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Provo fire investigators believe a duplex blaze they extinguished Saturday morning was the third arson at the building in three weeks. About 3:48 a.m. , firefighters responded to the fire near 10 W. 4800 North and found the vacant duplex engulfed in flames, according to a news release. They fought the blaze, from the outside only, for more than two hours before extinguishing it, said Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield. One firefighter suffered from minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the sc... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57840118@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:17:01 MDT Reyes says he’s turning down questionable campaign contributions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57837065-78/reyes-attorney-general-swallow.html.csp Sean Reyes knows there is more to restoring public trust in the office of Utah attorney general than being open about his finances. But, he said Friday, it’s a good place to start. The newly appointed attorney general told a group of University of Utah students and state officials that when it comes to mending the trust broken by his predecessor, John Swallow, perception matters almost as much as reality. That’s why, he said, he has refused to accept political donations for his re-election bid f... Sean Reyes knows there is more to restoring public trust in the office of Utah attorney general than being open about his finances. But, he said Friday, it’s a good place to start. The newly appointed attorney general told a group of University of Utah students and state officials that when it comes to mending the trust broken by his predecessor, John Swallow, perception matters almost as much as reality. That’s why, he said, he has refused to accept political donations for his re-election bid f... 57837065@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:55:10 MDT Swallow warrants went to Google, Yahoo and Apple http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57833469-78/data-investigators-records-information.html.csp Investigators in the ongoing criminal probe of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are wading through what appears to be a massive amount of data obtained through a series of sweeping search warrants. That information may include emails and other evidence lost or deleted from Swallow’s accounts — data legislative investigators spent considerable time and money trying to recover. Criminal investigators are taking a decidedly different tack than that of House investigator... Investigators in the ongoing criminal probe of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are wading through what appears to be a massive amount of data obtained through a series of sweeping search warrants. That information may include emails and other evidence lost or deleted from Swallow’s accounts — data legislative investigators spent considerable time and money trying to recover. Criminal investigators are taking a decidedly different tack than that of House investigator... 57833469@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:51:22 MDT NFL punter Chris Kluwe tells atheists to strive for empathy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57839829-78/kluwe-atheists-atheist-nfl.html.csp The main speaker at the American Atheists National Convention isn’t an atheist. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe describes himself as “cheerfully agnostic” and he doesn’t much care for the debate over whether there is or is not a god. “Honestly, I don’t care either way,” he told a crowd in the hundreds at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday. “I care about how you treat people.” Kluwe didn’t choose to retire from football. He blames the end of his NFL career on his outspoken support in... The main speaker at the American Atheists National Convention isn’t an atheist. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe describes himself as “cheerfully agnostic” and he doesn’t much care for the debate over whether there is or is not a god. “Honestly, I don’t care either way,” he told a crowd in the hundreds at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday. “I care about how you treat people.” Kluwe didn’t choose to retire from football. He blames the end of his NFL career on his outspoken support in... 57839829@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:35:16 MDT Gun-rights activists celebrate Patriots’ Day at Utah Capitol http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836893-90/capitol-gun-utah-federal.html.csp American flags and AK-47s, camouflage and impeach Obama signs dotted a small protest in honor of the 239th anniversary of “the shot heard round the world,” which launched the American Revolution. “If it wasn’t for that date, we wouldn’t be a country,” said organizer Robert Falin, affectionately dubbed “Militia Bob,” at the Saturday gathering on the steps of the Utah Capitol building, which drew about 120 people. The Patriots’ Day rally focused heavily on supporting the 2nd Amendment right to own... American flags and AK-47s, camouflage and impeach Obama signs dotted a small protest in honor of the 239th anniversary of “the shot heard round the world,” which launched the American Revolution. “If it wasn’t for that date, we wouldn’t be a country,” said organizer Robert Falin, affectionately dubbed “Militia Bob,” at the Saturday gathering on the steps of the Utah Capitol building, which drew about 120 people. The Patriots’ Day rally focused heavily on supporting the 2nd Amendment right to own... 57836893@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:27:57 MDT Photos: Songkran Thai New Year's festival http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840068-78/songkran-festival-thai-2014.html.csp Layton Buddhist temple celebrates Songkran Thai New Year with festival and Miss Songkran contest Saturday, April 19, 2014. Layton Buddhist temple celebrates Songkran Thai New Year with festival and Miss Songkran contest Saturday, April 19, 2014. 