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Hits & Misses



Greek, to Us - HIT
City Weekly, if you hadn’t noticed, is partial to Greeks. But even if we weren’t, we’d still like “Old Greektown” as a name for the 200 South TRAX stop. As Salt Lake City is remade, it’s important to post reminders of its past, and transit stations are perfect spots to merge old and new. In a similar vein, signs were recently erected commemorating the once vibrant Japantown on 100 South. But some don’t like the trend. Making the common mistake of confusing diversity with ethnic whitewash, Salt Lake City’s “diversity administrator” complained to UTA that the name “Greektown” could alienate non-Greek ethnic groups and suggested the silly “International Stop” instead. Up next, ribbon cutting for the “I’m OK, You’re OK, Small World After All” stop'aka Little Italy.

Your Taxes at Work - MISS
This month, 205 years ago, political rivals Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton settled their differences with a duel. Hamilton died. In 2007, Salt Lake City, politicos demand legal probes when bumped by developers’ bellies (albeit imposing ones). Taxpayers will be happy to know that after exhaustive research a South Salt Lake deputy attorney who reviewed the City Hall skirmish between Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and developer Dell Loy Hansen has determined neither man should be charged with a crime. The legal review at least provided some entertainment value. The attorney wrote that Hansen “certainly invaded Mr. Anderson’s personal space,” while the mayor “did state that he would kick Mr. Hansen’s ‘ass,’ but this was a result of his being touched.” Thankfully, no one was killed.

Chemical Windfall - HIT
You don’t have to love Jon Huntsman’s chemical company to like his money'or to appreciate his charity. The recent $9.6 billion sale of Huntsman Corp. to a Netherlands chemical company will earn Jon Sr. about $1 billion, but the bulk will go to fight cancer. As the deal to sell Huntsman Corp. was being hashed out, Huntsman and his wife transferred stock, anticipated to be worth about $600 million, to their charitable foundation. Jon Huntsman Jr., might now be regretting his decision to sell his shares when he became governor. Huntsman Corp. was purchased for about 10 percent above the price at which the governor sold. But don’t feel too bad for Junior'who netted between $15 million and $25 million in cashing out.