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Time to flush out an old column idea about Davis High 'mispunctuation'

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 21 2014 - 4:23pm

This column is almost 10 years in the making.Not that the subject matter is particularly important, or even complicated. I just never got around to writing it.Mostly, because my computer wouldn't let me.

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Who would get body piercings or tattoos for Facebook likes?

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 19 2014 - 2:54pm

Today, we pull back the shower curtain of mystery to offer a glimpse of the fat, naked man of truth, standing there in the bathtub of journalism.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 19 2014 - 2:54pm


VIDEO: Morbid makeup artists provide realism for ShakeOut disaster drill

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 17 2014 - 5:11pm

OGDEN -- Three hours before the biggest earthquake Utah's never had, a small group of volunteers is gathering behind a boarded-up elementary school. Armed with plastic tubs filled with containers of makeup, paint, and other unappetizing goop, they prepare to transform a couple hundred students into "victims" of a natural disaster.It's just another...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 1:50am


Utah water cops wary of thieves as supplies dwindle

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 16 2014 - 2:31pm

Time was, there were two sure-fire ways to get yourself killed out here in the wild, wild West.Steal a horse, or steal water.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 16 2014 - 4:45pm


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...

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...

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Time to flush out an old column idea about Davis High 'mispunctuation'

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner columnist
Apr 21 2014 - 4:23pm

This column is almost 10 years in the making.Not that the subject matter is particularly important, or even complicated. I just never got around to writing it.Mostly, because my computer wouldn't let me.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 21 2014 - 5:08pm


Who would get body piercings or tattoos for Facebook likes?

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 19 2014 - 2:54pm

Today, we pull back the shower curtain of mystery to offer a glimpse of the fat, naked man of truth, standing there in the bathtub of journalism.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 19 2014 - 2:54pm


VIDEO: Morbid makeup artists provide realism for ShakeOut disaster drill

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 17 2014 - 5:11pm

OGDEN -- Three hours before the biggest earthquake Utah's never had, a small group of volunteers is gathering behind a boarded-up elementary school. Armed with plastic tubs filled with containers of makeup, paint, and other unappetizing goop, they prepare to transform a couple hundred students into "victims" of a natural disaster.It's just another...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 1:50am


Utah water cops wary of thieves as supplies dwindle

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 16 2014 - 2:31pm

Time was, there were two sure-fire ways to get yourself killed out here in the wild, wild West.Steal a horse, or steal water.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 16 2014 - 4:45pm


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

VIDEO: Morbid makeup artists provide realism for ShakeOut disaster drill

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 17 2014 - 5:11pm

OGDEN -- Three hours before the biggest earthquake Utah's never had, a small group of volunteers is gathering behind a boarded-up elementary school. Armed with plastic tubs filled with containers of makeup, paint, and other unappetizing goop, they prepare to transform a couple hundred students into "victims" of a natural disaster.It's just another...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 1:50am


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


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VIDEO: Morbid makeup artists provide realism for ShakeOut disaster drill

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 17 2014 - 5:11pm

OGDEN -- Three hours before the biggest earthquake Utah's never had, a small group of volunteers is gathering behind a boarded-up elementary school. Armed with plastic tubs filled with containers of makeup, paint, and other unappetizing goop, they prepare to transform a couple hundred students into "victims" of a natural disaster.It's just another...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 1:50am


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


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