Welcome to Weekend Rewind, a glance back at The Salt Lake Tribune’s top news stories, photos and opinions you may have missed over the weekend.
Top stories this past weekend
Convicted for drug crimes, felons hope for reprieve in West Valley City investigation • In the end, Lana Rodriguez decided it would be safer to plead guilty to drug possession. She cares for her grandson and didn’t want to risk up to five years in prison when prosecutors were offering probation.
Sugar House Streetcar: North, east or wait? • The Salt Lake City Council finds itself between a streetcar and a hard place.
Kennecott layoffs: No word on who, how many, how long • Nobody knows yet how many of Kennecott Utah Copper’s 2,100 workers will be laid off because of the unprecedented landslide inside Bingham Canyon Mine last month.
West Valley balks at joining Unified Police Department • West Valley City officials say their city is too big, their police department too large and their investment too deep to switch to the Unified Police Department.
New report urges swift climate action in the Southwest • The most sweeping study so far of the region’s changing climate urges leaders to get ahead of future trends that will make it tougher to manage natural resources and threats to human health.
Federal cuts of $47 million in Utah will take a bite out of services • Dozens of programs are being trimmed as a result of the federal sequestration. The state anticipates seeing about $47.5 million in reduced federal spending.
New Johnson allegation: Prosecutor tried to protect Swallow • Indicted St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson unleashed another barrage of allegations this week against U.S. officials, including a new salvo accusing a federal prosecutor of trying to shield Utah Attorney General John Swallow from possible criminal charges even as federal officers were investigating the embattled lawman.
Family mourns soccer referee’s death • The family of the Utah soccer referee who died Saturday after being punched in the head by a player said they want to make sure that his life continues to bless others.
Other news of interest
Eleven Utah educators honored with Huntsman awards, cash
In 1963, Bountiful pilot was 1st female to fly solo across Pacific
Police report details attack by player that left Utah soccer referee in coma
Chevron pipeline OK’d for service in northern Utah
At Coral Pink Sand Dunes, more room for rare beetle, less for ORVs
Mormon-affiliated group offers help, hope to suicide survivors
Should Blue Sky effort be Utah utility’s end game?
‘World’s Strongest Librarian’ strengthens writing voice in new memoir
Opinion and commentary
Peg McEntee: Contraceptive crusader Sandra Fluke still fighting
Rolly: State’s lawyers butter the right bread
Pyle: Loaded rhetoric on guns
Parker: Prude or prudent?
Letter: Down Mexico way