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This past week, I had the privilege of visiting the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a mosque that serves thousands of Muslim American families, as well as neighbors of different faiths. Like houses of worship across our country, it’s a place …

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  • Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, share a laugh during their private audience at the Vatican,Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Iran’s president has paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican during a European visit aimed at positioning Tehran as a potential top player in efforts to resolve Middle East conflicts, including Syria’s civil war. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool) Covering nude statues in Rome for Iran head draws Catholic leader’s scorn
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Corinne Liddell of Salt Lake City expresses her excitement, surprising her granddaughter Claire Liddell, 3, and her husband Tom, at right, as she wins the golden ticket from Megaplex Theatres in Sandy on Friday morning. Liddell who was among 25 winners, won the grand prize worth $1,000 after being the 25 millionth customer to buy a ticket for the theatre that opened in Nov. of 1999. ’We come for the popcorn, they have the best here’, exclaimed Corinne, a regular movie goer with her family. Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons showers 25 millionth guest with prizes
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  • Richard Colson Baker (left), Ben Schnetzer (center) and Hannah Marks star in ’Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2.’ Courtesy Cinedigm ‘Punk’s Dead,’ and back in Salt Lake City
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  • Ballet West goes all out for Utah premiere of John Cranko’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’
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