News Clips for March 9-11, 2019

University of Utah ski team wins second national championship in three years in dominating fashion

The University of Utah ski team is officially the best in all the land once again. The strongest squad this season in the western United States, the Utes on Saturday captured the national title at the 2019 NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe, Vermont, finishing well ahead of the second-place and host Vermont Catamounts.

National Emergency Outrage? It’s About the Pork, Stupid

Congress has offered a number of high-minded reasons for why it’s about to rebuke President Donald Trump over his national emergency declaration. It’s a dangerous precedent, said Senator Lamar Alexander. It violates the separation of powers, said Rep. Justin Amash. The president doesn’t control the money; under the Constitution Congress does, said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Guest opinion: Utah needs more qualified workers to continue economic expansion

An article in the Jan. 18 edition of The Wall Street Journal highlighted how Utah’s labor force growth is fueling economic expansion. The article mentioned, “Utah has had the fastest growing labor force of any U.S. state since January 2010.” According to the piece, Utah’s labor force has grown an average of 1.9 percent a year from 2010 through January 2018, more than triple the nation’s 0.6 percent pace. “More workers means more output, income and consumer spending. These trends, in turn, attract more employers and workers, fueling a virtuous cycle of growth.”

Title Wave Podcast, Episode 4: Utah's Title IX revision shields students' safety

Caitlin Schmidt and Ryan Finley continue the Title Wave Podcast series with the University of Utah and how the Title IX program has learned from other universities' mistakes. Plus, Schmidt and Finley discuss Utah's tactics in distributing information about resources on campus for students. The Star partnered with Solutions Journalism after Schmidt began investigating the UA’s response to a series of sexual misconduct allegations in its athletic department.


Builders, many of them, look at business growth and innovation as separate and distinct. Labor constraint, for instance, can impact business growth. However, since business growth and performance are perceived as unrelated, uncorrelated, and not cause-and-effect tied to investment in innovation, strategists focus on the wrong problem--the lack of skilled laborers entering the building workforce--rather than the one that could solve the more fundamental issue of improving construction productivity.

Murad says provinces face financial crisis due to poor state of national economy

Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that provinces face severe crisis due to poor state of national economy as federal government has thus far failed miserably to improve conditions.

Pope Francis, Russell Nelson share a hug, discuss global relief in first-ever meeting between a Latter-day Saint prophet and a Catholic pontiff

For the first time, a Catholic pope and a Latter-day Saint prophet met — faith to faith and face to face. Pope Francis and Russell M. Nelson, top leaders of separate global Christian religions, sat down together Saturday at the Vatican for a 33-minute exchange a day before the American-born faith dedicates its first temple in Rome, the cradle of Catholicism.

Filmmaker Resigns From Utah Over Alleged Abuse Apology Tape

Sterling Van Wagenen resigned as a film professor from the University of Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. He’d been on leave from Utah over the recent release of an audio recording of him allegedly admitting he molested a 13-year-old boy in 1993. Van Wagenen reportedly said he confessed that same year to police and to his lay leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that he was never criminally charged, only disfellowshipped. The university confirmed he was no longer employed there.

Exfoliation syndrome may up risk for COPD

Samuel C. Taylor, from the University of Utah School of Medicine and John Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, and colleagues used Utah Population Database-linked medical records to identify 2,943 patients with XFS, 20,589 patients with COPD, and 162 patients with both disorders. All patients were seen between 1996 and 2015.

Utah may pump $10M into research for a different kind of nuclear power

Utah lawmakers are considering a $10 million appropriation to develop a nuclear research lab that local leaders say could put the state at the forefront of a clean energy revolution and generate hundreds of new jobs in rural communities in desperate need of them.

Salt Lake volunteers pass out burritos to homeless four nights a week

Since he was 3 years old, Jorge Fierro says he dreamed of coming to America. "I was so fascinated by Americans' philanthropic mind," he remembered. "For a long time, I had the idea that I wanted to learn from Americans why they have such a philanthropic mind." Eventually, Fierro landed in Salt Lake City. When he arrived, he stayed at a rescue mission and men's shelter.

Commentary: Utah needs an enforceable hate crimes law

In 1915, Leo Frank, the Jewish manager of Atlanta’s National Pencil Company, was wrongly convicted of murder. Following a trial steeped in anti-Semitism, Frank was kidnapped from prison, driven seven hours across Georgia, and lynched in a park. The merciless mob included a former governor, as well as former and current mayors and sheriffs who posed for photos with Frank’s dangling corpse.