57840068@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:18:02 MDT Utah same-sex marriage case could be thrown out on a technicality http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836336-78/utah-case-court-county.html.csp There’s a small concern lurking beneath the surface in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, a quiet question that some experts say could derail the state’s push to permanently ban gay and lesbian unions. Although few believe it poses a serious threat to the case’s trajectory — likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court by summer — the question persists: Could Kitchen v. Herbert be thrown out on a technicality? On Tuesday, Utah’s lead counsel Gene C. Schaerr drew attention to a question posed to both si... There’s a small concern lurking beneath the surface in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, a quiet question that some experts say could derail the state’s push to permanently ban gay and lesbian unions. Although few believe it poses a serious threat to the case’s trajectory — likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court by summer — the question persists: Could Kitchen v. Herbert be thrown out on a technicality? On Tuesday, Utah’s lead counsel Gene C. Schaerr drew attention to a question posed to both si... 57836336@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:24:45 MDT Editor column: Civility key to productive discussions at sltrib.com http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836222-78/sltrib-com-commenters-comments.html.csp Salt Lake Tribune Digital Director Kevin Winters Morriss took an unusual measure this past week. In consultation with Editor and Publisher Terry Orme and myself, Morriss shut down comments on the first sltrib.com story about Megan Huntsman, the Utah woman alleged to have murdered six infants she gave birth to from 1996 to 2006. The Tribune is committed to providing an open forum to readers who follow basic rules in commenting on stories at sltrib.com. But some commenters so blatantly violated t... Salt Lake Tribune Digital Director Kevin Winters Morriss took an unusual measure this past week. In consultation with Editor and Publisher Terry Orme and myself, Morriss shut down comments on the first sltrib.com story about Megan Huntsman, the Utah woman alleged to have murdered six infants she gave birth to from 1996 to 2006. The Tribune is committed to providing an open forum to readers who follow basic rules in commenting on stories at sltrib.com. But some commenters so blatantly violated t... 57836222@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT UTA bus, train schedules beefed up for busy Easter Weekend http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836395-78/service-uta-center-lake.html.csp Utah Transit Authority has beefed up its TRAX light rail service for the Easter Weekend, anticipating increased demand due to numerous sporting and other events, community activities and holiday celebrations. Among Saturday’s activities are the Salt Lake City Marathon, Salt Lake Comic Con, the University of Utah spring football game and a variety of Easter-related festivities expected to clog downtown streets and parking facilities. UTA officials expect thousands of people will opt for public tr... Utah Transit Authority has beefed up its TRAX light rail service for the Easter Weekend, anticipating increased demand due to numerous sporting and other events, community activities and holiday celebrations. Among Saturday’s activities are the Salt Lake City Marathon, Salt Lake Comic Con, the University of Utah spring football game and a variety of Easter-related festivities expected to clog downtown streets and parking facilities. UTA officials expect thousands of people will opt for public tr... 57836395@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Utah realtors give ‘murder homes’ another life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57626133-200/homes-murder-couple-stigmatized.html.csp Payson • When a California couple pulled up Kay Mortensen’s winding driveway, they found the for-sale sign — peppered with bullet holes — laying in the bushes. It had been about two years since someone tied up the retired Brigham Young University professor in his Payson Canyon home and killed him. The murder was widely publicized, and while Mortenson’s family tried to move on, there was the matter of trying to get someone to buy his house with its grisly story. “A lot of people thought we were ... Payson • When a California couple pulled up Kay Mortensen’s winding driveway, they found the for-sale sign — peppered with bullet holes — laying in the bushes. It had been about two years since someone tied up the retired Brigham Young University professor in his Payson Canyon home and killed him. The murder was widely publicized, and while Mortenson’s family tried to move on, there was the matter of trying to get someone to buy his house with its grisly story. “A lot of people thought we were ... 