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Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson Sparks Controversy by Participating in Bush Protest

Rocky Anderson, who will not be seeking reelection in the November is refusing to make nice and play host to President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice during their upcoming visit to Salt Lake City on August 30. Bush is scheduled to speak at the American Legion convention and is planning his first-ever overnight stay in Utah as the President of the United States. Snubbing the president is a bold move, but one that Anderson has made before.

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Did Your Ancestors Come West?

Five billion searchable names – that’s billion, as in “gabillion” – are now online, thanks to Salt Lake City’s Ancestry.com. And for two more days, you can search the whole magilla without paying a cent. After that, it’s $155 a year. It’s a huge opportunity, especially since Ancestry just finished adding complete census records from 1790 to 1930, and it’s the only place you can search those records in detail online. Mercy! Think of it – from 1790. That’s just after the Revolutionary War. Ancestry says it took workers a combined 6.6 million hours of labor to pull off this staggering feat. They had to scan images of census documents, figure out the handwriting, then catalog each record – by hand. On a keyboard. 540 million names. Oy.

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Nice Employees Make Air Travel, Well, Nice

Flying is no fun. It's a gamble. And if you're flying out of Montana, there's a good chance you'll be on one of those tiny little planes, the ones where your carry-ons don't carry on, the ones where, if you've got a window seat, your neck's at a 20 degree "I may look inquisitive, but I'm actually doing this to avoid the ceiling" angle. Yesterday on the way out of Kalispell, I flew on a cousin of one of those tiny planes, a slightly bigger, propellerless version.

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Nate Padley’s “Crutch”

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Nate Padley's debut album, Monster of Vision (SoundCo Records) is aptly titled. It moves like whales lazily rising to the surface and diving again, and despite conveying profound regret, resignation, realization and confusion--it's one of the most focused and inspired local recordings Salt Lake has seen. Padley's exquisite compositions evoke The Flaming Lips, Nicolai Dunger and Nick Drake in that he paints with broad and abstract sonic strokes—minimalist orchestration, unconventional embellishments, simple-and-complicated words. The instrumental colors range from placid acoustic guitar, moody piano, swirling synth and organ and Wurlitzer, alto saxophone, bass and percussion, in addition to his morosely melodious voice. Have a listen to "Crutch" and enjoy Padley's monstrous vision.

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The Happies’ “Everything’s Fine, Cover Your Eyes”

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Meet The Happies. On the strength of their first album (titled, incidentally, Meet the Happies), the quintet was deemed City Weekly's Best Unsigned Local Band of 2005. But the album, which you can download in its entirety at TheHappies.net, is a sleepy little pop album that screams virgin recording. It sounds tentative, as if The Happies weren’t quite debuting but rather cautiously peering out at the local music scene from behind their semi-somber ear candy and happy appellation. It's on their newest album, If We Were Really Here, that The Happies really strut their stuff. It’s a mature, focused album fraught with songs that win your attention and affection from their introductory notes—and continue to reel you in as delightful, sublime verses and choruses fly and flutter through your core. For a taste, trying “Everything’s Fine, Cover Your Eyes." It's a soaring power-indie-pop anthem with airy vocals, subtly singing organ and guitars that walk on gilded eggshells until it’s time for them to cut in and sing out. For more (like the geek-rock via the Polyphonic Spree gem “Sun Don’t Shine" or the plaintive, wintery “Polarity") visit the band's page at MySpace.

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We’re All Suckers

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At first blush, signs like this are hilarious. Some moron signed up for a get-rich-quick "opportunity" that involves suckering other morons--er, apprentices--into the same rare prospect. Only he actually believes he's about to commit a not-so-random act of magnanimity by sharing his sage wisdom and secret to financial independence (that he acquired yestereday for a one-time payment of say, $300). Our well-intentioned idiot buys a magic marker, poster board and posts. Tongue lolling out of his mouth, carefully letters this sign. Thinking locationlocationlocation, the guy prowls the city looking for prime space and chooses the least busy, least visible corner of a T-intersection. The line baited, he sits back and waits for the money to roll in. What a dumbass, right? What serious investor finds an "apprentice" through a crude, handwritten street sign? Pitiful.

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2018 Olympics? Aw, Let’s Do Something Else

Some among us believe hosting another Olympics is a good idea: why? What did the 2002 Winter Olympics do for Utah, really? We got some tourism money, some serious TV time. The LDS Church put on a public-realtions debutante gown and flashed its pearly whites at the world. Cheap Trick and the Foo Fighters played to 150 people in a tent. We have some new winter sports venues and several Olympics-related adornments around the city. There was that juicy scandal. People made serious money on cheap shit. (And we got to laugh at the expense of the purchasers of said crap.) Are we better off now than we were four years ago? Enough that another Olympics sixteen years after the fact is a good idea?

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Did Utah Kill John Wayne? Part IV: Well, Did It?

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By Clint Wardlow, UtahGothic.com Well, Did It? Is the Beehive State responsible for John Wayne's death? Certainly its irradiated dirt may have had something to do with it. But if Utah is the killer, it has plenty of accomplices. Howard Hughes is a major suspect. R.J. Reynolds shoulders a large portion of the blame. The Atomic Energy Commission may be the main villain in all of this.

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Did Utah Kill John Wayne? Part III: Folks Start Dying

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By Clint Wardlow, UtahGothic.com Folks Start Dying Pedro Armendariz had been a familiar face to Americans for many years. He had co-starred with John Wayne in the Three Godfathers and Fort Apache. He was also a bone fide star in his native Mexico. Early in June 1963, Armendariz had finished shooting one of his most memorable roles as Karim Bey in the second James Bond movie From Russia With Love. He was guest of honor at a June 9 party given by the film producers. Nine days later, Armendariz shot himself in his bed at the UCLA Medical Center. The actor had committed suicide rather than face a protracted death from lymph cancer. Armendariz had also co-starred with John Wayne in The Conqueror.

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Beware the Garg-Eaglets

I was about to spin a nice little hyperbole about how ultra-con Eagle Forum prez Gayle Ruzicka, under cover of night, transmutes into a gargoyle-eagle (garg-eagle!) and goes hunting in downtown Salt Lake City just after last call. And how she snatches gay couples as they make their way to Village Inn for--eeeeww--coffee and then, in evitably, home to more serious evils like setting the alarm clock for 6:00 when they know they're really not getting up until 7:00. The Gayle-odactyl would, in this hyperbolic horror-fantasy I'm not gonna write, return to her nest on top of the Capitol Building (they're remodeling her Temple roost) and chew these poor coffee-loving, snooze-hitting saps like Tootsie Pops (Remember the commercial where the owl can't deal with foreplay and has to just bite right through the candy to get to the just-barely-chewy center? Like that!) and savor the intermingling flavors of their root beer flesh, chocolate souls--and cinnamon screams. Delicioussssss...

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