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Cutting Costs & Services

Kristen Cox Redefines the DWS

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Feb 22,2012 - Kristen Cox, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services, cut $22.6 million from the department in the face of a recession-fueled tripling of the number of Utahns seeking public assistance.

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Deportation Factory: Convention Against Torture Motion

A legal brief explaining one man's fear of returning to Mexico

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Feb 2,2012 - In the wake of the five years of President Felipe Calderon's "war on drugs," the daily headlines of murders, violence and human-rights violations in Mexico have illustrated with disturbing clarity how violence has apparently seeped through the governmental and law-enforcement structures of Mexico as drug cartels have gained increasing hold on the country's affairs.

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Deportation Factory: Exceptional & Unusual Hardship

Family wins appeal to stay in United States

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Feb 2,2012 - Attorneys argue that immigration judges often impose too high a standard on what Congress has already defined as a very difficult obstacle to families staying in the United States. In the following documents, attorney Jonny Benson appeals Judge Dustin Pead's decision to deport "Pedro."

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Deportation Factory

In immigration court, few find second chances

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Feb 1,2012 - From removal statistics received through an open-records request, out of 7,383 people the Salt Lake City court ordered deported between 2009 and 2011, 6,020 did not have counsel.

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Hollow Victory

Undocumented victim faces dim future

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Dec 28,2011 - At his first deportation hearing, a manacled Jesus Silva looked over his shoulder in the Salt Lake City immigration court at his friend and mentor Walt Hunter.

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Mormon Celebrity Meltdown

A drug-fueled journey through LDS film

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Dec 14,2011 - On June 1, 2007, at 8 a.m., Michael Birkeland blearily opened his eyes to a clear blue sky. He was lying naked in a field in Orem, his clothes scattered around him, his car a few yards away, the engine still running.

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Love Supreme

Joy & torment in letters from Allgier

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Dec 1,2011 - On Maxine McNeeley's 71st birthday, inmate Curtis Allgier sang her a love song he had written over the phone from the Salt Lake County lockup.

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SLC Greek Church Division

Upcoming vote reveals schism

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Nov 16,2011 - On Nov. 13, the faithful filed into Prophet Elias for the morning liturgy. Through the service, Father Michael Kouremetis, the Holladay-based Greek Orthodox Church’s priest,

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The Leonardo

Does the $25M museum deliver?

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Nov 2,2011 - The Leonardo’s lab manager, artist Jann Haworth, sets on the table a weighty acorn that she found in the gutter. “It’s so symbolic,” she says.

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Tainted Saint

Latino youth advocate stands accused

By Stephen Dark
POSTED // Oct 19,2011 - Back in 2002, Hunter and Orozco, an ex-gang member turned award-winning gang-prevention counselor, were a team of at-risk youth counselors at the Midvale Boys and Girls Club.
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