A Sadder Than Usual Political Fight, Energy Bombs & Poinsettias For Everyone

Riff & Run Vol. 2: Musings On Jazz Basketball & The NBA (Chris Rawle, The Beehive)

The Jazz are struggling and we’re here to document their troubles. “Grayson Allen has tripped no one through 10 games and I’ve never felt more betrayed. I was promised a bad boy, someone who pops their collar and humiliates opponents with wedgies, swirlies, and wet willies. Instead, I’ve been given a choirboy. Allen looks like he’s squeezing basketball between Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice and in both cases he’s an octave too low. The Raptors pushed him around all night. After Allen missed his third straight three, he shuffled down the court humming ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ as a single tear rolled down his face. It was embarrassing. I joined in on the third verse just to let him know he’s not alone, but forgot the words and ended up singing a solo rendition of ‘Put Your Shoulder To The Wheel.’ By the time I got to the third verse, the lady next to me took pity and added her soprano to my bass. As we closed out the sixth verse with clear-throated harmonies, our entire section gave us a standing ovation and bought us XL banana splits to celebrate.”

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Newly released video shows altercation between Utah House Democratic leader, GOP senator (Dennis Romboy, Deseret News)

The world’s worst fight happened between two Utah politicians inside the Senate building. Sen. Daniel Thatcher and House Minority Leader Brian King engaged in a shoving match best described as tepid. The fight was captured on security video and trust us, it’s the worst. It’s passive arm grabs, strange posturing, and no resolutions. If these two politicians are serious about getting physical about their differences, how about a good old fashioned leg wrestle to settle the matter? Whatever happened to those?

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Will nuclear power power some Utah cities in the future? (Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News)

Nuclear power sounds intimidating. How does it even work? Do we build a bunch of windmills and blow up a bomb in the desert to make them whirl? Do we detonate really small bombs in the basement to provide heat through vents? How many bombs do we have to blow up? Regardless of how it works, nuclear power is coming and Utah residents are scheduled to be amongst the first consumers in 2026. This makes sense: Utah is used to having bombs blown up in the desert, what’s a few more?  

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An unlikely place to grow hundreds of stunning holiday poinsettias: Salt Lake City International Airport (Kathy Stephenson, Salt Lake Tribune)

Generally speaking, airports are places for hours-long delays and overpriced Burger King. At SLC airport, both these areas are well covered so it’s time to concentrate on something new: a greenhouse filled with poinsettias. They’re for the airport’s maintenance division to plant onsite, but we have other suggestions. Poinsettias for everyone who suffers through a delayed flight (POINSETTIAS FOR EVERYONE!). Poinsettias for everyone who buys $15 Burger King meals (POINSETTIAS FOR EVERYONE!). POINSETTIAS FOR EVERYONE!

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Politicians acting like toddlers.

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Beautiful Boy is a beautiful, if sometimes overwrought movie.

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What we talk about when we talk about being clutch.

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