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Aggies Elevated: welcome to college, everyone
With the start today of its 126th school year, Utah State University introduces a new program aimed at helping the intellectually disabled enjoy a mainstream college experience. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 25 2014 7:18 p.m. MDT

Sports

Shop talk isn't a problem for Ute assistant coach Sharrieff Shah Sr. and family
Football is a 24-7 proposition for the sports-oriented family of former Ute player Sharrieff Shah Sr. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, UConn coach Bob Diaco share same approach to shaping athletes
Bronco Mendenhall has never met former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, but the two men take many of the same approaches to building up players on and off the field. The Read more»
Monday, Aug. 25 2014 6:30 p.m. MDT
After weeks of cricket and darts, it's nice to follow American sports again
After being in England for a few weeks, Mike Sorensen is happy to be watching American sports like football, baseball and, of course, beach volleyball. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 7:25 p.m. MDT
Any coach's secret to success — better players
"You know, we're a lot smarter when we've got better players," a wise high school coach told me this past week, only half-joking. Indeed, any coach in America will attest that, without Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:11 p.m. MDT
2013-14 ski/snowboard season the 3rd-best in Utah state history
Even after a slow start, Utah's skier/snowboarder total for the 2013-14 season was the third-best on record. In question, however, is the future of Park City Mountain Resort. A judge Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 10:30 a.m. MDT

Moneywise

Government unlikely to take away investments
I think there’s less than a 1 percent chance they’d seize the actual assets. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Survey: Office etiquette has impact on advancement
All office workers deal with co-workers' bad manners at some point. But a new survey says good workplace etiquette could improve opportunities for advancement. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 8:30 a.m. MDT

Opinion

The role of a great power — Stopping the worst people on earth
"People like this ultimately fail," Barack Obama said of Foley's murderers. Perhaps. But "ultimately" can be a long way — and thousands of dead — away. The role of a great Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 10:10 p.m. MDT
Running to remember those who fell in Guatemala
Six years ago this Sunday, my work colleagues from Focus Services and I boarded a single engine airplane in Guatemala City to fly to a tiny airfield in northeast Guatemala. Ten people, Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
When did Missouri turn into North Korea?
When did Missouri turn into North Korea? If you're not alarmed and disturbed by the treatment of the press in Ferguson, Mo., the last couple of weeks, you should be. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 7:00 a.m. MDT
Same-sex marriage survey results raise questions
A new poll shows 61 percent of Utah likely voters oppose same-sex marriage, 58 percent believe the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down Utah's gay/lesbian marriage prohibition, and nearly Read more»
Monday, Aug. 25 2014 9:40 a.m. MDT
Into a new void?
This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 6:21 a.m. MDT
Lyft and Uber — The free market at work
Americans talk a lot about freedom, and many of them profess a healthy regard for the free market. But when the rubber meets the road, so to speak, it’s clear many of them really Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
How safe is your school?
It’s parents' right to know their child is safe at school, and it’s the school board's responsibility to take safety seriously as well as the reporting of incidents and Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 5:30 p.m. MDT
Black markets are bigger and closer to home
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Monday, Aug. 25 2014 1:54 p.m. MDT
School start times are designed for everything but the kids we're trying to educate
The American Academy of Pediatrics says we're starting school too early for teenagers to thrive. It's a simple fix, it says, but one that policymakers seem reluctant to take for a lot Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 9:22 p.m. MDT
The State Board can do better than Lockhart, and should
In a state where the majority of the legislature is divided between those who are satisfied to neglect public education’s acute needs and those who would like to kill off public Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
WGU helping 'STEM' education slippage
Utah's innovative Western Governors University is helping keep the state ahead of slippage in science, technology, engineering and math education. Read more»
Monday, Aug. 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Faith

I'm not getting married in the LDS temple, yet
This reader has made the decision not to get married in the temple and wants her mother's support. Asks Angela for help and advice. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
The very surprising language of the Book of Mormon
Careful study of the Book of Mormon's vocabulary and grammar suggests that seeming errors aren't errors at all. In fact, they may provide striking evidence that the book's translation Read more»
Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
What a temple trip can teach about missionary work
Is there really any difference between the work of members and that of our full-time missionaries? Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Mustering a mustard seed of faith in others
There are two ways to read the expression “taken in.” One is positive. It refers to a poor wayfarer being “taken in” and given shelter. The other is not. There, Read more»
Saturday, Aug. 16 2014 10:33 a.m. MDT
The sadness that comes from lost or ruined photos and documents — and the resolution
Heavy downpours of rain and ensuing landslides over the past three weeks are a reminder to plan ahead for potential big-time calamities. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 5:38 p.m. MDT
World peace and the family reunion
Mother Teresa said world peace comes from loving our families. Nowhere does that get tested more than the family reunion. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Family

Meaningful family relationships are forged in life's 'village'
If it takes a village to raise a child, then people whom we consider family don't necessarily have to share our DNA. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 4:50 p.m. MDT
Movies that attract kids, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' should strive to be less profane
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is funny, except when it falls back on coarse language as a punch line. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 11:00 a.m. MDT
Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best
The old adage of "do your best" has been replaced with the new childhood mantra of "be THE best." Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 4:55 p.m. MDT
What do our kids see when they look at us?
We stand three times taller than a typical child. We'd have to cozy up to a mammoth 18 feet tall to get the same feeling. Imagine how tall a chair or a crib would seem. Picture your Read more»
Monday, Aug. 25 2014 5:05 p.m. MDT
The fastest way to change your behavior is to change your environment
We have far less control over our behavior than we think. The best way to control your behavior is to take control of the things that control you, starting with your environment. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 3:00 p.m. MDT
Social problems and the decline of family
The clear connection between the decline of families and the world’s social problems cannot be ignored. The trick is figuring out which is the cause and which is the effect. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 1:19 p.m. MDT
The man who delivers flowers, candy and much more
Dale was a rock star in the Native American areas. He knew all of the people by name and made them feel great. He had a big heart, encouraging all of them to rise above their poverty. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014 5:30 p.m. MDT
Remembering Robin Williams and all those moments of humor, absurdity and joy
We have a very happy visitor in our home, and it's made me reflect on the times that Robin Williams visited us. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 15 2014 4:27 p.m. MDT