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Or maybe it’s a matter of choice; they could be vegan and you cooked meat, or perhaps everything just tasted bad to them, its quality no... &lt;freeform&gt; Imagine being an award-winning chef tasked with creating a spectacular meal. You work hard. You do everything right. And in the end, you succeed: the food you prepare is truly ground-breaking. Now imagine that the people you cooked for can’t actually stomach the meal you prepared. Maybe they’re lactose intolerant and you used a lot of cheese. Or maybe it’s a matter of choice; they could be vegan and you cooked meat, or perhaps everything just tasted bad to them, its quality no... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57824093@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:53:24 MDT Ex-NFL punter Chris Kluwe tells atheists to strive for empathy in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57839829-78/kluwe-atheists-atheist-nfl.html.csp The main speaker at the American Atheists National Convention isn’t an atheist. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe describes himself as “cheerfully agnostic” and he doesn’t much care for the debate over whether there is or is not a god. “Honestly, I don’t care either way,” he told a crowd in the hundreds at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday. “I care about how you treat people.” Kluwe didn’t choose to retire from football. He blames the end of his NFL career on his outspoken support i... The main speaker at the American Atheists National Convention isn’t an atheist. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe describes himself as “cheerfully agnostic” and he doesn’t much care for the debate over whether there is or is not a god. “Honestly, I don’t care either way,” he told a crowd in the hundreds at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday. “I care about how you treat people.” Kluwe didn’t choose to retire from football. He blames the end of his NFL career on his outspoken support i... 57839829@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:53:18 MDT Utah day laborers lining up for more ‘doing’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57806652-90/contractors-customers-depot-guards.html.csp The woman stops for breakfast at McDonald’s by Home Depot on 2100 South near I-15 in Salt Lake City. But she parks near a cluster of day laborers seeking work standing along the busy street’s sidewalk. They quickly surround her car holding up one finger — asking in Spanish and English if she wants one worker. Some hold her car-door handles, ready to hop in if she gives the signal, as they seek an edge in fierce competition for scarce work. The woman is now wide-eyed and panicky. A young securit... The woman stops for breakfast at McDonald’s by Home Depot on 2100 South near I-15 in Salt Lake City. But she parks near a cluster of day laborers seeking work standing along the busy street’s sidewalk. They quickly surround her car holding up one finger — asking in Spanish and English if she wants one worker. Some hold her car-door handles, ready to hop in if she gives the signal, as they seek an edge in fierce competition for scarce work. The woman is now wide-eyed and panicky. A young securit... 57806652@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:53:18 MDT Churches gather for Easter sunrise in Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57841858-78/churches-easter-lake-salt.html.csp Members of several churches joined together for an interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday at the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Salt Lake City. The service included members of United Methodist, Episcopal, and Calvary Baptist churches. Speakers included the Rev. France Davis of Calvary Missionary Baptist. RELATED: Easter gift for Pakistani Christian: his new Utah home Members of several churches joined together for an interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday at the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Salt Lake City. The service included members of United Methodist, Episcopal, and Calvary Baptist churches. Speakers included the Rev. France Davis of Calvary Missionary Baptist. RELATED: Easter gift for Pakistani Christian: his new Utah home 57841858@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:25:27 MDT Salt Lake City’s Winter Farmers Market ends its season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57828479-78/market-farmers-lake-salt.html.csp Lori Peterson, left, of Okubo’s Farms and Greenhouses, sells some micro greens while other vegetables, including these onions, wait for buyers at the last Downtown Winter Farmers Market of the season on Saturday. The market has been operating every other Saturday since it debuted in November, with dozens of vendors offering local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more. The Summer Farmers Market is scheduled to operate this year at Pioneer Park on Saturdays, June 14 through Oct. 25, and on... Lori Peterson, left, of Okubo’s Farms and Greenhouses, sells some micro greens while other vegetables, including these onions, wait for buyers at the last Downtown Winter Farmers Market of the season on Saturday. The market has been operating every other Saturday since it debuted in November, with dozens of vendors offering local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more. The Summer Farmers Market is scheduled to operate this year at Pioneer Park on Saturdays, June 14 through Oct. 25, and on... 57828479@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:19:58 MDT Iran: Jet tied to Utah bank chartered by Ghana http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57839785-200/bank-aircraft-jet-utah.html.csp Iranian