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Friday, December 7, 2018

The Utah Way

State power players and activists react to lawmakers’ passing of the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.
Gov. Gary Herbert’s signature on the Republican-approved legislation effectively ended a contentious debate about the will of the people, patients’ access to medication and the influence The Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plays in state politics.

Movie Reviews: Burning, Maria By Callas, The World Before Your Feet, Schindler's List

Multiplexes are vacant of new releases—unless you count the 25th anniversary re-release of a classic Best Picture winner—which leaves plenty of time to focus on compelling new art-house releases.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Young womxn students and educators deliver nearly 4,000 letters to the governor’s office urging him to protect public lands.
“Environmental advocacy and outdoor recreation is historically dominated by men, so getting younger-women identified voices into the mix is always a good thing,” Josee Stetich, who organized the letter-writing, told the crowd outside the Capitol.

Monday, December 3, 2018

'We See Errors in the Initiative Passed by the Will of the People'

Contentious medical cannabis compromise bill passed by state House and Senate lawmakers.
About an hour into a legislative discussion on medical cannabis, Rep. Brian King said he wanted to address the elephant in the room: that the LDS church had influenced the “compromise” agreed upon a month before voters passed Proposition 2.

McAdams Turns Page

Candidate list to replace Salt Lake County mayor is quickly filling up.
The Salt Lake County Democratic Party’s Central Committee will have 30 days following the vacancy to pick a replacement. The committee consists of about 1,100 members that will vote on the county’s next mayor.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Possession of Hannah Grace, Border, Life and Nothing More, Mirai

A post-Thanksgiving dead zone at the multiplexes leaves room for a few unique art-house offerings. The Swedish fantasy Border crafts an intriguing romantic allegory about assimilation and the hate-inspiring ripple effects of dehumanization.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Challenger Appears

Backed by prominent local politicos, SLC businessman and philanthropist David Ibarra throws his hat in mayoral ring.
Sim Gill said Ibarra’s early life gives him an understanding of the city’s most vulnerable residents, a firsthand knowledge most people don’t have. “The person that I know in David Ibarra is a man who is here to serve their needs.”

Rolling Deep

Hundreds turn out for a public hearing on medical cannabis, Proposition 2 and the “compromise” lawmakers could pass next week.
“This so-called compromise does seek to undermine democracy,” attendee Kelly Jones said, stressing that her fellow Utahns knew what they were doing when they passed Prop 2. “They voted, I voted. We know the meaning of our vote.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Movie Reviews: Creed II, Green Book, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Robin Hood, The Front Runner

Your Thanksgiving weekend movie line-up
Holiday movie season gets its launch with a pair of sequels, a couple of awards-season fact-based dramas and yet another screen incarnation of everyone's favorite resident of Sherwood Forest. The Rocky saga continues in Creed II with a solid tale  of making peace with the legacy of the past.

The Shadows Flee

MormonLeaks publishes documents alleging sexual abuse of a minor by an LDS church patriarch.
It’s difficult to draw conclusions from this single leak about how the church investigates such allegations, McKnight says but, “this at least gives us a glimpse of how they handled it in this one particular case.”

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