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Testimony continued for a fourth day in the trial of Jeremy Johnson with bank executives telling the court they discontinued accounts tied to the St. George businessman’s online marketing company after seeing excessive numbers of consumer chargebacks. Ofer Yitzhaki, vice …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Food sculptures on display at the Salt Lake City Main Library Tuesday February 9, 2016.  Six local health care–related businesses have built giant sculptures using healthy canned, bagged, and boxed foods. The public is invited to view the sculptures between February 8 and 14 during regular library hours. After that time, the food will be donated to the Utah Food Bank. Patrons also are encouraged to bring their own healthy food items to donate; for every nonperishable food item donated at The City Library, patrons will receive $1 off overdue fines. Visitors may also vote for their favorite Food Design sculpture in the “People’s Choice” award category. Creative canned food display benefits Utah’s hungry
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  • Unified Police say man found dead near Saltair was slain
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Volunteer Rachel Hinze, left, works on reconditioning a donated bike during Women’s Only night at Salt Lake Bicycle Collective.  Mollie Bourdos, a junior mechanic is there to help or answer questions.  Women’s Only night runs from 5:30 -9:00 pm on Wednesday nights where women can work on their own projects or recondition used bicycles.   The Salt Lake Bicycle Collective is at 2312 S. West Temple. The collective’s mission is to promote cycling as sustainable transportation.  It provides refurbished bicycles for the community, especially for children and lower income households. Video: Helping out each other for the betterment of the bike
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