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  • Editor's note: Fourth in a series of stories spotlighting incoming recruits to the BYU football program.

    PROVO — Jacob Smith is hoping his time at BYU ends up far better than it began.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA draft will be held Thursday night in Brooklyn and everybody has their own guesses of what will happen. While many experts have the same group of players being drafted in similar order, you never know what's going to happen and how the actual draft will turn out.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Rep. John Curtis said he had a chance to tell President Donald Trump at the end of his meeting with House Republicans Tuesday that Utahns want immigrant families to be able to stay together at the border.

  • FARMINGTON — After hitting a drive out of bounds and then topping a 3-wood on consecutive holes, it looked like the wheels might finally be coming off for young Preston Summerhays, who had played so magnificently in the Utah State Amateur for six straight days.

  • CLEARFIELD — Three, two, one ... lift off!

  • PROVO — One day, while overseeing a summer baseball camp, BYU coach Mike Littlewood noticed a father standing by the first base coaching box.

    As he approached the man, Littlewood quickly realized it was Jeff Kent, who played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues and earned MVP honors in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants.

    "We started talking," Littlewood recalled. "He spent the next two days coaching third base."

  • SOUTH JORDAN — It was a Saturday morning like most in the Cramer home. Despite being tired and drained from the daily rigor of an active duty Army career, Sean Cramer got up with his kids to do something they would lovingly remember for years to come — clean the house.

    Playing some music, he danced with his daughter between the chores. Later, he took her grocery shopping, picking up a doughnut along the way.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah School of Medicine announced a new endowed chair on Friday night that will be a lasting tribute to LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson and his late first wife for their pioneering contributions to heart surgery and research.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The share of high school students who had sex or used drugs decreased between 2007 and 2017. At the same time, the share who said they felt sad or hopeless increased. So did the share who said they did not attend school for fear of bullying and violence.

  • PROVO — The NCAA chiseled out more freedom to athletes this past week and that's a great move. But it also created what some call a farm system for elite Power 5 conference teams.

    Not so cool.

    The rule change announced earlier this week enables athletes to transfer to another school without their coaches and athletic departments "releasing" them or "blocking" them from making that move to specific schools.

  • SALEM — Most students greet him with an exuberant, "Hey, Mr. Peery!" and a high-five, or a fist-bump.

    A few are more reserved. Bart Peery is the principal, after all.

    And one student seems to be going through a tough time.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Senate race between Mike Kennedy and Mitt Romney might be described as a tale of two candidates.

    There's the one everyone knows but who maybe doesn't know Utah. And there's the one who knows Utah but nobody knows. One comes with a national spotlight, the other a searchlight.

    Take a couple days on the campaign trail last week.

  • CENTERFIELD, Sanpete County — Zack Jensen is an eighth-generation farmer and rancher who is learning how to grow optimism this year because the drought has left him with little other choice.

    "You look over to the west to the mountains and you see these big dark clouds coming," Jensen said, describing the spring storms rolling in.

  • HERRIMAN — Despite last-minute protests from mayors and residents from nearby cities, Salt Lake County on Tuesday green-lighted zoning for a massive new development near Herriman that could perhaps become the county's newest city.

  • SANDY — Every team in MLS will say it wants to win the U.S. Open Cup, and it's probably a genuine sentiment. Actually doing what is necessary to win is a completely different story.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Don't expect to see headline news coming from Mitt Romney's annual political retreat in Deer Valley this year now that he's a candidate in the upcoming GOP Senate primary.

    "I think low-key is the right word for it," said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, noting the lack of political star power at the invitation-only, three-day retreat that begins Thursday.


    The 30-year-old Camillus, New York, man whose parents evicted him from their house got in a parting jab by calling the police.

    Michael Rotondo said he left his son's Legos on the basement floor, but claimed his father wouldn't let him back in the house to retrieve them.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Trading banter at a self-organized news conference — attended by a group of concerned west-side residents who weren't laughing — House Speaker Greg Hughes and Sen. Jim Dabakis on Tuesday unveiled a list of proposals they believe could break Utah inland port negotiations free from gridlock.

  • OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage.

    A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The celebration began immediately.

    Drivers blasted their car horns when they heard the news on the radio. At stop lights, they excitedly shared it with pedestrians. At home, families and roommates jumped up and down and screamed for joy. Friends called friends with the news and sobbed with joy.

  • Editor's note: First in an occasional series exploring the pros and cons of starting a true freshman at quarterback, and the experiences of the six true freshmen who started for BYU.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — It has widely been shown that altitude might have something to do with Utah's high rates of suicide and depression.

    Now, researchers at the University of Utah are finding that being a few thousand feet above sea level could also be affecting the medications doctors are using to treat depression and anxiety disorders.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The celebration of doughnuts never gets old. Since 1938, the first Friday in June has become a national day of appreciation for America's favorite fatty dessert. Eighty years later, several establishments throughout Utah are offering doughnut freebies and deals to honor the holiday.

  • FARMINGTON — A Layton husband and wife who won a $10,000 grocery giveaway after they were charged with stealing from a Kohl's store have been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years' probation in connection with the theft.

    The pair appeared remorseful in 2nd District Court in Farmington Thursday.

  • COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A man shot by a Cottonwood Heights police officer earlier this week after allegedly robbing two grocery stores in Sandy at gunpoint has died.

    Cottonwood Heights police confirmed Thursday that Zane Anthony James, 19, died due to his injuries. Following the shooting Tuesday, police had said James was hospitalized in fair but stable condition.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — As a rookie, Scott Mitchell was among three players vying to become the Miami Dolphins' No. 3 quarterback. He had put everything he owned in a trailer and driven to Miami, signing a two-year apartment lease before ever attending training camp.

    "You know how dumb that is?" says the former fourth-round draft pick from Utah.

    He was all-in before anyone knew what that phrase meant.

  • PROVO — A Republican Utah County sheriff candidate has filed a complaint alleging his GOP opponent used public resources to put up a campaign sign.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A large high school graduation party at a Carbon County residence and the subsequent response by the sheriff's office has divided some residents.

    Some believe graduation parties with alcohol have been happening for years and is a matter of "kids being kids." But Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood said it is much more serious than that.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Summer is a time to combine two of Utah's favorite things into one: the outdoors and theater.

    Multiple professional and community theater companies in Utah take their monologues, solos, dance numbers and drama to outdoor stages as the weather gets warmer, giving audiences the chance to enjoy a bit of theater as the summer breeze flows and starry skies twinkle.

  • HERRIMAN — Everybody has anxiety, said 13-year-old Kali Duerksen, but nature went and dialed her sensitivity level up to an 11.

    Sometimes it's triggered by schoolwork, or loud noises, or spiders. Sometimes, there's no obvious cause.

    The signs are clear, though. During an anxiety attack, her heart beats faster and she gets short of breath. She begins to sweat. Her mind "blanks out," and she momentarily sees black.

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