The Hurt Lockup

Utah's failure to adopt federal prison-rape-prevention guidelines enables a cruel, but not so unusual, form of punishment.

Letters to the Future

The Paris Climate Project

Musical Chairs

Utah Symphony patrons & musicians struggle to accept the demotion of longtime concertmaster Ralph Matson.

That Strange "Berning" Sensation

Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders' run for president fuels a swag bonanza
One night in May, graphic artist Dave Barron found himself sitting up in bed, doodling. Against a dark background, a simple design in stark white emerged: eyeglasses, "2016," and a shock of unkempt white hair.

Down to the Wire

As Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski enter the home stretch, the Salt Lake City mayor's race may end in a photo finish
In the multipurpose room at River's Bend Senior Center, the seats are all full. Wispy white-haired women and others with dark dye jobs are mixed among a smattering of bald men.

Lost In Trans-Nation

Undocumented queer Latina Ella Mendoza asks if Utah LGBT leaders are doing enough to fight for transgender rights
On June 5, 2015, Ella Mendoza made history in Utah. She was the first undocumented queer Latina to give a speech at the Utah Pride Festival.

In Rod We Trust

With a penchant for Utah politics and a blunt delivery style, reporter Rod Decker's inimitable voice keeps viewers tuning in
Rod Decker apologizes. The KUTV Channel 2 political reporter must call the station to make sure a cameraman will be ready for him at 10 a.m. sharp.

Circumcision Decision

Male circumcision rates in Utah decline as parents reconsider the procedure
Spenst Hansen knows better than to take his body for granted. Born in the midst of his parents' divorce, the 24-year-old Salt Laker was, of course, a major sticking point in the split. More surprisingly, so was his circumcision status.

Best of Utah Arts 2015

Your votes and our picks for the Best in local arts
You know it when you see it—art, that is. The world is full of books, movies, visual art, plays, dances and more, and much of that work will exist forever in a way that never touches you.

Kingdom Come

Residents of two remaining Mormon colonies in northern Mexico keep the faith—and a foot in two worlds
On a humid August night in 2008, in the town of Colonia Dublán in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cristina saw a young man fly through her front door and dive onto the floor of her home as AK-47 rounds hammered into the plaster above her.

Let's Play!

Gamers scream, swear and fight their way to newfound celebrity on YouTube
Early in the afternoon, after waking up, showering and grabbing a bite to eat, Dean Richards powers up a computer and turns on some lighting equipment.

Running on Empty

Even with food banks, food stamps and wealthy churches on nearly every corner, Utah children still go to bed hungry
In a cramped, dimly lit basement apartment in a Murray complex a few blocks from Interstate 15, a single mother and her daughter curl up on a worn blue sofa and talk about hunger.

Utah Beer Festival 2015

City Weekly's sixth annual fest proves Utah loves beer
City Weekly is now six years into its annual celebration of suds, aka the Utah Beer Festival. This year—on Saturday, Aug. 15, to be exact, from 3-8 p.m., at Library Square—the UBF hopes to attract some 6,000 beer aficionados ...

Power Struggle

In the solar-panel debate, Rocky Mountain Power turns a blind eye to the environmental benefits of sunshine
Mark Larsen fits the bill of a stereotypical solar-panel user. He's a semi-retired college Spanish professor, active member of Utah Citizens Advocating for Renewable Energy (UCARE) and lives in a suburb of brown adobe homes outside of St. George.

River of No Return

A trip down Idaho's wild and protected rivers shows the wisdom in saving something
"Wilderness" is a word Utahns hear in the context of dispute. It is a word that many of the state's leaders revile, while outdoorsmen and -women, conservationists and environmentalists, love.

Who Gets to Laugh?

Salt Lake City is ready for the satirical The Book of Mormon—but when does satire cross the line?
On July 28, the 2011 Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon arrives at last in Salt Lake City for a two-week touring company run—and you'd better believe the locals were ready.

Ripped & Ravaged

"Happily ever after" does not figure into this torrid tale of Utah romance novelists
When reviewers told LDS romance novelist Rachel Nunes that a book titled The Auction Deal, scheduled for release in August 2014, seemed suspiciously similar to hers, she was sure it was a mistake.

Chesterfield, USA

Welcome to the unsung rural heartland that you've never heard of, just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City
On a late spring afternoon on the far northeast corner of West Valley City, a Brink's security guard waits for a ride home outside the fenced-off lot of offices and armored vans, his lunchbox at his feet.


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