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  • UT: Scofflaw City Agrees to Follow Gun Law

    08/30/2014 6:35:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Utah municipality of Sandy City has agreed to stop violating state law.   The city had passed ordinances that were  clearly in violation of state law.    Nearly all states control what power is granted to cities.   State power is granted by the Constitution, and constrained by it, as is federal power. Most states have reserved the power to regulate guns to the state level, so that there will be uniform gun laws throughout the state.   Utah is one of the vast majority of states that have a preemption law that does this. The Second Amendment Foundation has been looking...
  • Scandals, Political Feud Bring Down UT-Austin President

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-11-14 | Blake Neff
    Bill Powers, the president of the University of Texas-Austin, has announced that he will step down from his post in June 2015. The announcement brings to a close a power struggle that has shaken the state in the past week, signalling the twilight of the eight-year reign of one of the most powerful figures in higher education. The outcome is a compromise between Powers and University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, who had demanded that Powers depart by October or else find himself fired at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting. By serving for another year, Powers will be able to...
  • UT: "Domestic Violence" Nightmare ends for Clark Aposhian

    06/28/2014 1:56:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a 13 month long legal battle that took significant emotional, mental, and financial resources, Clark Aposhian, the outspoken second amendment supporter and lobbyist from Utah, has finally put to rest the last of the legal barrage filed against him by his former wife and her husband. I wrote of this case four months ago, when a judge refused to grant a protective order against Aposhian.   At the time, it seemed certain that the prominent constitutional rights advocate would have the domestic violence charges against him dropped.    On Monday, the last of the charges was laid to rest when...
  • Navy Seal Commander Tells Students To Make Their Beds Every Morning If They Want To Change The World

    05/21/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | 21 May 2014 | Peter Jacobs
    U.S. Navy Admiral and University of Texas, Austin, alumnus Bill McRaven returned to his alma mater last week to give seniors 10 lessons from basic SEAL training when he spoke at the school’s commencement. McRaven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command who organised the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, stressed the importance of making your bed every morning, taking on obstacles head first, and realising that its OK to be a “sugar cookie.” All of his lessons were supported by personal stories from McRaven’s many years as a Navy Seal. “While these lessons were learned during my...
  • Lone Star Lunacy

    04/30/2014 7:55:17 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 04/30/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Why do state universities have boards of trustees? In Texas, where the rather grandiose flagship university system styles its trustees “regents,” the governor appoints representatives to the universities’ governing boards in order to ensure that state resources are being stewarded responsibly. Governor Rick Perry has been more aggressive than most in seeking to reform his state’s higher-education system, from innovations such as his $10,000 degree challenge to such old-fashioned bugaboos as efficiency and institutional honesty. One of the regents he appointed, Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, pursued the latter energetically, and what he helped to uncover was disturbing: The dean of...
  • UT: Legislature says: Open Carry is not Disorderly Conduct

    03/14/2014 9:20:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There has been an ongoing debate in the Utah legislature about the open carry of firearms.   Some people have been arrested for openly carrying holstered firearms.  Open carry is legal in Utah.  The charge has been, as it was in Wisconsin five years ago, "Disorderly Conduct". Disorderly conduct tends to be a catchall phrase that is used to crack down on conduct that is not illegal, but that the police disapprove of.  Being arrested can be a significant punishment.   The Wisconsin AG eventually ruled that openly carrying a firearm is *not* disorderly conduct by itself.   Police departments paid out...
  • Off-duty UT officer kills suspected burglar

    02/16/2014 11:52:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 10 February, 2014 | James Pinkerton |
    <p>An off-duty University of Texas police officer shot and killed an intruder he struggled with Monday in a Houston apartment complex, police said.</p> <p>The officer, who was not identified, was working an off-duty security job at the Arcadian Apartments at 7550 Kirby when management called him to investigate a report of a break-in about 1:35 p.m. at one of the apartments, Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.</p>
  • All’s Farrah In Love

