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February 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? "Blaze, it's Sage," said the scratchy voice on the other end. "Hey everybody, shut up, it's my brother calling from the Olympics!" Blaze shouted to his friends.
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February 4, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - Two embarrassed Utah lawmakers were apologetic after a spontaneous Twitter exchange that made light of changing genders instantly went viral on social media. Among those seizing upon the exchange was an LGBT activist who decided to turn an insult into an opportunity for education. Brandie Balken, the executive director of Equality Utah, a nonprofit group advocating on behalf of gay and transgender residents in this conservative state, arranged for an impromptu meeting of legislative staffers at the state house Monday night to discuss transgender issues.
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February 4, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state's similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry. The separate legal actions are part of the growing number of court battles over what remains a sensitive issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. That ruling, hailed as a major step by gay-marriage advocates, gave federal recognition to legally married gay couples and extended to them the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
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February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
It took 20 million years of wind and water erosion to form an eye-catching, mushroom-shaped boulder in a Utah state park. Heaving the stone off its perch took a man just 10 seconds, and the action sparked international disgust. A pair of former Boy Scout leaders who said they destroyed the rock formation to protect people from being crushed by it were charged with felony mischief this week, Utah state parks officials announced. In October, David Benjamin Hall, 42, taped Glenn Tuck Taylor, 45, pushing the stone to the ground.
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January 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 33-16, Jazz 16-29 before Friday night's game. Record vs. Jazz: 1-0. Update: The Clippers will be playing just their second game at home in almost three weeks. They are 19-3 at home. The Jazz is 6-17 on the road.
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January 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers knew at some point the schedule would catch up to them, that it would test them. That moment came Thursday night when the Clippers played their Pacific Division rivals and personal nemeses, the Golden State Warriors, on the back end of a back-to-back. It didn't come as a surprise to Clippers Coach Doc Rivers that his team played mostly on empty. The Clippers had returned home early Tuesday morning from a seven-game, 11-day trip to the East Coast and played the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
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January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
"Evil ran through Utah County" when a parolee shot and killed one deputy at a stop and injured a second in a gunfight during a high-speed chase that ended in another shootout with police who killed him, the county sheriff said Friday. Sgt. Cory Wride was on patrol Thursday afternoon when he stopped to check on what appeared to be a disabled pickup truck with its emergency lights flashing, Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy said. During the encounter Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui , 27, allegedly shot Wride in the neck and head, said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
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January 18, 2014 | By Chris Foster
SALT LAKE CITY - Steve Alford is unlikely to plan a Utah family vacation any time in the near future. The UCLA coach has not enjoyed his last two visits. His final game as New Mexico's coach was the third-seeded Lobos' loss to Harvard in Salt Lake City in the NCAA tournament last spring. His return as UCLA's coach was an oh-what-might-have-been moment: a 74-69 loss to Utah on Saturday. UCLA (14-4 overall, 3-2 in Pac-12 Conference play) was flat-footed at the start. By the time the No. 25 Bruins' effort arrived at the Huntsman Center, they were buried too deep.
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January 17, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA AT UTAH When: 1 p.m PST. Where: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City. On the air: TV: Fox Sports 1; Radio: 570. Records: Bruins 14-3, 3-1 Pac-12; Utes 13-4, 2-3. Update: These are two of the top shooting teams in the nation. Utah is tied for second at 51.2% and UCLA is fourth at 50.6%. The Bruins, though, shot only 39.4% from the field in a 69-56 victory over Colorado on Thursday. Coach Steve Alford said the Bruins' tenacity got them the victory.
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January 17, 2014 | By Chris Foster
It's back to Salt Lake City for UCLA Coach Steve Alford, as his Bruins play Utah on Saturday afternoon. This was the scene of a red-faced moment for Alford … or, a Crimson-faced one. His last game as New Mexico's coach was seeing the third-seeded Lobos upset by Harvard in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Salt Lake City last spring. Within weeks, Alford was at UCLA. Alford has had success in the city as well, with intense games against Utah when the Utes were in the Mountain West Conference with New Mexico.
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