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Weekend Rewind: News you may have missed over the weekend

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Natural History Museum of Utah is hosting a family sleepover that begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday and runs through 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Feb 27 2012 06:49AM
Updated Feb 27, 2012 06:48AM

Welcome to Weekend Rewind, a glance back at The Tribune’s news stories, top photos and opinions you may have missed on Saturday and Sunday.

Top stories this past weekend

Skyline teen mom athlete plays for her son • There was a time when Ta’a Tuinei didn’t think she would be here, standing on a basketball floor with fans cheering her. The announcer calls Ta’a’s name, and the 17-year-old senior walks to the middle of the basketball court at Skyline High and smiles as her sister hangs a yellow lei around her neck. It’s Senior Night, and Ta’a is one of the honorees. Her mother, Paloma Tuinei, comes to meet her, cradling a 4-month-old baby. His name is Tereinga. He is Ta’a’s son. •

SLC might go for Games, but Games might not go for SLC • Money? Venues? Public support? Leadership? None of these starting-point questions seems likely to pose insurmountable obstacles to Salt Lake City staging another Winter Olympics a decade from now. But, at some point, the Olympic Exploratory Committee also must consider whether the International Olympic Committee would be willing to give Utah an encore in the global spotlight. •

Utah’s public construction projects saved day during economic freefall • No question, construction was hurt more by the recession than any other sector of Utah’s economy. Close to 37,000 building-sector jobs vanished — almost half of all jobs lost during the downturn and much of the recovery. But things could have been worse. •

Utah company fights terrorism by detecting radiation threats • In an episode of the television drama "NCIS," one of the characters sported a small, hand-held device with which he was able to detect a dirty bomb made of radioactive material that was about to go off. At that last second, agents disarmed the explosive, saving hundreds if not thousands of fictional lives. The radiation detector was not, however, the work of a screen writer. It was made by a Utah company called D-Tect Systems. •

Other news of interest

Utah’s Jeremy Evans wins NBA All-Star dunk contest •

Lawmakers take first step to extend abortion waiting period •

Orem teen allegedly robs 2 banks in 20 minutes •

St. George police say a nap helped them in drug bust •

Fundraising efforts for accused cop killer are halted •

Wealthy Utahns write big checks to Romney super PAC •

Lawsuit claims Riverton sign ordinance violates free speech rights •

Columns and opinions

Medicircus: State takeover attempt a bad idea •

Reckless ignorance: No-sex-ed bill is asinine •

LGBT folks want a seat alongside Ruzicka •

Romney, or mendacity of a closet Keynesian •

Mormons, the hereafter, and the here and now •

Pyle: Fevered brains of lawmakers •

Rolly: Viva Viagra! Nix to contraceptives •

Dunce cap: Spending cap unneeded and unwise •

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