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Marina Gomberg, interim director of Equality Utah, a gay rights organization, objected to displaying the photos of the Utahns as “anti-marriage equality propaganda.” “It is a disgrace to use our families for a misguided and debunked view of what is best for children,” Gomberg said in a written statement on behalf of Utah Unites for Marriage, which supports ... An organization that supports same-sex marriage said it was “a disgrace” for opponents to project photos of same-sex couples with children. Marina Gomberg, interim director of Equality Utah, a gay rights organization, objected to displaying the photos of the Utahns as “anti-marriage equality propaganda.” “It is a disgrace to use our families for a misguided and debunked view of what is best for children,” Gomberg said in a written statement on behalf of Utah Unites for Marriage, which supports ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58433698@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:58:28 MDT Utah business leaders excited to play host to U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58434211-78/hispanic-business-lake-salt.html.csp A dream is coming true for Don Salazar and Robert Rendon. For nine years, they worked relentlessly to get the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring its annual convention to Salt Lake City. Their persistence paid off. Up to 7,000 members of the organization are expected to fill Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Monday and Tuesday, participating in seminars, networking and listening to a group of speakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Julián Castro, secretary... A dream is coming true for Don Salazar and Robert Rendon. For nine years, they worked relentlessly to get the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring its annual convention to Salt Lake City. Their persistence paid off. Up to 7,000 members of the organization are expected to fill Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Monday and Tuesday, participating in seminars, networking and listening to a group of speakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Julián Castro, secretary... 58434211@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:39:01 MDT Utah vets honored in visit to WWII Memorial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58432762-90/war-memorial-veterans-honor.html.csp Washington • Nearly 70 yearsand thousands of miles removed, Benny Benson of Murray sat beside a fountain at the World War II Memorial in Washington on Friday pondering the difference between the calm, inspiring monuments and the devastation he saw after America dropped an atomic bomb in Hiroshima. “I don’t want another war,” said Benson, 95, a former Air Force pilot who flew a B-17 bomber as part of the support team for the first atomic bombing. It was an honor, he said, to be among fellow WWII... Washington • Nearly 70 yearsand thousands of miles removed, Benny Benson of Murray sat beside a fountain at the World War II Memorial in Washington on Friday pondering the difference between the calm, inspiring monuments and the devastation he saw after America dropped an atomic bomb in Hiroshima. “I don’t want another war,” said Benson, 95, a former Air Force pilot who flew a B-17 bomber as part of the support team for the first atomic bombing. It was an honor, he said, to be among fellow WWII... 58432762@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:12:28 MDT Paul Rolly: State makes longtime resident of Utah prove it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58429047-90/utah-building-state-employees.html.csp Noah North recently helped his mother make an appointment online to renew her Utah driver license. They gathered all the evidence she would need to prove she was a U.S. citizen and a lawful resident of the Beehive state and that the octogenarian had not illegally infiltrated the “Land of the Free.” They went to her appointment with a printed copy of her renewal form and a fist full of I.D. cards: bank cards, utility bills, her birth and marriage certificates issued by the state of Utah (it was ... Noah North recently helped his mother make an appointment online to renew her Utah driver license. They gathered all the evidence she would need to prove she was a U.S. citizen and a lawful resident of the Beehive state and that the octogenarian had not illegally infiltrated the “Land of the Free.” They went to her appointment with a printed copy of her renewal form and a fist full of I.D. cards: bank cards, utility bills, her birth and marriage certificates issued by the state of Utah (it was ... 58429047@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:10:11 MDT Martin MacNeill gets up to life in prison for wife’s murder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58428717-78/macneill-martin-michele-death.html.csp Provo • It has been 2,718 days since Alexis Somers has heard her mother’s voice, held her hand, smelled her perfume, or given her a hug. Seven years, five months and eight days after Michele MacNeill’s death, Somers stood before a judge and asked that the man convicted as her mother’s murderer — Somer’s own father, Martin MacNeill — spend the rest of his life in prison. “She was taken from us and robbed of her life,” Somers said. “We were all robbed of so much happiness and joy.” Fourth Distric... Provo • It has been 2,718 days since Alexis Somers has heard her mother’s voice, held her hand, smelled her perfume, or given her a hug. Seven years, five months and eight days after Michele MacNeill’s death, Somers stood before a judge and asked that the man convicted as her mother’s murderer — Somer’s own father, Martin MacNeill — spend the rest of his life in prison. “She was taken from us and robbed of her life,” Somers said. “We were all robbed of so much happiness and joy.” Fourth Distric... 