Editorials: WVC stonewalls; your house needs stronger walls ...
Published: April 20, 2012 09:48AM
Updated: April 20, 2012 09:48AM
Ted S. Warren | The Associated Press Tammy Oughton, the kindergarten teacher of Charlie Powell, speaks during a funeral for Charlie and his brother, Braden, Saturday in Tacoma, Wash.

- The untold story: Powell records should be opened - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It has been more than two years since Susan Powell, wife and mother of two young sons, went missing from her West Valley City home. It has been more than two months since those two young sons died at the hands of their father, Josh Powell, who was the only named person of interest in Susan’s disappearance.
Yet the West Valley City Police Department, city manager and, as of Wednesday, City Council, all continue to treat the police records from the case as though their disclosure would blow the cover on an active police investigation. And, because all those officials continue to refuse to release any of those records, we have only their word for that.
That is not enough. ...

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- Fix the bricks: Retrofit brick homes for earthquake - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It may have escaped your notice during this week’s Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill that you live in a house made of unreinforced brick. There are many such homes along the Wasatch Front, more than 30,000 of them in Salt Lake City alone. That simple fact could place your life at risk during a major earth tremor as your home collapses around you. Fortunately, there are things you can do to shore up your home.
The Utah Seismic Safety Commission has assembled an information kit online at ussc.utah.gov/publications.html. It’s titled, appropriately enough, "The Utah guide for the seismic improvement of unreinforced masonry dwellings." It includes a primer on the hows and whys of risk posed by these buildings during quakes, and what can be done to improve their safety. Most interesting is a series of six model houses in styles that you will readily recognize from the Salt Lake City area. If you live in a brick house, it probably will resemble one of these examples. ...

- Cardboard cathedral planned in New Zealand - AP/San Jose Mercury News
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—A cathedral made from cardboard.
The idea may sound flimsy, particularly given that cathedrals tend to be known for their solid presence: the flying buttresses, the soaring domes, the Gothic grandeur. But in the earthquake-devastated city of Christchurch, Anglican leaders believe it will deliver both a temporary solution and a statement about the city's recovery. ...