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    This photo provided by Open Road Films shows, Michael Keaton, from left, as Walter ’Robby’ Robinson, Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Rachel McAdams, as Sacha Pfeiffer, John Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr., and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll,  from the film, ’Spotlight.’ (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP) Debate: A dress code? For newspaper people?
    I’m told we’ve already had at least one member of The Salt Lake Tribune staff stopped and briefly questioned by Gateway security. Apparently the fact ...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Debbie Sainsbury, left, becomes emotional as she gets a kiss from her daughter Dallas Sainsbury who had just given moving testimony about her intense suffering from battling crohn’s disease. She and many others spoke in support of the medical marijuana bill, SB73 sponsored by Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs. Debate: If only there were an alternative to addictive and deadly opioids ...
    First read this: — Five bills advance to combat overdoses as Utah ‘health emergency’ — Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... state lawmakers adva...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Freedom Elementary 2nd graders, Avery Sherratt, Kate Durfey, Hannah Dajany and Lilly Adams, from left, crack up when the movements of their robot don’t go as planned while using code instruction on an iPad on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 in Highland, Utah. Debate: Suing for school funding, there and here ...
    Here, last week: — Alliance for a Better Utah preparing to sue state over school funding — Benjamin Wood | The Salt Lake Tribune “If Utah lawmakers w...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 07:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   Weldon Angelos, a first time offender sentenced to a mandatory 55 years for having a gun while dealing drugs is pictured in this family snapshot with his two sons Jesse and Anthoney Angelos. Debate: Concurring opinions. Death penalty. E-cigs. Pardons.
    From today’s Salt Lake Tribune: — Sen. Urquhart wants to abolish Utah’s ‘broken’ death penalty — Jennifer Dobner | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Utah’s ...
    Updated Feb 10 2016 02:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Taking sides on medical marijuana ...
    For the proposition: — I know that medical marijuana works — Robert Kirby | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... “Yes, I know it was illegal in Utah. I did it ...
    Updated Feb 09 2016 12:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Sex and politics ... With video (not that kind)
    “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” — Henry Kissinger I dunno, Henry. Around here, power seems more interested in being a real buzzkill. — Video: ‘We...
    Updated Feb 05 2016 01:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Change to ‘Utah Fan’ inspires a whole country ...
    [Video: I’ve always been partial to this national anthem. Easier to sing. More uplifting. Less about a battle, though it pledges over and over to “sta...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 09:48 am   |     |   Share
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    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, right, accompanied by the committee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. questions a witness during the committee’s  hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint, Mich. Michigan should have required the city of Flint to treat its water for corrosion-causing elements after elevated lead levels were first discovered in the city’s water a year ago, the state’s top environmental regulator says in testimony prepared for congressional hearing.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Debate: A chance for Chaffetz to redeem himself. Too bad nobody’s watching...
    The horrid mess that is the public water supply in Flint, Mich., has rightly come into the portfolio of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, aka Jason ...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: That’s still the anger talking ...
    A Utah House committee has approved a bill, from Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, to add human trafficking to the list of aggravating factors that could a...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 01:14 pm   |     |   Share
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    Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward speaks at press conference at the Harney County Community Center in Burns, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2016. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)  Debate: ‘We don’t arm up and rebel’
    It’s Groundhog Day. But we’re going to have a lot more than six more weeks of feuding over public lands. It could be the same thing over and over. Or,...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 02:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    This Oct. 22, 2015, photo shows a Planned Parenthood in Houston. A grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. The footage from the clinic in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  Debate: Lies and the lying liars who tell them ...
    [Yes, that’s the title of a book by Al Franken.] ­— Video’s claim that BLM sparked devastating Oregon fires goes up in smoke — Paul Rolly | The Salt L...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 01:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Water policy flows both ways ...
    Looks like some members of the Utah Legislature didn’t read the editorial all the way to the end. Even when it was a good review of what they were up ...
    Updated Jan 29 2016 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Warning: This is a plot complication! ...
    A lot of warnings in the news today. Mostly unheeded. That’s what makes them sad. And newsworthy: — Utah engineers’ warning was ignored before Challen...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Newer model UTA buses leave the Salt Lake Central Station at 250 S. 600 W. in Salt Lake City Monday Ocotber 12. Debate: OK. Maybe a UTA junket to Houston...
    ... Or maybe the folks at the Utah Transit Authority, whose proclivity for global travel is high on the list of reasons why the transit-tax-raising Pr...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 11:18 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   ’I’ve never seen it this bad,’ said Ashley Gomez of the high number of homeless people in Salt Lake City, including herself. Gomez and her dog Sadie try to stay somewhat warm and dry after her ’camp’ flooded due to snowfall, Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors has released its annual Hunger and Homeless Survey. The report surveyed 22 cities and found that over all, homelessness increased 5.2 percent. Sixty-Six percent of the cities reported an increase in the need for food assistance. Debate: Helping the homeless in, and by, Utah ...
