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We Know Trauma

Ex-youth sports benchwarmers everywhere relate to Bountiful’s Little League travesty.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - A Little League baseball game played in Bountiful recently made national headlines. It reminded all of us adults who at one time played youth sports that'after decades of what might have been improvement'organized athletics for kids can still be a cruel...

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NASCAR vs. Soccer

Why left turns have outraced penalty kicks to wider American sports appeal.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Salt Lake City is in an interesting situation when it comes to new opportunities for sports fans. On one hand, we have politicians trying to sell us a game that has never really been able to catch on in America, despite repeated tries. Meanwhile, the...

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Flesh Dance

The DABC says the Jazz Dancers aren’t “exotic”'but tell that to the guys leering at them.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Good news for Jazz fans: When the Nu Skin Jazz Dancers take the floor at the Delta Center for the home opener on Nov. 1, they will conceivably be able to perform their various gyrations within 3 feet of Jazz fans, and nobody can call it a lap dance. The...

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A Pretty Great Stat

A new book explores Utah’s most intriguing demographic numbers.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s an old debate about whether demography is destiny. While neither side has been able to absolutely prove its case, there can be no doubt that demography helps explain why Utah is a pretty odd place.nnThe idiosyncrasies of the numbers that...

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Playa Hatas

BYU football is good again'which means it’s OK to hate them.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - BYU football is back. After four straight nonwinning seasons, 2006 saw the Cougars win their conference, earn a national ranking and get invited to a bowl game. With everything just like it was in the old days, can the hatred BYU football has traditionally...

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Pastor Present

Rev. France Davis tells of looking past obstacles in An American Story Told.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When the Rev. France Davis first arrived in Salt Lake City in 1972, he showed up at an apartment where he had already paid a deposit and arranged to have a telephone line installed. When the landlady saw him for the first time and realized he was black,...

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Anger Mismanaged

The Open Curtain never turns an ex-Mormon author’s frustration into insight.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When Brian Evenson began writing The Open Curtain, he was a Mormon. By the time he finished the book, he was not. Leaving the religion one grew up in can be fertile ground for a novelist to explore. He can examine the tension between losing one’s...

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A Passage to India

Local lovers of world cinema bring “Bollywood” to Taylorsville.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - They come from as far away as Elko, Provo, Idaho Falls, Logan and Evanston. Some speak the language the film is in; some don’t. A group of people from a variety of nations now living in a variety of places in the Intermountain West gathers together...

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West End Boy

Andrew Valdez tells an intriguing but incomplete story of 1960s Salt Lake City.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There was a time in Salt Lake City when newspaper boys stood on downtown corners selling evening newspapers to businessmen who were on their way to the Walgreen’s cafeteria to get dinner. It was an age when every conceivable “sin” could...

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EconomySolutions

What’s the best entertainment value in town? Would you believe a Jazz ticket?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Of the many entertainment options available in Salt Lake City, the best value may be found in a place that’s recently come to be derisively known as the “Radium Stadium.” That’s where Larry Miller'after all, you know this guy and...
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