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News roundup: What you know about the 4th is wrong

What you know about July 4 is wrong. Primary saw 10 percent turnout in SL Co. KCPW raises much-needed cash.

Happy Thursday. Tomorrow is America's birthday. Or is it? What you think you know about the Fourth of July and our nation's founding may be wrong. It's not what we were taught when we were younger, i.e. the Declaration of Independence wasn't signed on the 4th, the Liberty Bell wasn't rung to celebrate America's independence and Betsy Ross didn't sew the first American flag. Read this so you can have some fun facts to talk about at tomorrow's BBQ. [WaPost]

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Topping the news: The Salt Lake County Clerk says 10 percent of voters participated in the primary election and it was mostly thanks to mail-in ballots. [Trib]

-> Officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not deport a mother and her children living illegally in Utah until they can provide her with the funds to live again in El Salvador. Other immigrants hope for similar outcomes after President Barack Obama announced his plan for immigration reform. [Trib]

-> KCPW was able to raise the $42,000 necessary to stay in business after a hurried fundraising effort came through. [Trib] [KUTV]

Tweet of the day: From @TheNardvark: "There should be a morning after pill for Supreme Court decisions."

-> From @alejandrocrosa: "Hey Americans now that you realized you like soccer, let me tell you about this other really awesome thing called 'the metric system.'"

Happy Birthday: To Jordan Giles, district office manager for Rep. Chris Stewart, and former state Rep. David Clark. On Saturday to state Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville. And on Sunday to former state Sen. and Police Chief Jon Greiner.

Programming Note: Cornflakes is taking off the 4th of July to celebrate, and we hope you are too. We'll return to your inboxes and computer screens on Monday. Have a safe and happy holiday.

In other news: A Utah oil refinery must pay a $10,000 fine for emitting noxious fumes into a Woods Cross neighborhood. [Trib] [KUTV] [Fox13]

-> It'll take one to two years to fix the site of a May oil spill near the Green River. [DNews]

-> Today, July 3, is "Call Your Military Hero Day" according to legislation passed in the 2014 session. [DNews]

-> The U. is changing its fight song, so you can now sing that you're a Utah fan instead of being a Utah man. [Trib] Pat Bagley offers his take on what the U. song should be, based on the World Cup. [Trib]

-> City officials destroyed two historic markers at Riverton Park, upsetting several residents. [DNews] [KSL]

-> Davis County is in the midst of an economic upturn, with 2.7 percent tax revenue growth this year. [StandEx]

-> Bryan Schott does a quick reality check of his predictions so far this year and finds some spot on, and others completely off. [UtahPolicy]

-> Provo city officials are looking to the public for ideas on a new city flag. [Fox13]

Nationally: President Barack Obama is upset over the congressional gridlock and he's letting Republican politicians know it, saying to them, "so sue me." [WaPost]

-> Gender equality in pay is as much a problem at the White House as it is elsewhere in the nation. Women working for the president make 88 cents to the dollar that men make; Press Secretary Josh Earnest was left fumbling to explain the difference. [WaPost] [Politico]

-> The Department of Veterans Affairs' director of medical investigations resigned, making him the fifth senior official to leave after reports showed inadequate care and extended wait times for patients throughout the nation's hospitals. [NYTimes]

-> Hillary Clinton has recently come under fire for the high price she charges to speak at universities, which includes $300,000 for a UCLA event this past March. [WaPost]

-> Soccer fans of Team USA are banding together to get 100,000 signatures on their petition to change the name of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to honor goalie Tim Howard, who set a world record in the World Cup. [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert participates in Call Your Military Hero Day at the Governor's Mansion.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends an Eagle Scout dinner and ceremony at Utah Valley University's event center.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker and takes part in the Riverton town parade.
  • President Barack Obama eats lunch with Vice President Joe Biden.

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 and Courtney Tanner

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner



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