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
The King’s speech • Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered perhaps the 20th century’s most-famous speech. Today, the “dream” of the slain civil rights leader still resonates for Utahns who witnessed that piece of history in person and for those who know of it only through history books.
No federal charges against Swallow? • The attorney for embattled Attorney General John Swallow expects federal investigators to clear his client within weeks if not days. So does that mean Utah’s top cop soon could be off the hook? Not hardly.
Drones could help Utah economy soar • Utah officials are betting the state’s economy will take off if they succeed in landing a deal with Federal Aviation Administration to become one of six test sites for unmanned, unarmed drone flights.
Landscaping for protection • The recent Rockport 5 Fire shows the value of homeowners clearing away ignitable fuels around their properties. All the Summit County homes that followed such fire-mitigation strategies dodged the rampaging flames.
Rocky reeling over Olympic spying • Utah’s governor may be willing to give the National Security Agency “a little slack” for monitoring all emails and texting during the 2002 Winter Olympics, but not so for Salt Lake City’s former mayor. Rocky Anderson calls it the “greatest scandal so far of this century.”
Goldman Sachs is banking on SLC success • Utah’s capital city houses the investment firm’s fourth-largest location in the world, with 1.775 employees who kept the world’s largest bank running as Hurricane Sandy ravaged Wall Street. Critics around the country, and here in Utah, but the company says it’s investing in the Beehive State. The company hires college students as interns and employees, teaches local business owners how to grow jobs and loans money to school district to teach preschoolers.
Complaints about Salt Lake City cops drop • The number of serious citizen-filed complaints has dropped to their lowest since 2008, when the Salt Lake City Civilian Review Board was reinstituted. Lower crime overall, better policies and a responsive board all factored in to the decline, officials say.
Salt Lake County Council looking to make tax hikes more transparent • A proposal in front of the Salt Lake County Council would require the announcement of property tax hikes to come by Nov. 1, before a general election. The debate will continue Tuesday.
Other news of interest
Are public-comment periods a vital part of free speech and governance or a lawsuit waiting to happen?
It may be the most unlikely Krishna temple in the nation — right there in the heart of Mormon country
A North Salt Lake refinery will pay fine and spend $18 million under a deal with the EPA
The Utah Prisoner Advocate Network aims to make navigating prison life less complicated and lonely for inmates.
A radar search failed to find the body of a famous gunfighter at Salt Lake Cemetery
Federal environmental regulators say Utah’s air-pollution oversight is not fair and open enough in some key areas
After a publisher canceled a book because of the author’s nod to his gay partner, Mormon authors voice their support of him
Utah ski resorts are banding together to create new deals and passes
College football preview: USU’s rise has created a rare parity among the Aggies, Utah and BYU
Porchfest starts a conversation in Salt Lake City neighborhood
The 10 best stargazing spots in Utah
Opinion and commentary
Tribune Editorial: Drilling threatens fragile BLM lands
Pyle: Human rights are for losers
Rolly: Is Chad Bennion a GOP embarrassment?
Gehl: Beware the universal Internet connection
Becker: It’s not easy to expunge a juvenile record
Holyoak: The real reason your vote is important
Alvarez and Loya: Utah should lead on immigration reform
Emmons: A threat to freedom that is mostly ignored
Rodier: Rocky Mountain Power vs clean-air rules