    Having two newspapers in a community is a good idea. When we disagree. And especially when we agree: — State funds for homeless would be fair and effe...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 02:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   l-r Filmaker Jared Hess discusses the art and intricacies of being and independent filmmaker during The Salt Lake Tribune)  ’s Sundance Film Festivals preview, January 12, 2015 at Tower Theatre. For 30 years, the Sundance Film Festival has brought groundbreaking storytelling to Utah, encouraged homegrown talent and cultivated a sophisticated and enthusiastic local audience for indie films. As the 2016 festival opening approaches, The Salt Lake Tribune)   invites you to an evening of Sundance history, folklore, memories, industry gossip ­­— and the chance to win tickets to screenings.  Debate: Some wish for a sunny Sundance ...
    This editorial has been bugging me for a few days. It also made me think of the above video clip. Now I’ve looked at it (the sketch, that is) again an...
    Updated Jan 21 2016 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Robyn Blumner Debate: Remember Robyn Blumner, briefly a Utahn?
    Robyn Blumner was executive director of the Utah American Civil Liberties Union for a couple of years back in the late 1980s. She had a similar job wi...
    Updated Jan 21 2016 10:09 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: The Rogue Strikes Back ...
    Now that she’s back in the national spotlight, I get to drag out this old bit: — My night with Sarah Palin — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ......
    Updated Jan 20 2016 05:16 pm   |     |   Share
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    Members of the media are silhouetted in front of Independence Hall as H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, owner and Chairman of Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), makes an announcement during a press conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa., Tuesday Jan. 12, 2016. Lenfest announced that he will be donating PMN, the holding company for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com to a newly created nonprofit media institute. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Debate: Another newspaper goes nonprofit (officially) ...
    [Updated: 5:05 p.m.] Remember a few weeks ago I was on about newspapers not just changing hands, but changing to new models of ownership that may or m...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: The Utah-Koch connection ...
    The Koch brothers come out of Kansas. (Like me.) They are fans of Wichita State University basketball. (Like me.) They’ve got strong Utah connections...
    Updated Jan 11 2016 11:57 am   |     |   Share
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    (Brian Maffly  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The 104-megawatt Utah Red Hills Renewable Park, the state’s first large utility-scale solar farm, goes on-line this month. Its 340,700 panels, installed on 632 acres west of Parowan, will generate enough electricity to power 18,500 homes. Debate: Conservative vs. conservative on solar power
    We’ve been getting some reader blowback on this op-ed piece from up Logan way, from two conservative think tankers who argue that it is bad for govern...
    Updated Jan 07 2016 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
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    A Western cattle scene dominates the foyer of the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Ore., in mid-December 2015. Ranching remains a key to the area’s economy as timber harvests have declined. Ranchers rely on a mix of private and public land to feed cattle. (Les ZaitzThe Oregonian via AP) Debate: Utah and Mormons in the news ...
    [Video: Why Mormons identify with Syrian refugees. — Vox — Based in part on recent Pat Bagley cartoon] What with those would-be LDS warriors standin...
    Updated Jan 06 2016 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Where don’t white people meet?
    That Where White People Meet website, out of Utah (of course) has been noticed by the mainstream media. [My tweet: “Place to meet white folks in Utah....
    Updated Jan 07 2016 11:53 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Don’t shoot the Mormon stud muffin?
    Lots of pixels spilled today on those Y’all Qaida buffoons up in Oregon. Including the religious angle. — Why the Oregon occupiers are citing the Book...
    Updated Jan 05 2016 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Some editorial writer inside baseball ...
    For the new year, a little editorial writer’s inside baseball. A beautiful piece from one of the giants of the game, Paul Greenberg of the Arkansas D...
    Updated Jan 04 2016 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The House Republicans choose Rep. Greg Hughes, left, as the new House Speaker during a closed election meeting at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. At right is house speaker Rep. James Dunnigan. Debate: Time for the (________) of the Year ...
    Our friends at The Arizona Republic also name a person who had the most impact over the course of the last year. This year, their Arizonan of the Year...
    Updated Dec 30 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Peggy Tomsic, attorney for Utah Planned Parenthood, right, and CEO Carrie Galloway CEO of Planned Parenthhod of Utah leave the Federal Court building in Salt Lake City Thursday October 15.  The family planning organization is suing Utah Governor Gary Herbert for cutting of its federal funding. Debate: The politics of health ...
    Editorial writers and editorial page contributors are on about people’s health. Maybe thinking about New Year’s resolutions ... — Planned Parenthood c...
    Updated Dec 29 2015 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Incoming House Speaker Greg Hughes speaks during a meeting with  interns for the 2015 session in the Senate building, Thursday, January 15, 2015. Debate: About that Utahn of the Year. If not Hughes, then who?
    We got a lot of reaction — thank you — to our annual Christmas edition announcement of The Salt Lake Tribune’s Utahn of the Year. — Utahn of the Year...
    Updated Dec 28 2015 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson speaks at the Global Gaming Expo Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Debate: Some news about the news business ...
    Some of what’s going on in the Wide, Wide World of Journalism. (All with a tip o’ the green eyeshade to Jim Romenesko): Remember the mystery in Las Ve...
    Updated Dec 23 2015 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A naturally-mummified young woman is part of ’Mummies of the World: The Exhibition’ at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City, through March 6, 2016. The collection of about 200 mummies explors the links between mummies, science and medicine. Debate: Gruesome, yes. But Leonardo would dig it (up)...
    I can’t say that I totally disagree with the Public Forum letter published in The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday. The one about how The Leonardo museum in...
    Updated Dec 22 2015 05:00 pm   |     |   Share