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(Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Savvanah raises her arms after she and other volunteers had finished sorting socks to be included in care packages for LGBT+ youth experiencing homelessness in the area, Thursday, December 14, 2017, as Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation hosted an event at the Maverick Center to assemble the gifts.
 Savannah has been collecting donated blankets, toiletries, backpacks and other essential items for the care packages, and Lady GagaÕs fans will be invited to support her efforts by donating such items at her Salt Lake City concert that evening.

Lady Gaga’s foundation recognizes Utah girl who came out to her LDS congregation and a refugee organization for women

By Christopher Smart | July 11, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Renee LaGrant works with at-risk women and girls for Journey of Hope in Salt Lake City, Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Sex trafficking survivor now helps Utah women escape the same abuse

By Christopher Smart | May 15, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Lex Scott, founder for the civil rights organization United Front Party, leads a march to demand justice for the killing of Patrick Harmon, who was shot by police on Aug. 13 when he tried to flee after being stopped on his bicycle. Around 150 people gathered for the rally at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, demanding Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill be fired for his "justified" ruling in the case.

Black Lives Matter’s Utah chapter has a plan to reduce police shootings

By Christopher Smart | May 14, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) INN Between resident Linda Liminieux, right, gets a hug from Janet Jackson, public relations volunteer for the Inn Between, following a news conference announcing a new home for INN Between, a hospice for the homeless in Salt Lake City. The INN Between will be moving into an existing assisted living facility at 1216 E. 1300 South, where a news conference was held on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

New Salt Lake City hospice center for the homeless aims ‘to end needless deaths on the streets’

By Christopher Smart | May 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Our Homes, Our Voices, a campaign to bring more attention to the affordable housing crisis across the country showcases one of the solutions being presented by small house specialist Jeff White in Sat Lake City on Wed. May 2, 2018. White has been investing his time now for several years on shipping container prototypes, including a 432 square foot experimental home he built inside a warehouse in Salt Lake that would cost about $36,000 and be easy to assemble on a lot.

Tiny, affordable homes could help dire housing shortage in Utah

By Christopher Smart | May 3, 2018, 3:32 a.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Griselle Trujillo with her 19-month-old daughter, Luna Faith Fernandez, in Heber, Tuesday April 24, 2018. Trujillo's husband, Jose Fernandez, was killed by an acquaintance with a handgun after an evening of drinking.

Utah widow seeks a good life for young daughter after her husband was shot to death

By Christopher Smart | April 30, 2018, 1:55 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Griselle Trujillo with her 19-month-old daughter Luna Faith Fernandez, holds a photograph of her husband Jose Fernandez, in Heber Tuesday April 24, 2018. He was killed by an acquaintance with a handgun after an evening of drinking.

As gun deaths continue to rise in America, social scientists wonder why so many feel the need to carry firearms

By Christopher Smart | April 30, 2018, 1:53 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Katherine and Ronald Barrett Jr. talk about being homeless and the difficultly they have trying to find a place to sleep, including on the grounds of the Salt Lake City Main Library, in Salt Lake City Monday April 16, 2018.

Homeless people at Library Square say they’ve had enough of Salt Lake City’s no camping ordinance

By Christopher Smart | April 18, 2018, 1:44 a.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kirsti Rinne talks about her experiences after returning from South Sudan, where she was a midwife for Doctors Without Borders and ran a 24-bed maternity unit. She spoke from her home in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Utah midwife returns from war-torn South Sudan a changed person

By Christopher Smart | April 17, 2018, 1:34 p.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) 	
Volunteer Sala Asiata of the Utah Food Bank helps pack food boxes in the parking lot of the LDS Church at 1860 S. 300 E. in Salt Lake City Friday April 13.  It's one of 18 locations the bank operates to get food out to the food insecure.  An army of volunteers make the distrbution system work. Walmart, Feeding America and Utah Food Bank are teaming up during the month of April to fight hunger through an online and in-store donation campaign.

Hunger is invisible, but the Utah Food Bank knows it’s all around us

By Christopher Smart | April 14, 2018, 12:34 a.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)       Kimberli Kocherhans speaks as part of a survivors panel during the Love Heals forum on sex trafficking at St. Mark's Cathedral Friday, March 23, 2018.