    02/05/2014 1:29:06 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | 2-4-14 | Skip Hollandsworth
    Four years after Farrah Fawcett’s death, her alma mater and her former partner, Ryan O’Neal, went to court over an Andy Warhol painting of the blond pop icon. In December a jury settled the case, but it had no hope of deciding on the question at the heart of the dispute: Whom did Farrah really love? It was a Monday morning in mid-December at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the day of closing arguments in the matter of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System v. Ryan O’Neal, and the show was just minutes from getting...
  • UT:Second Amendment Supporter Finally Prevails in Legal Fight Over Protective Order

    02/04/2014 1:30:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Clark Aposhian stands with his arm on his truck Clark Aposhian, an outspoken second amendment supporter, was arrested  on domestic violence charges on May 27th, 2013.   At the time, I thought it was likely a false accusation.  As a prominent constitutional rights activist who ran a business teaching concealed carry courses, in the middle of a divorce, Aposhian was clearly at risk of being hit with a domestic violence restraining order.  Such an order would take away his second amendment rights for an indeterminate period, and divert enormous time, resources and energy away from his political battles, right when...
  • Disorderly conduct bill expected to return at Utah Legislature (open carry)

    01/05/2014 2:03:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 2 January, 2014 | Antone Clark
    The image of a man openly carrying an assault rifle in a Riverdale store last year will spark renewed discussion of disorderly conduct and how it applies to Second Amendment rights in the upcoming legislative session. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton and Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, are both running separate bills to define the ability of law enforcement to charge a person openly carrying a weapon in public places with disorderly conduct. Both were co-sponsors of legislation that cleared the House in 2013, but died when compromise language raised opposition to the measure. For Ray, this is the third consecutive session...
  • Dispelling Myths: The Case for Immigration Reform [Enjoy your made-in-America ZOT, troll]

    12/27/2013 11:24:17 AM PST · by honestabe010 · 6,559 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | 12/27/2013 | Brian Woodward
    In his press conference on December 20th, President Obama urged the House of Representatives to support the Senate’s immigration bill, which passed 68-32 in late June. Among the concerns cited by Americans who oppose reform are that immigrants will take their jobs, drive down wages, increase criminal activity, burden the welfare system, and reshape the cultural dynamic of the country. These concerns are mostly ill-founded. The legitimate concerns have real solutions, and a more open immigration policy will be a net benefit for all Americans... Highlights from Article: - A 2013 study by the American Action Forum states that "immigration...
  • Nativity scene at UT features gay couple ( Texas )

    12/05/2006 6:13:16 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 2,331+ views
    KVUE News ^ | December 5, 2006 | CLARA TUMA
    An unusual Nativity scene is drawing some curious looks from passers by on the UT campus. The scene features a gay couple, Gary and Joseph, instead of Mary and Joseph, a terrorist as an angel and Lenin, Stalin and Marx as the three wise men. The scene is built by the Young Conservatives of Texas, who say what they're calling an "ACLU nativity scene" includes positions taken by the American Civil Liberties Union. "The idea is to bring attention to the ACLU and also to bring attention to the issue of taking down nativity scenes during the christmas season or...
  • UT student groups plans “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event

    11/18/2013 12:02:59 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies ^ | November 18, 2013 | David Rauf
    <p>AUSTIN — A conservative student group at the University of Texas is organizing a controversial event this week in which students will be rewarded with $25 gift cards to “catch” volunteers posing as illegal immigrants.</p> <p>The UT chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas, which caused a stir in September by holding an affirmative action bake sale, said it will host an event called “Catch an Illegal Immigrant.” It’s scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the school’s West Mall.</p>
  • UT:Burglar Disarms Hownowner, then runs

    08/14/2013 7:45:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A rare event, but it does happen.  It seems more common for a citizen to disarm an attacker, and to use their firearm against them.  Criminals face legal sanctions, while the law protects homeowners defending themselves.  From KEARNS — A homeowner confronted a burglar Tuesday and fired a shot at him, but the burglar took away his weapon and ran off, police say. (snip) "The suspect tries to get up and leave, the homeowner tells him, 'No.' They get into an altercation," Richardson said. A fight ensued with the homeowner ending up on his back and the alleged...
  • UT:Gun advocates plan 5k run

