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Federal Judge Legalizes Gay Marriage in Utah

Utah is the 10th state to get gay marriage this year—and the second this week—but it’s an especially significant one considering that voters in the state have not followed public opinion.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


Polygamy Comes Out

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Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Utah Judge Strikes Down Polygamy Law

A U.S. District Court judge ruled key parts of Utah’s polygamy law unconstitutional, a decision that effectively decriminalizes polygamy.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney’s New House Will Have a Secret Room

The Salt Lake Tribune has studied the architectural plans for Mitt Romney’s new house in the suburbs of Salt Lake City and made an interesting discovery.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Three Scout Leaders Topple Stone Formation, Face Charges

Claiming they were trying to protect the public from a stone formation that took 165 million years to form, three Utah Boy Scout leaders pushed a boulder from its erosion-built perch. And posted the video online. Welcome to modern American vandalism, the public parks version.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Deaths Trigger DEA Investigation of Pain Specialist

Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, is under investigation regarding the deaths from opioid overdoses of as many as 20 patients from his Utah clinic—a number unheard of in other offices where the medications are prescribed.

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I Mock the Sheriff

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Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE


Robert Redford: We Can’t Afford To Be at the Mercy of Big Oil

Remember when Sundance was known as the scrappy little flick-fest that could, ushering many an indie darling to theaters of mass consumption from its unlikely setting, nestled in a tony resort town in the Utah mountains, somehow stoking lefty sensibilities all the while? Yeah, that was a long time ago.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE


The Amazing Spider-Goat!

This is the kind of scientific story that’s a little “ooh” with some “ew!” mixed in, too: Scientists at Utah State University have cleverly combined goat and spider genes to make a normal-looking strain of goat that happens to be able to produce extra protein in its milk that can be made into spider silk.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



California Prisoners Do or Die

Prisoners all over California continue a hunger strike despite nearing death; “Sister Wives” reality TV show stars fight the anti-polygamy law; and economists have resorted to capital bribery to resuscitate the American job market. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Huntsman Throws In for Campaign 2012

Here are some fun facts about Jon Huntsman Jr.: He’s the former governor of Utah; he’s a Mormon; he last worked as an envoy to China for President Obama; and he’s now challenging his former boss for the White House by running for president on the Republican ticket. Updated

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



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This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance

Tim DeChristopher is in prison for standing in the way of the corporate and governmental destruction of the ecosystem.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Thar Be Gold in Them Hills

You know Fox News is all over this story: The Utah House of Representatives is fixin’ to vote on a measure that would make gold and silver coins a viable alternative to the boring—and inflation-prone—forms of currency currently in national circulation.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Utah Agency at Heart of Undocumented List Leak

A list of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants has been given to Utah media and state policymakers—a list that includes individuals’ first and last names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and even pregnancy due dates—and many are looking to a particular state agency as the culprit for the leak.

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Utah Immigrant List Terrorizes Residents

Utah authorities are investigating an “illegal immigrants” list sent anonymously to the media and law enforcement. The document contains 1,300 names along with private information such as home addresses and even pregnancy due dates. Needless to say, Utah residents who suspect they might be on the list are panicked.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE


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More States to Join Arizona in Annals of Immigration Infamy?

The conflict is still raging over Arizona’s oppressive SB 1070 immigration law, to say the least—we’re talking lawsuit-from-the-White-House-level conflict here—but that’s not stopping at least three other states from ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Utah Executes Man by Firing Squad

Utah executed a convicted murderer by firing squad on Friday. Ronnie Lee Gardner chose the method of execution months ago—as permitted by Utah law—which subsequently brought his case to the forefront of the capital punishment debate in the U.S.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Tea Partyers Give Sen. Bennett the Boot

Bob Bennett, three-term Republican senator from Utah, has been ousted from running for re-election by the conservative tea party movement after he was deemed unfit (he supported health care reform). Bennett came in third at the state Republican convention in Salt Lake City.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Death by Firing Squad

In a throwback to Utah’s Wild West past, convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner has requested, as per state law, to be executed by firing squad. The request sets the stage for what almost certainly will be a contested debate on capital punishment. Gardner would be only the third person to be killed by the method in the U.S. since 1976.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Hazmat Teams Called to IRS Building in Utah

A “suspicious substance” caused a ruckus at an Internal Revenue Service outpost in Ogden, Utah, on Monday, and hazardous materials crews and the FBI were called in. Later, an official said the substance was found to pose no danger ... (continued) Updated

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Orrin Hatch’s Hanukkah Song

Can someone explain how über-Mormon Sen. Orrin Hatch came to write a Hannukah song? Oh wait, Jeffrey Goldberg just did and took all the fun out of it. Better to not know, and watch the video after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



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This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land, Don’t Blow It

More than 2 million acres in nine states will be set aside as protected wilderness as soon as President Obama signs a bill just passed by Congress. Land in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia will be off-limits to development.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Utah Shows Big Love for Porn

Where in this great nation would you think the per capita consumption of pornography would be at its highest? Perhaps a decadent coastal blue state such as California or New York? Guess again, people—the answer is Utah.

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Thou Shalt Not Place Monument

A lawsuit tinged with questions of free speech and separation of church and state ended when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Summum religious group’s attempts to install a marker of its own in a Utah park that already has a Ten Commandments monument.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


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McCain and Romney Yuk It Up

Former rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney looked like fast friends as Romney joined McCain in Utah and Colorado for a little campaigning Thursday. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful ticket? 

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Prairie Justice

Warren Jeffs, a polygamist prophet, is on trial for aiding in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl he married off to her cousin. It’s a sad story featuring an abhorrent man, but something about the case just doesn’t feel right to Ellen Goodman.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


And They Think Hair Gel Is a Problem

A different sort of terror took to the skies last week when a man on a SkyWest Airlines flight relieved himself in an air sickness bag after the captain banned restroom use. The airline has since apologized to John Whipple, whose action, remarkably, went unnoticed by any other passenger.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


Retired NBA Player Comes Out

John Amaechi has become the first current or former NBA player to come out of the closet, and only the sixth such professional athlete from the four major American sports to do so. The former center for Orlando, Utah and Cleveland has written a memoir in which he describes life in the NBA as he started to open up about his sexuality, including mixed reactions from his team’s owner, coach and players.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

In this week?s collection of our favorite videos: Bush talks nonsense; a mayor courageously speaks out against the war; Pat Buchanan longs for the white America he grew up in; Stewart and Colbert address the idol-worshipers of television; and Keith Olbermann gives Rumsfeld a Murrow-style smackdown.

Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


Rocky Anderson

Mayor’s Home Run for Truth: Antiwar Rally in Salt Lake City

In recognition of Bush’s visit to the Utah capital, Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”  Thank you, Salt Lake City! Watch it here. Full transcript here (pdf).

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


Gimme ‘Big Love’

A group of Utah teens rallied in Salt Lake City over the weekend in defense of polygamist families. “I didn’t come here today to ask for your permission to live my beliefs,” a 19-year-old told the AP. “I shouldn’t have to.”

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    Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


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