Scott G Winterton, Deseret News FILE - Senator Jim Dabakis speaks during a caucus meeting about the Utah Inland Port Authority as legislators gather at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City for a special session on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. SALT LAKE CITY — The 2019 Salt Lake City mayor's race is already shaping up to be a crowded one. After mulling whether to join two other candidates already lined up to challenge Mayor Jackie Biskupski next year, retiring state Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, announced Tuesday via Facebook Live his decision. "I say, 'I'm in,'" the senator said. Decision made on running for Mayor of Salt Lake City in 2019!Posted by Senator Jim Dabakis on Tuesday, December 11, 2018Dabakis, known as one the Utah Legislature's most outspoken Democrat, made his announcement while strolling in front of Rose Park Elementary School, where he said he had been "inspired" after volunteering weekly to spend time with kindergartners and fifth-graders. "I have done … [Read more...] about ‘I’m in’: Retiring state Sen. Jim Dabakis joins 2019 race for Salt Lake City mayor
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POLITICS 12/05/2018 12:01 pm ET Updated 26 minutes ago The recent beating of an 18-year-old Latino man and his father has drawn the debate over Utah's weak hate crime statute back into the spotlight. By Hayley Miller Luis Gustavo Lopez’s left cheekbone and eye socket shattered instantly as the five-foot metal pole cracked against his face ― a blow that would send him to the intensive care unit for several days. The 18-year-old college student had been working at his father’s Salt Lake City tire shop on the morning of Nov. 27 when a middle-aged man he never met allegedly approached him asking if he was Mexican and hurling slurs at him. “I’m here to kill a Mexican!” the assailant allegedly shouted. “I hate Mexicans!” He pummeled Luis and his father Jose with the makeshift weapon, eventually knocking the teenager unconscious and leaving his 51-year-old father bloody and bruised. On its face, the attack appears to be a … [Read more...] about Utah’s Hate Crime Law Is ‘Unenforceable.’ A Brutal Attack In Salt Lake City Could Change That.
1 of 14 View 14 Items Steve Griffin, Deseret News Fans watch Lamin Deen, John Baines, Ryan Letts and Tremayne Gilling, of Great Britain, as they roar past curve 12 during the four-man bobsleigh event at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation North American Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Related Links 2002 Olympic legacy remains ‘palpable’ in Utah, USOC chief says Salt Lake City to host largest international event since 2002 Olympics next year Reno-Tahoe pulls out of competition for Winter Olympics, leaving Salt Lake and Denver SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns can rest assured that their tax dollars aren't needed to pay for the proposed $1.4 billion budget for Salt Lake City to host another Winter Games, according to a leader of the bid effort, Fraser Bullock. "Here's where we have a massive disconnect," Bullock told the Deseret News and KSL editorial boards recently. "The … [Read more...] about ‘We know how to do this’: Here’s who would pick up the tab for Salt Lake City’s next Winter Games bid
Reid Cornish gathers speed during his daily, morning in-line skating performance in downtown Salt Lake City in October 2018. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)This photo taken Oct. 19, 2018, shows Reid Cornish posing for a portrait after finishing his daily, morning in-line skating performance in downtown Salt Lake City. Cornish, who has Down Syndrome, skates in the parking lot on the corner of State Street and North Temple. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)This photo taken Oct. 19, 2018, shows Reid Cornish gliding in an arc during his daily, morning in-line skating performance in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Cornish, who has Down Syndrome, skates in the parking lot on the corner of State Street and North Temple. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE CITY — On weekday mornings, Reid Cornish fills his water bottle, grabs his headphones and in-line skates and sets out. After a quick walk from his parents’ apartment in downtown Salt … [Read more...] about ‘Rollerblade King’ skates for the crowd in Salt Lake City
1 of 2 View 2 Items Steve Griffin, Deseret News Jasper, a Husky puppy, plays outside Mayor Jackie Biskupski's office at the Salt Lake City-County Building on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Biskupski welcomed several rescue animals from the Humane Society of Utah during an event to promote a proposed ordinance that would prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless the animals were obtained from an animal shelter, control agency, humane society, or nonprofit rescue organization. Related Link Utah is one of the worst states for pets. Here's why SALT LAKE CITY — If there's one thing Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council share a love for, it's animals. The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve a new city ordinance to prohibit pet stores from selling animals unless they come from shelters or rescues. "Everybody loves dogs, cats and rabbits," Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke said … [Read more...] about To protect animals as ‘family,’ Salt Lake City adopts law requiring pet stores to sell only shelter animals