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News roundup: Visit Salt Lake, but leave if you must

Published August 22, 2014 11:28 am
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Spoof: Visit SLC, but leave if you must. Lockhart for school superintendent? Lee: Congress should approve major regulations.

Happy Friday. Salt Lake City officials have launched a new ad campaign: If you visit SLC, you can always leave if you don't like it. "The award-winning Hogle Zoo, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, the Natural History Museum of Utah - these are all places you can up and leave any moment you please," says Mayor Ralph Becker. OK, that's not a real quote, and it's not a real campaign. The Onion, a satirical news site, posted a faux story and video yesterday poking fun of Utah's capital city and it's too funny to miss. (With apologies to Scott Beck and Mayor Becker.) [TheOnion]

Topping the news: Paul Rolly says that House Speaker Becky Lockhart, long thought to be eyeing the governor's chair, may be setting her sights on being the state school superintendent. [Trib]

-> The State School Board, meanwhile, named Joel Coleman as interim superintendent, though some board members raised concerns about his qualifications. [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee wants Congress to approve of any federal regulation that impact more than $100 million of the economy, adding a check and balance to what he sees as overreach by the central government. [Trib][DNews]

Tweet of the day: From @daveweigel: "Thanks, Obama. RT @NYMag: The original Twinkies factory is closing after 84 years: http://grb.st/1oV1L01"

From @gdebenedetti: "An advantage of having VP Biden on your train out of Union Station: minimal delays."

Happy Birthday: On Saturday, to former Tribune reporter John Keahey.

In other news: Utah's Metro Narcotics Task Forces has confiscated 31 pounds of heroin since April and arrested 21 people. [Trib][Fox13]

-> Salt Lake's Metro Gang Unit captured their "Public Enemy Number One" in Ogden. [Trib][DNews][Fox13]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the talking heads telling President Barack Obama how to deal with ISIS and Iraq. [Trib]

-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss this week in politics, including their poll on same-sex marriage, Jackie Biskupski's possible run for SLC mayor and the annoying thing local TV anchors do. [UtahPolicy]

-> Bernick also takes on Sen. Jim Dabakis over his criticism of Utah Policy's polling. [UtahPolicy]

-> The future of Mulligans Golf and Games complex will be decided after a city-wide public-opinion survey. [Trib]

-> The president of the Utah County Association of Realtors, Bill Freeze, has thrown his hat into the Utah County Commissioner race as a write-in candidate. [Trib]

Nationally: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, says the road to defeating the ISIS may be a long-term effort, and the only way to win may be extending airstrikes into Syria at some point. [NYTimes][WaPost][Politico][WSJ]

-> Three of Hamas' top senior commanders were killed during an Israeli airstrike, a move considered a blow to Palestine's leadership. [WaPost][NYTimes]

-> Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the city after tension between police and residents has somewhat subsided. [NYTimes][WaPost][WSJ][LATimes]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert hosts a brunch with Utah's congressional delegation.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends the brunch to discuss public lands with the congressional delegation.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with City Council leaders and then attends the Popperton Plots Community Gardens media event.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

— Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/JespersonM






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