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Restaurant review: Menu misses at The Annex in Sugar House

The much-awaited Annex by Epic Brewing in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood is the latest in Epic Brewing’s growing empire of award-winning, high-point beer endeavors. Given the depth and range of Epic’s beer résumé, I expected this restaurant to be nothing short of, well, epic. Sadly, it wasn’t.
For a gastropub, there are some obvious missing pieces to The Annex’s menu. To start, let’s talk about the actual organization of the menu, which is divided by Epic Brewing’s different lines of ...

New Johnny Cash album to be released next spring

Nashville, Tenn. • There’s new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash.
Cash’s estate is releasing “Out Among the Stars,” an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, then disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986. Turns out Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes — along with just about everything else that came into their possession.
“They never threw anything away,” said their son, John Carter Cash. “T...

Roofing company building goodwill

Work gloves, nails and shingles line the shoulder-height shelves of Roofers Supply.
But the shop has a cozier feel than the 25-foot shelves lining the gaping warehouses of its regional and national competitors. Customers and co-workers alike answer to nicknames. People greet each other with hugs instead of handshakes. And part of the shop is dominated by a Christmas tree surrounded by cans of food, ready to be delivered to the Utah Food Bank.
“This is a heart-driven company,” said Stephanie Pap...

U.S. stocks open lower ahead of economic reports

New York • Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as investors hold back ahead of economic reports that could influence when the Federal Reserve will start reducing its stimulus.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 72 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,937 in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,795. The Nasdaq composite fell seven points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,038.
Later Tuesday, investors will scrutinize November auto sa...

Gunman killed in first Iceland police shooting

London • Police in Iceland said Monday they shot dead a gunman — the first time armed police have killed someone in the nation.
Iceland, which has a tiny population of around 320,000, has a low crime rate and gun violence is extremely rare. Its regular police force does not carry firearms.
Haraldur Johannessen, national commissioner of the Icelandic Police, said Monday’s incident was unprecedented.
Police said officers were called to an apartment in the Reykjavik suburb of Arbaer early Monday wh...

Artist suing over Statue of Liberty stamp mix-up

LAS VEGAS • An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp could come back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service.
The “forever” stamp design released in 2011 was not based on the statue in New York Harbor, as intended, but on a replica outside the New York-New York casino hotel in Las Vegas.
Now, the sculptor who made the Lady Liberty of the Las Vegas Strip is suing the government for copyright infringement.
Attorneys for Robert Davidson argue in a suit filed last week that the Sin City...

Tests confirm norovirus as cause of Vegas outbreak

Las Vegas • An outbreak that sent about 28 people to the emergency room during a youth football tournament in Las Vegas was caused by norovirus, health officials said Monday.
Tournament spokesman Justin Gates said some 90 to 100 players, coaches and parents came down with symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea during the four-day National Youth Football Championships that ended Saturday. The stomach bug prompted tournament organizers to prohibit end-of-the-game handshakes between oppo...

Questions surround prosecutor seeking to replace Swallow

On paper, Brent Ward stacks up well among the candidates seeking to replace Utah Attorney General John Swallow, with a long record as a prosecutor including eight years as U.S. attorney for Utah.
But Ward’s pivotal role in Jeremy Johnson’s I Works saga that contributed to Swallow’s resignation — including a bold, but failed, plea deal that could have given Swallow immunity from federal charges — has some questioning if he’s the best choice to change the culture in the beleaguered attorney gener...

Trib Talk: Next steps in the Swallow saga

John Swallow may be gone as Utah’s attorney general, but he won’t be forgotten any time soon.
Swallow officially left office at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, but with ongoing investigations and allegations, the Swallow story will live on well beyond the first-term Republican’s 11 months in office.
On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Robert Gehrke and Tom Harvey join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to recap Swallow’s tenure, his last day in office, pending investigations and possibilities for his ...

Lowry: Jeff Bezos and our robot future

Jeff Bezos has seen the future of retail delivery, and it is the drone.
When the storied CEO of Amazon told “60 Minutes” that he’s working on 30-minute delivery by tiny unmanned octocopter, it prompted an instant wave of disbelief and derision. One wag on Twitter joked that Amazon would offer free shipping to all military-aged Muslim males.
Our culture is primed to celebrate the new and marvel at technological innovation — except when it comes to the drone. Then, the first reaction of many peopl...