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Teaching genitalia slang not the disturbing crisis in our schools

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 14 2014 - 4:13pm

Four days, four front-page stories. I just can't decide which was the most disturbing.On Friday, reporter Ben Lockhart's 1A story detailed a number of Bountiful schools that were briefly locked down after a man called a suicide hotline and said he had a firearm and was thinking of taking his own life. The lockdown was strictly precautionary, but...

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VIDEO: Here's a Utah fight song to resolve all conflicts

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 12 2014 - 3:49pm

These days, living across the green, hanging out with an overly jolly gang and possessing a yell that rings through the mountains near and far isn't all that it's cracked up to be.Because, frankly, it's just not a particularly good time to be a Utah Man.Speaking as a proud University of Utah graduate (class of '84), I fully acknowledge that the...

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VIDEO: Newspaper plots course with new look and outlook

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 8:59pm

OGDEN -- Charles Horton has some breaking news for Standard-Examiner readers: Don't believe the rumors you've heard about the impending demise of the newspaper.Newspapers, he insists, aren't dying. At least, his isn't, anyway.

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Common Core math wars? Something doesn't add up

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 7 2014 - 3:19pm

It's been a few weeks since anybody's called me an idiot -- close friends and home life excluded, of course -- so today I thought we might have a little chit-chat about the Common Core. (INSERT DRAMATIC SCARY MUSIC HERE)If you're like me, about the only thing you know about the Common Core is that it's a set of academic standards that will...

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Just my ticket: Banned from Temple Square

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 5 2014 - 3:28pm

Occasionally, I'm invited to speak to school groups about writing, or journalism, or even about how on earth it's possible that a guy like me isn't unemployed and homeless.I know. Who in his or her right mind would place me-of-all-people in a room full of impressionable, young minds? Sometimes, educators exhibit a deplorable lack of common sense....

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Deputies uncovering Weber sheriff's office history memorabilia

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 7:19am

OGDEN -- You'll forgive the members of the Weber County Sheriff's Office if they haven't done a particularly impressive job of recording their own history over the years. After all, they have been a bit preoccupied with that whole protecting and serving thing."That's why these kinds of things get kind of lost," Sheriff Terry Thompson said of his...

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The top April Fools' Day prank of all time is right here

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 1 2014 - 7:08am

It is with heavy heart I regret to inform you that this will be my final column for the Standard-Examiner.This week, anyway.

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Party never stops with boozing boys of Secret Service

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 29 2014 - 5:20pm

Those wacky Secret Service agents are at it again.Remember when you were a kid, all the things you thought you wanted to be when you grew up? Professional baseball player. Rock musician. Astronaut. Smokejumper. Dolphin trainer. All of those jobs were definitely out of the ordinary, oh-so-cool, and maybe even just a little dangerous.

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Teaching genitalia slang not the disturbing crisis in our schools

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 14 2014 - 4:13pm

Four days, four front-page stories. I just can't decide which was the most disturbing.On Friday, reporter Ben Lockhart's 1A story detailed a number of Bountiful schools that were briefly locked down after a man called a suicide hotline and said he had a firearm and was thinking of taking his own life. The lockdown was strictly precautionary, but...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 15 2014 - 12:04am


VIDEO: Here's a Utah fight song to resolve all conflicts

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 12 2014 - 3:49pm

These days, living across the green, hanging out with an overly jolly gang and possessing a yell that rings through the mountains near and far isn't all that it's cracked up to be.Because, frankly, it's just not a particularly good time to be a Utah Man.Speaking as a proud University of Utah graduate (class of '84), I fully acknowledge that the...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 12 2014 - 6:48pm


VIDEO: Newspaper plots course with new look and outlook

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 8:59pm

OGDEN -- Charles Horton has some breaking news for Standard-Examiner readers: Don't believe the rumors you've heard about the impending demise of the newspaper.Newspapers, he insists, aren't dying. At least, his isn't, anyway.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 10:38am


