Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Ty Markham protests a pending FCC proposal to roll back net neutrality regulations outside of the Verizon store in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 8.

Protests erupt over net neutrality

Net neutrality supporters protested throughout the country and in Utah on Thursday, according to the Deseret News.

A small group of protesters gathered outside the Sugar House Verizon store, the Deseret News reported.

The protesters spoke out against their opposition to a possible rule change that could allow internet service providers to act as utility-like companies.

“One of the most impactful differences in these regulatory approaches is that the utility classification forbids internet service providers from throttling or boosting connections to certain websites, while the lighter information service designation would allow providers to do just that, albeit with a requirement to notify customers of those practices as part of their terms of service noticing,” according to the Deseret News.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Did a change in the law boost opioid epidemic in Utah?

The Deseret News published an in-depth look into a law change that might shifted the fight against opioids.

The law change came after one Vernal police officer would “repeatedly slip pills into his pocket” while going on routine checkups on a couple with criminal history, the Deseret News reported.

The incident “became a flashpoint in a legislative tug-of-war over the use of the controlled substance database,” the Deseret News reported.

“For 20 years, police had unfettered access to the data and used it as one of their main resources in combating abuse of prescription pain pills,” according to the Deseret News. “But after the Vernal case and other violations raised serious privacy concerns, lawmakers decided to crack down on potential misuse by requiring police to get a search warrant in 2015. The move was in line with a national trend toward these state databases being used more as health care tools than as law enforcement tools.”

Read an in-depth look into this law change at the Deseret News.

Jazz lose on national television

All the Jazz hype came to a stop on Thursday night.

The Jazz fell 112-101 on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets in a game broadcasted on TNT, according to the Deseret News.

The Jazz and Rockets played each other back on Nov. 5, a game that saw the Rockets cruise to a 27-point victory. On Thursday night, it looked like the Jazz might have a fighting chance.

But in the third quarter, Houston unleashed 37 points in one quarter, ballooning their lead to 25 points.

"I think we did a good job for three quarters, but the third quarter was too much," Utah center Rudy Gobert said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

West Bank clashes over Trump decision

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protesters on Thursday and Friday after President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to BBC News.

Protesters tossed stones into the air, while law enforcement officers used tear gas to maintain order in the area.

Much of the Arab and Islamic world condemned Trump’s move earlier this week, which included moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, effectively declaring the city as Israel’s capital.

“Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in the 1967 war - as the capital of a future Palestinian state,” according to BBC. “In recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US became the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.”

Read more at BBC.

More reading:

  • Britain and E.U. Clear Way for Brexit Talks to Proceed [The New York Times]
  • California fires stretch from north of Los Angeles to San Diego County [CNN]
  • It's snowing in south Texas! Yes, you read that right [CNN]
  • Jewish congressional Democrats not invited to Trump White House Hanukkah party [The Hill]
  • Argentine ex-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner charged with treason [The Washington Post]