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The Olympic Rings are placed at the beach before sunrise in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Gangneung is the site of the coastal cluster which will host ice hockey, figure skating, speedskating, short track and curling for the 2018 Olympics. The 2018 Pyeongchang Games will be held from Feb. 9 to 25. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 22, 2018.

Utah contingent talks possible Olympic bid

A Utah contingent expressed support for hosting a future Winter Olympics while visiting Pyeongchang, South Korea, this week, according to the Deseret News.

Officials told the world’s elite teams that the Beehive State is ready to host again.

“We’ve always taken a delegation to the Games since Torino,” Utah Sports Commission CEO Jeff Robbins said. “We’ve always had the message that we’re ready, willing and able to host another Games, and that’s still the message we’re delivering here. In fact, in the past it’s been that we’re ready, willing and able to handle events that are independent of the Games, too, like a lot of the events we’ve hosted in Utah. … But now we have a little bit more clear messaging with the report from the exploratory committee. We have a lot of details like budgets, and stuff we certainly didn’t have available in the past.”

Utah’s exploratory committee, which has been asked to report and offer specifics on Utah’s bid, shared details about the potential bid in South Korea this week, too.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Democrat Jenny Wilson takes issue with Romney

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jenny Wilson said Mitt Romney offered a “tepid” response to gun violence after Florida’s mass shooting last week, the Deseret News reported.

Wilson, who currently serves on the Salt Lake City Council, said she supports the Second Amendment but hopes to see an assault weapon ban and an overhaul of the background check system.

Meanwhile, Romney said states can find gun violence solutions by building security measures, allowing more police volunteers in schools and create intervention teens.

Wilson said she expected Romney to have better ideas.

“Mitt Romney’s tepid response last week regarding gun violence not only represented a reversal of his position but reflects yet another Romney contradiction on a critical issue,” she said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas students speak in CNN town hall event

Survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week spoke in a CNN Town Hall event on Wednesday night, NBC News reported.

The students directed questions at politicians such as Sens. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Bill Nelson, a Democrat, as well as Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

Several questions were directed at Rubio.

"Your comments this week and those of our president have been pathetically weak," said parent Fred Guttenberg, who lost her 14-year-old daughter in the shooting.

Rubio remained calm, however, and fielded more questions from students.

Read more at NBC News.

An inside look at Kyle Kuzma, the Ute turned L.A. Lakers star

Kyle Kuzma, a former University of Utah basketball player, is living large in Los Angeles, according to a new profile from the Deseret News.

Over the last year, the Flint, Michigan, native has spent time with Kobe Bryant, West Coast rapper YG and been featured in numerous commercials for brands like Nike, Dick’s Sporting Goods and on the cover of GQ.

But Kuzma, who averages 15.7 points a game and 5.9 rebounds in a game, hopes he’s eventually mentioned under the all-time greats in Los Angeles.

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“I just want to have a great, long, successful career and be one of the greatest players,” Kuzma said. “That’s what drives me. I just want to be a great player. I work really hard on my game and that’s what I’m driven for.”

Read more at the Deseret News.


Newsweek: Explosion Closes U.S. Embassy in Montenegro as Assailant Dies In Blast

BBC: Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says

NBC News: Fiery blast on ferry at Mexican resort wounds 25

The Washington Post: Five reasons the Olympics haven’t solved the North Korea problem

The New York Times: Marco Rubio and N.R.A. Jeered on Gun Stance