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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
NFL gets female coach; why the wait?
If men can't play for a woman, it's their problem, not the coach's. Read more»
Thursday, July 30 2015 3:41 p.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
Former SLC engineer gets paid by MLB to do that?!
Utah man quits his job in Utah and moves to Taiwan, then convinces Major League Baseball teams to hire him as a scout in that part of the world. Read more»
Thursday, July 30 2015 6:08 a.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
Muhammad Yunus wants to end poverty, but will Americans go along?
People who change the world seldom do so by letting the establishment relax. To succeed, Yunus wants to turn the business world on its head. Read more»
Thursday, July 30 2015 12:10 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
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
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

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
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