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Lawmakers look at more outside help for attorney general

Utah’s fight against same-sex marriage may not be the only case in which the state seeks outside counsel to bolster an attorney general’s office that some legislative leaders, seeing missteps in big cases, fear is in some disarray from the yearlong probe and Dec. 3 resignation of John Swallow.
“We need to sit down with the attorney general’s office and say, ‘What are you doing and what can we do to help,’ ” said Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, who is an attorney and a member of legislative leade...

DVD review: Stereotypes waste Gordon-Levitt’s charm in ‘Don Jon’

Grade • C
DVD • In his directorial debut, “Don Jon,” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows some sharp technical skills, but his clichéd script does his performance no favors.
Gordon-Levitt plays Jon, dubbed “The Don” by his buddies for his pick-up talent. Jon loves the ladies, and he loves his parents (Tony Danza and Glenne Headly), but he really loves his Internet porn.
Then he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a shallow beauty who starts molding Jon into her image of a perfect boyfriend. He al...

Editorial: Legislature should take out its Swallow anger on payday lenders

Members of the Utah House may be feeling a sense of deep frustration right now. They spent all that precious time, taxpayers money and political capital on the investigation of disgraced former Attorney General John Swallow, and they didn’t even get to impeach the bum.
But even though Swallow resigned before the House could lower the boom on him for his dirty campaign finance dealings, there is another, highly worthy, target on which lawmakers could and should take their vengeance.
The state’s ...

San Jose Mercury News: Delegation to Sochi perfect response on gay rights

Faced with Winter Olympics in the snows of Russia, which lately has enacted abhorrently anti-gay laws, the Obama White House has made the perfect response.
Not a boycott: The 1980 Moscow Games taught us that boycotts only punish the athletes, who have spent years — practically their whole lives in some cases — preparing to compete. Rather, Vladimir Putin’s Dark Ages legislation will be answered with the makeup of the official U.S. delegation to the games.
Not a single top administration official...

Stand up on your hind legs and roar

Dear Carolyn • My mother-in-law is an alcoholic. A couple of years ago, she drove drunk with my sister-in-law’s kids, and my sister-in-law cut off all of my mother-in-law’s contact with them. Since then, my mother-in-law got two DUIs and lost her license. To her credit, she has made SOME inroads to getting sober. I am pregnant with our first. Another sibling has been pressuring my husband to let my mother-in-law watch our kid on occasion, unsupervised. Husband is caving, despite knowing of my co...

Living history: Ogden’s Ben Lomond keeps on as the grand dame of Utah hotels

When the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads drove the last spike at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869, they connected East to West and put Ogden on the map as a bustling metropolis.
Called “Junction City” for its extensive network of railroads and short lines, the former farming community was a hub of trade teeming with agricultural, livestock and industrial activity. It also was home to one of the state’s earliest skyscrapers.
“Among the ‘three grand ladies’ built during the state’s...

Park City’s rock ‘n roll mayor bows out

Park City • He was a farmer and barkeep, a real estate agent and environmental activist, a barista and mayor of Park City. Oh, yeah, and Dana Williams was — and still is — the front man for a rock band.
After three terms as mayor and unofficial ambassador-in-chief of Park City, Williams is about to launch a new chapter. He’s not exactly sure what that might be. One thing is certain though — he’s had a heck of a run at City Hall.
Williams was elected in November 2001 and soon found himself in t...

Bountiful e-cigarette shops face Jan. 1 closure

Bountiful • Before they opened Vapor Dreams earlier this year, Jen Littlefield and Lewie Lambros “triple checked” that electronic cigarette stores were permitted at their location on 500 South.
Brent Gould, who opened Vapor R Us a few blocks down the street, also asked if his shop met zoning requirements. In both cases, Bountiful city administrators issued business licenses to the enterprises.
But this week, the owners of the businesses, as well as two other e-cigarette establishments, were to...

Denver gives out recreational pot sales licenses

Denver • The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they’d see the day when they’d get a permit to sell pot.
Applause broke out and cameras whirred when the first license was issued from the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses. The city awarded eight licenses for retail shops, 30 licenses for pot growers and four licenses for makers of cannabis-infused products such as ...

Summit County SWAT ‘rescues’ woman, but now question her story

Investigators say they have reason to doubt a woman’s initial claims that she was being held against her will by a fugitive when Summit County Sheriff’s Office SWAT officers raided her home in Oakley.
Sheriff’s Detective Capt. Justin Martinez said that the incident began when the sheriff’s major crimes warrant division learned late Thursday that the 46-year-old fugitive — sought for violating terms of his bail release on pending felony and misdemeanor drug counts — was hiding out in the home.