Common Core math wars? Something doesn't add up

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 7 2014 - 3:19pm

It's been a few weeks since anybody's called me an idiot -- close friends and home life excluded, of course -- so today I thought we might have a little chit-chat about the Common Core. (INSERT DRAMATIC SCARY MUSIC HERE)If you're like me, about the only thing you know about the Common Core is that it's a set of academic standards that will...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 8:26am


Just my ticket: Banned from Temple Square

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 5 2014 - 3:28pm

Occasionally, I'm invited to speak to school groups about writing, or journalism, or even about how on earth it's possible that a guy like me isn't unemployed and homeless.I know. Who in his or her right mind would place me-of-all-people in a room full of impressionable, young minds? Sometimes, educators exhibit a deplorable lack of common sense....

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 5 2014 - 4:36pm


Deputies uncovering Weber sheriff's office history memorabilia

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 7:19am

OGDEN -- You'll forgive the members of the Weber County Sheriff's Office if they haven't done a particularly impressive job of recording their own history over the years. After all, they have been a bit preoccupied with that whole protecting and serving thing."That's why these kinds of things get kind of lost," Sheriff Terry Thompson said of his...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 3 2014 - 7:19am


The top April Fools' Day prank of all time is right here

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 1 2014 - 7:08am

It is with heavy heart I regret to inform you that this will be my final column for the Standard-Examiner.This week, anyway.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 1 2014 - 7:45am


Party never stops with boozing boys of Secret Service

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 29 2014 - 5:20pm

Those wacky Secret Service agents are at it again.Remember when you were a kid, all the things you thought you wanted to be when you grew up? Professional baseball player. Rock musician. Astronaut. Smokejumper. Dolphin trainer. All of those jobs were definitely out of the ordinary, oh-so-cool, and maybe even just a little dangerous.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 29 2014 - 5:20pm

VIDEO: Here's a Utah fight song to resolve all conflicts

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 12 2014 - 3:49pm

These days, living across the green, hanging out with an overly jolly gang and possessing a yell that rings through the mountains near and far isn't all that it's cracked up to be.Because, frankly, it's just not a particularly good time to be a Utah Man.Speaking as a proud University of Utah graduate (class of '84), I fully acknowledge that the...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 12 2014 - 6:48pm


VIDEO: Newspaper plots course with new look and outlook

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 8:59pm

OGDEN -- Charles Horton has some breaking news for Standard-Examiner readers: Don't believe the rumors you've heard about the impending demise of the newspaper.Newspapers, he insists, aren't dying. At least, his isn't, anyway.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 10:38am


VIDEO: South Ogden woman, sister act wowed Hollywood with harmonies

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 10 2014 - 9:28am

SOUTH OGDEN -- Most folks acquainted with Doris Brian Rounds know her as a fierce defender of the English language.She taught the subject for 22 years at North Ogden Junior High School, where she admits to being "stern, but not unfair" with her students. And, she taught it with equal fervor at home.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 10 2014 - 9:28am


VIDEO: Maybe UDOT should recalibrate its Layton ThrU-Turn idea

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 4 2014 - 9:05am

You know the old saying: "Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do."Yeah? Well, what if you don't need to make a right? What if you really want to make a left?That particular vehicular maneuver is about to get just a little bit trickier, thanks to our friends down at the Utah Department of Transportation. That's because, in the future, in...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 4 2014 - 9:05am


VIDEO: Down-home battle chickens or criminal cockfighters?

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 3 2014 - 8:46am

Cockfighting is just good, wholesome entertainment.Well, either that, or an obscene blood sport involving drugs, prostitutes and gambling. It all depends on whom you ask.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 3 2014 - 8:46am


VIDEO: Samsung commercial shot in Ogden during Winter Olympics

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 14 2014 - 2:23pm

OGDEN -- Ogden's Historic 25th Street is featured prominently in a new Korean television commercial airing in that country during the Winter Olympics.The one-minute ad is for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Featuring the catchy tune "Live Your Life" by the artist Mika, it shows what appears to be various Korean Olympic athletes running to Sochi, Russia...

