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Here it is spring already. Easter has come and gone. And you know what that means. It’s now suitable for you snappy dressers out there to break out your white shoes and matching belts. Actually, sources close to Regent Street indicate that those wise gentlemen on the Deseret News editorial board got their spring wardrobes out early. The dark gray pants and dark gray ties have given way to beige and beige, which looks quite snappy with white shoes and matching white belts.


And they have reason to be in high spirits over on the 100 South side of the Newspaper Agency Corp. Brother Ted Stewart at the federal District Court for Utah has just dismissed AT&T from the lawsuit brought by the people who operate The Salt Lake Tribune. The Tribune Publishing Corp., as they call themselves, sued AT&T for selling the morning paper to a Denver-based chain that is chummy with the owners of the afternoon paper (who showed off their spring apparel with matching white jackets and pants). The writing is on the wall for Tribune Publishing, that is seeking to buy back the paper, to get the boot in favor of MediaNews Inc., owned by newspaper mogul Dean Singleton.


Sources close to the morning paper say they can’t get a fair shake from Brother Stewart and will have to appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.


• Speaking of Brother Stewart and the 10th Circuit Court, Denver justices recently heard arguments concerning the ACLU’s lawsuit against Salt Lake City and its sale of one block of Main Street to the LDS church. The ACLU was upbeat after the appeals judges grilled attorneys for the city and the church on the bait-and-switch notion of the block remaining like “a public park,” not to mention a “little bit o’ Paris.” The appeals court has yet to rule, however.


Brother Stewart had earlier tossed the suit out, saying that church leaders were within their rights to ban songs, bongs and thongs from their very own private property.


• Here’s an item from our “Republican Brain Trust”-file: Two Republican state legislators have asked Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to investigate Gov. Mike Leavitt after the chief executive had the temerity to veto their bills. Reps. Katherine Bryson and Mike Thompson, both from Orem, no less, are like totally pissed off. “The veto was never intended to be a tool to kill legislation the governor simply doesn’t agree with,” Bryson told Trib reporters.


Well, as we said, they’re from Orem.


• Here’s the news that you’ve all been waiting for: Former KSL TV anchorwoman Ruth Todd is back from her mission to Guatemala. She will be joining Randall Carlisle, who is back from his mission to Green Street, on the Channel 4 news at 10 p.m. beginning on April 15. But they won’t be calling it anything lame like News 4 You. Nope, the show has been renamed “ABC News at 10 for Saints,” apparently hoping to pull ratings numbers from KSL TV, owned by the guys in the white-on-white spring apparel.


On a related note, Amy Troy and Scott What’s-His-Name, who have been anchoring the 10 p.m. spot at Channel 4, have reportedly accepted missions to Latvia and Lithuania, respectively.

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