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Attack of the Killer Reboots!

Summer flicks bring familiar themes and familiar themes.

Flipped

Why a former left-leaning ex-oil exec. wants you and all your friends to join the Republican party.

Inside the Firestorm

New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames.

The Block

My life as a former drug dealer, new father and future inspiration.
Gabriel Estrada Zamora was released from jail on Feb. 7, 2015, after serving five months for drug possession and paraphernalia charges.

Resist

How Donald Trump has increased interest in the lives and tactics of longtime tax resisters.
Rod Nippert grew up on a farm with 40,000 turkeys in the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Ohio. He wanted to escape the life of a farm boy as quickly as he could.

Magna Rising

Long burdened by ill health and poverty, a westside community strives to turn the page.
Once a week, C.J. Withers—owner of We Witches 3, a spiritual supply store on Main Street in downtown Magna—casts a spell for prosperity.

Still Standing

As media interest fizzles, the battle at Standing Rock continues.
>Militarized police destroyed the encampments in North Dakota late last month, but judging by the momentum that lingers, the movement born at Standing Rock is just getting started. The peaceful fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is still playing out in court, and campaigns against similar pipelines are growing in Washington state, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida.

Set in Stone

How an elderly, dementia-stricken man ended up owing Salt Lake County $36,063.
Knowing her father as nothing if not a law-abiding, careful man, Tiffany Janzen was nonplussed to learn last May that investigators were snooping on family property. That month, the West Jordan resident phoned a Salt Lake County District Attorney agent, Lt. Alex Huggard, who had been tipped off to an illegal operation on a 24-acre parcel of land along 2100 South.

The Foilies 2017

Wherein we recognize the year's worst in government transparency.
A thick fog is rolling in over Sunshine Week (March 12-18), the annual event when government transparency advocates raise awareness about the importance of access to public records.

Unlocking the Box

As Utah State Prison moves beyond using solitary confinement as punishment, mentally ill inmates struggle with its legacy.
>When 25-year-old Jeremy Haas paroled out of the Utah State Prison in May 2015, he went to live with his mother. She took him to the still-blue waters of the Spanish Fork reservoir, where, for the first time in his life, he walked barefoot in sand.

Loretta's Justice

45 years later, cold murder case in rural Utah heats up.
Heidi Jones-Asay was 4 years old the day she found her mother dead, lying in a pool of blood. For the next four decades, she kept the fire alive to find the killer.

A Seagull Story

Why a bug-eating trash bird makes Utah proud.
But here's an even better story, which Utahns refer to as "The Miracle of the Gulls"

Mayhem in Moab

Drunk cops and a game of beer pong bring police misconduct to light.
One hot night in southern Utah in July 2015, the thoughts of two off-duty Moab police officers turned to beer. Then-officer Justin Olsen became so drunk, he later told investigators, he could not remember if underage kids were drinking at a neighbor's party he and his fellow officer crashed.

TRUMPOCALYPSE NOW!

Is there any hope for Planned Parenthood and climate change under the new regime? PLUS we take you inside the inauguration and the DC + SLC Women's Marches.
If President Trump actually believes all his campaign warnings about the threats of immigration, he should now be talking about ways to slow global warming as well.

Surviving Sundance

An insider's take on the sights, sounds and tastes of Sundance.
Every year, for a few strange days, Utah's predictable conservative majority swings just a couple of percentage points to the left as the movie industry comes to town. The Sundance Film Festival offers a strange brew of high altitude and high attitude, turning Park City into a crowded, chaotic temporary Rocky Mountain center of the cinematic universe.

Pronounced Echo

Deaths of homeless in supportive housing speak volumes of Utah's overburdened system.
From 2014 through the end of 2016, 19 tenants and two unauthorized individuals died at Palmer Court, the Salt Lake City supportive housing complex home to 300 or so chronically homeless single adults and families.

Legislature Madness

The Sweet Bills That Make Life Bitter.
Every January, the parade of hope marches north on State Street.

Home Sweet Home?

How a single real estate deal highlights a city in flux and in crisis.
In January of 1974, Dick's brother told him that he was owed $10,000—an amount that could not be paid in any currency besides the seven-unit, red brick apartment that has, since 1909, been anchored between First and Second Avenue.

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