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VIDEO: Hard-core bargain hunters scour D.I. for treasure

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 9 2014 - 11:34am

LAYTON -- Just before 10 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, a small group of shoppers stands outside the Deseret Industries thrift store, huddled against the cold. At the appointed hour, as employees unlock the front doors, the few dozen people stream into the store -- most walking briskly, but a couple doing that power-walking waddle that's just...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 9 2014 - 2:57pm


VIDEO: Reasons why Utah should host another Olympics ... Not!

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 4 2014 - 8:55am

The question took me by surprise.I was up at Snowbasin ski resort last week -- attempting to get thrown out of yet another classy joint by harassing the patrons for my own amusement -- when I ran into a group of skiers from the Philadelphia area. We chatted for awhile, then came the question."So, when are you going to host the Olympics again?" one...

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VIDEO: Here's a Utah fight song to resolve all conflicts

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 12 2014 - 3:49pm

These days, living across the green, hanging out with an overly jolly gang and possessing a yell that rings through the mountains near and far isn't all that it's cracked up to be.Because, frankly, it's just not a particularly good time to be a Utah Man.Speaking as a proud University of Utah graduate (class of '84), I fully acknowledge that the...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 12 2014 - 6:48pm


VIDEO: Newspaper plots course with new look and outlook

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 7 2014 - 8:59pm

OGDEN -- Charles Horton has some breaking news for Standard-Examiner readers: Don't believe the rumors you've heard about the impending demise of the newspaper.Newspapers, he insists, aren't dying. At least, his isn't, anyway.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 10:38am


VIDEO: South Ogden woman, sister act wowed Hollywood with harmonies

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 10 2014 - 9:28am

SOUTH OGDEN -- Most folks acquainted with Doris Brian Rounds know her as a fierce defender of the English language.She taught the subject for 22 years at North Ogden Junior High School, where she admits to being "stern, but not unfair" with her students. And, she taught it with equal fervor at home.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 10 2014 - 9:28am


VIDEO: Maybe UDOT should recalibrate its Layton ThrU-Turn idea

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Mar 4 2014 - 9:05am

You know the old saying: "Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do."Yeah? Well, what if you don't need to make a right? What if you really want to make a left?That particular vehicular maneuver is about to get just a little bit trickier, thanks to our friends down at the Utah Department of Transportation. That's because, in the future, in...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 4 2014 - 9:05am


VIDEO: Down-home battle chickens or criminal cockfighters?

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 3 2014 - 8:46am

Cockfighting is just good, wholesome entertainment.Well, either that, or an obscene blood sport involving drugs, prostitutes and gambling. It all depends on whom you ask.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 3 2014 - 8:46am


VIDEO: Samsung commercial shot in Ogden during Winter Olympics

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 14 2014 - 2:23pm

OGDEN -- Ogden's Historic 25th Street is featured prominently in a new Korean television commercial airing in that country during the Winter Olympics.The one-minute ad is for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Featuring the catchy tune "Live Your Life" by the artist Mika, it shows what appears to be various Korean Olympic athletes running to Sochi, Russia...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 14 2014 - 4:19pm


VIDEO: Hard-core bargain hunters scour D.I. for treasure

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 9 2014 - 11:34am

LAYTON -- Just before 10 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, a small group of shoppers stands outside the Deseret Industries thrift store, huddled against the cold. At the appointed hour, as employees unlock the front doors, the few dozen people stream into the store -- most walking briskly, but a couple doing that power-walking waddle that's just...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 9 2014 - 2:57pm


VIDEO: Reasons why Utah should host another Olympics ... Not!

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 4 2014 - 8:55am

The question took me by surprise.I was up at Snowbasin ski resort last week -- attempting to get thrown out of yet another classy joint by harassing the patrons for my own amusement -- when I ran into a group of skiers from the Philadelphia area. We chatted for awhile, then came the question."So, when are you going to host the Olympics again?" one...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 4 2014 - 8:55am


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