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Jennifer Dobner

Reporter, Justice and safety

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Thousands attend the Day’s of 47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City Monday July 25 celebrating Utah’s heritage and spirit.  Parade goes down 200 East. Utah’s two big parades exclude groups with LGBTQ ties, but only one is taking heat
    The ouster of the LGBTQ resource center Encircle from America’s Freedom Festival Fourth of July parade in Provo has produced a wave of criticism again...
    Updated Jul 23 2017 10:54 am   |     |   Share

  • (|  Tribune file photo)    In this May 14, 2012, file photo, former assistant director of the Utah Symphony, Ardean Watts wears a shirt  with the message,’ Visit Ardean Watts’, inviting  visitors to the mall to engage with him  in conversation. Ardean Watts, former Utah Symphony associate conductor, has died
    Ardean Walton Watts — former associate conductor for the Utah Symphony and University of Utah music professor — has died, his family said Saturday. H...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Two year old Kaisei Nishimura from Tokyo, Japan, opens up a lead at the start of one of his age group’s heats during the Strider World Championship - sometimes called the ’Tour de France of Toddler Racing,’ held Saturday  at the Gallivan Center. Skill, speed, determination — these tiny racers are just as fierce as anyone else competing for a world cup
    When he’s suited up for a bike race, Waku Kunitate looks as serious as they come. Tight red pants with yellow, molded plastic knee pads, black gloves,...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 11:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • Group sues Utah AG for records showing his ties with conservative policy organizations
    A national media watchdog group has sued the Utah attorney general’s office in state court, alleging the state’s top law enforcement agency is hiding ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 02:58 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New citizens of United States of America are introduced during World Refugee Day at Liberty Park Saturday, July 15, 2017. For 13 refugees, citizenship oath cements on paper what they’ve long felt: American
    A pregnant Fatima Mehmedovic and her husband left war-ravaged Bosnia to seek a better life in the United States in May 1997. On Saturday, a little mor...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 12:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • Photo courtesy of Interagency Fire Center Rehabilitating and reseeding burned areas and mopping up hot spots were the main tasks Wednesday for crews assigned to southern Utah’s Brian Head Fire. In wake of the Brian Head Fire, commissioner pushes state to talk to U.S. Ag secretary about forest management
    In the wake of the massive Brian Head Fire, Utah officials on Thursday moved to secure a meeting with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to talk ...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sean Childers-Gray, pictured on Friday, June 30, 2017, realized at age 21 that he was a transgender man. The physical transition took years but now a Utah 2nd District Court judge has denied his request for a legal sex-designation change. The personal stories of two Utahns fighting in court to obtain sex-designation changes
    Angie Rice At age 8, Arthur Edward Rice would hide in his parents’ Vermont bedroom and hold a long braid of his younger sister’s hair up to the back...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 11:35 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Two transgender Utahns, who have been denied a legal sex designation by a state judge, are challenging the ruling by asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the decision. Angie Rice and Sean Childers-Gray, pictured on Friday, June 30, 2017, hope the Utah Supreme Court overrules the district court and grants their petitions. Judge refuses to let two Utahns change their sex designation, though many have allowed it before
    The last time Angie Rice traveled through Denver’s airport, her driver license was scrutinized and she had to endure a pat-down and search of her lugg...
    Updated Jul 08 2017 06:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rachel Molenda  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Indicted real estate developer and former UTA board chairman Terry Diehl enters the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City for his initial court appearance on Friday, June 30, 2017. High-power developer, ex-UTA official Terry Diehl pleads not guilty to bankruptcy fraud
    Politically connected real-estate developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl on Friday entered a not guilty plea to a federa...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 04:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sheryl Allen speaks at a news conference in Salt Lake City Tuesday June 27, 2017, announcing the filing of a lawsuit challenging the 2016 law establishing partisan elections for the Utah State Board of Education. Senate Bill 78, ìState Board of Education Candidate Selection,î was sponsored by Senator Ann Milner and will go into effect for state school board races starting in 2018. Utah’s partisan school board elections are unconstitutional and exclusionary, advocates say. Now they're suing
    A group of education-focused Utahns on Tuesday asked a state judge to toss out the 2016 law that requires partisan elections for the Utah State Board ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 11:08 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     ’I lost everything because of this,’ said former West Jordan police officer Aaron Jensen while enduring and eventually fighting ’systemic harassment’ at his workplace during a news conference, June 22, 2017 at the Utah Capitol. Jensen has won a nearly $3 million jury award on his claims of malicious prosecution and retaliation by the West Jordan Police Department. The years-long saga began when Jensen said he was the target of relentless sexual harassment by police supervisors while on the force. Jensen alleged that after he joined the West Jordan Police department, within a year an associate subjected him to a hostile work environment that included crude jokes and comments that he was gay, which eventually led others in the department to engage in similar behavior. Jury sides with ex-West Jordan cop, awards nearly $3M on claims of malicious prosecution, retaliation
    A former West Jordan police officer who took the city to court after enduring a decade of harassment and subsequent retaliation for his labor and sexu...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 11:18 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  | Tribune file photo)   Jim Bennett, center, amid members of the new United Utah Party, at the centrist political party’s launch in May.  The party has sued in federal court, claiming state rules are unfairly blocking its ballot access. United Utah Party files lawsuit to get on ballot but doesn’t seek to disrupt special election to replace Chaffetz
    The United Utah Party sued the state in federal court Wednesday, asking a judge to force the lieutenant governor’s office to certify and place its can...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • West Valley City man killed in Weber County motorcycle accident
    A West Valley City man was killed and another man seriously injured Saturday when a truck turned into the path of their motorcycles in West Haven, pol...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • Foundation teaches people to identify, talk about suicide because ‘it’s everybody’s business’
    When Dustine McCormack’s grandfather took his own life in Monticello about 40 years ago, her grandmother packed up four kids, sold the family farm and...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Historian J. Seth Anderson talks about his new book, LGBT Salt Lake, during a salon in a private home in Salt Lake City, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Salt Lake City’s hidden LGBT history documented in new book
    The picture on the flier shows three smiling performers in bathing-suit-like strapless costumes adorned with a puff of tulle netting and elbow-length ...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Carol Gnade, new director of the Utah Pride Center. Utah Pride Center building sold for $1.6 million
    Four years after it moved to the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Utah Pride Center is planning another move. The center sold its two-story build...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 01:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • John Swallow ï Former Utah Attorney General Utah attorney general’s office rejects Swallow demand for $1.5M in legal fees
    Utah’s top law enforcement office says it won’t pay the $1.5 million legal bill racked up by former Utah Attorney General John Swallow in successfully...
    Updated May 26 2017 11:43 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A fight is erupting over how to develop the land around the Clearfield FrontRunner Station. It had long been proposed as a transit-oriented development that would be a regional center for growth with apartments, retail and offices. Now, much of it may become a train car manufacturing plant for Stadler, a company that has been at the center of some UTA scandals. UTA gives initial OK to controversial land deal in Clearfield
    After a monthlong delay, the Utah Transit Authority Board on Wednesday voted to green-light a controversial development project near its Clearfield Fr...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 08:36 pm   |     |   Share