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Lake Effect | Provo Pride

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // May 21,2008 - The California Supreme Court’s decision to strike down an anti-marriage law that discriminated against gays and lesbians sent ripples throughout the homophobic community—particularly in Utah, the origin of lots of those tax-free dollars spent...

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Lake Effect | Not So Simile

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // May 7,2008 - Some LDS apologists are up in arms regarding a New York Times Web article implying that FLDS polygamists are like those regular, old 19th-century Mormon polygamists. This is what is known as a simile. And, of course, comments from the frequently outraged...

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Lake Effect | It’s for the Children

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Apr 30,2008 - The latest plan to Protect The Children comes from the Safe Kids Utah Coalition, which sent out an April 25 advisory announcing the kick-off of its “Boost Till 8” campaign to raise awareness of a new law that requires kids to use car booster...

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Lake Effect | “Together Forever”

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Apr 23,2008 - So enamored of John McCain is Sen. Orrin Hatch, he recently surprised McCain’s presidential campaign with the gift of its very own theme song—a song Hatch himself composed. (Upon which we can only imagine McCain’s nonplussed staffers...

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Lake Effect | Swimming Poo(l) Update

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Apr 16,2008 - With warm weather just around the corner, the Utah Department of Health is doing all it can to prevent a repeat of last year’s pool-borne cryptosporidiosis outbreak. The department’s April 15 press release announcing proposed changes to pool...

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Lake Effect | Be Prepared

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Apr 9,2008 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency, reporting from its new top-secret, super-scary Lair of Doom, aka the Department of Homeland Security, has determined that an earthquake of sufficient magnitude in Salt Lake City would kill people. Not only that,...

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Lake Effect | What About “Flippin’?”

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Mar 19,2008 - The Provo Daily Herald’s online polls (HeraldExtra.com) are a reliable entertainment source, since they can be counted on to react to every random hysteria that pops up. The most recent poll is about foul language—specifically, can anything...

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Lake Effect | Gypsies, Tramps, Thieves

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Mar 12,2008 - Seems columnist/BullShattuck.com blogger Ryan Shattuck ruffled quite a few feathers over a remark he made in a column last week [“My 15 minutes of fame on Google?” March 3, Daily Utah Chronicle]. Sometimes you never know what’s going...

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Lake Effect | Lawn Order

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Mar 5,2008 - This sign, posted on the fence surrounding Bryant Middle School, offers good advice to passersby, especially considering the fact that warm weather is just around the corner. Soon it will be prime time for rolling around and doing somersaults and lounging...

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Lake Effect | Lynch Mob

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Feb 20,2008 - We’ve been basking in that rich, Buttars-y goodness wafting down from Capitol Hill ever since Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, assured us he’s “intensely committed to maintaining the fundamental moral values of the country.”...
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