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Last Updated Nov 25, 2014 11:11AM

Utah’s theater world happily keeps giving every year, and we love knowing our local Scroogeapalooza is thriving with productions of holiday classics and parodies available at community theaters along the Wasatch Front. (See full listings at www.sltrib.com/entertainment .) But Utah’s …

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  • Police in riot gear move down the street past a burning police car, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Ferguson grand jury: no criminal charges filed against police officer in teen’s killing
    Ferguson, Mo. • A grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shootin...
    Updated Nov 25 2014 08:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Mia Love took college prep classes at Norwalk High School and eventually attended the University of Hartford, a 90 minute drive from her hometown. Courtesy image. Mia Love: Searching for stardom; a Mormon conversion
    Editor’s note » This is the third in a series of occasional excerpts from “Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star” by Tribune...
    Updated Nov 23 2014 11:31 am   |     |   Share
  • 1. Officer Bron Cruz' body camera shows him beginning to raise his gun toward Dillon Taylor as Taylor walks away. 
2. Taylor continues to face away from Cruz. Cruz can be heard ordering Taylor, Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides
    In the past five years, more Utahns have been killed by police than by gang members. Or drug dealers. Or from child abuse. And so far this year, dead...
    Updated Nov 24 2014 09:30 am   |     |   Share
  • Murder victim Ethan Stacy, courtesy of the Facebook group 7 years after Shelby’s Law passes, no Utah death penalty trials for child-abuse deaths
    Farmington • Seven years ago, Utah lawmakers passed a law allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty if a child dies during an act of abuse, sexua...
    Updated Nov 24 2014 06:13 pm   |     |   Share

  • Meryl Streep plays The Witch in Winter movie preview: Going for Oscar gold
    When the holidays arrive, moviegoers get to watch two competing impulses fight it out. One stems from the fact that the Academy Awards follow the cale...
    Updated Nov 24 2014 08:46 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rachel Wilkerson of Wilkerson Organic Farm in Orem packs potatoes for Winder Farms, which orders 180 pounds every week. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Wilkerson Farm still has a lot of apples for pies and potatoes for mashed spuds. Here are 33 ways to put Utah flavors on your Thanksgiving table
    Let’s be honest — it would be nearly impossible to have a “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner made only with foods grown or produced in Utah. You’d have...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 05:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Doug Fay of Kearns stokes his homemade steel plate wood stove a friend built in 1977.  He has used it as his only heat source, but this year Breathe Utah covered the cost of replacing his broken gas furnace. Wood smoke plays a surprisingly large impact on the Wasatch Front's wintertime air quality so the state is encouraging residents to convert wood-burning devices to natural gas. Who still burns wood to heat their Utah home?
    About 37 years ago, Doug Fay’s gas furnace croaked and he didn’t have the money to replace it. One thing he did have: a pile of steel plates and a fr...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 09:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
At BambooHR, small information-technology company in Lindon, employees are encouraged to balance their work and home lives. Take this job and love it — why Utah’s top workplaces succeed
    The happiest workers along the Wasatch Front put meaning before money in their jobs, a new poll says. They hanker for appreciation and trust. They car...
    Updated Nov 16 2014 02:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Mia Love supporters celebrate as she takes a small lead over opponent Doug Owens in the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District, Tuesday November 4, 2014. Becoming American: The story of Mia Love’s Haitian parents
    Editor’s note • This is the second in a series of occasional excerpts from “Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star” by Tribun...
    Updated Nov 16 2014 11:10 am   |     |   Share
  • Slot canyon near Goblin Valley State Park.  Photo by Jason Bergreen. Is possible San Rafael Swell state park another Utah land grab?
    To some, it might look like a land grab. Emery County and Utah State Parks leaders are collaborating on a plan to designate about one-tenth of the San...
    Updated Nov 11 2014 05:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This May 7, 2012 file photo shows singer Mick Jagger, left, and L'Wren Scott at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, in New York. Scott, a fashion designer, was found dead Monday, March 17, 2014, in Manhattan of a possible suicide. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) Rolling Stones’ insurer seeks evidence in Utah on death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend
    Underwriters who are trying to avoid paying out $12.7 million in insurance to the Rolling Stones are reaching into Utah for evidence about the mental ...
    Updated Nov 09 2014 09:52 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brad Smith is sworn in as the new state superintendent of public instruction during Friday November 7th Utah State Board of Education meeting in Salt Lake City. New schools superintendent not afraid to be unpopular
    Education bureaucrats usually stay under the radar, away from the cameras, locked in a proverbial ivory tower. That’s not new state schools superinten...
    Updated Nov 09 2014 04:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Mia Love delivers her victory speech after defeating opponent Doug Owens in the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District, Tuesday November 4, 2014. Mia Love’s next challenge: A gridlocked Congress
    Editor’s note • This is the first in a series of occasional excerpts from “Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star” by Tribune...
    Updated Nov 19 2014 08:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Before voting to repeal HB477, Utah Senators debated amendments calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to call the Legislature back into special session in June, after meetings in the spring, to adopt revisions to the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). Sen. Scott Jenkins said a majority of the Senate GOP caucus supported repeal with the conditions of a second special session, but the vote was not unanimous — and Jenkins said defeat of the repeal is still possible. GOP rules but can Utah Dems gain on kings of the Hill?
    Democrats have one main wish for Utah’s 89 legislative races this year, one that Republicans would love to squash. “It’s critical for Democrats to win...
    Updated Oct 27 2014 10:56 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Voting booths were full in early morning voting at precinct SLC 108 at Hawthorne Elementary School in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 4. What’s at stake on Election Day as Utahns vote
    Despite the lack of marquee races for president and the U.S. Senate, Utahns who cast ballots in Tuesday’s election will determine the outcomes of four...
    Updated Nov 25 2014 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rancher Cliven Bundy, middle, addresses his supporters with Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, right, on April 12, 2014. Former Bureau of Land Management director Bob Abbey says Bundy supporters who threatened BLM employees during an armed standoff over the rancher's cattle should be held accountable. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean) BLM, Forest Service workers under attack in the West
    Mark Brunk and Tim Rinehart were on a routine patrol in Arizona’s Happy Camp Canyon when a man in a pickup roared past their Bureau of Land Management...
    Updated Nov 02 2014 09:46 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Orthopedic surgeon Lynn Rasmussen, of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray, Utah, explains how an artificial knee joint functions in his office Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Rasmussen has developed a milling tool system, bottom right, that accurately lines up the knee for joint replacement. Utah docs, hospitals reap millions from makers of drugs, devices
    Utah doctors and hospitals raked in more than $31.2 million from medical device makers and drug companies at the end of 2013. Just a fraction of their...
    Updated Nov 03 2014 05:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Approximately 3,000 native Bonneville cutthroat were released in Mill Creek in Mill Creek Canyon, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Native cutthroat return to Utah’s Mill Creek
    Mill Creek Canyon • Small silver flashes mingled with the remaining red and yellow leaves of fall in Mill Creek Wednesday as pure strain Bonneville cu...
    Updated Nov 03 2014 12:41 pm   |     |   Share