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'Orange Is the New Black' actress to speak at SLCC commencement

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Actress Diane Guerrero, known for her roles in “Orange Is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin,” will give the keynote address at Salt Lake Community College’s May commencement ceremony, the school announced Friday. Guerrero was named a White House ambassador for citizenship and naturalization in 2015 and is an advocate for immigration reform. Born in New Jersey and raised in Boston, Guerrero has spoken publicly about her experience remaining in the United States after her Colombian parents were... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Navajo Mountain robotics team headed to championships for first time

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The Navajo Mountain High School robotics team qualified to compete in the FIRST Robotics Championships in Houston, Texas – an accomplishment the newly formed team never anticipated. The team is looking to raise about $11,000 to travel and compete in the championship, taking place April 19-22 in Houston. The team secured their spot in the championship after winning the Rookie All Star Award at the Idaho Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 31- April 1 in Boise, Idaho. Team members from the r...

30 students quarantined after charter school with lower vaccination rate gets hit by whooping cough

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Spring break came early at Murray’s American International School of Utah, but the holiday will be full of sick days for several students and faculty members. Administrators closed the charter school Friday, ahead of a scheduled recess next week, after an outbreak of pertussis — also known as whooping cough — led to roughly 30 students being quarantined and hundreds of absences. “Understandably there are some concerned parents,” AISU operations director Kelly Casaday said, “and our absentee ra...

Mid-career teachers feel overlooked in proposed Jordan School District salary plan

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Teachers in Jordan School District got their first look this week at a proposed overhaul of educator pay, and not everyone is pleased. The Jordan teacher’s union is currently shopping the salary reform package to its members, in anticipation of a vote by the district school board later this month. The plan would pump nearly $10 million of new cash into teacher compensation. But informational meetings have reportedly generated pushback from rank-and-file educators, who worry that the focus on e...

University of Utah announces plans for varsity esports team

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The University of Utah will be the nation’s first Power Five conference program to offer a varsity esports team — student athletes competing in video and computer games just like their counterparts on the court and field. Angela Klingsieck says she doesn’t want the U.’s pioneering move into the world of esports to remain unique for long — instead she hopes that universities embrace gaming as an obvious addition to NCAA standbys like football and basketball. “I don’t think it should be odd th...

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