officials shed light late Friday on a mystery surrounding a jet registered to Bank of Utah in Ogden that was spotted earlier in the week at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. The aircraft had been chartered by the office of Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and transported his brother with a high-ranking delegation from that African country, a spokeswoman from the Iranian foreign ministry told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). The plane’s presence in Iran, first reported Tuesday by The ... Iranian officials shed light late Friday on a mystery surrounding a jet registered to Bank of Utah in Ogden that was spotted earlier in the week at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. The aircraft had been chartered by the office of Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and transported his brother with a high-ranking delegation from that African country, a spokeswoman from the Iranian foreign ministry told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). The plane’s presence in Iran, first reported Tuesday by The ... 57839785@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:19:58 MDT Utah boy dies after SUV runs him over http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57839789-78/police-died-saturday-run.html.csp A 1-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon after he was run over by a sports-utility vehicle in Kearns, police said. Unified Police Department Lt. Justin Hoyal said a 46-year-old man was backing out of a driveway shortly before 1 p.m. in a Chevy Tahoe and did not see the boy playing. The child was taken to Intermountain Medical Center, where he died. Police did not disclose the boy’s name Saturday. A 1-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon after he was run over by a sports-utility vehicle in Kearns, police said. Unified Police Department Lt. Justin Hoyal said a 46-year-old man was backing out of a driveway shortly before 1 p.m. in a Chevy Tahoe and did not see the boy playing. The child was taken to Intermountain Medical Center, where he died. Police did not disclose the boy’s name Saturday. 57839789@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:19:58 MDT Magnitude 3.2 earthquake jolts western Utah, USGS says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840938-78/earthquake-quake-lake-salt.html.csp A 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook the west side of the Salt Lake Valley on Saturday night. Salt Lake County dispatchers confirmed the earthquake — they should know, they felt it. A dispatcher said the moderate quake lasted few seconds at their West Valley City office, and that they fielded calls about the shake, too. There were no immediate reports of damage connected to the 9:23 p.m. quake. The epicenter of the quake was roughly near Tooele, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. mmcfall@slt... A 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook the west side of the Salt Lake Valley on Saturday night. Salt Lake County dispatchers confirmed the earthquake — they should know, they felt it. A dispatcher said the moderate quake lasted few seconds at their West Valley City office, and that they fielded calls about the shake, too. There were no immediate reports of damage connected to the 9:23 p.m. quake. The epicenter of the quake was roughly near Tooele, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. mmcfall@slt... 57840938@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:19:58 MDT Washington Insight: The Sagebrush Rebellion lives on with Nevada dispute http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57832176-90/federal-blm-washington-bundy.html.csp Washington • The anger boiling over in the Nevada rancher dispute with federal authorities isn’t a newfound phenomenon. And it isn’t isolated. The Bureau of Land Management halted an effort this month to round up cattle that rancher Cliven Bundy had allowed to graze without a legal permit for the last two decades. He owes more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties, according to the bureau, which, armed with a federal court order, seized some 300 cows to be sold at auction. That’s when e... Washington • The anger boiling over in the Nevada rancher dispute with federal authorities isn’t a newfound phenomenon. And it isn’t isolated. The Bureau of Land Management halted an effort this month to round up cattle that rancher Cliven Bundy had allowed to graze without a legal permit for the last two decades. He owes more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties, according to the bureau, which, armed with a federal court order, seized some 300 cows to be sold at auction. That’s when e... 57832176@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:19:58 MDT Photos: Thai-Lao New Year festival celebrated at Layton Buddhist temple http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840068-78/songkran-festival-thai-2014.html.csp Contestants in the Miss Songkran beauty contest show their respect to the elderly and VIP members in the audience by sprinkling flower water in their hands Saturday at the Songkran Festival at the Wat Dhammagunaram Buddhist Temple in Layton. The annual two-day Thai-Lao New Year celebration includes authentic food and music and the beauty contest. It continues Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, and is open to the public. O See online gallery. • sltrib.com. Contestants in the Miss Songkran beauty contest show their respect to the elderly and VIP members in the audience by sprinkling flower water in their hands Saturday at the Songkran Festival at the Wat Dhammagunaram Buddhist Temple in Layton. The annual two-day Thai-Lao New Year celebration includes authentic food and