-> While businessman Rick Koerber relishes in federal charges being dropped against him, and the criticism by the judge about prosecutors' conduct, the acting U.S. attorney for Utah says the office may still appeal. [Trib]
-> The simmering dispute over whether Park City Mountain Resort will be able to fire up its lifts this winter could come to a head this week as deadlines approach. [Trib]
-> Mitt Romney took the ice bucket challenge late last week and Rep. Paul Ryan helped with the pouring after a challenge by a Utahn suffering from ALS. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @UKinUSA (the British Embassy): "Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL"
Opinion section: George Pyle discusses the major drug bust by Drug Enforcement Agency made last week, arguing that as long as there is a demand for heroin, there will be a supply no matter the methods police decide to use. [Trib]
-> Jack Gallivan Jr., Utah businessman, and Mickey Gallivan, former economic development director for the state of Utah, urge a resolution between Talisker/Vail vs. Park City Mountain resort before ski season begins so billions of dollars won't be lost by the state of Utah. [Trib]
-> Kent Hart, executive director of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and Anna Browser, public policy advocate for the ACLU of Utah, hope that under new direction, Utah's Parole Board will increase transparency. [Trib]
-> Sen. Jim Dabakis says all Utahns should be determined to protect the future of the Greater Canyonlands. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers a cartoon for all those parents helping kids on their first day of school. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses the political alliances that House Speaker Becky Lockhart will need as she switches focus in wanting to be the state's school superintendent. [Trib]
-> Rolly also notes that some Utah lawmakers are upset over criticism of the State School Board. [Trib]
-> Perry Sloan, the Delta Board Council Representative for Reservation Sales and City Ticket Offices for Delta Airlines, says Export-Import Bank gives foreign airlines an unfair advantage and is putting jobs in Salt Lake City in jeopardy. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett heralds Western Governors University for helping to provide teachers for science, technology, engineering and math, and urges Utah's other universities to welcome the school to their level. [DNews]
Weekend in review: The state school board is deciding who to appoint as the new state superintendent and House Speaker Becky Lockhart has applied for the job, despite her lack of experience in public education. [Trib][DNews][Fox13]
-> A geotechnical report from 2003 cautioned Eaglepointe of the potential landslide that eventually occurred Aug. 5, damaging a tennis club and crushing one home. [Trib]
-> Evaporation ponds in Grand County have been in operation for more than six years without proper air-quality permits, a point that has led to tons of toxic chemicals being released into the air and tainted wastewater into Utah from Colorado. [Trib]
-> An annual poverty summit in Salt Lake focused on issues facing the poor and disabled such as, healthcare, pricing and accessibility of transportation. [Trib]
-> An elderly black man has alleged that he has continuously been racially and religiously discriminated at his Salt Lake City apartment building. [Trib]
-> Police officers in Utah may be forced to wear body cameras after the increased scrutiny over the behavior of cops in other parts of the nation. [Trib]
-> Three Mormon missionaries passed away this weekend. A woman serving in Oklahoma died in an auto accident, while two male missionaries were found dead in their apartment, possibly because of carbon monoxide poisoning. [Trib][DNews][Fox13]
Nationally: After being held captive in Syria for nearly two years, an American freelance journalist is being released by a branch of Al Qaeda. [NYTimes][Examiner][WaPost][Politico][WSJ]
-> The White House will conduct a review of how the government dispenses combat weapons to local police departments and if that program should continue. [NYTimes][Examiner][LATimes]
-> Pentagon officials are attempting to gain more intelligence regarding Syria before setting foot on Syrian airspace and launching an offensive attack. [WaPost] Meanwhile, Islamic militants have captured a major air base in Syria. [WSJ]
-> A state of emergency has been declared in the San Francisco Bay area after an intense earthquake hit the city and caused a great deal of damage. [NYTimes][Politico][WSJ]
-> Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says ISIS is the United States' strongest threat since Al Qaeda struck the country on Sept. 11. [Examiner]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is in Los Angeles for a fundraiser.
Rep. Chris Stewart meets with the Deseret News Editorial Board, the Mount Nebo Water Authority, Dr. Wallace Akerley of the Huntsman Cancers Institute, and members from Citizens Climate Lobby.
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends an iVote committee meeting.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits meetings this morning and then travels to Sugarhouse for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Freebirds Restaurant. He then attends the Future of Unincorporated Salt Lake County meeting followed by a visit to the Japanese Photo Exhibition opening reception.
President Barack Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other top aides.
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