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Hits & Misses | Utahs Driving Less, Expensive Ethics Reform & Mine Inspectors

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Dec 17,2008 - Ticket to Riden Short of drilling a hole through the mountains and installing a giant fan to blow smog out of Utah’s valleys, the only way Beehive State residents are going to breathe clean air in the near future is if they stop driving. There’s good news on that front in a recent survey from the Federal Highway Administration. People are driving less all over the United States compare...

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Feature | Final Shot: Salt Lake Police fired Rob Joseph nine years ago. He’s not about to get over it.

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Dec 16,2008 - nAs a child growing up in Queensland, Australia, Rob Joseph loved Serpico, the classic 1973 true-crime thriller featuring Al Pacino as “an honest cop” who turns state’s evidence about corruption in the NYPD. Serpico made Joseph want to be a policeman. n“I thought that being a cop suited my desire to help people,” Joseph says. In retrospect, he adds, “That was g...

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News | Raise the Bar: Two tavern owners push Salt Lake City to allow true neighborhood bars.

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Dec 10,2008 - nWhen Brian Morris heard developers were readying a section at Salt Lake City’s north end for condos and city fathers were designating the Marmalade area a “district,” he thought the city’s newly minted “gayborhood” should have its own bar. nA beer bar at 300 West and 700 North had been in business intermittently for 40 years, but closed in 2003. Morris and his ...

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Hits & Misses | Worst Person in the World, Utah Deportation & Hispanics in College

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Dec 10,2008 - Bad PRnAs if gays launching an international boycott of our pretty, great, elevated state weren’t enough of a headache, Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, picked now to launch himself from our own little dirty secret to the international sneering face of the Beehive State. Buttars’ roundly ridiculed plan to force stores to say “Merry Christmas” landed him on national TV as ...

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News | Graybar Hotel: Lean jail budgets have some worrying about return of debtors’ prisons.

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Nov 26,2008 - You are finally leaving jail. Say goodbye to your bunkmate. Then head down to the jailer to collect your street clothes—and a bill for your stay. nIn these cash-strapped times, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is willing to try anything to cut costs—including charging inmates $40 a day for the privilege of enjoying the county’s forced hospitality. The plan has been end...

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Hits & Misses | Nice Judges, Gay Rights Reform & BLM Improvement

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Nov 26,2008 - 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...

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HITS & MISSES

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Nov 24,2008 - 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.

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News | Somethin’s Happening Here: Salt Lake City’s gay-rights movement may have reached a tipping point.

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Nov 19,2008 - California’s Proposition 8 woke a sleeping gay army in Utah. So says Jacob Whipple, organizer of the first of several Salt Lake City rallies that followed passage of the ballot measure banning gay marriage. nWhipple’s call brought thousands out on a freezing night to march around the headquarters of the LDS Church, which had urged its members to support passage of Proposition 8. But ra...

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Hits & Misses | Power Play, Wind Power & Power Outage

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Nov 19,2008 - Power PlaynA coalition opposed to planned nuclear power plants in Utah has filed a protest with the state engineer over the massive amounts of water that would be needed for the project. Transition Power Development, the outfit proposing the nuclear power plants, has secured more than 30,000 acre feet of water for eventual plant operation. Whether or not you think rebranding Utah “the nuke s...

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News | Crunchy Numbers: KRCL sees a spike in listeners, but donations to community radio lag.

By Ted McDonough
POSTED // Nov 12,2008 - The kids dig KRCL 90.9. That’s if you really stretch the definition of “kids” to radio listeners in their mid-30s. nStill, the average listener age that shows up in recent ratings for KRCL is a substantial drop from the 45-plus audience the community radio station had before a spring shakeup of the station that sent shockwaves through Utah’s progressive community. nResults ...
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