music and the beauty contest. It continues Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, and is open to the public. O See online gallery. • sltrib.com. 57840068@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:54:08 MDT Utah realtors give ‘murder homes’ another life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57626133-200/homes-real-estate-murder.html.csp Payson • When a California couple pulled up Kay Mortensen’s winding driveway, they found the for-sale sign — peppered with bullet holes — lying in the bushes. It had been about two years since someone tied up the retired Brigham Young University professor in his Payson Canyon home and killed him. The murder was widely publicized, and while Mortensen’s family tried to move on, there was the matter of trying to get someone to buy his house with its grisly story. “A lot of people thought we were a... Payson • When a California couple pulled up Kay Mortensen’s winding driveway, they found the for-sale sign — peppered with bullet holes — lying in the bushes. It had been about two years since someone tied up the retired Brigham Young University professor in his Payson Canyon home and killed him. The murder was widely publicized, and while Mortensen’s family tried to move on, there was the matter of trying to get someone to buy his house with its grisly story. “A lot of people thought we were a... 57626133@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:53:47 MDT Taxpayers won’t pay for Steven Powell sex offender treatment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840443-78/powell-court-pay-steven.html.csp Tacoma, Wash. • A judge has rejected Steven Powell’s request to have taxpayers pay for his court-ordered sex offender treatment after a voyeurism conviction. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper agreed Friday with the state attorney general’s office that Powell cited the wrong statute when he made his request. The News Tribune reports that Powell conceded the point in court, saying he wasn’t able to go to a law library after he got out of prison. He was released late last month ... Tacoma, Wash. • A judge has rejected Steven Powell’s request to have taxpayers pay for his court-ordered sex offender treatment after a voyeurism conviction. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper agreed Friday with the state attorney general’s office that Powell cited the wrong statute when he made his request. The News Tribune reports that Powell conceded the point in court, saying he wasn’t able to go to a law library after he got out of prison. He was released late last month ... 57840443@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:26:15 MDT Reyes says he’s turning down questionable campaign contributions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57837065-78/reyes-attorney-general-swallow.html.csp Sean Reyes knows there is more to restoring public trust in the office of Utah attorney general than being open about his finances. But, he said Friday, it’s a good place to start. The newly appointed attorney general told a group of University of Utah students and state officials that when it comes to mending the trust broken by his predecessor, John Swallow, perception matters almost as much as reality. That’s why, he said, he has refused to accept political donations for his re-election bid f... Sean Reyes knows there is more to restoring public trust in the office of Utah attorney general than being open about his finances. But, he said Friday, it’s a good place to start. The newly appointed attorney general told a group of University of Utah students and state officials that when it comes to mending the trust broken by his predecessor, John Swallow, perception matters almost as much as reality. That’s why, he said, he has refused to accept political donations for his re-election bid f... 57837065@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:24:56 MDT Swallow warrants went to Google, Yahoo and Apple http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57833469-78/data-investigators-records-information.html.csp Investigators in the ongoing criminal probe of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are wading through what appears to be a massive amount of data obtained through a series of sweeping search warrants. That information may include emails and other evidence lost or deleted from Swallow’s accounts — data legislative investigators spent considerable time and money trying to recover. Criminal investigators are taking a decidedly different tack than that of House investigator... Investigators in the ongoing criminal probe of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are wading through what appears to be a massive amount of data obtained through a series of sweeping search warrants. That information may include emails and other evidence lost or deleted from Swallow’s accounts — data legislative investigators spent considerable time and money trying to recover. Criminal investigators are taking a decidedly different tack than that of House investigator... 57833469@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:14:40 MDT Gun-rights activists celebrate Patriots’ Day at Utah Capitol http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836893-90/rally-blm-government-artigas.html.csp American flags, AK-47s, camouflage and “Impeach Obama” signs dotted a small rally in honor of the 239th anniversary of “the shot heard round the world,” which launched the American Revolution. “If it wasn’t for that date, we wouldn’t be a country,” said organizer Robert Falin, affectionately dubbed “Militia Bob,” at the Saturday gathering on the steps of the Utah Capitol, which drew about 120 people. The Patriots’ Day rally focused heavily on supporting the Second Amendment right to own firear... American flags, AK-47s, camouflage and “Impeach Obama” signs dotted a small rally in honor of the 239th anniversary of “the shot heard round the world,” which launched the American Revolution. “If it wasn’t for that date, we wouldn’t be a country,” said organizer Robert Falin, affectionately dubbed “Militia Bob,” at the Saturday gathering on the steps of the Utah Capitol, which drew about 120 people. The Patriots’ Day rally focused heavily on supporting the Second Amendment right to own firear... 