GROUPS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/GROUPS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) House Republicans call for crime probe of ex-IRS official http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57798577-68/committee-lerner-irs-republicans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57798577-68/committee-lerner-irs-republicans.html.csp">House Republicans call for crime probe of ex-IRS official</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JEREMY W. PETERS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T20:11:59.736-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 08:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • House Republicans on Wednesday formally asked Attorney General Eric Holder to begin a criminal investigation of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official caught up in the scandal over political targeting of tea party groups. The Ways and Means Committee’s 23-14 vote along party lines was the latest move by Republicans to refocus attention on the IRS controversy, and it was the first of two actions the House is expected to take this week to demand that federal prosecutors look more deeply...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57798577@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:11:59 MDT Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57753013-68/surgery-diabetes-percent-weight.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57753013-68/surgery-diabetes-percent-weight.html.csp">Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARILYNN MARCHIONE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T11:22:31.695-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 11:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good. Doctors on Monday gave longer results from a landmark study showing that stomach-reducing operations are better than medications for treating “diabesity,” the deadly duo of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Millions of Americans have this and can’t make enough insulin or use what they do make to process food. Many experts were skeptical tha...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577530132014-03-31T11:22:31.695-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-31T11:22:31.695-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57753013@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:22:31 MDT Armed pro-govt militias roil Venezuela protests http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750524-68/government-armed-colectivos-groups.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750524-68/government-armed-colectivos-groups.html.csp">Armed pro-govt militias roil Venezuela protests</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and FRANK BAJAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T20:07:27.76-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 08:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Valencia, Venezuela • The masked gunmen emerged from a group of several dozen motorcycle-mounted government loyalists who were attempting to dismantle a barricade in La Isabelica, a working-class district of Valencia that has been a center of unrest since nationwide protests broke out last month. The barricades’ defenders had been hurling rocks, sticks and other objects at the attackers, who included perhaps a dozen armed men, witnesses told The Associated Press. Lisandro Barazarte, a photograph...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57750524@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:07:27 MDT Bloomberg: Cleaning up the Colorado http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57723490-82/delta-mexico-colorado-river.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57723490-82/delta-mexico-colorado-river.html.csp">Bloomberg: Cleaning up the Colorado</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">From Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-25T01:01:04.375-06:00">Updated Mar 25, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">From Bloomberg View How the Colorado River Delta, once a verdant wilderness south of the U.S.-Mexico border, turned into a brown and salty wasteland is a sadly familiar tale. Remarkably, however, this story is about to run in reverse. Humans, having parched the delta for decades, are about to water it again. The benefits are not just environmental but also political. In the mid-20th century, when the United States began holding the Colorado River back behind a series of dams, the river stopp...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57723490@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:01:04 MDT Love Utah Give Utah event raises more than $1 million http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57713431-79/utah-love-organizations-groups.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57713431-79/utah-love-organizations-groups.html.csp">Love Utah Give Utah event raises more than $1 million</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tom Wharton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T22:46:13.149-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 10:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When the clock struck midnight Thursday, the Community Foundation of Utah looked as if it had fallen just short of achieving its goal of raising $1 million to be shared by 464 organizations that signed up for the second annual Love Utah, Give Utah day. The tally showed that 10,652 individual donors had given $955,122, which was still above last year’s $800,000. But officials from the Community Foundation of Utah, which sponsored the event, said the final tally will push the total over the $1 m...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57713431@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:46:13 MDT Love Utah Give Utah event passes halfway mark to $1M goal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57707455-79/utah-giving-love-groups.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57707455-79/utah-giving-love-groups.html.csp">Love Utah Give Utah event passes halfway mark to $1M goal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM WHARTON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T13:20:34.007-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 01:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Don’t believe giving can be fun? Nonprofit organizations from St. George to Logan celebrated Love Utah Give Utah day with events that included skiing, parties, performances, clinics, open houses, yoga, photo shoots, classes, a picnic, wine tasting and local food sampling. Some 464 Utah organizations celebrated the first day of spring Thursday for the second annual day of giving sponsored by the Community Foundation of Utah. The group set a goal of raising $1 million in a 24-hour period. By 9:30 ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57707455@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:20:34 MDT St. Pat’s parades proceed amid tension over gays http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57693470-68/parade-irish-gay-patrick.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57693470-68/parade-irish-gay-patrick.html.csp">St. Pat’s parades proceed amid tension over gays</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MEGHAN BARR and JONATHAN LEMIRE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-17T11:48:24.019-06:00">Updated Mar 17, 2014 11:48AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • A weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world’s largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city’s new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs. The parade of kilted Irish-Americans and bagpipers set off on a cold, gray morning. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined Fifth Avenue, but the shivering, bundled...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576934702014-03-17T11:48:24.019-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-17T11:48:24.019-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57693470@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:48:24 MDT Hunt: Commissioner relishes battle to revive besieged IRS http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57663381-82/irs-koskinen-budget-job.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57663381-82/irs-koskinen-budget-job.html.csp">Hunt: Commissioner relishes battle to revive besieged IRS</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Albert R. Hunt</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T01:26:01.904-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 01:26AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON — In today’s bitterly polarized environment, the Internal Revenue Service has become even more of a whipping boy for politicians as it struggles with deep budget cuts and accusations of incompetence and, some say, illegal actions. That makes the tax-collection agency an ideal situation for John Koskinen. A year ago, top White House aides Jeff Zients and Gene Sperling talked to Koskinen about a job in the Obama administration. He demurred, though he told them, if you’ve got something d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57663381@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:26:01 MDT Will: The face of IRS behavior http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659691-82/irs-behavior-conservative-groups.