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Washington • A big majority of Utahns have a favorable opinion of Sen. Orrin Hatch, but, when reminded of his four decades in office, they also think he should retire …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Laurie Holt, Josh Holt’s mother speaks at a rally on the east steps of the Utah State Capitol in July calling for the release of her 24-year-old son Josh Holt, who is currently jailed in Venezuela. At left is her husband Jason Holt, with Josh’s sisters Katie, and Jenna Holt, far right. ‘Drop these ridiculous, fabricated charges’: Parents of Utah man jailed in Venezuela upset by latest delay in case
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah consumers now can carry wine and spirits home in something more fashionable Û and eco-friendly Û than a brown paper bag or empty liquor box. This week the state-owned liquor stores began offering reusable bags to customers. The  black cloth bags, available on a first-come first served-basis, have four compartments that can carry standard 750 ml bottles of wine or spirits. The front of the bags carry a message about preventing underage drinking. Utah liquor stores are giving away an alternative to the classic brown paper bag
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Kristen Stewart, in Park City for the premiere of the film ’Certain Women’ during the Sundance Film Festival, at the Eccles Theatre, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Stewart, best known for her starring role in the sparkly-vampire “Twilight” movies, will be back at Sundance 2017 with a short film she has made titled ’Come Swim.’ Kristen Stewart among the short-film directors at Sundance 2017
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