• Issue of
  • Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2008
  • Vol. 25, No. 28

News

  • News | Crisis Management: Parents at risk of hurting their kids could use some legislative love.

    nIn the face of a ferocious economic downturn, Sharon Anderson has a bold proposal. She recently asked the state Legislature for an extra $1.2 million to help fund Utah’s family-support centers—a network of nonprofit, drop-off nurseries that gives overwhelmed parents a few hours respite from their children during the week.nBut with state-budget builders bracing for a tough year and wit...
  • The Ocho | Thankgsgiving Faux Pax
  • The Ocho | Thankgsgiving Faux Pax

    n nEight more things you don’t want to hear around the Thanksgiving dinner table:n8. “Uncle Ron canceled—but he said to watch for him on the To Catch a Predator marathon today.” n7. “No, it’s not Tofurkey, it’s even better: Tirekey, made from recycled car radials!” n6. “Home for the Holidays was all rented out, so I got The Ingmar Bergman...
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  • Hits & Misses | Nice Judges, Gay Rights Reform & BLM Improvement

    nJudge NotnAfter Utah’s Senate shot down Judge Robert Hilder’s nomination for the Utah Court of Appeals, the outpouring from the legal community was deafening. One lawyer told City Weekly the only time he’d seen Hilder angry was when the judge had a tooth abscess—and Hilder called afterwards to apologize. Lawyers used words like “brilliant” describing Hilder, bu...
  • The Way It Is | Terrece Beesley of Art at the Main
  • The Way It Is | Terrece Beesley of Art at the Main

    nTooele Police are concerned about a rash of recent animal killings, especially after a Tooele family had two pet pygmy goats stolen and decapitated. While a law passed last Legislative session makes animal torture a felony, the law applies only to domestic dogs and cats. If the goat killers are caught, they will not be subject to felony charges. City Weekly asked Terrece Beesley of Art at the Mai...
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  • Deep End | The Great Endorser: With aid of the Mormon Defense, Shurtleff skates again.
  • Deep End | The Great Endorser: With aid of the Mormon Defense, Shurtleff skates again.

    Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been getting some bad press lately—he’s been criticized for using official stationery, emblazoned with the great seal of Utah, to endorse a product called DigitalBridge, which is apparently some sort of dental apparatus. Mr. Shurtleff is alleged to have communicated his enthusiasm for the device to his fellow attorneys general across the land, c...
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  • Feature | Degree in Debt: Believe it: Paying off that huge college debt may take a lifetime.
  • Feature | Degree in Debt: Believe it: Paying off that huge college debt may take a lifetime.

    nRaya Golden thought she was handling college in a responsible way. She didn’t apply until she felt ready to dedicate herself to her studies. She spread her schooling across five years so she could work part-time throughout. She checked that her school, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, had a high post-graduate employment rate. But there were two things she hadn’t counted...
  • 5 Spot | Gallery Artist Scott Jacobs
  • 5 Spot | Gallery Artist Scott Jacobs

    nScott Jacobs was the first gallery artist to be officially licensed worldwide by Harley-Davidson in 1993. He sells limited edition prints through art galleries and Harley dealerships in 82 countries and aboard 88 cruise ships (ScottJacobsStudio.com). Jacobs was recently at the Harley-Davidson of Salt Lake dealership where he discussed his unique artistic niche. n nIt’s hard to picture the e...
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  • Staffbox | Belated Ute Love

    Failed to mention it in the column, but how ’bout them Utes?!?nScott Renshaw: Congratulations! You’ve just earned the right to 1. earn no respect by beating a marginal ACC or Big East champion, or 2. have your ass handed to you by whichever SEC team loses its conference championship game. nBen Rosch: What a freakin’ fun season. I only got to actually go to the TCU game and about ...
  • Lake Effect | Fat Kids? Blame the Gays
  • Lake Effect | Fat Kids? Blame the Gays

    nAsk homophobes why gays and lesbians should not have equal rights, and they are likely to give you any number of reasons, including: n• Gays are a threat to traditional marriage. n• Gays already have equal rights, and are only seeking special treatment. n• Gays represent society’s moral decline. n• Same-sex marriages don’t produce children. (Shh! Don’t tell t...
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  • Feature Sidebar | Lend Me Your Years: Utah students face down a bad economy by staying in school
  • Feature Sidebar | Lend Me Your Years: Utah students face down a bad economy by staying in school

    With a frozen credit market, crumbling economy and a shrinking job pool, Utah college students are finding the prospect of entering the real world seriously depressing. How are they coping? By staying in school. n Even while saddling themselves with added college-loan debt, Utah students are finding the state’s colleges and universities a good place to weather a stormy economy. The state&rsq...
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  • Mullen | Signs of the Time: Without Obama's optimism, we may as well give up.
  • Mullen | Signs of the Time: Without Obama's optimism, we may as well give up.

