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Culture Clash

What began as a romance between the children of two Afghan families soon spiraled into violence and tragedy

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Apr 9,2014 - On March 11, 1999, as Haji Rahimi and five members of his Afghan family listened to BBC News on the radio in the living room of their house in Peshawar, Pakistan, five armed masked men burst in.

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Hollywood Vengeance

Local director Gil Medina says he owns actor Danny Trejo and is suing Robert Rodriguez for $11 million to prove it

By Justin Higginbottom
POSTED // Apr 2,2014 - It’s November 2013, and the unreleased local film Vengeance has just been shown to a City Weekly reporter at a special 9 a.m. screening. It was the first-ever screening for media, according to the film’s director,

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2014 Utah Legislative Recap

A look at the bills that finally made it and those that went off the rails

By Eric S. Peterson & Colby Frazier
POSTED // Mar 19,2014 - Every bill rides a train up the Hill toward passage into law. It’s a tough track to ride, as they chug through committees, the House and the Senate, picking up amendments, public ridicule and substitute drafts along the way.

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Behind the Badge

Beau Babka knows that in Salt Lake County's world of politics and power, no cop is too big to fail

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Mar 12,2014 - On Jan. 11, 2011, two senior investigators from the Salt Lake County District Attorney knocked on the door of a house in Draper. They had been assigned by District Attorney Sim Gill to arrest Cottonwood Heights patrol officer Beau Babka.

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The Game of UDOT

Retire from state. Get job with private firm. Land state contract. Collect taxpayer millions. You win!

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Feb 26,2014 - For being so vital to the Beehive State, the Utah Department of Transportation is an agency that’s largely invisible to Utahns. UDOT is, after all, everywhere and nowhere at once, as anonymous as the 6,000 miles

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Multiplicity

The secret lives of notorious sperm-swapper Tom Lippert

By Carolyn Campbell
POSTED // Feb 19,2014 - For five years in the early ’90s, I lived two houses down from Tom Lippert, the now-deceased fertility-clinic worker known these days for switching out his sperm and fathering one (or many) children.

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The Ties That Bind

Utah volunteers work closely with local Haitians to mend a broken country

By Stephen Speckman
POSTED // Feb 5,2014 - Images of an earthquake-ravaged Haiti have faded from the collective world conscience these days, replaced by occasional photos of horrific poverty and desperate living conditions, seen firsthand by the non-governmental

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Lots for Tots

How one agency is selling off Utah in the name of the children

By Colby Frazier
POSTED // Jan 29,2014 - From Interstate 70 near Green River, the Book Cliffs are not showy: gray, dusty and forbidding, the rocky mass seems noteworthy only for its harshness juxtaposed against a naked blue sky. Proceed past this fa├žade, however,

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2014 Legislative Preview: Utah Twilight Zone

If City Weekly readers were legislators, things would be a lot different here

By Eric S. Peterson & Colby Frazier
POSTED // Jan 22,2014 - You unlock this door with the key of the imagination of a City Weekly reader. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension where alcohol flows freely, a dimension where church and state are separate,

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Love.

Though the battle over same-sex marriage continues, the motivation for Utah couples hasn't changed

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Jan 8,2014 - In the moments after federal Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah’s law barring same-sex marriage Dec. 20, the reaction was explosive.
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