58428717@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:51:03 MDT Lawyer to ask feds to probe Utah police shooting of Darrien Hunt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58433551-78/hunt-police-edwards-department.html.csp Saratoga Springs City on Friday identified the officers who shot Darrien Hunt as Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson. The announcement came in response to a Hunt family news conference earlier in the day in which they called for the names and more information about the shooting. Also at that news conference, an attorney for the family said he is going to ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting and reports of racial discrimination in the city where it... Saratoga Springs City on Friday identified the officers who shot Darrien Hunt as Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson. The announcement came in response to a Hunt family news conference earlier in the day in which they called for the names and more information about the shooting. Also at that news conference, an attorney for the family said he is going to ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting and reports of racial discrimination in the city where it... 58433551@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:51:03 MDT Review of old rape cases turns up three evidence kits worth testing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58434171-78/rape-cases-kits-dna.html.csp New details of unprocessed rape kits in Salt Lake City show potentially valuable DNA evidence was not tested in one child rape case and two cases of women reportedly attacked by strangers. In 20 rape cases released this week in an ongoing police review of “Code R,” or rape exam kits, most of the kits went untested because the victim already knew who the suspect was and no further identification was needed. But investigators are recommending three of the rape kits for testing, saying they may con... New details of unprocessed rape kits in Salt Lake City show potentially valuable DNA evidence was not tested in one child rape case and two cases of women reportedly attacked by strangers. In 20 rape cases released this week in an ongoing police review of “Code R,” or rape exam kits, most of the kits went untested because the victim already knew who the suspect was and no further identification was needed. But investigators are recommending three of the rape kits for testing, saying they may con... 58434171@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:50:36 MDT Utah forecast: Sunny on Saturday, rainy on Sunday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58435655-78/saturday-sunday-upper-weather.html.csp The National Weather Service is predicting a warm, sunny Saturday along the Wasatch Front, with cooler temperatures and precipitation on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to hit the 80s on Saturday and drop to the upper 40s to low 60s overnight. On Sunday, highs should range from the low 70s to about 80 and there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service. Farther south, the thermometer is expected to hit the mid 80s in Cedar City, the upper 80s in Kan... The National Weather Service is predicting a warm, sunny Saturday along the Wasatch Front, with cooler temperatures and precipitation on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to hit the 80s on Saturday and drop to the upper 40s to low 60s overnight. On Sunday, highs should range from the low 70s to about 80 and there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service. Farther south, the thermometer is expected to hit the mid 80s in Cedar City, the upper 80s in Kan... 58435655@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:50:36 MDT Utah suspect in cannibal case should have been behind bars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425650-78/oberhansley-utah-parole-blanton.html.csp The bullet that lodged in Joseph Oberhansley’s brain made him calmer, less violent, more mellow. He regretted the drug-fuelled madness that led him to shoot his girlfriend to death days after she gave birth to their son. He would be a better man. He would stay away from drugs, from violence, from prison. Or at least that’s what he told the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole during a 2004 hearing. This decade-old promise came undone last week as Oberhansley was arrested and charged in Indiana with... The bullet that lodged in Joseph Oberhansley’s brain made him calmer, less violent, more mellow. He regretted the drug-fuelled madness that led him to shoot his girlfriend to death days after she gave birth to their son. He would be a better man. He would stay away from drugs, from violence, from prison. Or at least that’s what he told the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole during a 2004 hearing. This decade-old promise came undone last week as Oberhansley was arrested and charged in Indiana with... 58425650@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:20:00 MDT Utah teacher to stand trial on charges of sex with second boy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58430029-78/altice-teacher-teen-charges.html.csp Farmington • When asked Friday to describe his relationship with Brianne Altice, the teenage boy said she was his “teacher with benefits.” On the stand during a preliminary hearing for the former Davis High School teacher, the now 18-year-old gave graphic details about how he went from being Altice’s student to allegedly having sex with the woman in his Farmington home. The 35-year-old woman is charged in Farmington’s 2nd District Court with four counts of first-degree felony rape and two count... Farmington • When asked Friday to describe his relationship with Brianne Altice, the teenage boy said she was his “teacher with benefits.” On the stand during a preliminary hearing for the former Davis High School teacher, the now 18-year-old gave graphic details about how he went from being Altice’s student to allegedly having sex with the woman in his Farmington home. The 35-year-old woman is charged in Farmington’s 2nd District Court with four counts of first-degree felony rape and two count... 