Utah man demands school change over mascot name sounding like ‘penises’

Farmington High School in Utah has chosen the phoenix as their mascot. A Utah man is fighting the name over the plural version of the word. Photo courtesy of Davis School District/ Twitter Nov. 15 (UPI) — A Utah parent has started a petition to change a new high school’s mascot because he thinks the plural version of phoenix sounds too much like the word "penises." "I am starting this petition on behalf [of] many concerned students and parents in our community whose children will be attending the new Farmington High School," Kyle Fraughton wrote in his change.org petition, which has amassed over 3,000 signatures. "We were horrified to hear… Read More

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Homeless hotline won’t take reports, Liberty Wells residents tell Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski

The nonemergency dispatch line Salt Lake City officials routinely urge residents to call to report concerns regarding the homeless won’t take reports over the phone, Liberty Wells residents told Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other city officials at a community forum Wednesday night. The mayor, taken aback by the reports, promised immediate action to find out why the report line, 801-799-3000, was turning away callers. “I had no idea that you were calling 799-3000 and they’re telling you they’re not taking your call. That doesn’t work for me,” she said, pledging to “create a strategy over the next 30 days to make this community safer.” Biskupski said she would speak to… Read More

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LDS Church donates $10M toward homeless housing in Salt Lake Valley

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday it’s donating $10 million toward the construction and development of housing for homeless in Salt Lake Valley. The donation will benefit the nonprofit organization Shelter the Homeless. Church officials hope the funds will help them better address housing challenges, and ultimately lead to better outcomes for homeless people in the valley. “Homelessness affects all sectors of our communities. Around the world, we join hands and hearts with dozens of partners engaged in alleviating suffering in their respective communities, and in the process, we point people towards greater self-reliance,” Bishop Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop of the church… Read More

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ASU football rewind: Takeaways, grades, personnel notes from win over Utah

WATCH THE LATEST ASU FOOTBALL VIDEOS WATCH THE LATEST ASU FOOTBALL VIDEOS WATCH THE LATEST ASU FOOTBALL VIDEOS (Photo: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports) Arizona State on Saturday posted its first conference road win in two years, defeating Utah 30-10 in Salt Lake City. The Sun Devils improved to 4-3 and 3-1 in the Pac-12. Let’s review: 3 takeaways 1. This surge is not a fluke. For the second consecutive week, Arizona State played top-level defense. Think about this: In Week 1, ASU gave up 549 yards to New Mexico State. Over the past two weeks, against Washington and Utah, the Sun Devils have allowed 495 – combined. Once upon a… Read More

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Union says Salt Lake City VA greatly understaffed

SALT LAKE CITY — For the past few years, stories of veterans having to wait for extended periods to receive medical care or mental health care have been all over the news. Some critics have blamed government bureaucracy, while others contend that the U.S. Veterans Health Administration simply doesn’t have adequate staffing to serve the men and women in need of care. On Monday, the American Federation of Government Employees — the largest federal worker union that includes 250,000 at the Department of Veterans Affairs — held a rally outside of the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center to raise awareness about ongoing issues with veterans care. The union claims… Read More

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‘Help creating hope’: Salt Lake’s one-stop shop for homeless services debuts

SALT LAKE CITY — Arya Cunningham said she’s been "stuck" at the Road Home for about seven months, ever since her family kicked her out. "It’s so difficult to get out of (shelter) once you’re there," said Cunningham, a transgender woman. "I never wanted to be homeless." The 26-year-old said she applied for housing and financial assistance right when she landed at the downtown shelter, but "seven months later, still nothing." Cunningham also struggles with multiple behavioral health issues, including anxiety, depression and ADHD, she said, making it difficult for her to hold a steady job. On top of all that, she’s had a cavity in one of her teeth… Read More

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Eviction drive in Salt Lake ahead of Under-17 World Cup

Evicted pavement dwellers at Salt Lake On Monday afternoon, Adhir Bera (65) sat on a pavement in the posh Salt Lake City area on the eastern fringes of the city, staring blankly at the remains of his shanty. Mr. Bera, a rickshaw puller, claimed that he had been living in Sector 3 of Salt Lake “for about last 40 years”. But last week, civic officials along with the police forced him to remove his shanty from the pavement. Mr. Bera is one among the “at least 10,000” slum dwellers and hawkers being evicted by the civic authorities ahead of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup to be held in Salt Lake… Read More

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Utah Jazz: The ‘other’ renovations at practice facility get rave reviews from players, coaches

| Courtesy The Zions Bank Basketball Center will be transformed into a state-of-the-art Utah Jazz Basketball Campus that will house the team’s business and basketball operations. No one is going to pull off a curtain to unveil a oversize Jazz note in the already packed parking lot in front of the Zions Bank Basketball Campus. But the less-heralded renovations at the Utah Jazz’s day-to-day practice facility in the shadow of I-15 may be just as important as the more expensive ones at the Vivint SmartHome Arena. While crews still are finishing construction on the building, the areas most frequently inhabited by players are complete, and the reviews so far are… Read More

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How to Watch: Utah State vs. Wake Forest (Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming, Odds)

Wake Forest welcomes Utah State to Winston-Salem for an out-of-conference matchup. Utah State (1-1) vs. Wake Forest (2-0) Pay No Interest Until November 2018 Plus Huge Cash Back Time: 3:00 p.m. ET (Saturday, September 16, 2017) Location: Winston-Salem, NC, BB&T Field (31,500, FieldTurf) TV: ACC Network Extra (Bill Roth (play-by-play), and Christian Ponder (color)) The game is only available through streaming options unfortunately. Online Streaming: WatchEspn Radio: Affiliates, TuneIn, Sirius Channel 83 or XM Channel 83 (Stan Cotten (play-by-play), Lary Sorenson (color), Dave Goren (sideline) on the call) Twitter: @WakeFB, @BloggerSoDear, @BSD_RaJohnston Instagram: @WakeFootball Odds: Wake Forest -11.5 (opened at -14.5), O/U of 50 (Predicting a 31-17 type game) Weather… Read More

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Residents return home after blaze that burned 3 homes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100 families forced from their homes when a wildfire swept through a hillside near Ogden earlier this week are being allowed to return home. The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2xi8AU0 ) that Weber Fire District Capt. Rick Cooper said Thursday that the 1 square mile (2.5-square-kilometer) fire that started Tuesday is now 85 percent contained. Fire officials believe the blaze was human caused but are still investigating. They declined to give a cost estimate for the damage of a fire that burned at least three homes. Michelle Anderson says she was relieved to return to her house that was barely saved by firefighters who… Read More

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