    06/28/2013 5:18:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 26 June, 2013 | Kim Johnson
    SPANISH FORK (ABC4 News) - Gun enthusiasts in Utah are lacing up their running shoes. It's all for a 5k showing their support for the Second Amendment. And they'll be running with their guns From handguns to assault rifles, Utahns wanting to exercise their right to carry firearms in plain view now have another place to do it. On a 3.1 mile course mapped out in Spanish Fork. It's called open carry. In Utah, it's legal to openly carry a gun without a permit as long as the owner isn't a felon and the gun is two actions away from...
  • UT:Aposhian facing fourth charge after alleged domestic violence

    05/30/2013 8:22:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 29 May, 2013 | Mark Green and Scott McKane
    SALT LAKE CITY — A well-known Utah gun rights advocate was booked into jail on three charges Monday, and on Wednesday police added a fourth charge.Clark Aposhian was arrested and charged following an incident outside the home of his ex-wife, and the most recent charge to be added is domestic violence in the presence of a child.Sgt. Mark Askerlund, Cottonwood Heights Police Department, described the allegations against Aposhian.“In this particular case it’s alleged Mr. Aposhian threatened to bury his ex-wife and her new husband or boyfriend, so that’s a threat.” (snip) Aposhian’s attorney, Mitch Vilos, issued a statement that said...
  • Concealed Carry Permit Holder Uses Gun to Stop Stabbings

    04/27/2013 3:13:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    godfather politics ^ | 4-27-13 | dave jolly
    On Thursday, 34 year old Vietnamese man named Kiet Than Ly entered a Smith’s store in Salt Lake City, Utah. He purchased a knife and started to leave the store. As he reached the parking lot, he pulled out the knife and began stabbing other customers and shouting: “You killed my people! You killed my people!” One person was stabbed in the stomach and another was stabbed in the head and arms as they tried to defend themselves. As Ly looked for a third victim, a 47 year old man with a conceal carry permit saw what was happening. He...
  • 12 GOP senators back Rand Paul on gun-control filibuster

    04/06/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 93 replies
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan. The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) first wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late last month to warn him of their intention to try to tie up the Senate if, as planned, Reid moved forward with legislation that would expand background checks and attempt to crack down on interstate gun trafficking. Reid is expected to bring a gun-control bill to the floor as early as next...
  • Utah governor vetoes bill to carry concealed gun

    03/23/2013 9:17:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies ^ | 22 March, 2013 | AP
    The governor said Friday he had vetoed a bill that would have allowed Utah residents to carry a hidden, unloaded gun without a permit. It was one of the most hotly contested measures to come out of the Utah Legislature this year.
  • Showdown looms between gov, legislators over 'constitutional carry'

    03/14/2013 7:28:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 March, 2013 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — A showdown between Gov. Gary Herbert and state lawmakers could be coming now that the Utah Legislature has passed a so-called "constitutional carry" gun law. The Senate passed HB76 Wednesday by a vote of 22-7, with all five Democrats and two Republicans voting against it. Although Herbert has stopped short of saying he would veto HB76, he reiterated several times that Utah's gun laws aren't broken and don't need changing. But should he reject the bill, the Legislature could override his veto with a two-thirds majority vote. The measure passed by more than a two-thirds majority...
  • UT:Groups ask governor to veto bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried without permit

    03/12/2013 10:00:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 11 March, 2013 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert was asked Monday to veto a bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit. In a letter delivered to the governor's office, the recently formed Utah Parents Against Gun Violence and six other groups warned HB76 "is not only a giant step backward, it will also increase the unnecessarily high rate of homicide, suicide and domestic violence." The bill, which has passed the House and is expected to be heard by the Senate Tuesday, would allow gun owners wanting to cover up their weapons to bypass the permit process,...
  • UT:Layton homeowner shoots at burglary suspect (video)

