Prosecutors: New charges could be coming in drug-ring case

Prosecutors say at least one more person could face charges in what authorities call a multimillion-dollar opioid-drug ring based out of a suburban Salt Lake City basement. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gadd said during a hearing Thursday that new charges could be filed in the coming weeks. Authorities are also investigating whether any overdose… Continue reading Prosecutors: New charges could be coming in drug-ring case

‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ remains magical, 40 years later

Looking back 40 years, it’s clear now that Steven Spielberg’s 1977 science-fiction thriller “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” — hitting theaters this week in a remastered edition — is the Rosetta Stone for understanding everything Spielberg did after. Remarkably, the movie holds up exceedingly well, even better than its box-office rival in 1977, George… Continue reading ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ remains magical, 40 years later

Recounts coming in Salt Lake City, Sandy council races

After two weeks awaiting final election results, four city council candidates in Sandy and Salt Lake City will have their misery prolonged through a recount. Dea Theodore finished just nine votes ahead of Jim Edwards in Sandy’s District 3 race, having seen her 45-vote election night lead dwindle until, at one point in the ballot-counting,… Continue reading Recounts coming in Salt Lake City, Sandy council races

BYU football: Cougars brace to face SEC powerhouse LSU

Provo • When BYU announced in 2010 that it was leaving the Mountain West Conference and forging a path as an independent in football, athletic director Tom Holmoe said the Cougars would try to play the “best of the best” on the biggest stages possible. That certainly will happen Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as… Continue reading BYU football: Cougars brace to face SEC powerhouse LSU

Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

Chicago • Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs. A petition filed Thursday asks the FDA to ban opioid pills that, when taken as directed, would add up to a… Continue reading Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger

Voting by mail helped nearly double turnout in Salt Lake County primary, officials say

Only two of the seven counties in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District did not vote by mail in this year’s special GOP primary. And turnout there was far lower than elsewhere. “It shows again that voting by mail does what we thought it would — increase turnout,” said Mark Thomas, state elections director for Lt. Gov.… Continue reading Voting by mail helped nearly double turnout in Salt Lake County primary, officials say

Audio of 2014 shooting in Salt Lake courthouse: Four gunshots then an order to ‘drop the pen’

There is a boing sound — the kind you might make when you strike a narrow tube with a microphone on the end of it — some rustling and then someone saying, ”Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!” Then there is the sound of four gunshots.  “Don’t f–king move!” someone next says, presumably to Siale Angilau, the criminal… Continue reading Audio of 2014 shooting in Salt Lake courthouse: Four gunshots then an order to ‘drop the pen’