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Legislature 2012

Bluster, bills & battles for budget scraps

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Jan 26,2012 - The 2012 Legislature has begun, and with it being an election year, and with a slew of political players on the Hill angling for bigger office,

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Food Stamp Name Change

Legislator says new perception would be worth the cost

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Jan 18,2012 - When the economy went into a tailspin in 2008, 55,000 Utah families participated in the food-stamps program. That number has since jumped to roughly 115,000, according to low-income advocate Bill Tibbitts of the Crossroads Urban Center.

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Neighborhood News

Lobby group hires own reporters

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Jan 11,2012 - People take their local governments for granted, says Ken Bullock, director of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. “If you’re stuck in traffic, it’s an inconvenience,” Bullock says. “If your toilet doesn’t flush—it’s a crisis. The services local government provides have become so commonplace that you don’t even think about it until it’s not there.”

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Wasatch Co-op's Catch-22

More members needed to make progress

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Jan 5,2012 - Ben Gaddis’ piece of scratch paper has a list inked onto it: apples, lamb, cumin, potatoes, a few odd household items. In Gaddis’ ideal world, he wouldn’t be taking his list to a national-chain grocery

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Hollow Victory

Undocumented victim faces dim future

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Dec 28,2011 - At his first deportation hearing, a manacled Jesus Silva looked over his shoulder in the Salt Lake City immigration court at his friend and mentor Walt Hunter.

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University Union Lacks Wheelchair Access

Newspaper office out of reach for student sportswriter

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Dec 21,2011 - Ryan McDonald's newspaper colleagues might see his byline more than his face in the office, since his movement is restricted to a wheelchair and the Chronicle office is located on the third floor of the student union building, which has no wheelchair access.

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The Trials of Rex

Mental-health providers call for special treatment

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Dec 14,2011 - While Rex Newton’s failure to listen has caused him constant grief, it may also be the only key to getting him help. Despite having spent the past decade cycling through the Salt Lake City courts on 20 different charges ranging from evictions to trespassing and making bogus 911 calls, this felony charge will be the first time Newton is placed in Salt Lake County’s Mental Health Court, where the court can supervise Newton’s compliance with treatment in a structured fashion.

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Crash Cab

Attorney: Charges in accident too light

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Dec 7,2011 - Why the accident occurred is a mystery—it was determined that the Yellow Cab driver, Sarbjit Singh, was neither distracted nor intoxicated. For Tarr’s attorney, Larry Long, the bigger mystery is why the Salt Lake City prosecutor’s office charged the driver with a class C misdemeanor for an accident that took one person's life and changed another’s forever.

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Falun Gong: Discrimination?

Spiritual group stopped from performing

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Nov 30,2011 - “As a Buddhist, I wish you peace,” says a man’s voice on a grainy cell-phone recording. While the words wish peace, the tone says “back off,” as the man struggles to be heard over the clash of drum music to tell members of Utah’s Falun Gong community that they would have to leave

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Unoccupied Territory

Occupy SLC isn't going anywhere

By Eric S. Peterson
POSTED // Nov 23,2011 - More than a week after a small army of Salt Lake City police officers evicted the Occupy Salt Lake City protesters from their Pioneer Park encampment, refugees of the movement are still occupying public spaces.
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