    02/02/2013 4:07:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Scott Schwebke
    LAYTON — A burglary suspect who was fired upon by a homeowner has been taken into custody by police in Layton. The suspect was identified as Robert Santos Cruz, 47, of the Salt Lake City area, said Lt. Shawn Horton. The incident happened around 4 p.m. at a home at 2536 E. Gentile, near Valley View Golf Course. Neighbors identified the homeowner as Clare Niederhauser. Around 4 p.m., the homeowner came home and saw a green four-door vehicle parked in front of the house. The driver was a woman, and there was an older male passenger. The driver began honking...
  • Home : News : SLC Utah Sheriffs send open letter to President on gun control

    01/24/2013 3:29:30 PM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 21 January, 2013 | Marcos Ortiz
    HEBER CITY Utah (ABC 4 News) - Utah's sheriffs are prepared to take on the president when it comes to guns. Last week they sent him a letter stating they would not enforce any new gun laws they believe are unconstitional. "We are prepared to trade our lives in defense of the constitution of the United States," says Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds. 28 of Utah's 29 sheriffs signed off on the letter. Edmunds says it's meant as a preemptive strike in case the president enacts tougher gun laws like limiting assault rifles or restricting the amount of ammo in...
  • Small Utah town makes gun in every home a top priority

    01/10/2013 7:50:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 9 January, 2013 | AP
    Officials in a small Utah town want to make sure every head of household has a firearm and knows how to use it, and they want to give school teachers training with guns too.
  • UT pastor keeps potential burglar at bay with gun

    12/19/2012 12:40:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 19 December, 2012 | NA
    An Orem pastor who held an intoxicated man at bay with a gun says the man is welcome to get help at his church anytime. Robert Brooks says he woke up Friday to the sound of someone banging on the doors of Victory Baptist Church. Brooks lives in the basement of the building with his wife and children. Brooks says he could tell the man outside was drunk, so he announced he had a gun and pointed its laser sights at him until police arrived.
  • Would more teachers with guns make schools safer?

    12/19/2012 7:31:39 AM PST · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 12-19-2012 | Andrew Adams
    SALT LAKE CITY — More guns in the hands of teachers and administrators could effectively make schools safer and better prepared for active shooters, a Utah gun instructor said. It's in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children and six workers dead. It's also as state school districts are reviewing their security policies and lawmakers are expressing interest in revisiting state gun laws. "Just one person with one firearm and perhaps one round of ammunition could have changed the entire outcome of Sandy Hook Elementary," said Clark Aposhian, chair of the Utah...
  • Review of UT Fracking Study Finds Failure to Disclose Conflict of Interest (Updated)

    The long-awaited review of a controversial study on the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” was released today, and it finds numerous errors and flaws with how the study was conducted and released, as well as University of Texas policies for disclosing conflicts of interest. The head author of the study, Dr. Charles “Chip” Groat, has retired in the wake of the controversy, and the head of the Energy Institute that released it, Dr. Raymond Orbach, has resigned as head of the Institute, the University announced today. The original report by UT Austin’s Energy Institute, ‘Fact-Based Regulation for...
  • 1 shot after man attempts to intervene in couple's argument, police say(UT)

    12/08/2012 5:10:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 8 December, 2012 | David Self Newlin
    WEST JORDAN — What appeared to be a fight between a couple turned into a much more serious shooting after an armed neighbor apparently tried to intervene. Police say a they were called to the shooting at about 1 a.m. A man was arguing with his girlfriend in a car just outside the Woodgate apartment complex at 3581 W. Cobble Ridge Drive. As the argument got more heated, a man walking his dog passed by, saw the argument, and asked the female if she needed help, according to West Jordan officer J.C. Holt. An ensuing argument between the two men...
  • An American Oil Find That Holds More Than All of OPEC [UT,CO]

    11/13/2012 1:31:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    ABC ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | By ALAN FARNHAM
    Drillers in Utah and Colorado are poking into a massive shale deposit trying to find a way to unlock oil reserves that are so vast they would swamp OPEC. A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that if half of the oil bound up in the rock of the Green River Formation could be recovered it would be "equal to the entire world's proven oil reserves." Both the GAO and private industry estimate the amount of oil recoverable to be 3 trillion barrels. "In the past 100 years — in all of human history -- we have...
  • 1 man in hospital, 2 at large after homeowner fires at intruders(UT)

