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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
As camps open, Utes, Cougs and Aggies prepare to take care of small details
If you take just the performances in overtime games alone, BYU and Utah State could have benefited by taking care of business in the extra periods — like the Utes did. To do so Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 7:25 a.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

Reforming the Highway Transportation Fund — Lee's TEA plan can help do that
It is time once and for all to fix the oft-extended and bloated Highway Trust Fund, now billions of dollars underwater. The best way to do it is for Congress to pass Sen. Mike Lee’s Read more»
Thursday, July 23 2015 12:00 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
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

FairMormon Conference to offer rich buffet of faith-building presentations
The annual FairMormon conference will be held next week in Provo. Presenters will cover a wide variety of interesting topics, and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Read more»
Thursday, July 30 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT
Younger sister is living tribute to brothers who died in a plane crash
This month, 14-year-old Aubri Whatcott and her family are marking the one-year anniversary of a plane crash that took the lives of brothers Jaxon and Daulton. In an exclusive interview, Read more»
Tuesday, July 28 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
Western author Wallace Stegner praised character of Mormon women
Women played an often quiet yet critical role in the Mormon westward crossing. Indeed, the trail experience and, in this instance, the settling of Utah would have been impossible without Read more»
Thursday, July 30 2015 10:00 a.m. MDT
Working miracles regardless of gender, age or church callings
Gender, priesthood, church callings and age don't define those who can perform mighty miracles and be a great benefit to others. All it takes is faith. Read more»
Friday, July 31 2015 9:20 a.m. MDT
The Utah War: 'I will not suffer myself to be taken to be killed as they killed Joseph'
When the Saints were in the mountains celebrating on July 24, 1857, when they heard Johnston's Army was on its way. Brigham Young handled the crisis with courage and faith. Read more»
Wednesday, July 22 2015 5:27 p.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
'Ant-Man' has a winning formula
I think I’m perilously close to becoming a bonafide superhero/comic book character nerd. Read more»
Thursday, July 30 2015 7:05 p.m. MDT
Put down the phone and drive
No email, text or phone call is worth putting my family at risk with distracted driving. Read more»
Tuesday, July 28 2015 6:35 p.m. MDT
How nature heals the brain
New studies in mental health find that a simple walk in nature can help heal the brain. Read more»
Wednesday, July 29 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 9:03 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
Steve Young and Jimmer Fredette have more in common than just sports
Children are born to you with ideas in their heads and genes in their bodies to help mold their life. For their parents, the best part of Jimmer's and Steve's success has been their Read more»
Saturday, July 25 2015 12:14 a.m. MDT
Sundance the Talking Dog is gone
We lived with a talking dog for three years. He's gone silent now, even though we keep listening to hear him speak. Read more»
Saturday, July 25 2015 6:55 p.m. MDT