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Will: Wisconsin’s action governor

MILWAUKEE — In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Gov. Scott Walker’s determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers’ unions had on Wisconsin, took over the capitol building in Madison. With chanting, screaming and singing supplemented by bullhorns, bagpipes and drum circles, their cacophony shook the building that the squalor of their occupation made malodorous. They spat on Republican legislators and urinated on Wa...

What’s next in the Swallow saga?

On Tuesday, John Swallow will return to private life, but he will remain in the public spotlight.
Still facing several investigations and a slew of allegations, Utah’s departing attorney general can count on making headlines for months to come.
Here is a look at what’s ahead for Swallow and the still-evolving scandal that has surrounded him since four days after he took office in January.

What’s next for Swallow?
The first-term Republican attorney general had a vacation planned for last week...

Utah State basketball: Aggies underwhelm BYU in second half

The team that came into halftime with the lead never came out of the locker room.
At least, that’s how it seemed as Utah State struggled in the second half against BYU Saturday night. Where was the team that had made so many shots? That had outrebounded the Cougars early? That had passed the ball so efficiently?
Coach Stew Morrill wasn’t sure. All he knew was that BYU laid out the Aggies in the second half of a 85-74 loss.
“Give them all the credit in the world,” he said. “They were the aggresso...

Hunter killed by train in Spanish Fork Canyon

A Logan man died Saturday after being struck by a train on a railroad bridge in Spanish Fork Canyon.
Stanley Lawrence “Larry” Litizzette, 56, and his son were apparently hunting in the area when the accident occurred, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
Litizzette was walking along a railroad bridge over the Price River near mile marker 219.5 on State Road 6 — about 20 miles north of Price — when he was hit by the train and thrown into the river. The son said he recovered his father...

Mexican drug cartels now make money exporting ore

Mexico City • Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country’s economy. This month, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country’s lucrative mining industry, exporting iron ore to Chinese mills.
Such large-scale illegal mining operations were long thought to be wild rumor, but federal officials confirmed they had known about the cartels’ invol...

Black Friday shoppers trample woman at Utah Wal-Mart

A mob of deal-seekers trampled a woman at a Clinton Wal-Mart on Thursday night. The woman was unhurt, and nobody was apprehended.
Clinton police Lt. Dave Valentine said store employees brought out a pallet of items — a store worker said they were tablets — and as they cut cellophane off, an estimated 200 people rushed forward to snatch the tablets. In the process, they knocked the woman over and stepped on her.
Valentine said they have six officers to assist with crowd control at the Wal-Mart un...

Shoppers wrap up Thanksgiving early to snag best bargains

West Jordan • While shoppers aren’t certain they’re entirely comfortable with the idea of big-box retailers opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, hundreds could not resist the lure of a bargain.
Jose Navaro of West Valley City may be an extreme example. He started waiting Monday to be at the front of the line at the Jordan Landing Best Buy. He spent the week lifting weights and reading books so he could get deals on two televisions and a laptop computer when the store opened Thursday night.
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Salt Lake County unveils new style in downtown’s historic theater

After a six-month intermission, a remodeled Capitol Theatre will open this week for its next act.
“She’s a grand woman,” says Shar Quinney, who only uses female pronouns to refer to the newly renamed Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre building. “I’ve been in theaters all over the world, in some of the grandest and beautiful theaters, and she holds up.”
The $6 million renovation is the first phase of a $33.4 million project that includes the construction of the adjacent Jesse E. Quinney Ballet ...

Thanksgiving domestic complaint leads to SWAT standoff

A post-Thanksgiving domestic violence call led to a SWAT standoff at a West Jordan home early Friday morning, but the armed suspect eventually surrendered without firing a shot.
UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal said the 37-year-old man was taken into custody about 5:25 a.m. after SWAT officers, unable to talk the man out after several hours of negotiations, fired tear gas into the home at 4788 W. Udine Court (6700 South), West Jordan. The suspect then emerged and was taken into custody.
Hoyal said the incid...

Sean P. Means: Thanksgiving week for filmmakers means waiting for Sundance to call

The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone — and while most people are spending this day sleeping off their tryptophan-and-football coma or elbowing fellow Black Friday shoppers for the last XBox One, one small group is marking the day quite differently.
For independent filmmakers — especially those who have submitted their work to the Sundance Film Festival — the week of Thanksgiving is also a time of decision.
This week, by tradition and the schedule, is when Sundance programmers finalize the...