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(Tribune file photo) Thousands of fans and athletes celebrate the end of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics at the dazzling Closing Ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
News roundup: San Diego wants Romney's help with Olympic bid

San Diego wants Romney's help with Olympic bid. Hatch may back immigration reform. Utah lawmakers eye pro-gun bills.

Happy Monday. Mitt Romney is credited for helping to save the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, so San Diego is thinking he could be helpful in swinging the Games to come its way. The city's mayor says he's asked Romney to be its honorary chairman in seeking the 2024 SummerOlympics for San Diego and it's Mexican neighbor, Tijuana. [AP]

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Topping the news: Sen. Orrin Hatch voted against immigration reform in 1986 and 2006, but could be coming around to supporting the proposal now in the Senate that would allow a path to citizenship. [Trib]

-> At a Mormon-centric university in southern Virginia, Romney challenged graduates to "launch into the deep" and leave their comfort zones to take on challenges. [Trib]

-> While Congress couldn't pass any gun control measures, Utah lawmakers are readying some of their own measures, including proposals to exempt the state from federal gun laws and restore Second Amendment rights to felons convicted of non-gun-related crimes. [Trib]

Today's news: The data breach of Utah's health care records last year could cost more than $400 million in the end as consumers face identity theft. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says a candidate for Utah County GOP vice chairman is asking for forgiveness for his recent DUI. [Trib]

Happy birthday: KUER's Dan Bammes, AG spokesman Paul Murphy, state Rep. Marc Roberts, Evelyn Call, Emi Dunn and Mike Reberg.

Tweet of the day: @Interior: "This stunning view of the night sky is waiting for you @ArchesNPS. #utah #travel pic.twitter.com/4l0VT6jdNb

From @piersmorgan: "And 'thanks' to @ConanOBrien for this #WHCD zinger: "They replaced popular Larry King with one of the scheming footmen from Downton Abbey."

Spotted: At Saturday's White House Correspondents' dinner: Modern Family's Ty Burrell introducing himself to Jon and Mary Kaye Huntsman and noting that he, too, is a Utahn. (Burrell and his wife live in SLC part-time.) The Huntsman's son, Will, was also in attendance, donning his Naval Academy uniform.

Opinion section: While Utah as a whole is solidly Republican, Salt Lake County shows that Democrats can be elected and serve without scandal, Paul Rolly notes. [Trib]

-> A former state economic development director says Utah's caucus-convention system keeps power checked by people and not influenced by big money. [Trib]

-> The Alliance for a Better Utah's communications director says Sen. Mike Lee doesn't represent Utahns but instead a small conservative faction. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on why Republicans don't want to back immigration reform. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss how the state's political party leadership contests may go. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says we should study climate change before jumping to conclusions. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Rep. Jason Chaffetz isn't convinced the Boston bombers acted alone and wants investigators to look further. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Chaffetz isn't alone. Other members of Congress say there are other "persons of interest" in America with connections to the Boston bombing. [WaPost]

-> How West Valley Mayor Mike Winder handles the police scandal in his city could determine his political future. [Trib]

-> Sequestration cuts are hitting the most vulnerable Americans and spreading fear and distrust among them. [Trib]

-> The Airport TRAX line has been successful for passengers and, sadly, for baggage thieves as well who are using the train as their get-away vehicle. [Trib]

-> The massive landslide at the Kennecott mine could mean a tax increase for Salt Lake County residents as the company's value decreases. [Trib]

-> Huntsman tells Weber State University graduates to find someone to love, give back to society and not to forget to rock n' roll. [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx]

-> Meanwhile, a Tallahassee writer suggests that Huntsman sure is looking like a presidential candidate again. [SunshineNews]

-> 150 members of the American Fork High School Choir performed in Washington for Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. [Herald]

-> Chaffetz says he doesn't want the government searching his Facebook account and argues for a balance between liberty and privacy. [TheHill]

-> Put away that No. 2 pencil: The fill in the bubble tests may go the way of the VCR and pay phone. [Trib]

Nationally: Obama jokes at the correspondents' dinner that he isn't the "strapping young Muslim socialist" he used to be, while comedian Conan O'Brien pokes fun at Obama, Romney and the TV networks. [Bloomberg]

-> The must watch video created for the correspondents' dinner that spoofs House of Cards and features plenty of Washington politicians. [Politico]

-> BusinessWeek looks inside the "Tape Factory," how Mother Jones turned into the outlet where secrets tapes surface. [BusinessWeek]

-> Black voters went to the polls at a higher clip than white voters in 2012, showing strong support for Obama and the fact many whites stayed at home. [AP]

-> The Boston Globe pieces together an interesting timeline of events surrounding the marathon bombing and subsequent police lockdown. [Globe]

-> The FBI has arrested another Mississippi man in connection with the ricin-laced letters. [ABCNews]

Where are they?

  • AG John Swallow meets with his office attorneys.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends the Salt Lake Chamber's Western Regional Alliance, hits a press conference for the Bicycle Ambassador Program and speaks, lunches with former Mayor Peter Corroon and speaks to the Access Wasatch Stakeholder meeting.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with Office of Diversity and Human Rights Coordinator Yolanda Francisco-Nez and heads to the Access Wasatch Project Economic forum.
  • WVC Mayor Mike Winder meet with the Public Works Subcommittee of the Wasatch Front Regional Council.
  • President Barack Obama speaks at the National Academy of Sciences 160th anniversary.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Thomas Burr


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