    11/01/2012 4:03:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 30 October, 2012 | Benjamin Wood
    SALT LAKE CITY — Two men are at large and third was hospitalized Tuesday after a homeowner fired a handgun at home invaders, police said. The incident took place about 3:20 p.m. at 2303 S. Green St., Salt Lake City police detective Dennis McGowan said. According to witnesses, a man, woman and child were inside the home when the man opened the door for an acquaintance. When he did, three adult men rushed inside the home, one of them armed with a gun, McGowan said. The man then grabbed a handgun and fired multiple rounds at the suspects,
  • POLL: Do you think applying affirmative action to universities' admission policies violates rights?

    10/10/2012 7:14:04 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 47 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 10-9-2012 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Poll asks Today, the Supreme Court is questioning the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions. Do you think applying affirmative action to universities' admission policies violates the rights of white applicants? Yes or No
  • Supreme Court to take up UT admission case [may strike down racial and ethnic considerations)

    10/08/2012 8:01:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 8, 2012 | Mike Tolsen
    In the fall of 2008, the University of Texas enrolled 10,335 minority students, not including Asian-Americans. As far as Abigail Fisher was concerned, that was one too many. Fisher had made good grades in high school - a 3.59 average on a 4.0 scale - posted a score of 1180 on the SAT test and finished as number 82 in a graduating class of 674 at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land. She figured that was good enough. Then came those dreadful words: "We regret to inform you ..." Fisher was heartbroken. Her dad went to Texas, and...
  • University of Tennessee student denies 'butt chugging' reports, claiming he's a Christian...

    10/03/2012 2:55:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/3/12 | By Erik Ortiz AND Anthony Bartkewicz
    There’s no butts about it. A University of Tennessee student who allegedly binged on alcohol by “butt chugging” denied that he was hospitalized for the dangerous activity, claiming he’d never do such a thing because it would violate “God’s law.” In a rambling written statement, 20-year-old Alexander (Xander) Broughton said, “I am a Christian who would never desecrate my body in that manner.” “That manner” would be consuming alcohol through a rubber tube inserted into his rectum. Broughton, of Memphis, was taken to a Knoxville hospital Sept. 22 with a blood-alcohol level at a life-threatening .40, according to reports. The...
  • Gunman dies from gunshot wounds(UT)

    09/23/2012 5:52:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 21 September, 2012 | Andrew Wittenberg
    KAYSVILLE — A suspected gunman has died from gunshot wounds after a shooting that left another man in critical condition. Just before 2:30 p.m. Friday, a gunman at Francis Peak Apartments, located at 600 West Mutton Hollow Road in Kaysville, shot 51-year-old maintenance manager Steve Bailey multiple times, "emptying the clip" and critically wounding him. Witnesses report that Bailey witnessed a domestic dispute between a man and woman in a common area of the apartment complex and tried to intervene when the man shot Bailey at close range. Police report that an armed witness shot at the gunman, but it...
  • Utah fine-tunes open carry law

    09/22/2012 3:37:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 21 September, 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Carrying a holstered gun or toting a rifle would not be grounds for a disorderly conduct or other criminal charges under a proposed law Utah legislators are again considering. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, introduced his latest version of the bill to the Judiciary Interim Committee on Wednesday but said he still needs to make some changes so it "reads a little bit better." "Last year, there was a lot of wrangling over wording," he said. The House passed Ray's bill during the 2012 Legislature, but it died in the Senate. Since then, Ray said he...
  • OMG! They’re Using Targets! Human Shaped Targets! OMG!

