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.
Also: Herbert Cool on Hot Waste, Vague Scenarios
You've heard the phrase "Only in Utah." It hit the mark in a preview of the upcoming Star Wars movie.
Also: Meeting Mia, Utah Women Earn Less
Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, is pretty predictable when it comes to President Barack Obama, in case you hadn't noticed. Her latest screed calls the president a dictator because of the Department of Justice's immigration policies.
Also: It's Hereditary, Footing the Bill
In a stunning time-lapse video from NASA, you can watch how Lake Powell's water level has dropped—and dropped—since 1999.
Also: A Source of Fiber, Papers, Please
You have to feel sorry for Jackie Biskupski and, oh yeah, Luke Garrott, now that Jim Dabakis is talking about entering the mayor's race. It's hard enough to get name recognition against a two-term incumbent without another big name in the race.
Also: The Sales-Tax Carrot, Political E-mail
The March 22 Salt Lake Tribune editorial intoned, "UTA going forward, agency must still win voters' trust." Sure, the voters can decide if they want another tax hike, but how does that help solve UTA's systemic problems?