the Utah Transit Authority, the Economic Development Corp. of Utah, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative, the Utah Communications Authority, the Utah College of Applied Technology, the Utah Dairy Commission, the Utah Local Governments Trust, the Unified Fire Authority and the Utah League of Cities and Towns have in common? They are all quasi-government institutions overseen by independent boards while receiving public money, and they all have been scandalized by scathing ...

    Audit rips Utah League of Cities and Towns, calls for criminal probe, recovery of public funds


    Ken Bullock, longtime executive director of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, resigned as a state audit released Thursday said he charged $57,000 in personal expenses to the credit card of that taxpayer-funded group over four years. The report by the...

    Ken Bullock, longtime executive director of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, resigned as a state audit released Thursday said he charged $57,000 in personal expenses to the credit card of that taxpayer-funded group over four years. The report by the office of State Auditor John Dougall questioned another $130,000 in Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT) charges because they lacked documentation showing they were for business purposes. The audit comes after The Salt Lake Tribune, using leake...

    'Kill Trump' spray-painted onto Salt Lake City storefront; police investigating


    Salt Lake City police are investigating after someone spray-painted the words “Kill Trump” in large letters on the windows of an empty store on Main Street. The vandalism occurred late Thursday night or early Friday at about 260 S. Main St., said...

    Salt Lake City police are investigating after someone spray-painted the words “Kill Trump” in large letters on the windows of an empty store on Main Street. The vandalism occurred late Thursday night or early Friday at about 260 S. Main St., said police spokesman Detective Richard Chipping. “Officers responded to investigate and document,” Chipping said Friday, adding that there were no immediate suspects. Hours later, the message had been painted over by the city, he said. Chipping said it was ...

    Contraband cigarettes among Utah smokers' favorite brands


    More than a quarter of the cigarettes smoked in Utah — 26.8 percent — are smuggled in because tobacco taxes here are so much higher than in neighboring states. Studies released this week by the Tax Foundation and the Mackinac Center for Public...

    More than a quarter of the cigarettes smoked in Utah — 26.8 percent — are smuggled in because tobacco taxes here are so much higher than in neighboring states. Studies released this week by the Tax Foundation and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan think tank, say Utah ranked No. 8 among all states for inbound cigarette smuggling in 2014, the most recent year for which data are available. A major factor fueling smuggling is “how high your cigarette tax is compared to your immediate...

    Police searching for fisherman reported missing at Flaming Gorge in Utah


    Police are searching for a fisherman Friday afternoon who was reported missing at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The man was seen launching his boat at the Cedar Springs Marina dock, said Daggett County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Susie...

    Police are searching for a fisherman Friday afternoon who was reported missing at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The man was seen launching his boat at the Cedar Springs Marina dock, said Daggett County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Susie Potter. The sheriff’s office was bringing in divers to search for the man, Potter said just before 3 p.m. The Salt Lake Tribune will update this story as more information is available. [email protected] Twitter: @mnoblenews

    Judge strikes conflict of interest statement from Jeremy Johnson case


    A federal judge on Friday struck from the record in the Jeremy Johnson case a statement that claimed that another judge had advised an attorney not to disclose a possible conflict of interest when she was appointed to represent the now-imprisoned St....

    A federal judge on Friday struck from the record in the Jeremy Johnson case a statement that claimed that another judge had advised an attorney not to disclose a possible conflict of interest when she was appointed to represent the now-imprisoned St. George businessman. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer, who presided over Johnson’s trial last year, said Johnson’s current attorneys had not followed proper procedures when they filed the statement and ignored a previous ruling that struck down thei...
    Judge rules BYU police are subject to Utah's record laws

    Judge rules BYU police are subject to Utah's record laws


    A state court judge on Friday found that the police force at Brigham Young University is a government agency for the purposes of Utah’s records law. The ruling, which has origins in the issue of how BYU has treated students who claim they were victims...

    A state court judge on Friday found that the police force at Brigham Young University is a government agency for the purposes of Utah’s records law. The ruling, which has origins in the issue of how BYU has treated students who claim they were victims of sexual assault, sends a records dispute between BYU police and The Salt Lake Tribune to the State Records Committee for a hearing. The newspaper is seeking emails between BYU police and the university’s Honor Code and Title IX offices. The rec...

    Utah law officials target mail, package theft


    Federal and local law officials on Friday had some words of advice for Utah citizens on preventing the theft of mail and packages — and some words of warning to those who would steal them. U.S. Attorney John Huber played host to a news conference at...

    Federal and local law officials on Friday had some words of advice for Utah citizens on preventing the theft of mail and packages — and some words of warning to those who would steal them. U.S. Attorney John Huber played host to a news conference at which he and other law officers sought to cast a spotlight on one of the least-sexy crimes around. The message was, Huber said, that the theft of mail and packages from homes is a federal felony and his office is committed to increasing prosecution...
    Prayers for a brighter day fill Salt Lake City interfaith inauguration service

    Prayers for a brighter day fill Salt Lake City interfaith inauguration service


    It was gray and lightly snowing Friday at 9 a.m. as about 70 anxious worshippers — mostly women — quietly filled the pews at Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church for an interfaith prayer service. The historic sanctuary was hushed; the mood...

