Commentary: Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.

The questions about Ramadan are always pretty much the same. First there is interest in how we observe the sacred month, which began this week. Then there is shock at how intense the requirement of fasting is: “Wait, so you fast all the way from before sunrise to sunset?” “You can’t even drink water?” “I…

Nearly 700,000 Utahns have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. Almost 700,000 Utahns have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — more than 20% of…

Nuggets’ Jamal Murray tears ACL in left knee, out indefinitely

Denver • The Denver Nuggets will be without Jamal Murray indefinitely after the dynamic point guard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The Nuggets announced the diagnosis in a statement Tuesday. It’s a big blow to a team coming off a season in which it advanced to the Western Conference finals and is…

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Utah State lights up Old Main in rainbow colors to show solidarity with LGBTQ students at BYU

It was a colorful show of solidarity. On Tuesday night, students at Utah State University grabbed flashlights and pieces of plastic film in red and yellow and green and purple. And they held them up together to illuminate the base of the iconic Old Main building on campus in the colors of the rainbow. The…

Utah Jazz are now trying to balance wins against progress against rest in season’s stretch run

For all those Utah Jazz fans who bought tickets to Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder hoping for one of those classic Georges Niang vs. Luguentz Dort scoring battles, they did not go home disappointed. Same for everyone hoping for early minutes from Ersan Ilyasova, Matt Thomas, and Jarrell Brantley. One night after…

Former police chief and officer who showed explicit photos of Lauren McCluskey seek $10M from University of Utah

Editor’s note • This story is available to Salt Lake Tribune subscribers only. Thank you for supporting local journalism. Former University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy, who received a full year’s salary and a $6,000 party when he retired amid criticism of his department’s handling of Lauren McCluskey’s case, now says he wasn’t treated…

Utah men’s basketball transfer Timmy Allen commits to Texas, new head coach Chris Beard

Chris Beard’s reshaping of his basketball roster at the University of Texas will include Timmy Allen. Allen, the University of Utah’s leading scorer, rebounder and assist man last season, has committed to the Longhorns, he announced on Instagram Tuesday evening. Twice an All-Pac-12 selection in three seasons as a Ute, Allen is the third recruit…

At online symposium, Pope Francis says religions can eradicate sexual abuse together

Vatican City • After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes — and failures — with other religious and lay institutions. At an April 8-10 online symposium with religious representatives from around the world, Pope Francis expressed his hope that together, religions can fight “this profound evil.”…

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Spencer J. Cox: Chief justice offers encouragement for monuments reform

Two weeks ago, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts offered a fascinating and unexpected commentary on the Antiquities Act, the 1906 law that allows presidents to create national monuments without congressional approval. His words startled some in the environmental community and heartened those of us who are troubled by the way presidents have abused…

Utah A.G. says statehood for Washington, D.C. is unconstitutional

The Democratic-controlled House in Congress is moving ahead with a bill that would make Washington, D.C. the 51st state. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has joined with 21 other Republican attorneys general to send a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leadership arguing making D.C. a state is unconstitutional and threatening a protracted legal…

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There is no more ‘beer to go’ at Utah restaurants and bars. Here’s why.

In the early days of the pandemic, Mark Alston, the owner of The Bayou, purchased $3,000 worth of equipment that would allow his Salt Lake City bar to bottle and sell draft beer to go. Sales of the sealed containers were brisk, he said, until last week when bars and restaurants across the state received…

The Triple Team: Jazz disappoint defensively, Mitchell reads need work in loss to Wizards

1. Jazz don’t do work on defense early NBA players are incredibly efficient when one of two things happen: 1) When they get out in transition with a head of steam 2) When they get to their spots in the half court. So when you’re defending NBA teams, you have two crucial jobs to do…

As fatigue sets in for the Utah Jazz, their defense pays the price

The Utah Jazz have played a fair amount of games this season without Mike Conley … or Joe Ingles … or Donovan Mitchell … or Jordan Clarkson. And thanks to their depth, they’ve mostly been OK. Playing their fourth game in six nights on Monday, this time without both Conley and Clarkson — well, that…

Man crashes small aircraft at Great Saltair

A man was taken to the hospital after his ultralight aircraft crashed in the Great Saltair parking lot on Monday night. Unified Police have not identified the 65-year-old man, but they said he is in critical condition. Ultralight aircraft are used for recreational purposes and typically have only one seat. Police said he was the…

A coronavirus outbreak at the Kane County jail accounts for nearly 70% of cases in the county

Nearly 30% of people who are in the Kane County jail have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the sheriff’s office. It’s the first COVID-19 outbreak at the rural county jail since the pandemic began nearly a year ago, and has contributed to higher than usual positive cases for the county as a whole.…

FCS football takes center stage: Weber State, Southern Utah and Dixie State set to open their seasons — in February

In one sense, the football programs at Weber State, Southern Utah and Dixie State are operating under normal conditions. All three are putting the finishing touches on training camp, all three are readying to open their respective seasons later this week. Film is being consumed, game plans are being installed, anticipation is building for the…

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Farhad Manjoo: The problem with electric cars is, they are still cars

I am starting to worry about the electric car. Not the thing itself; I’ve found electric vehicles to be superior to their fossil-powered predecessors in just about every important way, and although I am a car-crazy Californian, I don’t expect to buy a lung-destroying, pollution-spewing gas car ever again. But electric motors are merely a…

Letter: Trump’s cost to the U.S.

I wonder how much it will cost the taxpayers for all of Donald Trump’s 30-plus lawsuits, which are going nowhere. Then all the days at his resorts playing golf with all of the security and the cost for all of them to stay at Trump’s resort with food and drinks. I would really like to…

Native Americans critique data, surveys following election labeling them ‘something else’

Phoenix • On election night, Jodi Owings and her family watched the results reported live on television in their Oklahoma home. That’s when she noticed the wording on a CNN graphic that displayed returns by race as white, Latino, Black, “something else” and Asian. Owings, a citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, asked her…

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Condensed timeline means Utah Jazz rookies Udoka Azubuike and Elijah Hughes are ‘getting thrown right in it’

In a normal NBA offseason, the draft typically takes place in the last week of June, and training camps kick off at the beginning of October. This time around, the NBA draft took place on Nov. 18, training camp got underway with individual workouts on Dec. 1, and the Utah Jazz kicked off team practices…

Thanksgiving + coronavirus = long lines at Utah liquor stores

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest sales day of the year at Utah’s state-run liquor stores, as last-minute shoppers pickup wine and spirits for the holiday. Officials from the Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control were expecting lines to be especially long this year, because the number of customers allowed in each…

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