57836893@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:21:47 MDT South Salt Lake standoff ends with explosion, no one hurt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840244-78/amp-lake-salt-keller.html.csp A large South Salt Lake apartment complex was evacuated for hours Saturday, until police could take a barricaded man into custody. The man’s mother called police about 11:45 a.m. after he made threats involving a knife to his girlfriend, said South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller. The man, 23, had been taken for a mental health evaluation about a month ago after making similar threats, Keller said. Officers went to his apartment at the Wedgewood Willows apartment complex, at 3514 S. 300 E... A large South Salt Lake apartment complex was evacuated for hours Saturday, until police could take a barricaded man into custody. The man’s mother called police about 11:45 a.m. after he made threats involving a knife to his girlfriend, said South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller. The man, 23, had been taken for a mental health evaluation about a month ago after making similar threats, Keller said. Officers went to his apartment at the Wedgewood Willows apartment complex, at 3514 S. 300 E... 57840244@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:37:08 MDT Man arrested in murder of Taylorsville woman http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57840341-78/quintanilla-steffey-police-affidavit.html.csp A man suspected of murdering a retired elementary school teacher was three hours away from boarding a plane to El Salvador when police caught him. The Unified Police Department arrested Bryan Steve Quintanilla, 18, on Saturday on suspicion of murdering Margaret Steffey in her Taylorsville home. A police news release said Quintanilla used Steffey’s ATM card and police found other evidence linking him to Steffey’s suffocation. Officers went to her house near 3900 W. Blue Meadow Drive (5850 South... A man suspected of murdering a retired elementary school teacher was three hours away from boarding a plane to El Salvador when police caught him. The Unified Police Department arrested Bryan Steve Quintanilla, 18, on Saturday on suspicion of murdering Margaret Steffey in her Taylorsville home. A police news release said Quintanilla used Steffey’s ATM card and police found other evidence linking him to Steffey’s suffocation. Officers went to her house near 3900 W. Blue Meadow Drive (5850 South... 57840341@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:35:08 MDT Editor column: Civility key to productive discussions at sltrib.com http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836222-78/sltrib-com-commenters-comments.html.csp Salt Lake Tribune Digital Director Kevin Winters Morriss took an unusual measure this past week. In consultation with Editor and Publisher Terry Orme and myself, Morriss shut down comments on the first sltrib.com story about Megan Huntsman, the Utah woman alleged to have murdered six infants she gave birth to from 1996 to 2006. The Tribune is committed to providing an open forum to readers who follow basic rules in commenting on stories at sltrib.com. But some commenters so blatantly violated t... Salt Lake Tribune Digital Director Kevin Winters Morriss took an unusual measure this past week. In consultation with Editor and Publisher Terry Orme and myself, Morriss shut down comments on the first sltrib.com story about Megan Huntsman, the Utah woman alleged to have murdered six infants she gave birth to from 1996 to 2006. The Tribune is committed to providing an open forum to readers who follow basic rules in commenting on stories at sltrib.com. But some commenters so blatantly violated t... 57836222@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT Chicago man stabbed to death in downtown Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57839216-78/amp-gonzalez-ramos-police.html.csp Police say Joaquin Gonzalez had just left a movie and gotten into his car when a complete stranger stabbed him to death. By Saturday evening, Salt Lake City officers tracked down and arrested Harlin Ramos, 30, on suspicion of murdering Gonzalez, who has a Chicago address. The 33-year-old man left The Gateway movie theater with a woman at 1:20 a.m. and returned to his car, at 515 W. 100 South. Ramos was selling drugs in the area and opened Gonzalez’s passenger-side door, which startled him, acco... Police say Joaquin Gonzalez had just left a movie and gotten into his car when a complete stranger stabbed him to death. By Saturday evening, Salt Lake City officers tracked down and arrested Harlin Ramos, 30, on suspicion of murdering Gonzalez, who has a Chicago address. The 33-year-old man left The Gateway movie theater with a woman at 1:20 a.m. and returned to his car, at 515 W. 100 South. Ramos was selling drugs in the area and opened Gonzalez’s passenger-side door, which startled him, acco... 57839216@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836973-90/utah-federal-lands-states.html.csp It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with M... It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with M... 57836973@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT