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  • SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah President Ruth Watkins condemned Sunday the use of religious undergarments in a tweet promoting an upcoming comedy show on campus.

    She called the use of the imagery "deeply offensive," but defended the comedian's free speech rights.

  • PROVO — BYU has been a challenge for junior offensive lineman Jacob Jimenez, both on and off the field of play, but he's largely met most of the challenges thrown his way and is on the cusp of receiving a starting assignment this coming season.

  • LEHI — In 2016, Yongde Chen, 36, joined the U.S. military on a journey that he hoped would lead him to become a naturalized American citizen. But recent developments have stalled that journey and put his dream in peril, as well as risked his family's ability to remain in the United States.

  • PROVO — Lisa Draper loves being a mother to her three young children, but she also needs time away from them to be completely happy.

    "I know what a long and frustrating thing it is to find a baby sitter, sometimes calling six people until you find one, and nights are hard to nail down and weekends are even harder," the Lehi mom said.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Since the earliest traces of human civilization, the market has found a home in society. While it may be millennia removed from the Ancient Agora of Athens, the Downtown Farmers Marketin Salt Lake City's Pioneer Park is still a place where locals show up to peddle their wares.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — This past Wednesday, on Aug. 15, a religious edifice in downtown Salt Lake City revered for its architectural magnificence, spiritual significance and magnetism for the faithful had another birthday.

    Nope, not that edifice.

    The other one.

  • BOUNTIFUL — In the aftermath of the Valentine's Day shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the Utah Legislature established a special commission to explore the issues of school safety.

    It quickly learned a tragic common denominator of school massacres: People typically look back after the fact and realize there were warning signs that everyone missed — or didn't take seriously.

  • Former BYU linebacker Fred Warner had a good first game in his NFL debut.

    One week after missing the San Francisco 49ers' preseason opener with a chest injury, Warner played 34 defensive snaps and six on special teams in the 49ers' 16-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday.

  • As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames.

    The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — If variety is your thing, "Rose Exposed" has you covered.

    Since 2012, the six professional companies that call the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center home have come together for a one-night-only event that showcases each troupe.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Ten years ago, 14-year-old Jesse Symonette, the youngest of nine kids, had boomeranged from Utah to Maine and back again in just a few years in the midst of his parents' divorce.

    Back in Utah, he said his dad gave him "free reign" of the house. He wasn't getting the best grades in school and he got in trouble for things like fighting and sluffing, finding his way into the juvenile court system.

  • OREM — The catalyst to Bingham's decade-long dominance has been its defense, and in Thursday's hyped season opener that was no different.

    In a battle of defending state champions, Bingham's defense was terrific nearly the entire night as it recorded seven sacks and three interceptions en route to a 39-22 victory as it spoiled the home opener for defending 4A state champion Orem.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Twelve years ago, Emily Leix said she had a bright future ahead of herself.

    She went to college. She worked in sales for a major computer corporation.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A new Drug Safe Utah lawsuit against the lieutenant governor argues the medical marijuana initiative should be kept off the November ballot in part because it violates constitutional protections of religious freedom.

    The initiative should also be invalidated because it violates the constitutional principles of property rights, due process and equal protection under the law, the lawsuit contends.

  • DRAPER — When Robert J. Holmes speaks of his uncle, Robert K. Holmes — for whom he was named — there is pride in his voice, along with equal parts respect and admiration for the man he only knew for the first six years of his life.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Practice was over and Utah cornerbacks coach Sharrieff Shah dismissed his players.

    One of them, however, wouldn't leave the field.

    "Julian (Blackmon) loves to improve," Shah said, drawing out the word love. "He's a worker bee. I gotta shut him down."

    After one particular practice, Shah had to insist the junior take a break.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Balloons in the sky, dogs on the street, Elvis on the big screen, Diplo on the stage and monster trucks in the arena — just a few things to anticipate throughout Utah this weekend.

    Here's a rundown of five different Utah events happening between now and Sunday. If you get bored, there's no one to blame but yourself.

  • PROVO — During an interview on BYUtv's "BYU Sports Nation" Wednesday, Merril Hoge levied some serious accusations at BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb regarding how his son Beau was handled in undergoing a switch from quarterback to running back. Beau, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete, played at quarterback last season and competed at the spot during spring practices before switching over to running back.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that church leaders have launched a major effort to use the full name of the church instead of nicknames or abbreviations.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — With the state's new school report card or dashboard a work in progress, Utah State Board of Education staff asked lawmakers Wednesday for suggestions for alternatives to letter grades so constituents get an accurate picture of academic progress of Utah schools.

  • The first day of seventh grade found Katherine huddled on the floor of her bathroom, clutching the toilet.

    When she wasn't throwing up she was crying, doubled over in pain.

    By eighth grade, her stomach cramps and vomiting were more frequent and worse.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — As expected, Salt Lake City leaders have decided to place an $87 million bond on the fall ballot to leave it up to voters to decide whether to pay slightly more in property taxes in order to fund street repairs.

    The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to place the question on the upcoming general election ballot.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Decisions about the long-term fate of the Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative were kicked down the road Tuesday, though an interim legislative committee heard an exhaustive rundown of the work being done by the Governor's Office of Economic Development as part of that process.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — At least Utahns haven't taken to setting electric scooters on fire, throwing them in trash cans or vandalizing them with dog poop, the way people have in some California cities.

    Not yet, anyway.

  • "CRAZY RICH ASIANS" — 3 stars — Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding; Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan; PG-13 (suggestive sexual content and language); in general release

  • LOGAN — A small modular nuclear power plant design for a facility in southeast Idaho is winding its way through the federal regulatory framework, a procession a key Trump administration official described Tuesday as historic.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns arriving at the airport could soon find that their state-issued driver's licenses won't allow them past security.

    Like a new chapter in Dr. Seuss' classic tale of "The Sneetches" — a story of creatures who either had stars on their bellies or didn't — a missing star on Utah driver's licenses could mean the difference between getting on a plane or being turned away.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — McDonald's announced Tuesday the company and its franchisees are investing approximately $25 million in Utah throughout 2018 and 2019 on the construction and modernization of more than 35 restaurants.

    In total, McDonald's and franchisees are investing $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants by 2020.

    The transformed restaurants will feature:

  • SALT LAKE CITY — My dad left Memphis the day Elvis died.

    Memphis, Tennessee, was the perfect home for my father, Paul Peterson, who'd been an Elvis Presley fan ever since age 10, when the King of Rock 'n' Roll shook those hips and changed music history with "Heartbreak Hotel" in 1956. But a new job opportunity in Bloomington, Illinois, led him to pack his bags and leave Graceland behind on Aug. 16, 1977.

  • DRAPER — A master of his craft. A hero. Bright. Compassionate. An amazing athlete. A decorated career.

    All these words were used Tuesday by friends and colleagues of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt "Matty" Burchett, 42, in remembering a man who touched so many lives. Burchett died at a California hospital Monday night while fighting one of California's many raging wildfires.

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