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Feature | Studied to Death: Can Huntsman finally bring about meaningful education reform?

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Jan 28,2009 - nPatti Harrington wasn’t talking. The state superintendent of education was in duck-and-cover mode as she swatted at yet another trial balloon floating through Utah’s educational community. nAnother day, another initiative. Another governor. If she keeps quiet, maybe there won’t be another superintendent. nHarrington told City Weekly late last year that she didn’t want to...

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Election Issue 2008 | Tipping the Balance: This could be the Democrats’ year to shift power on the Salt Lake County Council.

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Oct 29,2008 - The District 4 Salt Lake County Council race is apparently the one to watch—not because it’s interesting, but because it has potential. That’s potential for the Democrats, who have been pretty much beside themselves with anticipation. n“It’s the demographics,” says Republican Mark Crockett, who calls his district “Utah’s bank of swing voters.” ...

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Feature | Ruffled Feathers: In Tracy Aviary’s ballot battle for funding, its injured bird rehab program gets the boot

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Oct 22,2008 - nThe call for help came from Envirocare, the radioactive waste repository now known as EnergySolutions. Four pelicans had landed on one of its low-level radioactive ponds in Tooele County. Three of the birds thought better of the decision and flew off. But one remained—for days. nEnvirocare workers traipsed out to the pond with their equipment, and sure enough, they found one hot avian. The...

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News | Hot In Here?: Legislators embrace global warming skeptic for advice on Utah environment.

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Sep 3,2008 - Try to imagine your place in the world as a simple equation. Or maybe not so simple. You are here, so to speak, whether you like it or not.nThe Utah Legislature is embarking on the quest for just such an equation to help solve the politically ticklish...

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News | Hack Attack: Insider system for choosing school board ensures the blandest candidates.

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Jul 30,2008 - Once upon a time in Utah, people were running amok campaigning for school boards they had no interest in whatsoever. Or maybe they had too much interest in them; in the wacky way our terrorists of today have too much interest in fertilizer.nBut this is...

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News | Too Much Information: Should teachers be punished for answering sex-ed questions?

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Jun 18,2008 - It’s a good thing that Jennifer Seelig and Carl Wimmer have a nice, solid relationship, even in their polarity. Otherwise, Wimmer, the Republican representative from Herriman, might have taken Seelig’s phone call the wrong way. “Wimmer,...

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News | Grass Roots Gotcha: Too-liberal politicians land on a report card straight out of the ’50s

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Jun 4,2008 - Sheryl Allen had the privilege and the misfortune of being on a wish list of Democratic converts from the Republican fold. A privilege because it’s always nice to be pursued; a misfortune because it further justifies the near-outcast status she...

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News | Tower of Power: Huge development beside Rice-Eccles is the U’s way of playing nice

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Apr 9,2008 - You can’t say the University of Utah doesn’t try to play well with others. It even took a recent crash course on playing well, and now there’s a lot of gushing going on. This is a “first,” you know, for niceness. And given...

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News | Under the Bus: A legislator’s effort to rein in UTA gets the standard heave-ho

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Mar 12,2008 - For all the talk about immigration, education and ugly baby issues, the 2008 Utah Legislature pretty much crushed any substantive dialogue around public transit, except to throw a few more people onto an already crowded Utah Transit Authority board. Maybe...

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News | Whose Bright Idea?: Two rival bills target renewable energy for Utah

By Katharine Biele
POSTED // Jan 30,2008 - In an otherwise quiet legislative session so far, renewable energy is making big waves in back rooms at the Capitol. Sens. Scott McCoy, D-Salt Lake, and Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, are duking it out over establishing a renewable portfolio standard (RPS)...
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