Young women trafficked for sex need a sanctuary, Salt Lake City advocates say

By Christopher Smart | April 10, 2018, 2:08 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Natural Resources) Colton R. Hansen, 13, from Eagle Mountain, died Thursday following a rollover crash on an ATV at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Utah boy killed in four-wheeler rollover at Coral Pink Sand Dunes

By Christopher Smart | April 7, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

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Four police officers were taken to the hospital after trying to save the life of a man who poured gasoline over himself in the bathroom of the Chevron Top Stop at 300 West and 200 South in Kaysville, Thursday, April 5, 2018. The man was taken in a helicopter to UofU Medical Center. A piece of clothing - perhaps a pair of pants - lays on the cement outside the convenience store as police conduct their investigation.

Utah man who set himself ablaze is in critical condition, while one of the four police officers who tried to help him also remains hospitalized

By Christopher Smart | April 6, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) University of Utah student Elom Amematsra, 21, on the university campus in Salt Lake City, Monday, April 2, 2018.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Promised Land’ still a dream for black University of Utah students

By Christopher Smart | April 5, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) 	
Rob Moolman, new executive director of the Utah Pride Center. He and the staff are in the process of moving in and setting up the new location at 1380 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City.

Utah Pride Center has a new director and a new home

By Christopher Smart | April 4, 2018, 12:22 a.m.

Salt Lake City - Martha Ellis is sworn in after being promoted to the rank of Division Chief for Salt Lake, becoming the department's Fire Marshall. Ellis is also the first female promoted to the position in the Salt Lake Valley in the history of fire department.  Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune 5/7/2009

No relief for fired Salt Lake City female battalion chief despite Civil Service Commission ruling in her favor

By Christopher Smart | April 2, 2018, 2:26 p.m.

Martha Ellis is sworn in on May 7, 2009, after being promoted to the rank of Division Chief for the Salt Lake City Fire Department, the first female in the city's history to become a fire marshall and battalion chief. 

Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune, May 7, 2009

Salt Lake City Fire Department officials torched for demoting city’s first female battalion chief

By Christopher Smart | March 30, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mohammad "Wali" Tasleem prepares shirts for screening at Black Rifle Coffee Co. in Salt Lake City Tuesday March 20, 2018. Tasleem is an Afghan refugee who worked with U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. He had to leave his native country or be killed. Now he works with a former friend and U.S. soldier Jeff Kirkham who helped bring Wali to Utah.

They fought the Taliban side by side. Now, Utah vets work with Afghan commandos to sell coffee.

By Christopher Smart | March 26, 2018, 1:02 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Shutney Kyzer attends her preliminary hearing alongside defense attorney Neil Webster on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, for allegedly driving a car onto the sidewalk in downtown Salt Lake City on July 4, 2017, killing one homeless person, 27-year-old Kendra Griffis, and injuring five others.

Up to 5 years in prison for woman who ran over 6 people, killing one, in Salt Lake City

By Christopher Smart | March 23, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

James Enoch Henfling

Courtesy  |  Park City Police Department

Midvale man gets up to life for 2016 Park City murder

By Christopher Smart | March 20, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force.

Former CIA director criticizes Intel Committee and Trump during visit to Salt Lake City

By Christopher Smart | March 14, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

"This is a historic moment for us," said Louise Rock, from the Oljato chapter of the Navajo Nation, at a hearing in Bluff, Utah, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. San Juan County residents were presented with proposals of the newly redrawn county commission and school board districts during hearings in Monticello. A federal judge is approving new county election districts in southeastern Utah after finding the boundaries discriminated against American Indians who make up roughly half the population. The new San Juan County voting districts are designed to give native residents an equal voice in local races, but commissioner Phil Lyman said Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, they are unfair and the county plans to appeal.  (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Federal appeals court denies San Juan County’s request for stay in voting district case that benefited Navajos

By Christopher Smart | March 13, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber, right, is joined by Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires and other officers as they announce the indictment of a man charged with distribution of spice and possession of a fire arm during a press event at the U.S. Attorney's office on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Feds wield long prison terms to combat Utah drug dealers with guns

By Christopher Smart | March 13, 2018, 1:38 p.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) 	
Hope Jones, 19, works the counter in the newly opened Maud's Cafe, 422 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City  The cafe-coffee shop gives youth living at VOA's shelter a chance to gain work experience and a little money before taking on the world. Jones has completed her training to be a certified nurse assistant.

For the young baristas at this Salt Lake City cafe, it’s about more than just brews — it’s a job that can help them escape homelessness

By Christopher Smart | March 13, 2018, 1:38 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski makes a comment on SB234, the inland port bill in the Economic Development committee meeting,  Friday, March 2, 2018.

‘I hope they get fired’: Utah senators blame Salt Lake City lobbyists for controversial inland port negotiations; mayor, council call for veto of bill

By Christopher Smart | Tiffany Caldwell | March 12, 2018, 2:39 a.m.