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Rep. Chris Cannon: Another Gaffe Bites the Dust

Utah Representative Chris Cannon’s latest gaffe landed him on MSNBC anchorman Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person in the World list. Of course, Cannon only brought home the silver, but still – way to make Utah proud, Canny. His offense?Well, over the weekend, during an appearance of the “Fox News Sunday” program, Cannon argued that U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was forced to resign not because of political reasons, but “because he’s an idiot.” Wow. What a persuasive argument, Chris. Of course Cannon is used to making infantile, off the cuff remarks like this one – and what’s more Utahns are used to hearing about them – Has anyone forgotten how he flippantly blamed the teenage interns for the harassment perpetrated upon them by former U.S. Representative Mark Foley? No, this isn’t the first time and knowing Cannon, it won’t be the last.

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Romney’s Porno Problem

Like John Edwards and his $1200 haircut, Mitt Romney’s got himself a new non-problem problem. It seems that some “conservative groups” are miffed that Mitt hasn’t done more to nix on-demand porn from Marriott Hotel rooms. Romney, a longtime Marriott board member has of course publicly decried the perils of porno – but continues to profit from its (probably awesome) consumption in Marriott hotel rooms across the globe. Phil Burress, who is president of Citizens for Community Values gave me my hardiest laugh of the day when he told Glen Johnson of the Associate Press, “Marriott is a major pornographer. And even though he may have fought it, everyone on that board is a hypocrite for presenting themselves as family values when their hotels offer 70 different types of hardcore pornography.” First of all – are there really 70 different types of hardcore pornography? If so I need to get out – or perhaps stay in more.

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Salt Lake City Celebrates Independence Day

The Salt Lake Tribune lays out all of the ways locals can celebrate this Independence Day. As always, Sugarhouse Park will be rocking the art booths and day-long, family friendly festivities before 10 p.m. fireworks. Jordan Park is hosting an Old Fashion Fourth with carnival rides, games, music, food and fireworks. Whatever your fancy, celebrations will be taking place all over the valley.

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Skinhead Inmate Kills Officer at the U

This morning Curtis Allgier, an inmate at the Utah State Correctional facility and proclaimed white-supremacist, disarmed and killed the corrections officer guarding him during a visit to the University of Utah Hospital’s Orthopedic Center in Research Park. The officer, 60-year-old Stephen Anderson, a 22 year veteran of the force, died at the scene. After shooting Anderson, Allgier fled the scene after carjacking a blue Ford Explorer on a nearby busy road. Police chased Allgier, until he was apprehended on the opposite end of town at an Arby’s Restaurant on Redwood Rd. and 1700 South. Allgier is covered from head-to-toe in a smattering of low-quality tattoos decrying his predilection for neo-nazi iconography. Not much is known about his motives so far, but family members claim that he was not raised in a racist or violent environment. In fact, according to his sisters he was once a dedicated fan of Michael Jordan, Kirby Puckett and MC Hammer.

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Black Bear Kills Boy in Utah’s American Fork Canyon

The Associated Press is reporting today that an 11-year-old boy was attacked and killed by a black bear in Utah’s American Fork Canyon. The bear purportedly ripped through the family’s tent Sunday night, mauling and killing the young boy. Several hours later, wildlife officers found the black bear near the family’s campsite and fatally shot the animal. "Truly a tragic event. ... Events of this type are extremely rare in Utah," Jim Karpowitz, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said at a news conference. "I know of no other fatalities by a black bear in Utah," he said.

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Utah Teachers Finally Catch a Break

Utah teachers are finally getting a decent raise this year, but is it really enough? With local papers like the Deseret Morning News sporting fancy headlines like “some teachers will be getting more than a 10% hike,” some Utahns might get the false impression that the job of paying Utah teachers what their worth is done. After all a 10% hike sounds great, doesn’t it? But, that isn’t the real or whole story. Teachers in that lofty sounding category will be taking home no more than $2500 extra dollars next fiscal year. Now, remember what your teacher taught you about percentages – yep – that means these teachers are only making a whopping $25,000 per year in the first place. Now, of course $27,500 per year is better, but – it’s hardly a salary the state should be bragging about.

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Huntsman Appointed Co-Chair of WGA

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has been appointed vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association. 19 states are represented in the WGA and Huntsman is excited to lead the group into the future. “We are on the cusp of a revolution, the likes we have not seen since the jointing of the east and west by the transcontinental railway in 1869,” Huntsman told The Trib. “Utah will have a chance to participate with the whole west in harmonizing our approach to powering the future.”

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Wildfire in Tooele

A 10,000-acre fire is currently raging in Tooele County this evening. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Aragonite exit on Interstate 80 has been closed to excessive flames fueled by heavy winds. Firefighters are doing there best to maintain the fire that started around 1 p.m. in the Cedar Mountains. According to The Tribune the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman Erin Darboven confirmed that about 10 miles of undergrowth near the Dugway Proving Ground has been destroyed. The blaze is expected to be contained sometime Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday, Christopher Smart of The Tribune wrote a piece warning that the Utah was primed for an imposing wildfire season. "The stage is set" Mike Melton told The Trib. Melton who is the state fire manager for Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Washington counties continued, "The drought has put fuels at a critical point, and the bettles have created a big mess for us, I'm worried. The whole area will be prone to wildfire."

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John Edwards Makes a Whistle Stop in SLC!

When Democratic presidential candidates start making campaign stops in the Beehive state, you have to ask yourself – are pigs flying? Has hell frozen over? Well they aren’t building igloos in hell just yet, so what in the heck is John Edwards doing in Salt Lake City? According to The Salt Lake Tribune Edwards scored around $100,000 in a little over three hours at a private fundraising event at The Depot last Saturday. Not too shabby for the reddest little state in the Union.

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Utah School Board Votes not to Implement Vouchers

In a bold move, the Utah State School Board, in an emergency session voted not to implement the private school voucher law as it currently stands, going against the advice of the State Attorney General and official legal council for the board Mark Shurtleff. Shurtleff made his opinion clear from the beginning, issuing a letter to the board weeks ago where he all but threatened them to go forward with a seminal version of the bill currently under referendum and awaiting a public vote. All leaning from the Attorney General aside, the board refused to apply the earlier and sketchier voucher bill in an effort to force the issue to the public table sooner rather than later.

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