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Culture Clash

What began as a romance between the children of two Afghan families soon spiraled into violence and tragedy

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Apr 9,2014 - On March 11, 1999, as Haji Rahimi and five members of his Afghan family listened to BBC News on the radio in the living room of their house in Peshawar, Pakistan, five armed masked men burst in.

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Walkabout

After being evicted, Kim Krause decided to embark on the open road for a life of homelessness

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Apr 2,2014 - On March 3, 2014, a property administrator for Coldwell Banker posted a notice of eviction on the small house in unincorporated Salt Lake County where Kim Krause had lived for the past five years. The letter, written on behalf of Coldwell’s client, Valley Mental Health, informed her that she had until March 28 to leave.

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One-Way Ticket

After three years of fighting deportation, Ana Canenguez and four of her sons watch their American dream slip from view

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Mar 19,2014 - In January 2013, a City Weekly cover story called “Homeland Insecurity” featured Ana Canenguez and her battle to stop the U.S. government from deporting her and four of her sons to the violence-plagued streets

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Behind the Badge

Beau Babka knows that in Salt Lake County's world of politics and power, no cop is too big to fail

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Mar 12,2014 - On Jan. 11, 2011, two senior investigators from the Salt Lake County District Attorney knocked on the door of a house in Draper. They had been assigned by District Attorney Sim Gill to arrest Cottonwood Heights patrol officer Beau Babka.

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Woman Overboard

Controversial director of domestic-violence coalition resigns, but fight over DV treatment and funding continues

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Feb 12,2014 - Nearly 40 percent of homicides in Utah are related to domestic violence, a topic that tragically grabbed headlines in January when a Lindon Police Department officer killed his wife and children before killing himself. But while the demand for nights at Utah’s nonprofit domestic-violence shelters has risen by 67 percent in the past five years, funding for the shelters has remained flat, according to figures from Utah’s Division of Child & Family Services.

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House Arrest

Upcoming legislation aims to help minors trapped in license-suspension limbo

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Jan 15,2014 - In early 2012, 17-year-old Timothy Halladay was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car with an apple, a pen and some marijuana when a Lone Peak police officer tapped on the window.

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Rape in Utah

1 in 8 women will be raped, but few will ever see justice

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Dec 31,2013 - In the early hours of Feb. 5, 2012, a group of young women found Jessica Ripley curled up on the ground in the parking garage of the Shilo Inn in downtown Salt Lake City.

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Swallow, Others in AG's Office Received Bonuses This Year

John Swallow, others at AG’s received bonuses in 2013.

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Dec 4,2013 - Records obtained by City Weekly show that John Swallow and two other high-ranking members of the Attorney General’s Office received a total of $10,000 in bonuses this year.

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AG's Office blurs lines between campaign work and state PR

Spokesman Paul Murphy assisted Shurtleff, Swallow campaigns using state e-mail

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Nov 21,2013 - The 388 pages of e-mails City Weekly accessed through a records request to the AG’s Office demonstrate the complex connections of the AG’s Office’s PR operation, which ties together both Shurtleff and current Attorney General John Swallow with Paul Murphy and campaign consultant Jason Powers.

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Real's Sebastian Velasquez

Soccer is more than a game for RSL rookie

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Nov 13,2013 - Sebastian Velasquez’s first professional goal for Real Salt Lake, a perfectly executed header into the left corner of the net against L.A. Galaxy, lifted the playoff fortunes of the team.
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