Salt Lake City Weekly | Issue Archives | Dec 4, 2008
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  • Dec 4-10, 2008
  • Vol. 25, No. 29

News

  • Lake Effect | The Hole Story
  • Lake Effect | The Hole Story

    nThe recession has slowed down Utah’s construction boom, but at least our destruction boom is still going strong. Why should the demolition sector suffer simply because there’s no money to replace the buildings we knock down? Holes have become one of Salt Lake City’s greatest natural resources. nThe Sugar House hole lay dormant beneath a retail district for decades before its dis...
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  • Mullen | Power Rangers: A win-wind for alternative energy sources.
  • Mullen | Power Rangers: A win-wind for alternative energy sources.

    The trip from Salt Lake City to southern Utah’s red-rock playground—thousands of us make the drive to Moab during a typical year—will never be the same. There, where U.S. Highway 6 starts its cut through Spanish Fork Canyon, stand nine breathtaking, milk-white giants—the busily whirring turbines of the Spanish Fork Wind Project. nThe windmills are 405 feet high, and their b...
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  • The Ocho | Glorious Jesus Fetus Recognition
  • The Ocho | Glorious Jesus Fetus Recognition

    nEight alternative greetings to “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” this season:n8. “Glorious Jesus Fetus Recognition to you, sir.” n7. “Hail Santa! Hail Santa! Hail Santa!” n6. “Joyous Debt-Regeneration Tidings to all!” n5. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time for a Beer.” n4. “Tiempo Feliz de Idolo.” n3. &ldquo...
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  • Hits & Misses | Shrinking Salk Lake, Hatch Saves Drug Dealers & Port O' Eviction

    Damned BirdsnA new study by two Utah state agencies finds wetlands on the shore of the Great Salt Lake have shrunk drastically over the past 40 years. Flow from springs that feed the lake has dropped 80 percent, meaning an increasingly smaller refuge for the birds that use the area as a migration stopover. Recent measurements find the Great Salt Lake with less water in it than at any time since th...
  • The Way It Is | Shawn Stinson of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • The Way It Is | Shawn Stinson of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

    nA recent survey found 64 percent of U.S. high school students had cheated on a test in the past year and 30 percent had shoplifted. Some wonder if the current youth are more unethical because of the competitive nature of society. City Weekly asked Shawn Stinson of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau his take on the current generation: n nFor the most part, children of today are si...
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  • Deep End | Cold Comfort: With Bill in the deep freeze, Hillary warms right up.
  • Deep End | Cold Comfort: With Bill in the deep freeze, Hillary warms right up.

    Saying that he does not want to stand in the way of Hillary becoming secretary of state, Bill Clinton has consented to being put into a state of suspended animation. n“Heck, I don’t know what else to do,” said the visibly agitated and red-faced former president. “Here I’ve gone and put all my shady financial stuff into a blind trust, and I told all my Saudi friends I ...
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  • 5 Spot | Tony Weller, manager of Sam Weller’s Bookstore
  • 5 Spot | Tony Weller, manager of Sam Weller’s Bookstore

    nnTony Weller, who manages one of downtown Main Street’s few remaining bright lights (Sam Weller’s Bookstore, 254 S. Main), is pleased that Salt Lake City will continue the holiday tradition of offering two hours of free parking downtown through New Year’s. nnAre you upset with the decision-making that helped cause or create Main Street’s numerous storefront vacancies?nI a...
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  • Staffbox | The War on Christmas

    Who is winning the “War on Christmas”?nBill Frost: I’ve already moved on to the “War on New Year’s.” nBrandon Burt: Jesus. And low, low prices! nScott Renshaw: The current status is irrelevant; we all know that in the long run, Jesus wins. nBen Rosch: Apparently, In Utah This Week. It took the T right out of Christmas! nNick Clark: The vampires. nKathy Mueller: ...
  • Private Eye | You Got Seats! Take my Ute tickets, please.
  • Private Eye | You Got Seats! Take my Ute tickets, please.