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659691-82/irs-behavior-conservative-groups.html.csp">Will: The face of IRS behavior</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George F. Will</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T11:00:36.408-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 11:00AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON — What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence. The most intrusive and potentially most punitive federal agency has been politicized; the IRS has become an appendage of Barack Obama’s party. Furthermore, congruent with exhortations from some congressional Democrats, it is intensifying its efforts to suffocate grou...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659691@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:36 MDT Letter: Common Core supporters providing misinformation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57642648-82/common-core-public-academic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57642648-82/common-core-public-academic.html.csp">Letter: Common Core supporters providing misinformation</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T01:01:03.693-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jason Coyle’s letter (“Academic myopia,” Forum, March 5) illustrates attempts to falsify a need for Common Core. There is a great deal of misinformation in support of the program. The major push behind Common Core is a group of big businesses (IBM, Chevron, Boeing, etc.). The program is supported by special interest groups who have little knowledge about the complexities of teaching and learning. Common Core began with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli Broad Foundation, which f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57642648@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Groups ask Girl Scouts to sever ties with Mattel over Barbie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57641685-79/girl-scouts-barbie-partnership.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57641685-79/girl-scouts-barbie-partnership.html.csp">Groups ask Girl Scouts to sever ties with Mattel over Barbie</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID CRARY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-06T08:39:51.21-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 08:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts. Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — on Thursday urged the Girl Scouts of the USA to end its partnership with the doll’s manufacturer, the Mattel toy company. The partnership, announced last August, include...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576416852014-03-06T08:39:51.21-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-06T08:39:51.21-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57641685@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:39:51 MDT Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57635737-79/lerner-hearing-irs-official.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57635737-79/lerner-hearing-irs-official.html.csp">Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T07:56:02.52-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 07:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner is once again refusing to answer questions at a congressional hearing on the targeting of tea party groups. Lerner headed the IRS division that improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012. She appeared at a Wednesday hearing by the House Oversight Committee. But when Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (EYE’-suh) asked her questions about her...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576357372014-03-05T07:56:02.52-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-05T07:56:02.52-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57635737@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:56:02 MDT Free lunches, receptions abound for Utah Legislature http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57608771-90/events-utah-free-lunches.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57608771-90/events-utah-free-lunches.html.csp">Free lunches, receptions abound for Utah Legislature</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-03T20:51:50.767-06:00">Updated Mar 3, 2014 08:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Last year, Utah legislators tweaked their pay structure and ended what proved to be something of a financial incentive to gobble free meals offered by special interests. With that change, the number of such free-food events decreased this year — but only by 10 percent, with 93 of them still scheduled for the 45-day session. While freebies remain a popular way to attract lawmakers to hear lobbying pitches, they appear to be changing. The number of free lunches — which are expensive for sponsors —...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57608771@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:51:50 MDT Brazil’s focus turns to glitzy Carnival parades http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57621161-68/parades-brazil-carnival-groups.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57621161-68/parades-brazil-carnival-groups.html.csp">Brazil’s focus turns to glitzy Carnival parades</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-02T22:12:02.745-06:00">Updated Mar 2, 2014 10:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rio De Janeiro • Carnival revelers are packing streets across Brazil for raucous open-air parties that begin at daybreak and pulse through the night. But attention is now turning to the sequin-drenched samba group parades set to begin in Rio de Janeiro. The nightlong parades will see six samba groups showing off both Sunday and Monday nights, with powerful percussion sections, elaborate floats and more than 2,500 participants in each parade, which last about an hour. Millions of Brazilians watch...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576211612014-03-02T22:12:02.745-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-02T22:12:02.745-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57621161@www.sltrib.com Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:12:02 MDT Big-Money Donors Demand Larger Say in Party Strategy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57618172-68/donors-party-groups-republican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57618172-68/donors-party-groups-republican.html.csp">Big-Money Donors Demand Larger Say in Party Strategy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> c.2014 New York Times News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T15:27:01.963-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 03:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Republican donors who have financed the party’s vast outside-spending machine are turning against the consultants and political strategists they once lavished with hundreds of millions of dollars. In recent months, they have begun holding back checks from Republican super PACs like American Crossroads, unsatisfied with the groups’ explanations for their failure to unseat President Barack Obama or win back the Senate. Others, less willing than in the past to defer to the party elders and form...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57618172@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:27:01 MDT Arizona businesses want veto of bill angering gays http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57591071-79/arizona-bill-businesses-veto.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57591071-79/arizona-bill-businesses-veto.html.csp">Arizona businesses want veto of bill angering gays</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-24T16:36:49.479-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 04:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Phoenix • Arizona’s biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. The legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups requesting a veto. The chamber said Monday the bill could hurt tourism, make it hard to recruit new businesses and open the door to lawsuits ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-575910712014-02-24T16:36:49.479-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-24T16:36:49.479-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57591071@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:36:49 MDT Letter: Children no better off in heterosexual-parent families http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57541170-82/child-church-groups-heterosexual.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57541170-82/child-church-groups-heterosexual.html.csp">Letter: Children no better off in heterosexual-parent families</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-19T08:54:35.577-06:00">Updated Feb 19, 2014 08:54AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I was disappointed to read in The Tribune that the LDS Church has joined a coalition with other religious groups in an amicus brief to the 10th Circuit Court to overturn Judge Robert Shelby’s Dec. 18 decision that Amendment 3 is unconstitutional (“LDS Church, other faiths say traditional marriage is crucial,” Tribune, Feb. 10). The churches based their argument on their belief that children should be parented only by a heterosexual man and woman, preferably married. Let’s put this “for the go...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57541170@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:54:35 MDT