    When gale-force winds blew through town last week, they uprooted the last of my neighborhood’s Barack Obama lawn signs. But the day after, when calmer weather prevailed, the neighbor across the street had driven her sign back into the soft ground of her front yard—right where it had been since summer. nObama yard signs and window placards are still in place all over Salt Lake City. I c...
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  • HITS & MISSES

    Congress has put up money for cancer testing of residents in an area of southeastern Utah that provided uranium for the United States’ first atomic bombs. The money comes after a federal study found rates of some cancers in Monticello at twice the expected rate.
  • Private Eye | Sin or No Sin: Those who are at arms with Utah have a mistaken point.
  • Private Eye | Sin or No Sin: Those who are at arms with Utah have a mistaken point.

    I didn’t hear back from Seattle gay author and columnist Dan Savage regarding last week’s offer to bring him to Utah on our dime. I sent him an e-mail, also. I expressed that he could tell me to eff off, but that didn’t happen, either. I’d hoped he would meet local GLBT leaders and unite with them equally in a diligent fight for personal dignity. It’s not like people ...
  • sTRAIGHT dOPE
  • sTRAIGHT dOPE

    I often see statistics on the number of deaths in the U.S. related to handgun accidents and murders by civilians. What I think would be a powerful statistic next to this is the number of people that have been saved by the use of a firearm. I have a funny feeling it’s a lot less than the number of innocents killed.
  • CHEAP SHOT
  • CHEAP SHOT

    My panda bear would be named “Ping-Pong.” When I was 5, we were living in Washington, D.C., and the National Zoo had just opened the Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing panda bear exhibit. Needless to say, I bought in to those two cuddle bears, hook, line and bamboo shoots.
  • Ask a Mexican | Counting Illegals & Mexican Authors
  • Ask a Mexican | Counting Illegals & Mexican Authors

    Dear Mexican: I hear all the time that 12 million illegal immigrants live in the United States. Is that true? Who counted them? How did they do it? Is there a turnstile at the border tallying up illegals and stamping their hands with neon glowing cartoon characters so they can go back and visit their familias? —American Patrol nDear Gabacho: Counting the number of undocumented in this countr...
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  • Freewill Astrology | Nov. 27-Dec. 3
  • Freewill Astrology | Nov. 27-Dec. 3

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)nHave you ever arrived at a mountaintop on a clear day? Do you remember what you felt like? Can you re-imagine the sparkling purity of the air as it sweetened your lungs, the shimmering light that washed through you in lush waves, the exaltation of the sweeping vista as it lifted you to a deeper understanding of where your place is in this life? That’s the kind of p...
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  • Ask a Mexican

    Dear Mexican: I recently went to a Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodgers Stadium. It was good to see the familias having fun with their children, pero I then saw and heard something disturbing. There will always be rivalries in any sport, of course, pero the white people cheering for the St.
  • Newsquirks | Nowhere, Alaska

    Curses, Foiled AgainnBarry Cleveland Roberts, 46, was arrested for murder in Norfolk, Va., when he tried to buy a gun. Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Cotton said that after Roberts filled out an application at Bob’s Guns and Tackle, a background check turned up the outstanding murder warrant. Authorities were waiting for him when he returned to the store to purchase the weapon. nn•...
  • The Straight Dope | Fetalmania, Part II
  • The Straight Dope | Fetalmania, Part II

    I was shocked by your highly ignorant column on “when life begins” [“Fetalmania!” Oct 30, City Weekly]. You have a very conservative approach, and a misogynistic one at that. I appreciate your attempt at explaining brain waves. But what your article lacked was a woman’s right to her body, and you had an even more disturbing view on rape. Apparently, you need to take a...
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Restaurants & Bars

  • Wine: Charlie’s Way

    In far too many restaurants, wine service is simply an afterthought, a necessary evil of a restaurant’s profit center. In others, it’s almost like religion is to some people: overly formal, staid and intimidating. nSo how does a restaurateur strike a balance? Edmund O. Lawler’s book Lessons in Wine Service From Charlie Trotter ($24.95) provides some provocative and valuable answe...

Music

  • Sounding Off: Brooklyn's Dub Trio play against type.
  • Sounding Off: Brooklyn's Dub Trio play against type.

    Listening to Dub Trio is like training for a marathon with interval runs—sprint for one minute; jog for two. Dynamic instrumentals fluctuate between a brutal sonic punch in the face and chill drum-and-bass breakdowns whose patterns shift with every live show. nThe experience doesn’t quite jibe with the Brooklyn three-piece’s name, which they admit is misleading and even a bit inh...

Culture

  • The Essentials | <em>City Weekly's</em> Entertainment Picks Nov. 27-Dec. 3
  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Nov. 27-Dec. 3

    nVISUAL ARTnBy Ehren ClarknEvery 71 seconds, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease. Physicists, teachers, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters—all are susceptible. Small in scale yet monumental in meaning is the dynamic exhibit THE LATER WORKS OF WILLIAM UTERMOHLEN, 1995-2000. It chronicles the final years of a great artist slowly suffocating from the degeneration of Alzheimer’s....

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