Hits & Misses | Polluted Logan, Sandy Soccer Hooligans & Liquor Laws 

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What is wrong with this list: Pittsburg, Los Angeles, Fresno, Birmingham, Logan? Those are the top 6 worst U.S. cities for spikes in microscopic air pollution that cause heart attacks and strokes, according to the American Lung Association’s recent State of the Air report. Salt Lake City comes next at No. 7, ranking Utah’s capital just ahead of Sacramento, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. Provo is No. 12. for such “red day” winter-pollution spikes. No Utah cities ranked on worst lists for year-round pollution, but Salt Lake and Davis counties earned Fs for general, year-round soot and for summertime ozone smog from car exhausts. Long ranked with Mississippi in school spending, Utah now vies with Pittsburg for air quality.

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Soccer Suds
No professional soccer team has ever become truly great without its own band of roving soccer hooligans. And quality soccer hooliganism requires booze, lots of it. No doubt that’s why Sandy’s planning commission signed off on Real Salt Lake’s plans for beer at concession stands, wine at a stadium restaurant, alcohol in stadium suites and an on-site private club. Real still needs permission of state alcohol regulators. But that shouldn’t be hard after a new University of Utah study found the public doesn’t get much more from taxpayer-built sports arenas than from “a large grocery store.” The state will want as many revenue options as possible to get something for $35 million in tourism taxes. Besides, a private club sure takes the sting off losing.

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Liquor by the … Huh?
Utah drinkers aren’t sure they can taste the difference in drinks after the new liquor law that recently went into effect. They do know this isn’t true liquor reform that helps anyone. The new law allows bars to increase metered-drink strength to 1.5 ounces, but decreases total size of mixed drinks. It gets more complicated after that. Even state liquor regulators aren’t sure what it means, as evidenced by an explanatory Q&A the DABC recently sent to barkeeps. “Q. I am a private club and intend to serve 1.5 ounce primary alcohol. If a member orders a rum and coke, can I set down another rum and coke if he has consumed at least 1/4 of his initial drink? A. Probably.”

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