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Houston Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez, from left, Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrate their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 2 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 7-6 to tie the series at 1-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Here’s a look at the news for Oct. 26.

Salt Lake police officer appeals demotion

James Tracy, one of the officers involved in the controversial arrest of University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels, said he will appeal his demotion suffered after the incident, according to the Deseret News.

Tracy and his attorney, Ed Brass, filed a notice of appeal.

"The demotion from lieutenant to officer III is excessive discipline under the circumstances and given his lack of any discipline history," the note read.

Tracy hopes to be reinstated as a lieutenant and earn back the benefits and pay he missed while being demoted.

Tracy and Salt Lake detective Jeff Payne faced criticism for arresting Wubbels earlier this summer.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Progress made decrypting Josh Powell computer files, but much left to do

A company is working on decrypting a hard drive that belongs to Josh Powell, who is suspected of killing his wife Susan Powell, according to the Deseret News.

Winquist Investigations is collaborating with Decipher Forensics, a Utah-based company, to earn access to Josh Powell’s computer.

The companies began running software four years ago and have broken through two levels of encryption.

Private investigator Rose Winquist said the collaborators are reaching out to Amazon for help.

"We are hoping to find Susan and possibly get others charged with an accessory to her murder. The cloud is our only hope," Winquist posted on Facebook.

Read more at the Deseret News.

The untold story of how Utah doctors helped create opioid crisis

The Deseret News reported this week that Utah doctors, along with Big Pharma, helped drive the national opioid epidemic.

Dr. Lynn Webster had a huge influence in Salt Lake City, where he advanced the idea of opioids being used to treat pain.

Webster worked with “drugmakers, conducted clinical trials and spoke at conferences around the country sponsored by Big Pharma, becoming a national thought leader when it comes to painkillers.

“This is the untold story of how Utah became a mecca for doctors interested in using opioids to treat chronic pain and how their well-intentioned ideas may have contributed to a national crisis. It’s also the story of a doctor at the center of the controversy, the Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that nearly derailed his career, and the hundreds of lives lost along the way.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

Astros take Game 2

The World Series continued on Wednesday night with a back-and-forth, 11-inning game from Dodger Stadium, according to USA Today.

The Astros prevailed, defeating the Dodgers 7-6.

“Now, this World Series has some drama. What looked like a sure-fire two games-to-none lead for the Dodgers is all even thanks to some late-inning heroics from the top of the Astros order,” according to USA Today.

Houston trailed the Dodgers 3-1 going into the eighth inning. But then quick runs at the end of the game pushed it into extra innings.

The two teams traded runs in the 10th inning before Houston took it in the 11th.

Read more at USA Today.

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  • LDS Church dedicates 44th Deseret Industries, the latest in Riverton [Deseret News]