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Rebooting Utah's State Flag Isn't Working Out So Well

A replacement alternative was rejected for being too 'corporate'

(Newser) - Utah is mulling a redesign of its state flag, but so far the process has fallen under the lamentable "best-laid plans" category. Two separate bills were recently introduced to lawmakers that would pave the way for a new flag, but a House committee has already offered what KSTU calls... More »

At 91, He's Retiring. With a Perfect Record

Jack Lund was a mail carrier for 69 years

(Newser) - A Utah mail carrier is retiring with a perfect record after an incredible 69 years on the job—and attributes his longevity to the fact that he actually enjoyed it, Fox News reports. "Nobody has ever accused me of being smart, and I didn't know you had to... More »

School Drops 'Redmen' Name

Utah high school is latest to ditch Native American name

(Newser) - Sports teams will no longer be known as the "Redmen" at a southern Utah high school, becoming the latest to get rid of a Native American name deemed offensive despite opposition from some residents and a national American Indian group, the AP reports. The Iron County School Board voted... More »

Netflix's 'Bird Box' Inspires Teen, Leads to 'Predictable Result'

Pro tip: Don't drive with your eyes covered

(Newser) - In Bird Box, Netflix's hit horror flick starring Sandra Bullock, characters are forced to navigate through the movie while blindfolded so they don't catch a glimpse of monsters that have the power to kill them via that glimpse. USA Today reports on a teen in Utah who was... More »

Student Repeatedly Sought Cops' Help Before Her Killing

Investigations examine murder of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey

(Newser) - In the weeks leading up to her murder, University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey repeatedly asked campus police for help—and ended up calling 911 twice because she was frustrated by their lack of action. The 21-year-old told police she was being harassed and blackmailed by Melvin Rowland, a 37-year-old... More »

Cops: Man Takes 'Consent Form' to Meeting With Teen

Adam Dimond is arrested in Utah

(Newser) - Not brilliant: A Utah man allegedly took a homemade consent form to a rendezvous for underage sex, KSL.com reports. Adam Dimond, 31, was collared in November and charged with enticing a minor after police say showed up at a meeting for sex with a 13-year-old girl. But unwittingly he... More »

Cops Say Utah Couple Waterboarded Girl, 9

Father, stepmother charged with child abuse

(Newser) - A husband and wife in Utah are accused of a form of child abuse so cruel it is widely considered a violation of the Geneva Convention. Police say the Provo couple allegedly waterboarded a 9-year-old girl on at least three occasions, KUTV reports. The girl's father, 29-year-old Joseph Mitchell,... More »

One State Is About to Get Nation's Toughest DUI Limit

Utah is set to lower BAC limit to .05% from national standard of .08%

(Newser) - In good news for ride-sharing services, cabs, and maybe your better judgment, Utah will be ringing in the New Year with the nation's stingiest limit for blood-alcohol content. The law, which goes into effect on Dec. 30 to thwart all those who thought they might get in one last... More »

A Potluck Party Email Turned Into 'ReplyAll Gate'

'STOP THE MADNESS!!!!'

(Newser) - "STOP THE MADNESS!!!!," "dear lord," and "I want to die" were just a few of the responses to what was meant to be a routine email Friday about a seasonal potluck party in a Utah state office, per the Miami Herald . What caused the holiday... More »

Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'

(Newser) - A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also... More »

Cops: Mom Lured Ex Out of Apartment Before Murder

Chelsea Watrous Cook has been charged with killing his new girlfriend

(Newser) - Utah has never executed a woman or had a woman on death row, but that could change after Sunday night's murder in suburban Salt Lake City. Chelsea Watrous Cook, 32, has been charged with aggravated murder in the shooting of Lisa Vilate Williams, 26, and could face the death... More »

Greyhound Passenger Saves Bus: 'I Didn't Want to Die'

Driver had medical episode outside Orem, Utah

(Newser) - "I look up and it was like a video game." That's how Everette Elliott describes to KSTU what he woke up to on Friday morning on the Greyhound bus he was riding. When Elliott went to the front of the swerving bus, which was just outside Orem,... More »

He'd Find Bats on His Bed and Handle Them. Now He's Dead

Gary Giles first person to die from rabies in Utah since 1944

(Newser) - Gary Giles and his wife, Juanita, would often use their hands to catch the bats that would end up flying around inside their home in Moroni, Utah, and they never had any issues. "The bats would lick our fingers, almost like they could taste the saltiness of our fingers,... More »

Utah Mayor Killed on Deployment in Afghanistan

39-year-old Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden, killed on 4th deployment with Utah National Guard

(Newser) - The mayor of a Utah city was killed during an attack in Afghanistan while he was serving with the state's National Guard, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor died Saturday in an apparent "insider attack" in Kabul. Another US service member is being treated... More »

Insurer's Drug Plan: We'll Pay You to Go to Mexico

Workers in Utah get cash incentive to buy cheaper drugs across the border

(Newser) - It's no secret that many prescription drugs are cheaper in Mexico than in the US—stories about "medical tourism" have been around for years, like this one in Pacific Standard . Now, however, a large health insurer in Utah has employed a novel approach to take advantage of the... More »

Cops: Before He Killed Her, He Extorted $1K Over Photos

University of Utah's Lauren McCluskey reported extortion to police 9 days before her slaying

(Newser) - Lauren McCluskey's killer was a master manipulator who penned messages under various names—even posed as a police officer—in an effort to lure and extort the 21-year-old University of Utah student before her death, according to police. Nine days before she was fatally shot on campus by an... More »

The Cops Finally Got Him. Then He Met the 14-Year-Old

It's the final part of the 'Cincinnati Enquirer' serial on Cody Jackson

(Newser) - Kevin Grasha and Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer are out with the final installment of their four-part story on Cody Jackson, a young Wisconsin drop-out with no job and essentially a single skill: "luring fragile young women" he often held against their will through an extreme and manipulative... More »

She Was on the Phone With Mom, Then, 'No, No, No!'

Police say University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was killed by an ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - The University of Utah is mourning the death of a student-athlete who police say was shot to death by an ex-boyfriend—one she had recently filed a police report about. One of the most wrenching details of the case is that 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey had been on the phone with... More »

One of the World's Biggest Organisms Is in Trouble

A Utah forest of genetically identical aspen trees is dying, says new study

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it to look at it, but a forest of aspen trees in Utah qualifies as one of the biggest—certainly the heaviest at 13 million pounds—living organisms on the planet. And scientists say it's in real danger for the first time in millennia, reports... More »

Toddler Shreds $1K in Cash

Parents had saved it for college football tickets

(Newser) - Leo Belnap, a 2-year-old boy in Holladay, Utah, loves putting junk mail and other paper in the shredder that he sometimes helps his mom with. Unfortunately for his parents, some of the paper he put through it recently was green and had pictures of presidents on it. Ben and Jackee... More »

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