    It was gray and lightly snowing Friday at 9 a.m. as about 70 anxious worshippers — mostly women — quietly filled the pews at Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church for an interfaith prayer service. The historic sanctuary was hushed; the mood somber. “As we gather for this inauspicious inauguration, it is not an easy day,” Unitarian Universalist minister Tom Goldsmith began. “Eight years ago, our spirits soared in exaltation. We couldn’t imagine that we would now be on the edge of despair, worri...
    Baby giraffe dies at Utah's Hogle Zoo

    Baby giraffe dies at Utah's Hogle Zoo


    A 3-week-old female giraffe at Utah’s Hogle Zoo has died after struggling since birth. Nancy Carpenter, the zoo’s director of animal health, said the calf was underweight and shorter than normal when born on Dec. 28. When it did not put on enough...

    A 3-week-old female giraffe at Utah’s Hogle Zoo has died after struggling since birth. Nancy Carpenter, the zoo’s director of animal health, said the calf was underweight and shorter than normal when born on Dec. 28. When it did not put on enough weight naturally, zoo officials intervened with intensive medical therapy, but the calf did not respond and died Wednesday. “In general, giraffe babies do not need any help to thrive,” Carpenter said. “This baby faced challenges from birth. Despite all ...

    Salt Lake area leaders launch push for more jail beds, treatment funding


    Without money for more jail beds and drug treatment, ongoing criminal justice reform efforts will fall short, county jails will remain overburdened and open drug use in downtown Salt Lake City will continue, Salt Lake area leaders say. The offices of the...

    Without money for more jail beds and drug treatment, ongoing criminal justice reform efforts will fall short, county jails will remain overburdened and open drug use in downtown Salt Lake City will continue, Salt Lake area leaders say. The offices of the city and mayors are working closely with Police Chief Mike Brown and Sheriff Jim Winder to win support from the public and legislature, who might each be asked to foot the bill. In the weeks leading into the legislative session, Salt Lake City ...

    How much do top Mormon leaders make? Leaked pay stubs may surprise you.


    Mormons and others who wonder about the salaries of top LDS leaders got a possible peek at those numbers Monday, when purported pay stubs for a high-ranking church official emerged online. Copies of the biweekly stubs for Henry B. Eyring — then a...

    Mormons and others who wonder about the salaries of top LDS leaders got a possible peek at those numbers Monday, when purported pay stubs for a high-ranking church official emerged online. Copies of the biweekly stubs for Henry B. Eyring — then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — report that he earned $83,132.75 from the start of 2000 until the first week of December. Two more pay periods at $3,096.15 each would have put Eyring’s salary at $89,325.05 for the year. The 16-year-old rec...
    New book explores an early Mormon dichotomy: Women defending polygamy while pushing a feminist agenda

    New book explores an early Mormon dichotomy: Women defending polygamy while pushing a feminist agenda


    Mormonism may be a faith with men in the top tiers, but without the earnest involvement of women, especially during the dicey days of polygamy, it would have collapsed. “Latter-day Saint women built the church that claimed their loyalty. They sustained...

    Mormonism may be a faith with men in the top tiers, but without the earnest involvement of women, especially during the dicey days of polygamy, it would have collapsed. “Latter-day Saint women built the church that claimed their loyalty. They sustained its missionary system, testified to its truths, and enhanced its joyful performative and playful elements,” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich writes in the final chapter of her new book, due out Tuesday. “Mormon women blessed...

    App rewards students for ignoring their phones


    Distracted students are nothing new, according to West High School Assistant Principal Christine Pittam. But distractions evolve over time, she said, shifting from Walkmans to MP3 players, from analog to digital. “It used to be that kids would pass...

    Distracted students are nothing new, according to West High School Assistant Principal Christine Pittam. But distractions evolve over time, she said, shifting from Walkmans to MP3 players, from analog to digital. “It used to be that kids would pass notes,” Pittam said. “Now it’s cellphones. They’re texting.” Reactions from educators have evolved as well. Last year, a teacher at West High might have confiscated a student’s smartphone, Pittam said. But, as of last week, the school is promoting...

    'Behind the Headlines': Presidential inauguration, 2017 legislative session and Rep. Jason Chaffetz


    Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will not look into President-elect Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, though a recent poll shows most Utahns want him to move forward with an investigation. Trump’s inauguration has Utahns...

    Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will not look into President-elect Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, though a recent poll shows most Utahns want him to move forward with an investigation. Trump’s inauguration has Utahns heading to Washington, D.C., both to celebrate and to protest the event. And Utah lawmakers gear up for the 2017 legislative session. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Jennifer Dobner and Matthew Piper, columnist Robert Gehrke, and governm...

    Shadow of Trump inauguration looms over U. speech by author Ta-Nehisi Coates


    The keynote speaker for the University of Utah’s weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. began his remarks Wednesday by commenting on a Twitter scuffle between a celebrity and a congressman. Award-winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates...

    The keynote speaker for the University of Utah’s weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. began his remarks Wednesday by commenting on a Twitter scuffle between a celebrity and a congressman. Award-winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates referred to comedian Rob Schneider, who took to the social media platform on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — to critique a statement by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, that Donald Trump is not a “legitimate” president. “Rep. Lewis. You are a...