The Real You

A woman charts her wild time-machine journey of DNA genetic testing and, through it all, finds a sense of belonging.

Let's All Go to the Legislature!

Forty-five days. More than 1,200 proposed bills. Tons o' fun.

Biting the Bullet

How a peace-loving British journalist ended up shopping for a gun in Utah.
There were four rules to remember: "All guns are always loaded"; "never let your muzzle cover anything you're not willing to destroy or kill"; "your finger is never on the trigger until your sights are on the target, and you're ready to fire"; and, "beware of your back stop and beyond."

Crude Awakening

The death of Peter Hayes has dredged up fears that Red Butte Creek's 2010 oil spill not only harmed the waterway but also the health of those who live along its banks.
Just before 10 p.m. on June 11, 2010, a pipeline ruptured and 800 barrels of toxic crude oil rushed down Red Butte Creek, spewing high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air and into the homes of those who slept with their windows open during a balmy summer night.

The Zion Zodiac

Local astrologer Christopher Renstrom looks to the stars to predict what 2016 has in store.
Astrology's purpose is to help you get to where you want to go based on the disposition of the planets. Are they helping or hindering you? As you read your 2016 predictions, you will see for yourself the times of year that are auspicious and the times of year that are full of obstacles.

But Do They Know It's Christmas

Frowned upon by the FLDS Church, Christmas Makes a comeback on the Utah-Arizona border
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Wasted Space

For Salt Lake City's downtown to thrive, it needs to reclaim its dead zones.
According to Malizia, vibrant downtowns aren't just more interesting, they impact the entire region.

The Hurt Lockup

Utah's failure to adopt federal prison-rape-prevention guidelines enables a cruel, but not so unusual, form of punishment.
Rape is a nightmare for any victim, but when the victim is locked up with his or her rapist, it becomes a recurring nightmare with no escape.

Letters to the Future

The Paris Climate Project
Despite the fresh tragedy of the Paris terrorist attacks, the French government remains committed to hosting the U.N. Climate Change Conference (known as COP21) scheduled in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. As such, world leaders from more than 190 countries (President Obama is slated to attend) will convene in Paris to consider passage of a binding global treaty aimed at reducing the most dangerous impacts of global warming.

Musical Chairs

Utah Symphony patrons & musicians struggle to accept the demotion of longtime concertmaster Ralph Matson.
Tension is building as Thierry Fischer's baton deftly draws his orchestra into Mahler's Symphony No. 1. But the musical tension is nothing compared to the human drama being played out behind the scenes.

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.


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