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Utah middle school takes "extra precautions" in light of social media threat

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School officials at Clayton Middle School took “extra precautions” Tuesday to ensure safety after a social media post from a former student alluded to an act of violence. “Even though we don’t think there’s going to be anything happening, we have to take every threat seriously,” said Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen. The former student had made threats of violence while enrolled at the school, Olsen said, and was later unenrolled for unrelated academic reasons. He recently ha... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

BYU research: Faithful more likely to label themselves as porn 'addicts'

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A person’s religious beliefs and attitudes toward pornography addiction are “uniquely intertwined” with the anxiety they experience from viewing explicit material, according to a new study by three Brigham Young University researchers. The study, published in March by The Journal of Sex Research, relied on data from an online survey of 686 unmarried individuals who were asked how frequently they view pornography, their religious affiliation and the self-perceived social and relationship effects...

U. Health Care interim CEO: Time to return to 'important and transformational work' after turmoil

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As A. Lorris Betz temporarily took the reins Monday as University of Utah Health Care CEO, he sent an email to U. employees assuring them he would right the ship so they can return to their “important and transformational work.” Betz came out of retirement this weekend to replace Vivian Lee — whom he hired in 2011 — after she resigned amid weeks of turmoil that began with her firing of Huntsman Cancer Institute leader Mary Beckerle. U. President David Pershing later reinstated Beckerle. “Anxie... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Huntsman education award winner an 'immovable force' who refuses to give up on her students

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Sandy • Although she’d just received a Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education on Friday, Altara Elementary teacher Joani Richardson said it was hard to see herself as one of the state’s elite educators. “That is for really great people,” Richardson said. “And I’m just an ordinary teacher.” But Richardson is far from ordinary, according to Altara Principal Nicole Svee Magann. She described Richardson as an “immovable force” who refuses to give up on her students. “They can come in not knowin...

Ogden lawyer urges WSU graduates to embrace differences

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Corporate attorney Karla Bergeson challenged graduating Weber State University students on Friday to embrace three lessons she said shaped her life and career. Never underestimate the power of hard work, Bergeson said in her commencement address. Always open the doors of opportunity and, above all, she said, diversity is power. “It’s my high honor to share this amazing occasion with you,” the Ogden native told graduates, friends and family members gathered at Ogden’s Dee Events Center. “This i... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Rift at University of Utah poses a new challenge for controversial health reformer Vivian Lee

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Edward Ashwood had led ARUP Laboratories for about two years, he said, when Vivian Lee approached him in 2011 to propose a new approach for the nonprofit enterprise tied to the University of Utah. Lee, then the new senior vice president of U. health sciences, wanted ARUP to focus on innovation — to expand its focus beyond processing lab tests for hospitals nationwide to include creating inventions and “novel medical devices,” Ashwood said. He tried and felt he was making “good progress.” But Lee...

American Preparatory Academy facing $50,000 deadline as it pushes for traffic access

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American Preparatory Academy must resolve its ongoing property dispute before Jan. 1 or pay $50,000 in easement fees, Salt Lake County records show. The charter school is involved in a lawsuit against its southern neighbor, Price Logistics Center Draper, over a narrow strip of land that separates American Preparatory Academy (APA) from 11950 South. That dispute has left APA functionally landlocked, relying on an easement with The Forest Corp. to allow vehicle traffic to and from the school. B...

BYU grads encouraged to keep an 'eternal perspective' and avoid exes, pornography

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Provo • Bountiful native Benjamin Merrill said Thursday that it felt like both forever and no time at all since his first day of classes at Brigham Young University. The genetics and biotechnology major was dressed in a cap and gown, sitting among thousands of his fellow students and their families in BYU’s Marriott Center as they waited for the start of commencement ceremonies. “I started in 2009,” he said. “It’s taken a while, but it’s been great.” The bachelor’s degree Merrill earned on Thurs...

Lindon charter high school named Utah's best by U.S. News and World Report

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The best high school in Utah is Karl G Maeser Preparatory Academy, a Lindon charter school, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report. The annual rankings showed three Utah schools earning “gold medals,” based on data from statewide tests and college preparation rates. “We are excited,” Maeser director Robyn Ellis said Tuesday. “It’s nice to see that the students’ hard work and preparation is being acknowledged.” Maeser enrolls roughly 640 students in grades seven th... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Audit dings Utah's dual-immersion program for mismanagement of federal funds

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Between 2013 and 2017, the Utah Board of Education potentially mishandled more than $1 million in federal funding for the state’s Dual Language Immersion program, according to a report released Monday by Utah State Auditor John Dougall. The funding, which Utah received through the Flagship and STARTALK grant programs, lacked adequate oversight, Dougall said, while the structure of the dual immersion program led to inappropriate compensation and payments between administrators at the state and s... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Teachers sign off on salary changes ahead of votes in Salt Lake County

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Teachers in Jordan School District will have a choice between old and new after the district school board votes on a major overhaul of its salary system Tuesday. The option for teachers to remain in the status quo was announced Friday in response to mid-career educators who say proposed salary changes would hurt their wallets over time. “We did not want teachers to feel anxious about what was going to happen,” said Janice Voorhies, president of the Jordan Board of Education. Voorhies said the...

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