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Salt Lake Tribune: Department of Justice lawyer defends herself over viral video about providing soap, toothbrushes to detained migrants
It had been a long week for Sarah Fabian, a Justice Department lawyer many Americans now closely associate with the detention of child migrants, and at the end of it, she logged onto Facebook to compose a letter.
"To my friends," she began. "I am not permitted to make any statements in any official capacity, so this is just a message from me, your friend. It's not a press release. I'm just hoping to explain myself to a small corner of the universe if I can."
A bigger corner of the universe was demanding answers. Video footage of Fabian arguing in federal court last Tuesday that the federal government was not legally required to provide toothbrushes, soap or adequate sleep to detained migrant children went viral, eliciting outrage.
Salt Lake Tribune: Mike Conley is excited about a "new challenge, a new opportunity, and a new home" in Utah
Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz's new and vaunted backcourt, want to hit the ground running when the two take the court together come October.
So while the trade bringing Conley to Utah hasn't even been completed yet -- it won't be until at least July 6, when the NBA's moratorium ends -- the work between the two star guards has already begun in earnest.
This week, they worked out together with NBA skills development trainer Chris Johnson in Los Angeles. The two guards took turns weaving through pop-up defenders, chaining dribble moves together to get to the rim.
Vanquish the Foe: Jimmer continues NBA journey, set to join Warriors Summer League roster
After a brief stint with the Phoenix Suns, it looks like Jimmer Fredette could be headed to much greener pastures. According the reports coming out of the Bay Area, Jimmer was released from his contract with the Suns, a trash heap of an organization, allowing him to join the Warriors summer league roster.
There is no guarantee that he'll make the team coming out of summer league, but this will be a good opportunity to prove himself to a team that will be in need of scoring. The Warriors will be without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant to start the 2019-20 season.
Salt Lake Tribune: Commentary: Supreme Court made a special case of the Maryland cross. Let's keep it that way.
In last week's decision in the American Legion vs. American Humanist Association, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a free-standing, 40-foot cross on government land in Bladensburg, Md., did not violate the First Amendment's "no establishment" clause, reversing a lower court's ruling.
Seven justices agreed with that judgment, with only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. But the ruling was splintered and the decision more limited than the vote count suggests.
In upholding the argument that the monument should remain, the majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, focused on its specific history and its context as a World War I memorial.
Deseret News: Report: Ex-BYU star Jimmer Fredette to play for Golden State Warriors this summer
SALT LAKE CITY -- Another door into the NBA has closed for Jimmer Fredette, but another one has opened.
The Phoenix Suns, under new management, will decline the player option on Fredette's three-year contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, The Athletic reported.
The Phoenix Suns will decline guard Jimmer Fredette's team option for the 2019-20 season, clearing way for him to play for the Golden State Warriors in NBA Summer League, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.-- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2019
Though that stint didn't last long -- the final month of the 2018-19 season -- the Golden State Warriors are reportedly giving him an opportunity to keep his playing dreams alive.
Salt Lake Tribune: U.S. Census Bureau using aerial tech to help with 2020 count
Albuquerque, N.M. * The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color who live in remote places and can be wary of the federal government.
The agency is using aerial images of rural communities and hard-to-reach areas to verify addresses and determine where to send workers to ensure everyone is counted, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said.
Satellites and planes take photos, and bureau employees compare the housing captured in the images to digital maps from the last census, in 2010.
Salt Lake Tribune: Commentary: Get the government off my lawn
Alisa was shocked, when opening her mail last summer, to find a letter from Roy City, giving her notice to appear in court for a misdemeanor charge. (Her name has been changed to protect her identity.) Alisa's own local government was prosecuting her for allowing dandelions to grow on her property -- an act that is prohibited by the municipal code.
Just four months earlier, code enforcement officers had notified Alisa to fix the problem, and she quickly paid to have the area cut and sprayed -- but, as is common with tedious weeds, the dandelions eventually sprouted their way back, resisting the chemicals intended to kill them off permanently.
Salt Lake Tribune: Tribune Editorial: Yes, we do have concentration camps
They are not work camps. They are not death camps. At least, not on purpose. Our government is not building massive gas chambers and industrial crematoria. It is not conducting sick medical experiments on members of an unfavored class.
But that does not mean that the places into which we are herding tens of thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers are not properly called concentration camps. Because that is precisely what they are.
When some in the public eye dare to tell that truth, as the media-savvy Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did the other day, enablers of the administration's cruel policies cry foul.
Salt Lake Tribune: Judge allows Utah to gather evidence to defend abortion ban
A federal judge on Thursday agreed to let Utah state attorneys gather evidence as they defend a new abortion ban, a step that creates a record for future appeals amid optimism from anti-abortion advocates nationwide about new conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said the ruling isn't a signal of his ultimate decision on whether the ban on abortions after 18 weeks should stand.
"I think everyone would be well-served to have a complete discovery record that forms the basis of the decision by this court and the basis for any appeal," Waddoups said.
Salt Lake Tribune: Andy Larsen's first round NBA Draft analysis
As the first round of the NBA Draft unfolds, the Tribune's Andy Larsen will break down each pick live as it occurs on this page. Keep refreshing throughout the night for a quick take on each player.
I like draft analyst Dean Demakis' NBA comparison for Zion Williamson: Charles Barkley, with more tools. Where Barkley was undersized, Williamson is maybe oversized. But Williamson is an explosive bowling ball in the same mold.
Vanquish the Foe: BYU WR Neil Pau'u Charged With DUI
The Salt Lake Tribune's Jay Drew reported today that junior WR Neil Pau'u entered a "Not Guilty" plea today in the Provo City Justice Court after being arrested on June 8 on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Interference with a Traffic Control Device or Signal.
According to BYU Police, Pau'u attempted to drive through a barrier blocking traffic on campus. He admitted to officers that he had drunk two "jungle juices," (like a Kool-Aid cocktail) that night, and because of this and the smell of alcohol present in the car, Pau'u was taken to the Utah County Jail, where he took a Intoxilyzer test that showed his Breath Alcohol Level (BAC) to be a .
Salt Lake Tribune: This week in Mormon Land: Oaks laments growing LGBTQ 'power,' women's group denounces 'atrocities' at U.S. border
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Eight months after President Dallin H. Oaks drew fire for his General Conference denunciation of same-sex marriage and transgender rights, the senior Latter-day Saint leader took aim again at the LGBTQ community during a June 11 devotional address at Brigham Young University-Hawaii.