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Columnist finds it sad that baker, same-sex couple have reached this point

Yeesh! This mess is certainly anything but the proverbial piece of cake.In the next few days, <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/masterpiece-cakeshop-ltd-v-colorado-civil-rights-commn/" target="_blank"><em>Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil ...

Standard Deviations: Tales of sexual abuse make this world a cold one

Oh, great. The perverts of this world have now spoiled one of my favorite holiday traditions.Every year, sometime just after Thanksgiving, our family sits down to watch “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/" target="_blank">Elf</a>.” The 2003 Christmas ...

Nothing like bad dog owners to spoil a good hike

I’ve always thought of myself as a dog person, but it may be time to reconsider.Frankly, all it would take is one more experience like I had on Thursday, and I could easily see myself squarely in the not-really-a-fan-of-dogs camp.On Thanksgiving morning, my wife and I took our daughter and ...

Here’s a handy-dandy holiday gift guide for Black Friday

 What’s with all these TV commercials this time of year showing a brand new vehicle sitting in the driveway on Christmas morning, a big red bow around it?C’mon, that never happens in real life. I mean, seriously. Aside from <a href="http://www.elvis.com/" ...

Those seeking high school mascot change acting like kids

When the future students of the new Farmington High School selected the Phoenix for their mascot, I wasn’t impressed. In my opinion, there were several better choices on the short list.But then I remembered two important distinctions:1. Choosing a mascot is the students’ decision, not ...

Don’t judge this columnist: Christmas lights already up — and on

Yes, the Christmas lights are already up on our house. And yes, we’re turning them on each night.But just so you know? I never thought we’d be doing something like this — not in a million years.I’ve always been a dedicated foot soldier in the totally righteous War on Early Christmas. ...

WSU physics faculty competes for scientific improv supremacy

A mere eight seconds into his scientific lecture titled “Optical Clocks: Towards 10<sup>-18</sup> to 10<sup>-19</sup>,” <a href="https://www.weber.edu/physics" target="_blank">Weber State University physics ...

One year after Trump’s election, America still sort of in one piece

Somebody owes me ten bucks.I know I bet at least one of you out there a ten-spot that America would still be America a year after <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-trump" target="_blank">Donald Trump’s</a> election. And while we can ...

What will you do with your extra hour this weekend?

Survey says: “Sleep!”I recently conducted an entirely unscientific poll on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, asking friends what they’ll be doing with that extra hour they get this weekend — courtesy of going off daylight ...