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Mullen: Won’t Back Down

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Aug 29,2007 - It’s been one of those weeks when a few people intent on intimidating others into submission seem especially busy. Today, I offer two examples for your consideration. First, we have Boss Coal—you know him better after his three weeks in Utah...

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Mullen: Coal Country Chronicle

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - Joe Piccolo is a humble sort, with a soft and halting pattern of speech. He stepped to the microphone on the late afternoon of Aug. 19 at the Price City Peace Garden plaza in the heart of town, mindful of proper decorum. Six men remained trapped in the...

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Fear Not

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - Gather round, children. You shall hear a story from a bygone era—1936. It was a moment when the majority of Utahns bucked their Republican DNA and practiced their free agency, so to speak. In spite of their church leaders’ stern directive...

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Town Crier

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Aug 20,2007 - Two weeks ago, I posted a comment on my blog (mullentown.com) headlined: “If You Were the Architect.” I solicited ideas from bloggers on how they would fix downtown Salt Lake City. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Salt Lake City Councilman...

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Sham Masters

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - It’s hot enough to stir-fry lunch on the sidewalk in front of City Weekly. I’ve had it. This last stubborn stretch of summer heat makes my brain work in quick, short takes. It’s too much work to do otherwise. And you are the beneficiary...

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Fear of Floating

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Aug 8,2007 - You know those moments in life when you think you’ve heard or seen it all? And you can’t imagine anything getting more ridiculous or just plain pathetic? Melissa Larsen knows those moments well. This is because Larsen is executive director...

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Turn Me On

With The Nightside Project, KSL Radio is praying the kids will tune in.

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Jul 18,2007 - Michael Castner remembers setting out one day to test his high school teachers’ tolerance of his wardrobe. This was 30 years ago, in Austin, Texas. He went off to school wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a baby on the front. A deeply satisfied...

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Hot Spots

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Jul 11,2007 - It’s time to take to the streets, storm the Bastille, or at least get really, vocally angry. Do I count you in?nnNo one could blame us for an utter and very public meltdown. We could pin it on the scorching temperature, which at this midmorning...

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Had Enough?

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Jul 6,2007 - My neighborhood grocery store features one of those nice community bulletin boards, where people post ads for apartment rentals and housecleaning services. Sometimes, a plea goes out for help in finding a lost dog. But the saddest pitch of all, and one...

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Blaming Lamely

By Holly Mullen
POSTED // Jun 22,2007 - It’s always a kick to hear a political candidate offer a reason for exiting a race early. The truth is, it’s almost always about cash'specifically the failure to raise enough of it. But that’s not the kind of simple justification a candidate...
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