Also: Drugs & Digs, Parking Plan Problems
What do you want to bet that a nearly $6 million judgment against Siegfried & Jensen won't make a bit of a difference to their personal-injury business? The law firm seems to keep bouncing back and proclaiming its expertise in TV commercials.
Also: Gun Violence a Disease?, No Country for Old Trees
Maybe if they had been murals of hand-holding children, they wouldn't have caused the grief they did. But with one mural at least—the one on the outside of the Azteca de Oro Taqueria—West Valley City officials have agreed to cool off for 30 days ...
Also: Challenge the Voters, Flag Snag
The question is: Do you believe the Utah Transit Authority? UTA has not exactly earned the undying trust of the public, although the Utah Legislature continues to act as though the quasi-governmental organization has learned its lesson that it is still a good thing for the state.
Also: More Greens for Less Green, The Real Threat
In the heat of the summer season, Utah lawmakers don't want to take the heat. Important matters will simply have to wait. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman got his sentencing delayed two months by hiring new lawyers.
Also: Losing the Green, The Tippling Point
As Utah goes wild with its love of coal and extractive industries in general, the rest of the world is laying claim to renewables.
Also: Justice Ain't Cheap, Rough Rulings
It always helps to research your issue. That's what Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa found out after persuading the council to pass a temporary ordinance blocking the opening of the INN Between, a much-anticipated homeless hospice.
Also: Red Tape, Shining Light on Water
If you believe that the fatal attack on Charleston churchgoers is part of a "war on religion," then get ready for more ludicrous labeling: In 2007, an armed gunman made his way through Trolley Square, killing five. Indeed, this was part of the "war on shopping malls."
Also: Taste Test, Eat Real
If you think Utah is all about what business wants, you're not really wrong. Beating the heat of the Utah summer, Gov. Gary Herbert is leading another group, 20 representatives of the Western Europe Trade Mission. They come back this week from a trip to the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France—and he's already been to Japan this year.
Also: Code for Cleaner Air, Cool to Skip School
Hold on. There's more news coming about the Sugar House Ghost Train, also known as the streetcar to nowhere. The Salt Lake City Council has unenthusiastically (4-3) voted to match $3.1 million in federal funds to extend the line. No, the Utah Transit Authority won't throw in a dime, and who knows how long this will take to build, anyway?
Also: Count Their Vote, O Ye of Little Funds
The most important take-away from the public-lands debate is that it isn't going to end soon. You may think it's all about Recapture Canyon critic Phil Lyman asking the public to pay his legal bills— and, who knows? The anti-federalist Utah Legislature just may do that.
Also: Sufferin' Suffragettes, Man-uscript
It's interesting how money can change philosophies. Just as the conservative Club for Growth was to launch a pricey ad campaign against U.S. Reps. Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop, the congressmen had an epiphany ...
Also: Reading, Writing, Republicanism; Utah: The High-Rent Hive
The good news is that Utah closed the graduation gap between whites and Hispanics by 7 percent between 2011 and 2013. That's a bigger improvement than any other state, according to "Building a Grad Nation," a report by Civic Enterprises. The bad news is that the large jump was likely possible only because the gap in Utah was so abysmal to begin with.
Also: The Cycle Continues, List Opportunities
Do you want to mess with golfers? Salt Lake City has taken a swing at it after looking at $800,000 in golf-course operating deficits.
Also: Fenced In, Breathe Deep
Talk this week has been all about homelessness. The operative word is "talk"—starting with KSL's Doug Wright wondering out loud why people still give to panhandlers when "everybody" tells them not to.
Also: The One You're With, An Endangered Species
We're sending coal to the Third World. Really? Maybe we think this will actually help those countries, but more than likely, it's about helping Utah's struggling coal industry.