58430029@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:56:01 MDT Duchesne motorcyclist hurt in crash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58434648-78/clayburn-stradinger-crash-duchesne.html.csp A Duchesne man was flown to a hospital Friday evening after a motorcycle crash in Roosevelt. Coy Clayburn, 22, was driving his Harley-Davidson west on Highway 40 when, near 800 South, another vehicle turned in front of him to go east, said Roosevelt police Officer Luke Stradinger. The two collided almost head-on about 5:30 p.m. The crash broke several of Clayburn’s bones and, after an ambulance took him to Uintah Basin Medical Center, he was flown in a medical helicopter to a Utah County hospita... A Duchesne man was flown to a hospital Friday evening after a motorcycle crash in Roosevelt. Coy Clayburn, 22, was driving his Harley-Davidson west on Highway 40 when, near 800 South, another vehicle turned in front of him to go east, said Roosevelt police Officer Luke Stradinger. The two collided almost head-on about 5:30 p.m. The crash broke several of Clayburn’s bones and, after an ambulance took him to Uintah Basin Medical Center, he was flown in a medical helicopter to a Utah County hospita... 58434648@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:54:01 MDT Study: Utah roads good, but administrative costs high http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58432936-90/administrative-condition-costs-highway.html.csp A new study says Utah’s highway conditions are among the nation’s best, but the state pays a whopping four times the national average for administration per mile. Utah ranked fifth-highest for administrative costs: $47,471 per mile in 2012, compared to a national average of $10,579. That is according to a study by the Reason Foundation, a California-based nonprofit group that promotes libertarian and free-market principles. “High administrative costs in some states could be siphoning away money ... A new study says Utah’s highway conditions are among the nation’s best, but the state pays a whopping four times the national average for administration per mile. Utah ranked fifth-highest for administrative costs: $47,471 per mile in 2012, compared to a national average of $10,579. That is according to a study by the Reason Foundation, a California-based nonprofit group that promotes libertarian and free-market principles. “High administrative costs in some states could be siphoning away money ... 58432936@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:51:06 MDT Utahn serving life for kidnapping gets new sentencing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58433986-78/judge-girlfriend-kidnapping-law.html.csp The Utah Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a Midvale man serving a prison term of life without the possibility of parole for kidnapping his girlfriend. In a 4-1 decision, the high court said 3rd District Judge Terry Christiansen had erred when he considered only aggravating and mitigating circumstances when he sentenced Andrew LeBeau. Under Utah’s aggravated kidnapping law, the judge was required to also consider “the interests of justice” to determine if a lesser sentence was... The Utah Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a Midvale man serving a prison term of life without the possibility of parole for kidnapping his girlfriend. In a 4-1 decision, the high court said 3rd District Judge Terry Christiansen had erred when he considered only aggravating and mitigating circumstances when he sentenced Andrew LeBeau. Under Utah’s aggravated kidnapping law, the judge was required to also consider “the interests of justice” to determine if a lesser sentence was... 58433986@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:48:02 MDT Utah missionary’s funeral planned for Saturday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58434159-78/thredgold-missionary-saturday-sltrib.html.csp The family of a Utah Mormon missionary will finally lay him to rest Saturday morning. Connor Thredgold, of Springville, and a fellow missionary were found dead in their Taipei apartment Aug. 23. Taiwan news agencies reported that the two, 19-year-old Thredgold and 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong, died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Thredgold’s funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Springville West Center at 996 W. Center Street, said family spokesman Tom McHoes. No foul play is suspected in the ... The family of a Utah Mormon missionary will finally lay him to rest Saturday morning. Connor Thredgold, of Springville, and a fellow missionary were found dead in their Taipei apartment Aug. 23. Taiwan news agencies reported that the two, 19-year-old Thredgold and 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong, died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Thredgold’s funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Springville West Center at 996 W. Center Street, said family spokesman Tom McHoes. No foul play is suspected in the ... 58434159@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:26:01 MDT School Board ballot closed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58434014-78/ballot-candidates-board-county.html.csp A Utah judge closed the State School Board ballot once and for all Friday, denying three candidates’ efforts to renew their candidacy. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups rejected Davis County resident Heather Gardner’s request that she and 40 other school board candidates be added to the ballot for November’s election. “To add even one additional name at this late date would be prejudicial to the Defendants in this action,” Waddoups wrote. “Ms. Gardner has simply waited too long to seek t... A Utah judge closed the State School Board ballot once and for all Friday, denying three candidates’ efforts to renew their candidacy. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups rejected Davis County resident Heather Gardner’s request that she and 40 other school board candidates be added to the ballot for November’s election. “To add even one additional name at this late date would be prejudicial to the Defendants in this action,” Waddoups wrote. “Ms. Gardner has simply waited too long to seek t... 58434014@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:25:02 MDT Walk, ride, play: S-Line Greenway opens in Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58433938-78/lake-salt-greenway-east.html.csp The S-Line Greenway, a mile-long green space from 500 East to McClelland Street (1050 East) includes the S-Line streetcar, public plazas, art, walking paths, a bocce court and a new segment of Parley’s Trail. It opened officially Friday. “The Greenway portion of the S-Line really elevates the entire project to a beautiful and practical community amenity,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. “We’ve been able to create a multi-modal corridor that will have positive impacts on local air-quality... The S-Line Greenway, a mile-long green space from 500 East to McClelland Street (1050 East) includes the S-Line streetcar, public plazas, art, walking paths, a bocce court and a new segment of Parley’s Trail. It opened officially Friday. “The Greenway portion of the S-Line really elevates the entire project to a beautiful and practical community amenity,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. “We’ve been able to create a multi-modal corridor that will have positive impacts on local air-quality... 58433938@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:15:01 MDT Kirby: Summon the Legion for Ordain Women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58429443-78/legion-kirby-women-militia.html.csp Another assault on LDS Church protocol is being planned for October’s General Conference Priesthood session. It’s sneakier this time. Rather than the frontal assault tactics used in the past — like showing up at the Tabernacle and asking to be allowed into the male only meeting — Ordain Women has decided to infiltrate local indigenous populations instead. They’ll be sneaking up on local stake centers and demanding entrance to the male-only viewing of the live broadcast from Temple Square. When ... Another assault on LDS Church protocol is being planned for October’s General Conference Priesthood session. It’s sneakier this time. Rather than the frontal assault tactics used in the past — like showing up at the Tabernacle and asking to be allowed into the male only meeting — Ordain Women has decided to infiltrate local indigenous populations instead. They’ll be sneaking up on local stake centers and demanding entrance to the male-only viewing of the live broadcast from Temple Square. When ... 58429443@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:02:51 MDT Salt Lake Attorney sent to prison in immigrant smuggling case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58433674-78/alcala-fraud-guilty-visa.html.csp A Salt Lake City attorney was sentenced to four years and eight months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of smuggling of foreign nationals and visa fraud. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson sentenced James Hector Alcala, 46, after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy of to commit visa fraud and alien smuggling and one count of visa fraud. A grand jury handed up a 17-count indictment in July of 2009 against Alcala, his law firm, a property management company and seven other ... A Salt Lake City attorney was sentenced to four years and eight months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of smuggling of foreign nationals and visa fraud. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson sentenced James Hector Alcala, 46, after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy of to commit visa fraud and alien smuggling and one count of visa fraud. A grand jury handed up a 17-count indictment in July of 2009 against Alcala, his law firm, a property management company and seven other ... 58433674@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:40:02 MDT In ninja gear and claiming to be polygamists, women invade Utah home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58433361-78/police-suspects-women-child.html.csp An alleged home invasion in Utah came with a bizarre twist: The suspects were dressed in ninja costumes and claimed to be sister wives, according to police. The two suspects attempted to pull off a robbery just before 4 a.m. Friday at a West Jordan home near 9300 South and 4800 West, police Sgt. Dan Roberts said. He said the women — who are 18 and 22 years old and came armed with knives and a stun gun — attacked two adults at the house. The homeowner brought one woman under control manually, Rob... An alleged home invasion in Utah came with a bizarre twist: The suspects were dressed in ninja costumes and claimed to be sister wives, according to police. The two suspects attempted to pull off a robbery just before 4 a.m. Friday at a West Jordan home near 9300 South and 4800 West, police Sgt. Dan Roberts said. He said the women — who are 18 and 22 years old and came armed with knives and a stun gun — attacked two adults at the house. The homeowner brought one woman under control manually, Rob... 58433361@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:48:12 MDT Utah rally: Same-sex marriage would hurt children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58428978-90/sex-marriage-utah-case.html.csp They were there for the children. Their own, others’, those who haven’t been born yet — even the children of gay couples. Supporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring “biology is not bigotry” and “two moms don’t equal a dad” cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children. “This child has a mother,” she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were hold... They were there for the children. Their own, others’, those who haven’t been born yet — even the children of gay couples. Supporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring “biology is not bigotry” and “two moms don’t equal a dad” cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children. “This child has a mother,” she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were hold... 58428978@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:10:56 MDT