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On Thursday, 47 years to th... As the judge listened to the attorney explain the state’s interest in barring the couple from marrying, he had a question: Are you saying there is scientific evidence that shows some children will be harmed by such marriages? The question posed to R.D. McIlwaine III, assistant attorney general of Virginia, came from Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren on April 10, 1967. The case, of course, was Loving v. Virginia, which ended bans on interracial marriage. On Thursday, 47 years to th... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57702729@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:06:11 MDT Amen! A farewell to the Tribune’s print Faith section http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803888-80/faith-mormon-religion-section.html.csp Every Saturday morning for more than two decades, The Salt Lake Tribune has played host to a conversation about faith. We asked big questions: Who is God? What is resurrection? Why does Mary keep showing up in unexpected places? How and why do people pray? Are popes and prophets infallible? How do you teach children compassion? What is wisdom? Karma? Heaven? Hell? What does the Bible say about sexuality? Is suicide a sin? We explored tough topics — the tension between science and religion, divor... Every Saturday morning for more than two decades, The Salt Lake Tribune has played host to a conversation about faith. We asked big questions: Who is God? What is resurrection? Why does Mary keep showing up in unexpected places? How and why do people pray? Are popes and prophets infallible? How do you teach children compassion? What is wisdom? Karma? Heaven? Hell? What does the Bible say about sexuality? Is suicide a sin? We explored tough topics — the tension between science and religion, divor... 57803888@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:09:19 MDT Utahns, still need health insurance? There are options http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57802377-78/insurance-health-coverage-plans.html.csp For months, consumers have been told that their last chance to buy health insurance was March 31, the deadline for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) online insurance marketplace. That’s generally true — with a few major caveats bound to befuddle consumers. With a few exceptions, the marketplace www.HealthCare.Gov is closed until the next sign-up period, starting Nov. 15. But some insurers, such as Arches Health Plan, Humana and SelectHealth, are selling Obamacare policies off the exch... For months, consumers have been told that their last chance to buy health insurance was March 31, the deadline for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) online insurance marketplace. That’s generally true — with a few major caveats bound to befuddle consumers. With a few exceptions, the marketplace www.HealthCare.Gov is closed until the next sign-up period, starting Nov. 15. But some insurers, such as Arches Health Plan, Humana and SelectHealth, are selling Obamacare policies off the exch... 57802377@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:09:58 MDT 'Nation's largest landlord' finds democracy messy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57775147-90/department-government-interior-jewell.html.csp Washington • Just off the traffic-snarled George Washington Parkway, over a small footbridge and across from the Lincoln Memorial, lies a natural island unscathed by the development of the nation’s capital. American Indians fished here. Slaves worked a plantation here. Union troops camped here. And this is where Sally Jewell wants to chat. The Interior Department secretary has one of the most spacious government offices in Washington, a 1,120-square-foot suite with a wraparound balcony and ki... Washington • Just off the traffic-snarled George Washington Parkway, over a small footbridge and across from the Lincoln Memorial, lies a natural island unscathed by the development of the nation’s capital. American Indians fished here. Slaves worked a plantation here. Union troops camped here. And this is where Sally Jewell wants to chat. The Interior Department secretary has one of the most spacious government offices in Washington, a 1,120-square-foot suite with a wraparound balcony and ki... 57775147@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:11:00 MDT 24 Utah providers billed Medicare $1M or more in 2012 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57807896-78/million-medicare-utah-doctors.html.csp Eighteen Utah doctors and six businesses drew down more than $1 million apiece in 2012 from Medicare, according to a detailed federal database of physician billings. Statewide, about 160 providers received a total of $79.8 million in payments from the government program for the elderly that year. Utah health care businesses, such as laboratories and ambulance services, billed an additional $79.7 million. That’s a sliver of the $77 billion Medicare paid physicians and such services nationally i... Eighteen Utah doctors and six businesses drew down more than $1 million apiece in 2012 from Medicare, according to a detailed federal database of physician billings. Statewide, about 160 providers received a total of $79.8 million in payments from the government program for the elderly that year. Utah health care businesses, such as laboratories and ambulance services, billed an additional $79.7 million. That’s a sliver of the $77 billion Medicare paid physicians and such services nationally i... 57807896@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:30:40 MDT Dutch John — a Utah town fishing for a future http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57729355-78/john-dutch-county-community.html.csp Dutch John • This Daggett County hamlet has been misunderstood from the start. Area residents coined the name in the 1860s because immigrant John Honselena wintered his horses on the flats where the community now sits. Honselena, as it turns out, was German, not Dutch. The name stuck in 1957, when Bureau of Reclamation officials began preparing to raise Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River by building living quarters for workers on the same spot. The dam was completed in 1964, but the communi... Dutch John • This Daggett County hamlet has been misunderstood from the start. Area residents coined the name in the 1860s because immigrant John Honselena wintered his horses on the flats where the community now sits. Honselena, as it turns out, was German, not Dutch. The name stuck in 1957, when Bureau of Reclamation officials began preparing to raise Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River by building living quarters for workers on the same spot. The dam was completed in 1964, but the communi... 57729355@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:35:54 MDT More Utah parents saying ‘no’ to statewide school tests http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57771592-78/parents-tests-students-state.html.csp This month and next, hundreds of thousands of Utah students will sit before computers to take new state tests. At least several hundred others, however, will simply sit the whole thing out. Some Utah school districts are reporting higher numbers this year of parents opting their kids out of new state testing — known as SAGE. Parents have always had the right to keep their kids from testing, but this year’s higher numbers come amid anxiety over the new assessments. The state school board decided ... This month and next, hundreds of thousands of Utah students will sit before computers to take new state tests. At least several hundred others, however, will simply sit the whole thing out. Some Utah school districts are reporting higher numbers this year of parents opting their kids out of new state testing — known as SAGE. Parents have always had the right to keep their kids from testing, but this year’s higher numbers come amid anxiety over the new assessments. The state school board decided ... 57771592@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:46:41 MDT Utah attorneys fighting for gay marriage are used to winning http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57774698-78/tomsic-magleby-utah-marriage.html.csp When Mark Lawrence asked attorneys James E. Magleby and Peggy A. Tomsic to take on Utah and its ban on same-sex marriage, they had one question for him: Why us? Lawrence, it turns out, had done his homework. He told the pair he was looking for lawyers with a winning track record of doing hard things “because this is going to be really difficult.” Magleby and Tomsic had squared off against armies of attorneys with endless resources in the face of long odds on behalf of underdogs before. A notable... When Mark Lawrence asked attorneys James E. Magleby and Peggy A. Tomsic to take on Utah and its ban on same-sex marriage, they had one question for him: Why us? Lawrence, it turns out, had done his homework. He told the pair he was looking for lawyers with a winning track record of doing hard things “because this is going to be really difficult.” Magleby and Tomsic had squared off against armies of attorneys with endless resources in the face of long odds on behalf of underdogs before. A notable... 57774698@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:43:52 MDT The human equation: 16 gay Utahns, 8 marriages, 1 theme: love http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57665470-78/married-love-utah-falling.html.csp For 17 days this winter, same-sex couples from throughout Utah leapt at the chance to marry. They came from small towns and big cities. They ranged in age from 20-somethings to 60-somethings and counting. Among them were retirees, health care professionals, dairy farmers, educators, state and county workers, school district employees, lawyers, politicians, sales reps, stay-home moms and dads, people who work in publishing and for nonprofits — in short, they came from every walk of life. A Salt L... For 17 days this winter, same-sex couples from throughout Utah leapt at the chance to marry. They came from small towns and big cities. They ranged in age from 20-somethings to 60-somethings and counting. Among them were retirees, health care professionals, dairy farmers, educators, state and county workers, school district employees, lawyers, politicians, sales reps, stay-home moms and dads, people who work in publishing and for nonprofits — in short, they came from every walk of life. A Salt L... 57665470@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:41:46 MDT Rolly: Combative candidate Cook now a tender caregiver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57754525-90/cook-camille-merrill-wife.html.csp Merrill Cook’s obsession with politics transformed the Harvard MBA graduate into a caricature of himself, running for public office 13 times in the past 30 years and almost always losing. He also led six initiative drives — three to limit taxes, another to end the sales tax on food, one to impose term limits and one to require employers to verify their workers’ citizenship status. During those times — stressful campaigns, the heartbreaking losses, the teasing from the news media and other polit... Merrill Cook’s obsession with politics transformed the Harvard MBA graduate into a caricature of himself, running for public office 13 times in the past 30 years and almost always losing. He also led six initiative drives — three to limit taxes, another to end the sales tax on food, one to impose term limits and one to require employers to verify their workers’ citizenship status. During those times — stressful campaigns, the heartbreaking losses, the teasing from the news media and other polit... 57754525@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:49:30 MDT Can Khosrow Semnani apply his magic touch to Trolley Square? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57738726-90/barns-businesses-experience-hlc.html.csp Utah industrialist Khosrow Semnani likes success — and he expects it. The self-made millionaire who pioneered the disposal of low-level radioactive waste in Tooele County in the late 1980s is now applying his business acumen to Salt Lake City’s historic Trolley Square. The venerable retail center has suffered its share of tough times, including a February 2007 mass shooting and, soon after that, a makeover that now appears less than inspired. Although the shopping center has a 44 percent vacanc... Utah industrialist Khosrow Semnani likes success — and he expects it. The self-made millionaire who pioneered the disposal of low-level radioactive waste in Tooele County in the late 1980s is now applying his business acumen to Salt Lake City’s historic Trolley Square. The venerable retail center has suffered its share of tough times, including a February 2007 mass shooting and, soon after that, a makeover that now appears less than inspired. Although the shopping center has a 44 percent vacanc... 57738726@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:33:53 MDT Escalante residents tour ‘Little Valdez’ oil spill site http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57749747-78/oil-wash-spill-valley.html.csp Escalante • The oil caking a desert wash in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument first cascaded down a steep gully, seeming to originate from under a spur road serving an outlying well in the old Upper Valley oil field. Clambering up the gully Saturday, local outfitter Nate Waggoner tried to reconstruct how the liquid moved. He noted the telltale stains left as the oil poured over sandstone blocks and logs before hitting Little Valley Wash. The spill now smothers a 1.5-mile stretch o... Escalante • The oil caking a desert wash in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument first cascaded down a steep gully, seeming to originate from under a spur road serving an outlying well in the old Upper Valley oil field. Clambering up the gully Saturday, local outfitter Nate Waggoner tried to reconstruct how the liquid moved. He noted the telltale stains left as the oil poured over sandstone blocks and logs before hitting Little Valley Wash. The spill now smothers a 1.5-mile stretch o... 57749747@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:36:30 MDT Is Medicaid expansion inevitable in Utah? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57695015-90/utah-medicaid-health-states.html.csp In pushing his “Healthy Utah” private-insurance alternative to expanding Medicaid, Gov. Gary Herbert must overcome Republican angst over “Obamacare” and ideological distaste for entitlement programs. Political insiders put better odds on his brokering a funding deal with the feds than winning over members of his own party in Utah’s Republican-led Legislature. But states have faced this decision twice before: once with the creation of Medicaid in 1965 and again, decades later, with the Children’s... In pushing his “Healthy Utah” private-insurance alternative to expanding Medicaid, Gov. Gary Herbert must overcome Republican angst over “Obamacare” and ideological distaste for entitlement programs. Political insiders put better odds on his brokering a funding deal with the feds than winning over members of his own party in Utah’s Republican-led Legislature. But states have faced this decision twice before: once with the creation of Medicaid in 1965 and again, decades later, with the Children’s... 57695015@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:54:50 MDT Utah Legislature: Stats show wild rush, big hitters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57712309-90/bills-passed-legislature-introduced.html.csp During this year’s Legislature, leaders reported weekly that members were passing far fewer bills than usual. Then the last week arrived, and lawmakers hit the afterburners. They ended up approving the third most bills ever: 486. Most of those — 57 percent — passed in the last week — and a third of the total on the harried final day. That may raise questions about how much scrutiny the legislation received in the rush. Among other notable statistics emerging from the 2014 Legislature: • Nine of ... During this year’s Legislature, leaders reported weekly that members were passing far fewer bills than usual. Then the last week arrived, and lawmakers hit the afterburners. They ended up approving the third most bills ever: 486. Most of those — 57 percent — passed in the last week — and a third of the total on the harried final day. That may raise questions about how much scrutiny the legislation received in the rush. Among other notable statistics emerging from the 2014 Legislature: • Nine of ... 57712309@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:48:42 MDT Houses vs. apartments — they’re both on the rise in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57712695-78/lake-salt-utah-state.html.csp As Utah’s economy recovers, competing sectors of the housing industry are betting heavily on how to meet future home needs. Record numbers of urban apartments are being built across Salt Lake County, just as home construction gears up to feed demand for single-family suburban houses. Can both gambles succeed? Real-estate agents, bankers and some homebuilders are steadfastly optimistic about single-family home sales, with interest rates at historic lows and prices in Utah markets finally bouncin... As Utah’s economy recovers, competing sectors of the housing industry are betting heavily on how to meet future home needs. Record numbers of urban apartments are being built across Salt Lake County, just as home construction gears up to feed demand for single-family suburban houses. Can both gambles succeed? Real-estate agents, bankers and some homebuilders are steadfastly optimistic about single-family home sales, with interest rates at historic lows and prices in Utah markets finally bouncin... 57712695@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:04:10 MDT New Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a whale of a project http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57643960-223/aquarium-living-planet-loveland.html.csp Draper • The impressive new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was designed by a 30-year-old, kilt-wearing Utahn with a background in video games. Really. And no one is more surprised about it than Ari Robinson, the aquarium’s art and design manager. “When I started working here when I was 15, I never would have guessed that this is what I would be doing now,” he said. “I thought I’d be the person feeding sharks or something in the back. That’s what I really wanted to do.” Five years ago, Robin... Draper • The impressive new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was designed by a 30-year-old, kilt-wearing Utahn with a background in video games. Really. And no one is more surprised about it than Ari Robinson, the aquarium’s art and design manager. “When I started working here when I was 15, I never would have guessed that this is what I would be doing now,” he said. “I thought I’d be the person feeding sharks or something in the back. That’s what I really wanted to do.” Five years ago, Robin... 57643960@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:08:47 MDT Deal struck to restore Provo River delta http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57683616-90/lake-utah-river-delta.html.csp Provo • Moreno Robins arrived at his 37-acre farm Tuesday morning and discovered one of his 20 cows had just dropped a newborn calf, which was still dripping with amniotic fluid and looking for its mother’s teat. Without that nourishment, the young animal would not survive long. The scene reminded the retired pediatrician of what the Robins family stood to lose under one option for an ambitious federal plan to restore a slice of nature where the Provo River and Utah Lake meet. He has spent the... Provo • Moreno Robins arrived at his 37-acre farm Tuesday morning and discovered one of his 20 cows had just dropped a newborn calf, which was still dripping with amniotic fluid and looking for its mother’s teat. Without that nourishment, the young animal would not survive long. The scene reminded the retired pediatrician of what the Robins family stood to lose under one option for an ambitious federal plan to restore a slice of nature where the Provo River and Utah Lake meet. He has spent the... 57683616@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:43:43 MDT Gender gap likely to grow on Utah’s Capitol Hill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57714202-90/women-lockhart-utah-rep.html.csp As the legislative session came to a close this month, Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, pointed to a mural on the north wall of the Utah House Chamber depicting the historic scene of Seraph Young casting a vote in a Salt Lake City election in 1870. Young, a niece of Brigham Young, reportedly became the first woman to legally vote in the United States. Wilcox was praising Utah’s first woman speaker, Rep. Becky Lockhart, who was presiding over her last session. He called her a “trailblazer” and a leade... As the legislative session came to a close this month, Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, pointed to a mural on the north wall of the Utah House Chamber depicting the historic scene of Seraph Young casting a vote in a Salt Lake City election in 1870. Young, a niece of Brigham Young, reportedly became the first woman to legally vote in the United States. Wilcox was praising Utah’s first woman speaker, Rep. Becky Lockhart, who was presiding over her last session. He called her a “trailblazer” and a leade... 57714202@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:41:01 MDT Bishop, Chaffetz hoping to lead committees in next Congress http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57682376-90/bishop-chaffetz-chairman-chairmanships.html.csp Washington • Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to wield the congressional gavel — and subpoena power — that can make the White House quake. Rep. Rob Bishop is hoping to land the chairmanship that oversees America’s public lands. These two Utahns in the U.S. House are in line — or trying to be — to head powerful committees in the next congressional session, a possible position of authority the state has never seen on that side of Capitol Hill. Chaffetz, an up-and-coming GOP star, has been campaigning h... Washington • Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to wield the congressional gavel — and subpoena power — that can make the White House quake. Rep. Rob Bishop is hoping to land the chairmanship that oversees America’s public lands. These two Utahns in the U.S. House are in line — or trying to be — to head powerful committees in the next congressional session, a possible position of authority the state has never seen on that side of Capitol Hill. Chaffetz, an up-and-coming GOP star, has been campaigning h... 57682376@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:49:00 MDT Recovering money lost to fraud can be costly, frustrating http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57627109-79/investors-million-money-receiver.html.csp Being a fraud victim can be financially and emotionally devastating — then you get sucked into the U.S. legal system. For some investors, the experience can be maddening as they watch lawyers and accountants eat up $380 an hour and more in fees and expenses paid from recovered investor money as cases drag on. But for some investors who are left with little money when the scam they invested in falls apart, the system of court-appointed receivers taking over fraudulent operations can work wonders... Being a fraud victim can be financially and emotionally devastating — then you get sucked into the U.S. legal system. For some investors, the experience can be maddening as they watch lawyers and accountants eat up $380 an hour and more in fees and expenses paid from recovered investor money as cases drag on. But for some investors who are left with little money when the scam they invested in falls apart, the system of court-appointed receivers taking over fraudulent operations can work wonders... 57627109@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:29:18 MDT The two faces of Utah: Healthy but mentally ill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57682340-78/utah-mental-health-illness.html.csp Utah often ranks among the healthiest states, a place where residents have a strong sense of well-being. And yet Utah also has the nation’s highest rate of mental illness. What’s going on? “It’s an interesting juxtaposition,” says Doug Thomas, director of the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “If I knew the answer, I’d be a wealthy man.” While both trends have been apparent for years, there’s still no definitive research into why Utahns suffer the highest rate of mental illn... Utah often ranks among the healthiest states, a place where residents have a strong sense of well-being. And yet Utah also has the nation’s highest rate of mental illness. What’s going on? “It’s an interesting juxtaposition,” says Doug Thomas, director of the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “If I knew the answer, I’d be a wealthy man.” While both trends have been apparent for years, there’s still no definitive research into why Utahns suffer the highest rate of mental illn... 57682340@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:36:01 MDT A ‘For Sale’ sign on the A.G.’s office? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57671084-90/swallow-report-committee-office.html.csp A damning report from a House committee concluded Wednesday that former Utah Attorney General John Swallow hung a “For Sale” sign on the door of the office, doing favors for wealthy supporters and friends, compromising Utahns’ interests and damaging the integrity of the justice system in the process. “The corruption of any public office through pay-to-play schemes is unacceptable. The corruption of the office tasked with administering equal justice under law is intolerable,” the House Special I... A damning report from a House committee concluded Wednesday that former Utah Attorney General John Swallow hung a “For Sale” sign on the door of the office, doing favors for wealthy supporters and friends, compromising Utahns’ interests and damaging the integrity of the justice system in the process. “The corruption of any public office through pay-to-play schemes is unacceptable. The corruption of the office tasked with administering equal justice under law is intolerable,” the House Special I... 57671084@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:29:38 MDT Parents grieve dying 6-year-old, a candidate for cannabis http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57660495-78/charlee-oil-catrina-cannabis.html.csp West Jordan • No longer needed, an oxygen tank sits idle on the living room floor. Nearby is a box of purple bracelets that Charlee Nelson’s family made to raise awareness of Batten Disease and to collect donations to cover the 6-year-old’s medical costs. Across the room, hanging from the stroller Catrina and Jeff Nelson had to buy for their once active, gregarious child is a burial dress. “My [oldest] daughter was recently baptized and we were shopping for her when I saw this and thought, ‘This... West Jordan • No longer needed, an oxygen tank sits idle on the living room floor. Nearby is a box of purple bracelets that Charlee Nelson’s family made to raise awareness of Batten Disease and to collect donations to cover the 6-year-old’s medical costs. Across the room, hanging from the stroller Catrina and Jeff Nelson had to buy for their once active, gregarious child is a burial dress. “My [oldest] daughter was recently baptized and we were shopping for her when I saw this and thought, ‘This... 57660495@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:41:02 MDT More than one-third of Utah school buses ‘dirty’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57638269-78/bill-bus-buses-clean.html.csp The oldest school bus in the state sits in a garage near a junior high in scenic Eden. This year, the bus turns 30 — older than some students’ parents. “It doesn’t get used a whole lot,” said Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart, noting it only traveled 591 miles last year as a spare bus. Still, it’s one tiny part of what many say is a big problem for Utah — an aging fleet of school buses spewing toxic gases into the state’s already-sullied winter air. About 37 percent of all the state’... The oldest school bus in the state sits in a garage near a junior high in scenic Eden. This year, the bus turns 30 — older than some students’ parents. “It doesn’t get used a whole lot,” said Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart, noting it only traveled 591 miles last year as a spare bus. Still, it’s one tiny part of what many say is a big problem for Utah — an aging fleet of school buses spewing toxic gases into the state’s already-sullied winter air. About 37 percent of all the state’... 57638269@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:45:23 MDT Daybreak’s mission vs. Kennecott’s emissions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57641837-78/daybreak-utah-kennecott-community.html.csp South Jordan • Family by family, one of Salt Lake County’s top polluters is building a community model it says could improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Kennecott Utah Copper is 10 years into an experiment in urban planning and sustainability on a scale unseen elsewhere in the Beehive State, with an intricately laid out mixed-use development in South Jordan’s west end known as Daybreak. Tucked away 25 miles southwest of downtown Salt Lake City at the foot of the Oquirrh Mountains, the ... South Jordan • Family by family, one of Salt Lake County’s top polluters is building a community model it says could improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Kennecott Utah Copper is 10 years into an experiment in urban planning and sustainability on a scale unseen elsewhere in the Beehive State, with an intricately laid out mixed-use development in South Jordan’s west end known as Daybreak. Tucked away 25 miles southwest of downtown Salt Lake City at the foot of the Oquirrh Mountains, the ... 57641837@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:07:22 MDT James’ journey: Utah’s autism lottery ‘changed his life’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57614640-90/james-autism-watterson-utah.html.csp Erda • Kids jockey to hang up coats. A girl sits crumpled on the floor, crying, and a boy hides behind a chair, protesting, “I don’t like kindergarten.” James Turner joins his reluctant classmates slowly, face down, but manages a smile for an aide, assigned to help him adjust to “big boy” school. He fidgets in his chair and grabs for a crayon from a classmate who elbows him off. But the 5-year-old is easily re-directed, listens and responds to his teacher and melts down only once, after falling ... Erda • Kids jockey to hang up coats. A girl sits crumpled on the floor, crying, and a boy hides behind a chair, protesting, “I don’t like kindergarten.” James Turner joins his reluctant classmates slowly, face down, but manages a smile for an aide, assigned to help him adjust to “big boy” school. He fidgets in his chair and grabs for a crayon from a classmate who elbows him off. But the 5-year-old is easily re-directed, listens and responds to his teacher and melts down only once, after falling ... 57614640@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:36:50 MDT Does Utah’s air pollution increase school absences? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57489094-78/pollution-absences-andrew-lake.html.csp Sandy • It’s the start of a new science chapter on genetics, and Matt Reynolds urges students to quickly take their seats. “Andrew, are you with us? There you are,” says the Albion Middle School teacher, reaching to turn up the sound on his “iStudent” — 12-year-old Andrew Gardner, who was beamed from miles away to a smart tablet atop a desk at the front of the class. Utah’s polluted winter air forces Andrew, who has a permanent lung injury, to seek refuge in Arizona. The seventh-grader missed n... Sandy • It’s the start of a new science chapter on genetics, and Matt Reynolds urges students to quickly take their seats. “Andrew, are you with us? There you are,” says the Albion Middle School teacher, reaching to turn up the sound on his “iStudent” — 12-year-old Andrew Gardner, who was beamed from miles away to a smart tablet atop a desk at the front of the class. Utah’s polluted winter air forces Andrew, who has a permanent lung injury, to seek refuge in Arizona. The seventh-grader missed n... 57489094@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:53:29 MDT Insider’s guide to outdoor gear from Utah Outdoor Retailer show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57455888-78/boot-2014-com-available.html.csp The Salt Lake Tribune walks the floors of the massive Outdoor Retailer show at the Salt Palace Convention Center twice a year so the general public can get a taste of what will be showing up in stores in the future. An estimated 27,000 people gathered for the Winter Market, which is closed to the public, held Jan. 21-25 in Salt Lake City. Here’s a look at some of the countless items being suggested by companies for retailers to stock their shelves with in the coming years. HD2 Camera Googles fr... The Salt Lake Tribune walks the floors of the massive Outdoor Retailer show at the Salt Palace Convention Center twice a year so the general public can get a taste of what will be showing up in stores in the future. An estimated 27,000 people gathered for the Winter Market, which is closed to the public, held Jan. 21-25 in Salt Lake City. Here’s a look at some of the countless items being suggested by companies for retailers to stock their shelves with in the coming years. HD2 Camera Googles fr... 57455888@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:53:52 MDT Utah schools in Navajo communities try a monumental turnaround http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57535525-78/says-students-navajo-monument.html.csp Monument Valley • Music teacher Jeremy Johnson instructs his piano students on proper concert etiquette as they listen to a classmate play a tune from the musical “Cats.” Lean forward. Listen attentively. Applaud, he says. “Even if you are totally bored out of your head, sit up in your seat,” Johnson says, perched on the edge of his own as students take turns practicing in the auditorium for an upcoming recital. Hours later, Johnson is with another group of students who stay after school once a... Monument Valley • Music teacher Jeremy Johnson instructs his piano students on proper concert etiquette as they listen to a classmate play a tune from the musical “Cats.” Lean forward. Listen attentively. Applaud, he says. “Even if you are totally bored out of your head, sit up in your seat,” Johnson says, perched on the edge of his own as students take turns practicing in the auditorium for an upcoming recital. Hours later, Johnson is with another group of students who stay after school once a... 57535525@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:58:34 MDT Utah considers all-out attack on schools’ digital divide http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57500868-78/schools-utah-digital-students.html.csp Fourth-graders with a range of disabilities, each toting an iPad, vie for teacher Ana Park’s attention at Newman Elementary in northwest Salt Lake City. “What do I do next?” “Can I show mine?” they clamor on their second day with the iPads, which are being distributed in every classroom at the 480-student school this winter. Newman is one of 10 schools chosen to join Utah’s Smart School Technology Project; three of them are in the second year of having an iPad for every student. The project, fun... Fourth-graders with a range of disabilities, each toting an iPad, vie for teacher Ana Park’s attention at Newman Elementary in northwest Salt Lake City. “What do I do next?” “Can I show mine?” they clamor on their second day with the iPads, which are being distributed in every classroom at the 480-student school this winter. Newman is one of 10 schools chosen to join Utah’s Smart School Technology Project; three of them are in the second year of having an iPad for every student. The project, fun... 57500868@www.sltrib.com Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:23:02 MDT