    09/20/2012 10:28:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 20 September, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    Gun-friendly Utah is surprisingly queasy when it comes to the kinds of paper targets shooters are allowed to use on state-owned ranges. Well, one state agency is, anyway. Now a Beehive State legislator wants to know why. “’The range belongs to the people,’ Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, said. ‘We need to make sure that people are not restricted in their use because of an overstep of authority.’” Or an overabundance of political correctness . . . It is not against state law for human form targets to be used inside the gun-friendly Beehive State, but Utah’s Division of Wildlife...
  • Breaking- UT Austin evacuated due to campus threats

    09/14/2012 8:19:56 AM PDT · by mnehring · 36 replies
    AUSTIN — The University of Texas at Austin is being evacuated due to a threat on campus. The emergency alert issued to students and staff says: "Evacuation due to threats on campus. Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible. More information to come."Click here for a link to the alert on the UT Austin website.
  • ‘Gay’-Activist Science Deniers Seek To Destroy Researchers Who Objectively Study LGBT Issues

    09/04/2012 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 6 replies
    CNS news ^ | 9/4/12 | Matt Barber
    Woe to any scientist with an interest in objectively researching and reporting on “LGBT”-related issues. If your findings fail the left’s socio-political “butterflies-and-rainbows” litmus test, the “progressive” establishment will try to destroy you – guaranteed. Thus, on these matters, honest scientific inquiry will require courage. Kansas State University, July 2010: Family Studies professor Dr. Walter Schumm releases the most comprehensive study to date on the effects of homosexual “parenting.” Published in the Journal of Biosocial Science, the study determined, among other things: Children raised in “gay” households are up to 12 times more likely to self-identify as “gay”; Of those...
  • Prosecutor: Sandy apartment shooting self-defense(UT)

    09/04/2012 5:19:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 3 September,2012 | AP
    SANDY, Utah (AP) — Salt Lake County's top prosecutor says a 35-year-old man who shot and killed an intruder at a Sandy apartment was justified in using deadly force. Priest Jemelle Mitchell is being cleared in shooting of 41-year-old Brendon Saunders at the Windmill Cove Apartments on June 30.
  • University upholds study finding children do better with straight parents than homosexuals

    08/31/2012 8:10:32 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 32 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Aug 31 2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    AUSTIN, TX, August 30, 2012, ( - A Texas university has determined that “no formal investigation is warranted” against a professor who published a rigorous study this summer finding that children of heterosexual parents fare better in many respects than children of homosexual parents. The University of Texas at Austin announced this week it would not pursue allegations against associate sociology professor Mark Regnerus an article published in the journal Social Science Research in July. The announcement came in response to LGBT activist and blog author Scott Rosensweig, who had accused Regnerus of crafting a study “designed so as to...
  • States look into undocumented immigrants becoming lawyers

    08/28/2012 11:32:22 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 33 replies
    KSL.COM ^ | August 28th, 2012 | Mary Richards
    SALT LAKE CITY — Some have raised the question of whether college students who are here illegally could go to law school, and eventually become lawyers, or even judges. Some states are looking into whether the requirements should be changed to become a lawyer, to allow more students who are here without documentation to start the process.
  • Man accused of sexually assaulting, kidnapping teen neighbor

    06/27/2012 3:28:31 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    KSL.Com ^ | June 27th, 2012 | Julian Reyes
    WEST VALLEY CITY — A West Valley man was charged Tuesday with kidnapping and sexually assaulting his 14-year-old neighbor. The girl told police she heard a noise at her door on June 23 and went outside to investigate. There, she discovered her neighbor, Antonio Jose Perez, 28. She tried to go back inside her apartment when Perez grabbed her, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court. Perez tried to take the teen to his nearby apartment and groped and sexually assaulted her as she tried to break free from him, the charges state.
  • Blaming shooters for forest fires may not pass smell test(UT)

    06/27/2012 5:04:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Authorities in Utah have suggested that recreational shooters have caused at least 19 fires in the Beehive State so far this year – a notion that has caused quite a discussion on a popular Northwest hiking forum – and the real fire season hasn’t even started. Coincidentally, this assertion comes within days of a fire ignited near Belfair by a couple of shooters who somehow managed to hit, with an alleged ricochet, a cargo container filled with fireworks, as reported by Seattle’s KOMO, the ABC affiliate. One can suppose that it just might be possible for a bullet glancing off...
  • Rep. Jim Matheson intends to vote in favor of holding A.G. in contempt(D-Utah)