    Next week, we’ll know which BCS bowl game the University of Utah is going to. I’ve pretty much talked myself into going wherever Utah ends up, despite the fact I haven’t seen the Utes play a single down this year, or last, except on TV—barring the game against Oregon that I nearly saw last year in Corvallis, Ore. I spent basically the entire game in the stadium clinic with ...
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  • The Straight Dope | Space Menses
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  • The Straight Dope | Space Menses

    Without gravity, how do female astronauts menstruate while in space? —Gayle, Ventura, Calif. nFor a while there, Gayle, the question wasn’t how women would menstruate in space but whether it was too risky to find out. nAlthough the first female cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, had flown in Vostok 6 in 1963, women were excluded from the U.S. space program during its early years. The off...
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  • Ask a Mexican | Racist Anti-Illegalists & Mole vs. Molé
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  • Ask a Mexican | Racist Anti-Illegalists & Mole vs. Molé

    Dear Mexican: Why is it that those of us who oppose illegal immigration are called racist by many Mexicans? Personally, I think Hispanic people are beautiful and a diverse people who contribute tremendously to our culture (and spicy hot as well!). At the same time, I oppose illegals who wander across the border as if they just won the lottery, with no regard for our laws or culture, not knowing a ...
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  • Freewill Astrology | Dec. 4-10

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)nThe European Union has had rules banning the sale of ugly carrots with knobby protrusions, cucumbers that are grossly curved, and equally unaesthetic specimens of 24 other fruits and vegetables. Recently, that changed, however. The stiff standards were relaxed. “It makes no sense to throw perfectly good products away, just because they are the ‘wrong’ s...
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  • Newsquirks | Hose Job

    Curses, Foiled AgainnPolice said that Enrique Vega Jr., 29, used a screwdriver to rob a Mexican restaurant in Fresno, Calif., then made his getaway on a bicycle. He crashed, however, impaling himself on the screwdriver, which severed an artery in his thigh, and he bled to death. n• When two men kicked in the front door of an apartment in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and demanded cash, the resident t...

Eat & Drink

  • Wine
  • Wine: Drink Your Sushi

    Let’s say you’re sitting at the sushi bar of your favorite Tsunami Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar location (see Dining). You’ve got spicy tuna rolls on your mind along with a hot bowl of miso soup, an order of baby-back pork ribs with jalapeño and teriyaki glaze, shrimp tempura, aji nigiri, and, oh, let’s say Tsunami’s special Takasaki roll, made with eel,...
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Music

  • Up Front: Amanda Palmer gets all the attention.
  • Up Front: Amanda Palmer gets all the attention.

    Amanda Palmer isn’t keen on discussing her involvement with The Dresden Dolls, a project whose fate is very much up in the air. Whatever you do, don’t ask about her days working with drummer Brian Viglione—or how all that holds up to her current solo gig. n“If I have to answer that question one more time, I might just have to slit my wrists and die,” she says. nGot it...
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  • Just Like Coming Home: Starkweather finally make their way to Utah.
  • Just Like Coming Home: Starkweather finally make their way to Utah.

    Way back in 1991, a then-16-year-old Troy Trujillo got hold of a demo tape (remember those?) from a Philadelphia-based metal band called Starkweather. The tape was rough, but the band made a lasting impression on the local youth. n“I was listening to more ‘youth crew’ style bands at the time like Bold, Youth of Today and Judge, but I remember the Starkweather tape being far more ...
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Culture

  • The Essentials | <em>City Weekly's</em> Entertainment Picks Dec. 4-10
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Dec. 4-10

    nVISUAL ARTSnBy Brian StakernIt’s inescapable: The artist’s brush, in some ways as much as the writer’s metaphorical “pen,” tells a story. At some point, that story refers to autobiography, even if only through the choice of what topics to address. But in the hands of MARK ENGLAND, it becomes problematic to define where the individual—depicted in miniature&mdash...

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