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File - Former Utah Governor and GOP Presidential Primary candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., talks in during an interview Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jon Huntsman Jr. appeared Monday on MSNBC. Speaking of the Russians, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has agreed to become ambassador to Russia. If nothing else, having him so close to the source could mean we get faster election results in Utah.

A lighthearted look at news of the day.

Salt Lake County has until the end of the month to pick a winner in a contest to host an unpopular new homeless shelter against an onslaught of loud protests from everyone involved. And you thought March Madness was about basketball.

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The term "March Madness" is misleading. It implies that what we have been experiencing until now has been sane and rational. In fact, a tournament of uniformed college students competing under agreed-upon rules and universally accepted final outcomes sounds positively serene. And the best news? The Russians aren't even trying to affect the outcome.

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Speaking of the Russians, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has agreed to become ambassador to Russia. If nothing else, having him so close to the source could mean we get faster election results in Utah.

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Huntsman now has been ambassador to Singapore, China and Russia. I understand that makes you eligible for some great discounts at the Ambassador Inn.

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Last weekend was an interesting one in Salt Lake City. The first round of the NCAA Tournament was held a few blocks from ComicCon. Superheroes and mascots mingled on the streets while criminals and referees hid in the shadows.

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In Oregon last week a man stole a street sweeper and led police on a 10-mile chase. All he wanted to do was make a clean getaway.

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Last week the media finally got hold of some of President Donald Trump's old tax returns. The White House was furious. You can't just make private documents like that public without first vetting them through Julian Assange!

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Actually, Rachel Maddow was able to get Trump's tax returns by snapping photos through Kellyanne Conway's microwave oven.

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Kellyanne told an interviewer that "microwaves can turn into cameras." That may not literally be true, but they apparently can generate half-baked internet memes much faster than regular ovens. The memes still would be popping out if two kids hadn't barged into a BBC interview in South Korea and blown up cyberspace.

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Oh sure, go ahead and joke. Do you really think Vladimir Putin has one of those things just to make popcorn?

Jay Evensen is the senior editorial columnist at the Deseret News. Email him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his website, jayevensen.com.