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Lake Effect | Someone’s in the Kitchen With DNA

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Jan 14,2009 - nIt seems like National Amber Alert Day comes earlier every year. nThis year, however, it’s really something special. The Department of Public Safety and the American Football Coaches Association have presents for K-12 students in every county in Utah: identity kits. nUnfortunately, an “identity kit” is not as much fun as, say, the Identikits used by law enforcement agencies to ...

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Lake Effect | Milk Dud

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Jan 7,2009 - nThe Provo Daily Herald supports the idea of breast-feeding. A baby’s got to eat, after all. The Herald just doesn’t want to see feeding time on social-networking sites. nA Jan. 2 editorial and Web poll shows broad support for Facebook’s decision to remove a bucolic photo of Provo mom Heather Farley breast-feeding her child in a flower garden. Farley and a group of “lactivi...

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Feature | Spoiler Alert: City Weekly's amateur psychic divines the future of the Henrickson family on HBO’s Big Love.

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Dec 31,2008 - I’m not really a television psychic—but I was gratified this past October when my analysis of Don Draper’s card reading from episode 212 of AMC’s Mad Men (“The Mountain King”) received mention on Websites of such notable Tarot experts as Corrine Kenner and Mary K. Greer.nDespite the fact that my predictions turned out to be—well, absolutely wrong, I decide...

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Lake Effect | One Fast Iguana

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Dec 31,2008 - nAs a big-time enmolada fan, I was alarmed by news that a driver veered off west North Temple, smashed through a wall of the Red Iguana and into one of the restaurant’s dining areas on Monday, Dec. 29. Thoughts of a weeks- or months-long closure for repairs made me develop a sudden craving for delicious mole negro. nNot to worry: Two hours after the crash, the resourceful folks there had pat...

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Lake Effect | You Pagan, You

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Dec 24,2008 - nJust in case you were wondering whose side you were on in the War on Christmas, I offer this simple test: Did you decorate a tree this year? Hang mistletoe? Place a wreath at your door? nThen you’re part of “the problem”—the problem, that is, as defined by hotheads like Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, and creepy, falafel-loving Fox News guy Bill O’Reilly. This pro...

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Lake Effect | It’s an Outrage!

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Dec 10,2008 - nA Dec. 9 Doug Robinson piece in the Deseret News tells the story of how a group of teenagers, working together, were able to create change in their Utah County community. nThe group got the Utah County Board of Health to ban smoking from all county parks, starting next month. nIt’s an inspiring story of community activism—that is, if you’re not a smoker. And the teens came up w...

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Lake Effect | The Hole Story

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Dec 3,2008 - nThe recession has slowed down Utah’s construction boom, but at least our destruction boom is still going strong. Why should the demolition sector suffer simply because there’s no money to replace the buildings we knock down? Holes have become one of Salt Lake City’s greatest natural resources. nThe Sugar House hole lay dormant beneath a retail district for decades before its dis...

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Lake Effect | Fat Kids? Blame the Gays

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Nov 26,2008 - nAsk homophobes why gays and lesbians should not have equal rights, and they are likely to give you any number of reasons, including: n• Gays are a threat to traditional marriage. n• Gays already have equal rights, and are only seeking special treatment. n• Gays represent society’s moral decline. n• Same-sex marriages don’t produce children. (Shh! Don’t tell t...

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Herriman Uber Alles

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Nov 24,2008 - Ellen Lindsey, the Fort Herriman Middle School health teacher who was placed on leave for allegedly revealing non-government-approved facts about sex during a sex-ed lecture, is a new hero.

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Lake Effect | Take a Powder

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Nov 19,2008 - nWhen a quantity of a white, powdery substance was mailed to the LDS Salt Lake Temple last week, some LDS Church members surmised, with characteristic paranoia, that it was the work of “gay terrorists” in retaliation for the church’s role in funding a campaign that eliminated the rights of California gays and lesbians to marry. nTurns out the substance is harmless, according to ...
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