    06/26/2012 5:35:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Matheson said Tuesday he intends to vote in favor of holding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress regarding a government operation gone wrong. Utahns expect and deserve transparency and accountability from government officials, especially when a tragedy such as the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent occurs, he said. The tragedy, he said, is compounded when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. "Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable," Matheson said. In an operation known as “Fast...
  • Disarming my fear(UT)

    06/13/2012 5:20:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 12 June, 2012 | Amy Roberts
    Of all the amendments to the Constitution, I used to think the Second Amendment was my least favorite. It just did nothing for me. Quite obviously, I very much enjoy my freedom of speech, and of the press. Though there are some Sunday mornings I curse the 21st Amendment, I'm generally content with a nice glass of wine. And of course, number 19, allowing those of us with a uterus to vote, I find of particular importance. But the Second Amendment, the one ensuring us the right to bear arms, I was never entirely sold on. Mostly this is because...
  • UT student gets hit by a bus, then walks away (Warning: Video)

    An 18-year-old walked away with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a bus near the University of Texas at Austin. KXAN in Austin reports that Cyril Yannick “Nick” Engmann, 18, of Rockwall, was joining other students in “Foam Sword Friday,” an end-of-the-semester tradition, when he ran onto the street just as a bus was driving by. Shocked onlookers, who, like Engmann, were waving foam swords, watched as he was knocked several feet in front of the bus. He then walked away from the crash, but was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out....
  • First hurdle cleared to allow men, women to live together in UT dorm rooms (Austin, TX)

    05/01/2012 9:40:15 PM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies ^ | May 1, 2012 | Shelton Green
    “It's not as bifurcated as male and female, again it will depend on how you define gender inclusive or gender neutral communities, so again we're too early in the process to say what it's going to look like or how we will define it,” said Hemlata Jhaveri, director of Residence Law at UT. According to Jhaveri, the discussion to allow men and women to co-habitate in the same campus dorm rooms began early this spring when a campus group called STANDOUT, advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender student rights, approached the Residence Hall Association with the request.
  • Man uses concealed weapon to stop stabbing spree, police say he likely saved lives(UT)

    04/28/2012 12:46:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Noah Bond
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Kiet Thanh Ly is accused of a stabbing spree at a downtown Salt Lake City supermarket. The stabbing happened at the 400 South 600 East Smith's location April 26 at about 5:30 p.m. where the stabbings sent customers running for safety. Police say Ly, who is 33-years-old, bought the knife at the store then stabbed two men in the parking lot and tried to stab others. Police say Ly did not know his victims. The hero of the hour is a man with a concealed weapons permit. He held Ly at gunpoint until...
  • Man With Concealed Carry Permit Stops Attacker

    04/28/2012 11:10:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Warren Beatty
    Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens can be used to save lives. On Thursday, April 26, 2012, we got more proof. An attacker bought the knife inside a local market in Salt Lake City, UT, then stabbed one man in the side of the head and another person in the stomach. The attack took place in the market parking lot. A bystander with a concealed carry permit witnessed the attack and stepped in to keep it from escalating. The bystander was suspicious of what might be going on, and when he saw the stabbing, he just drew his pistol...
  • Mia Love: black, conservative, Mormon, GOP House candidate from Utah

    04/25/2012 6:42:06 AM PDT · by An American! · 43 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 4/24/2012 | Chris Moody
    Amid the crowded field of House candidates across the country in 2012, expect to hear a lot about Mia Love, a Republican who is an African American and a Mormon and who on Saturday defeated a handful of rivals to clinch the party nomination in the campaign for Utah's fourth congressional district. Love is preparing to face incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson. Victory in November would make her the first black Republican congresswoman in history. A Brooklyn-born Mormon convert, Love is a marathon-running mother of three and the daughter of Haitian immigrants who came to the United States with $10...