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Censoring Craig Jessop, Bike Lanes, Ponzi Koerber & Sugarhouse Streetcars

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Safe Theater
It’s not about censorship. So said Craig Jessop, the new head of Utah State University’s theater department after
canceling a play just one week into rehearsals. The Old Lyric Repertory Company planned to put on a production of Ghosts of Ocean House, winner of 2007’s Edgar award as best mystery of the year. But the play’s subject matter is too mature to fill the seats at the Logan playhouse, according to Jessop, former music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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Bicycle Lanes
It turns out Brigham Young knew what he was doing: Salt Lake City’s wide, wide streets are perfect for the bicycle commuter. A proposal before the City Council would remove traffic lanes on parts of Main Street to create new bicycle-only lanes stretching to 2100 South. Mayor Ralph Becker wants to paint 22 miles of new bicycle lanes this summer and eventually stretch bicycle commuter lanes to cover 100 miles through the city.

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Ponzi Scheme? Doesn’t Ring a Bell.
Nothing like an indictment to let you know who your real friends are. Rick “the Free Capitalist” Koerber had barely been hit with federal charges alleging he bilked investors out of $100 million when his old political pals began forgetting his name. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff acknowledged taking a breakfast meeting with “the guy,” but said it had no influence on his decision to pass on the case against Koerber. Utah Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, requested a state audit of the state regulators who were investigating Koerber. But after the indictment, Wimmer could hardly remember who Koerber was. Just some constituent who asked for a favor. He would have done the same for anybody.

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A Streetcar Named Sugar House
If you don’t like bicycles, another pollution-saving way of getting around Salt Lake City in the future may be by streetcar. City officials have a long-range plan to run a streetcar line from TRAX to the Sugar House business district. Of course, there isn’t much to do once you get there now. But it could be like the Heber Creeper, or a trip to Kennecott. “Mommy, Mommy. Can we see the Sugar House Hole?”