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(Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo) Downtown Salt Lake City
News roundup: Visit Salt Lake, but leave if you must

Spoof: Visit SLC, but leave if you must. Lockhart for school superintendent? Lee: Congress should approve major regulations.

Happy Friday. Salt Lake City officials have launched a new ad campaign: If you visit SLC, you can always leave if you don't like it. "The award-winning Hogle Zoo, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, the Natural History Museum of Utah - these are all places you can up and leave any moment you please," says Mayor Ralph Becker.

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OK, that's not a real quote, and it's not a real campaign. The Onion, a satirical news site, posted a faux story and video yesterday poking fun of Utah's capital city and it's too funny to miss. (With apologies to Scott Beck and Mayor Becker.) [TheOnion]

Topping the news: Paul Rolly says that House Speaker Becky Lockhart, long thought to be eyeing the governor's chair, may be setting her sights on being the state school superintendent. [Trib]

-> The State School Board, meanwhile, named Joel Coleman as interim superintendent, though some board members raised concerns about his qualifications. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee wants Congress to approve of any federal regulation that impact more than $100 million of the economy, adding a check and balance to what he sees as overreach by the central government. [Trib][DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "Thanks, Obama. RT @NYMag: The original Twinkies factory is closing after 84 years: http://grb.st/1oV1L01"

From @gdebenedetti: "An advantage of having VP Biden on your train out of

Union Station: minimal delays."

Happy Birthday: On Saturday, to former Tribune reporter John Keahey.

In other news: Utah's Metro Narcotics Task Forces has confiscated 31 pounds of heroin since April and arrested 21 people. [Trib][Fox13]

-> Salt Lake's Metro Gang Unit captured their "Public Enemy Number One" in Ogden. [Trib][DNews][Fox13]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the talking heads telling President Barack Obama how to deal with ISIS and Iraq. [Trib]

-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss this week in politics, including their poll on same-sex marriage, Jackie Biskupski's possible run for SLC mayor and the annoying thing local TV anchors do. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bernick also takes on Sen. Jim Dabakis over his criticism of Utah Policy's polling. [UtahPolicy]

-> The future of Mulligans Golf and Games complex will be decided after a city-wide public-opinion survey. [Trib]

-> The president of the Utah County Association of Realtors, Bill Freeze, has thrown his hat into the Utah County Commissioner race as a write-in candidate. [Trib]

Nationally: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, says the road to defeating the ISIS may be a long-term effort, and the only way to win may be extending airstrikes into Syria at some point. [NYTimes][WaPost][Politico][WSJ]

-> Three of Hamas' top senior commanders were killed during an Israeli airstrike, a move considered a blow to Palestine's leadership. [WaPost][NYTimes]

-> Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the city after tension between police and residents has somewhat subsided. [NYTimes][WaPost][WSJ][LATimes]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert hosts a brunch with Utah's congressional delegation.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends the brunch to discuss public lands with the congressional delegation.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with City Council leaders and then attends the Popperton Plots Community Gardens media event.

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 Mallory Jesperson

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/JespersonM



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