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He never yelled, but he sure did manage
Managing editor Rick Hall, the longtime steadying influence at the Deseret News and the nicest guy we know, is retiring. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 8:09 p.m. MDT

Sports

Bairgutsman offers challenges that remind us that life is beautiful
Crazy Bob's Bairgutsman is a mountain memorial race that offers participants the chance to challenge themselves in ways few events can. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 10:10 p.m. MDT
Hill, Keeton, Booker not the best stories in Utah this year
BYU, USU and Utah all have players primed for breakout seasons in 2015 Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 11:21 a.m. MDT
Web.com Tour's top players carving up Thanksgiving Point with amazing accuracy
Best friends Patton Kizzire and Trey Mullinax carded course-record second-round 62s at Thanksgiving Point in an impressive assault on the public course hosting the Utah Championship Read more»
Friday, July 31 2015 10:54 p.m. MDT
Another drug scandal for sports
Track and field has a drug scandal on its hands; considering what we learned from the Lance Armstrong business and other drug revelations, you are naive if you think that most sports Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 7:40 p.m. MDT
Cross-training is a great help for runners
Incorporating cross-training into any running routine will make your running stronger. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 7:30 p.m. MDT
Utah's Perrins is one of the world's greatest athletes you never heard of
Northern Utah resident Chris Perrins earns a second-place finish in the women's masters division Reebok CrossFit Games in California, where many of the world's most physically fit athletes Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 10:24 p.m. MDT

Moneywise

Face the future with a detailed financial plan
Chances are you’re going to have to cut back on some stuff because you’ve chosen to take care of your mother-in-law. If you just wander along without a plan, you’re Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT
Self-confidence is key to success at work
A recent survey found that 89 percent of U.S. workers believe they deserve a raise, and 54 percent plan to ask for one this year. But when faced with the prospect of asking for an increase Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 10:33 a.m. MDT

Opinion

It's time to analyze Presidential Racing Form, third edition
Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate Read more»
Friday, Aug. 14 2015 11:17 p.m. MDT
The realities of pension reform for Utah's public sector employees
The Pension Research Council analyzed the effects of Utah's 2010 public service pension reforms. While relatively pleased with the report's objective, I'm disappointed that some use Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 6 2015 12:10 a.m. MDT
Utah prison volunteers provide a caution against a distant relocation
The 1,200 volunteers that serve in the Draper facility are a key reason — and the most persuasive one — for doing everything possible to keep a new prison as close as possible Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
Identifying proper roles of various government levels
Gov. Gary Herbert's focus as chairman of the National Governors Association is on restoring proper balance in the federal-state relationship. This comes at a time when questions are Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
A nation encrusted with unspoken federal subsidies
To understand why a whaling museum subsidy doesn't exist anymore and a mohair subsidy continues is to understand how American government functions. And why James Madison, whose flinty Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 16 2015 7:31 p.m. MDT
On Second Thought
A lighthearted look at current events. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 3 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
Remembering the summers and going to 'the park' — Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park was my wonderland. It was all any kid would want. It was the international playground where Mexicans, Greeks, Italians, blacks, Anglos, etc., showed up to play, learn how Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 10:35 p.m. MDT
Cash transfers are one way to alleviate poverty in developing countries
Worldwide, over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty. That is, they make less than $1.25 a day. The size of the problem helps us understand why governments, NGOs and even some companies Read more»
Monday, Aug. 3 2015 12:00 a.m. MDT
Planned Parenthood relying on deception to save face, funding
A tipping point may have already been reached as people recoil from that which cannot be denied. Where once many could avert our eyes from the details of abortion, the details are now Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 11:23 p.m. MDT
Wandering back into the land of 'I'm sorry,' 'I don't know' and 'I was wrong'
Blustering and pretending to know more than we do is becoming a national habit that we really ought to try to break. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 12:05 a.m. MDT
Why Joe Biden should run for president
It may be surprising Joe Biden is considering running for president. Recent news reports indicate that his advisers are reaching out to potential donors and supporters to gauge support Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 5 2015 12:05 a.m. MDT

Faith

My boyfriend won't tell me he loves me
I told him I am in love with him, but he refuses to say it back. Now I feel awkward. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 31 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT
Is religion merely outdated, failed science?
Did religion originate as a primitive form of science? Has contemporary science rendered it obsolete? The answer to both questions seems to be a clear "no." Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 6 2015 5:05 a.m. MDT
Did luck, nature or prayer prevent a forest fire?
Many years ago a friend and I nearly started a forest fire in Virginia. Or did we? Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 11 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT
Finding Living Water at the gate to Death Valley
Pahrump, Nevada, sits in the doorway to Death Valley. And the town has been known to hit 117 degrees in the shade during the summer. But right now I’m in a Pahrump parking lot Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 5 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT

Family

‘Mystery Science Theater’ episodes make their DVD debut this week
1950s delinquents, a giant spider and a ‘HARM’-ful spy are mocked by the Mystery Science Theater’ crew in episodes making their DVD debut this week. Read more»
Friday, July 31 2015 4:05 p.m. MDT
'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' is exhausting and worth it
It was exhausting. But like all quality workouts, "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" was worth it. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 6 2015 7:55 p.m. MDT
How to handle those #MomFail moments
Every mother feels like a failure at some point, but the trick is to realize our children don't dwell on our mistakes nearly as much as we do. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 11 2015 6:00 a.m. MDT
'No One is Alone' and 'Be Careful What You Wish For' are lessons from Stephen Sondheim's 'Into the Woods'
The musical "Into the Woods," playing at Hale Center Theater in Orem, is mixed with the need we all have for guidance and friendship. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 5 2015 6:28 p.m. MDT
Man goes 4 hours without a phone so that others can eat green beans
Sooner or later there comes a time when we all have to step up in an emergency and right a wrong. I did that eight times in just four hours. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 7 2015 7:25 p.m. MDT
America's greatest idea
This summer, as our family has traveled the West, we've come to appreciate, more than ever, what Wallace Stegner called America's "greatest idea." Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 12 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT
Sharing stories enriches family history experience
As the countdown to a new school year begins, I'm reminded of my own elementary school days. The good — and the not so good. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 6:25 p.m. MDT
Preschoolers can learn almost anything, but they can't learn everything
Most parents know how incredibly impressionable 3- and 4-year-olds are. They are like little sponges. They can learn almost anything they are exposed to. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 6:25 p.m. MDT