Weekend Rewind: News and photos you may have missed
It’s tough to follow the news when you’re finally off the clock and have time for yourself and your family. Rewind will help you catch up with all the happenings in Utah over the weekend.
Low water of Great Salt Lake reveals ghosts of the past » Among the wreckages revealed by low levels in the Great Salt Lake is the possible wreckage of a vessel Mormon prophet Brigham Young ordered built to shuttle cattle to and from Antelope Island starting in 1854.
Koerber lashes out after Utah ‘Ponzi’ charges dropped » Free from criminal charges that alleged he operated a $100 million Ponzi scheme from his Utah County real estate businesses, Rick Koerber lashed out Friday at prosecutors and regulators who had subjected him to years of investigation and prosecution. But U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups’ decision to dismiss 18 federal fraud, money laundering and tax charges against Koerber also prompted angry denunciations from Francine Giani, the executive director of the Department of Commerce who had brought federal authorities into the case.
Gay activist to headline Utah congressional candidate’s fundraiser » It’s a sign of changing times in Utah: A congressional candidate in a conservative district is holding a fundraiser that features a lesbian famous for fighting the military’s now-discarded "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.
SLC Council looks to require analysis of all rape kits » The heated debate between the Salt Lake City Council and the police department on whether and when to analyze forensic evidence in alleged sex assault cases is about to take a sharp turn. The council is preparing an ordinance that would require city investigators to submit for analysis all so-called Code R kits, also known as rape kits, gathered from victims by specially trained nurses after a reported sexual assault.
As reforms loom, some Utah college athletes just scraping by » Days after a landmark antitrust ruling paved the way for greater compensation for NCAA athletes, more challenges loom. Potential outcomes range from fattened stipend checks to a free market that resembles pro leagues.
Sugar House Streetcar drawing business, not riders » The new Sugar House Streetcar is only slightly faster than a nearby parallel bus route, and even pedestrians can sometimes outrace it. Far fewer people than expected are riding the fresh two-mile line that cost $37 million to build. But Salt Lake City and Utah Transit Authority officials still view the streetcar as a success and well worth the price for one main reason: It delivers economic development up and down the line.
30-year search: Mother seeks remains of lost son who died in Utah » Lee Hagadus made his way to Utah, where he died in 1982, possibly killed by a man who was later convicted of sexually molesting a child. Since his death, Lee’s body has been buried in Clearfield City Cemetery under a false name. More than three decades passed before his mother discovered what became of her son.
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