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
In surprise to the NSA, Utah Data Center may pay tax on electricity • Under a bill the 2013 Utah Legislature passed, the National Security Agency’s new Bluffdale data center might be taxed on the millions of dollars of energy it is expected to consume, providing a potential windfall for an obscure state authority.
Utah gun sales, permits triple since Sandy Hook • Utahns made an all-time high 23,000 gun purchases in December, the same month as the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. That number more than triples the state’s gun-sale average from the first 11 months of 2012. And while December’s buying spree was a spike, firearms sales have seemed to settle in at a new, higher normal.
Confusion lingers in Utah over teen access to “morning after pill” • Plan B One-Step will be available in the family health aisles of stores with on-site pharmacies, but don’t expect to find Plan B next to the condoms or menstrual cramp cures at the corner market, not anytime soon — and maybe not ever at some retailers.
Frances Monson, wife of Mormon church leader, dies • Frances Monson, wife of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, died Friday after several weeks of hospitalization. She was 85.
Utah soldier confirmed dead in Afghanistan • Cody Towse, who just turned 21, is remembered as brave and charitable.
Other news of interest
Study: More high school students saving for college as costs rise
Prep boys’ track: Park City elite runner catches his idol
Utah Valley University set to become largest school in the state
University of Utah geologist inspires name of new mineral
Comment sought on Wasatch Front green waste recycling plan
Did Susan Powell’s brother-in-law hide her body?
Friendship born: Utah Blaze receiver saves BYU skater in wreck
As gay vote looms, church-based Scouting draws interest
Utah is one of just 19 states where high school athletes can throw javelin
Opinion and commentary
Peg McEntee: Be brave, Disney, don’t ‘sex up’ female heroes
Rolly: Will Mia Love learn from past errors?
U of U prof: No skateboards on campus
Editorial: Drinking drivers
Pyle: An honest commencement address
Monson: On the sideline coaching is where Jerry Sloan belongs