57626133@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Davis County stretch of I-15 due weekend restrictions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836360-78/500-county-davis-south.html.csp Interstate 15 southbound in Davis County was due for some traffic restrictions Friday night through much of Saturday morning. The Utah Department of Transportation says southbound travelers will be squeezed into a single lane on the stretch of I-15 in Bountiful from 500 South to 1500 South 10 p.m. Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday. Construction crews will be working on reconfiguration aimed at improving traffic flow through the typically congested area — and this weekend’s interruption won’t be the... Interstate 15 southbound in Davis County was due for some traffic restrictions Friday night through much of Saturday morning. The Utah Department of Transportation says southbound travelers will be squeezed into a single lane on the stretch of I-15 in Bountiful from 500 South to 1500 South 10 p.m. Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday. Construction crews will be working on reconfiguration aimed at improving traffic flow through the typically congested area — and this weekend’s interruption won’t be the... 57836360@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Expect street closures in downtown Salt Lake City for marathon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836426-78/east-south-marathon-street.html.csp Police warn that when it comes to navigating street traffic and Saturday’s Salt Lake City Marathon, you may have to crawl before you can watch the run. Extensive road closures are planned along the marathon route Saturday morning, with 208 police officers being stationed at 197 traffic-control posts. While SLCPD will strive to accommodate motorists and residents when possible, both should expect the marathon-related events to delay trips through affected areas. The starting times for various e... Police warn that when it comes to navigating street traffic and Saturday’s Salt Lake City Marathon, you may have to crawl before you can watch the run. Extensive road closures are planned along the marathon route Saturday morning, with 208 police officers being stationed at 197 traffic-control posts. While SLCPD will strive to accommodate motorists and residents when possible, both should expect the marathon-related events to delay trips through affected areas. The starting times for various e... 57836426@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Two-car accident in West Valley City sends two people to hospital http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57837386-78/amp-bangerter-4100-accident.html.csp A two-car crash snarled traffic Friday afternoon in West Valley City and sent two people to the hospital. The crash happened at 1:16 p.m. when a northbound Honda car jumped the center median on Bangerter Highway near 4100 South, according West Valley City police Sgt. Chad Evans. The Honda then collided head on with a southbound SUV. The driver of the Honda, a man in his 20s, was in critical condition following the accident. The SUV driver, a woman, suffered serious but non-life threatening inj... A two-car crash snarled traffic Friday afternoon in West Valley City and sent two people to the hospital. The crash happened at 1:16 p.m. when a northbound Honda car jumped the center median on Bangerter Highway near 4100 South, according West Valley City police Sgt. Chad Evans. The Honda then collided head on with a southbound SUV. The driver of the Honda, a man in his 20s, was in critical condition following the accident. The SUV driver, a woman, suffered serious but non-life threatening inj... 57837386@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Northern Utah toddler accidentally shot with rifle dies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57838033-78/amp-county-cache-gun.html.csp A 2-year-old Cache County boy died late Friday, hours after his sister shot him. Authorities said the shooting happened about 6:40 p.m. at a home near 3600 West and 2200 South, in an unincorporated part of the county. The boy’s 3-year-old sister shot him with a .22-caliber rifle that had been left in the living room, the sheriff’s office said. Cache County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said the gun had been used earlier in the day by the children’s father, who set it down after returning home. Th... A 2-year-old Cache County boy died late Friday, hours after his sister shot him. Authorities said the shooting happened about 6:40 p.m. at a home near 3600 West and 2200 South, in an unincorporated part of the county. The boy’s 3-year-old sister shot him with a .22-caliber rifle that had been left in the living room, the sheriff’s office said. Cache County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said the gun had been used earlier in the day by the children’s father, who set it down after returning home. Th... 57838033@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Big shovel begins big I-15 project in south Davis County http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836935-90/500-braceras-bridges-construction.html.csp Bountiful • The state’s largest highway construction project of the year began Friday with a much-bigger-than-usual ceremonial shovel — a heavy machinery excavator. That’s appropriate for the big $117 million project that will add express lanes to Interstate 15 through south Davis County and rebuild key interchanges and bridges there. Officials warn the construction could bring gridlock unless 20 percent of daily commuters use alternate routes or take the FrontRunner commuter train. Taking turn... Bountiful • The state’s largest highway construction project of the year began Friday with a much-bigger-than-usual ceremonial shovel — a heavy machinery excavator. That’s appropriate for the big $117 million project that will add express lanes to Interstate 15 through south Davis County and rebuild key interchanges and bridges there. Officials warn the construction could bring gridlock unless 20 percent of daily commuters use alternate routes or take the FrontRunner commuter train. Taking turn... 57836935@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836973-90/utah-federal-lands-states.html.csp It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with M... It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with M... 57836973@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT More Utah high schools including ninth-grade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836225-78/ninth-grade-graders-schools.html.csp WEST VALLEY CITY ­— Jenny Olsen did a lot of driving when her oldest son was in ninth grade. Most days, she shuttled him from Valley Junior High to Granger High either for his advanced math class, basketball or baseball practice. But now that ninth-grade is part of the high school, the Granger PTA president won’t have to do that for her younger children. “They’re already there, and they can start taking AP (Advanced Placement classes) and doing some of those things,” Olsen said, The change, she ... WEST VALLEY CITY ­— Jenny Olsen did a lot of driving when her oldest son was in ninth grade. Most days, she shuttled him from Valley Junior High to Granger High either for his advanced math class, basketball or baseball practice. But now that ninth-grade is part of the high school, the Granger PTA president won’t have to do that for her younger children. “They’re already there, and they can start taking AP (Advanced Placement classes) and doing some of those things,” Olsen said, The change, she ... 57836225@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:38:12 MDT Fillion delights Firefly fans at Comic Con http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57839332-200/fillion-iframe-com-fanx.html.csp He’s played a novelist who helps solve weird crimes. A musically inclined superhero trying to stop Dr. Horrible. A constable in a retelling of a Shakespearean classic. But for the legions of adoring fans who crammed into a Salt Palace ballroom early Saturday, Nathan Fillion will always be the big talking, but soft hearted Captain Malcolm Reynolds from the cult classic “Firefly.” If you are really familiar with him, you can call him Mal. Fillion delighted a jam-packed audience at the Salt Lake C... He’s played a novelist who helps solve weird crimes. A musically inclined superhero trying to stop Dr. Horrible. A constable in a retelling of a Shakespearean classic. But for the legions of adoring fans who crammed into a Salt Palace ballroom early Saturday, Nathan Fillion will always be the big talking, but soft hearted Captain Malcolm Reynolds from the cult classic “Firefly.” If you are really familiar with him, you can call him Mal. Fillion delighted a jam-packed audience at the Salt Lake C... 57839332@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:33:28 MDT Man stabbed to death in downtown SLC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57839216-78/amp-100-515-lake.html.csp A 33-year-old man was stabbed to death early Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City during a fight with two other men, police said. Authorities said Joaquin Gonzalez, of Chicago, was sitting in a vehicle with a female at about 515 W. 100 South when the men came up and immediately started a fight with him. Gonzalez was stabbed multiple times; the female tried to help him but he died at the scene, according to police. The men ran away on 500 West. The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking anyone... A 33-year-old man was stabbed to death early Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City during a fight with two other men, police said. Authorities said Joaquin Gonzalez, of Chicago, was sitting in a vehicle with a female at about 515 W. 100 South when the men came up and immediately started a fight with him. Gonzalez was stabbed multiple times; the female tried to help him but he died at the scene, according to police. The men ran away on 500 West. The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking anyone... 57839216@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 MDT Autopsies of 7 dead Utah babies done, reports still weeks away http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836413-78/huntsman-police-roberts-dna.html.csp Autopsies have been completed on the seven deceased infants found in a Pleasant Grove garage last weekend, but police say it could still be weeks before they receive the reports from those examinations. Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband found the body of a dead infant in the garage last Saturday. Police later discovered six more, all wrapped in plastic bags and tucked into cardboard boxes. Huntsman, 39, subsequently admitted to suffocating or strangling six of the infants immediately after giv... Autopsies have been completed on the seven deceased infants found in a Pleasant Grove garage last weekend, but police say it could still be weeks before they receive the reports from those examinations. Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband found the body of a dead infant in the garage last Saturday. Police later discovered six more, all wrapped in plastic bags and tucked into cardboard boxes. Huntsman, 39, subsequently admitted to suffocating or strangling six of the infants immediately after giv... 57836413@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:25:11 MDT