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The Touhy God

The hand of the federal government lies heavily on the state's prosecutions of two former AGs on corruption charges.


Utah AIDS Foundation continues free clinic in the face of possible funding cuts.

Pinball Wizards

For many, old-school arcade game sits at the intersection of solace and skill.

Meet the Muslims

Utah Islamic Center's open-house series answers questions, dispels myths.
In Islamic doctrine, God's faithful follower Abraham had two wives: Sarah and Hagar. And perhaps a plural-marriage tradition is why, Shuaib Din suggested, he was recently emailed by a polygamist group organizing a march on Capitol Hill.

The King and I

A razor-beaked icon of the Utah bird conservation movement turns 58.
Helen Dishaw has accompanied Andy Mondays through Fridays and on holidays along the aviary's pathways for an hour at a time. The experience, she says, struck her early on as what it must feel like to have a child. She calls him with treats—quail liver, beef heart slices—which she gives him from a thick-gloved hand.

Some Pig

Allegations of livestock doping rattle junior exhibitor's future.
Spot, a portly blue-ribbon pig, was crowned a winner at the 2015 Utah State Fair, earning a fast-track to the auction block and prize money and praise for her youth handler. One of more than 100 hogs in the junior livestock show, this pig walked away the reserve grand champion.

Shots Fired

The release of bodycam footage of the police shooting of a 17-year-old raises only more questions.
It took just 42 seconds, according to recently released police body-camera footage, between two officers exiting the downtown Salt Lake City homeless shelter on Rio Grande Street and shooting juvenile Abdullahi "Abdi" Mohamed four times.

Protecting Planned Parenthood

With state legal fight over, Utah chapter braces for federal cuts.
Karrie Galloway, president/CEO of Planned Parenthood of Utah, was on her way to see jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall perform with the Utah Symphony in summer 2015 when she got the call.

Fire Line

UFA Board considers recouping bonuses paid to former chiefs and turning investigation over to law enforcement.
A week after the Utah State Auditor issued an exhaustive audit documenting the misdeeds of former fire chiefs at the Unified Fire Authority, the board that oversees the state's largest firefighting agency is weighing whether it will seek criminal and civil action against its former employees.

"When Women Run, Women Win"

Exploring the storied, difficult road for women in Utah politics.
In 2013, when I started reporting on women in Utah politics, the Beehive State ranked 46th in the nation for the percentage of its state legislators who were female. Every year since, Utah has been at or near the bottom of this list.

Bad Day at Red Rock

Moab's former city manager alleges she was fired for being a whistleblower on troubled police dept.
In early December 2016, Moab City announced its plan to close for an unprecedented 10 days over the holidays. The year had been diabolical for the municipality.

Biskupski: The First Year

Milestones, missteps line the mayor's first 366 days in office.
Twelve months ago, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski publically promised to shake up the culture in City Hall.

The Price of Intimacy

A disabled man's fight to legalize sex work in Utah veers into stormy waters.
When the 25-year-old rides Trax in downtown Salt Lake City, he occasionally hears a passenger comment on his facial paralysis.

A Place of Prayer and Action

A Thanksgiving visit to Standing Rock reveals multigenerational resiliency.
Before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under Lake Oahe, I was at Standing Rock alongside the water protectors.

Let it Snow

Local professor conducts traffic study to improve winter storm preparedness.
Several major metropolitan areas were covered, including Washington, D.C.

Stepping In

To curb campus rape, colleges train students on how to intervene.
It's a Wednesday evening in November, and about three dozen students and others are gathering for a zero-credit seminar on what might be the biggest issue on college campuses today.

The Life Outside

Six months after delivering watershed speech, Spencer Cox reflects on equal rights, family and virality.
There, Cox has cultivated an engaging persona, and he dispatches dozens of tweets each week, replete with quippy one-liners, emojis, GIFs, internet acronyms and #hashtags.

Silent Survivors

A women-only shelter might be insufficient to address needs of sex workers and the crime that often accompanies them.
Sex work pays for dope and night-by-night rent for a room that costs cumulatively between $1,200-$1,500 a month.


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