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Why is America’s biggest tobacco company trying to increase the legal smoking age to 21?

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Four separate bills were announced last month to increase the tobacco age nationwide, but a KSL investigation has uncovered evidence linking all but one of those bills to Altria, the company that owns Philip Morris, Marlboro, and a significant stake in JUUL.

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Family of child that lost hand in Layton dog attack receiving insults and threats online

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Four-year-old Austin Brown was playing in his backyard when he noticed “a puppy nose” peeking through a hole in his fence. According to Austin’s mother, Hope Brown, the young boy reached his hand through the fence to pet the dog when an animal’s jaws clamped down on his hand and tore it off from the elbow down.

It was a parent’s nightmare come true, but for the Brown family, it was just the beginning. For the past month, the family has seen has articles distorting the story and blaming them for their son’s injury, and they have received hate mail and threats online.

[Read the full story at kslnewsradio.com]

E-mails could contradict DEQ claim over Sandy water warning

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“DO NOT INGEST WARNING”

Those four words, all in capitals, were supposed to be sent out to every home affected by the Sandy water crisis on Feb. 8, when the city first warned residents in fifty homes that their water supply may be tainted with what we now know was a toxic level of fluoride.

But the letter that Sandy City sent out that day didn’t say “DO NOT INGEST”; nor did it contain the warning, included in the DEQ’s draft, that would have told residents that the contaminated water could corrode their pipes.

So far, Sandy City has taken most of the blame for this decision.

New evidence uncovered by KSL through GRAMA, Utah’s public records law, however, shows that members of the DEQ and the Salt Lake County Health Department were sent copies of the changed notice, with “DO NOT INGEST” removed, before it was finalized.

[Read the full article at KSLNewsradio.com]

Layton crash blamed on teen attempting the Bird Box Challenge

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A 17-year-old girl drove into oncoming traffic and caused a serious accident while attempting to complete the “Bird Box Challenge”, Layton police say.

Police say the girl was driving with a beanie lowered over her eyes. People nationwide taking part in the viral challenge have been attempting to do tasks while blindfolded. In this case, police say, she was trying to see if she could navigate her truck with her eyes covered.

She could not.

[Read the full story at KSLNewsradio.com]

Utah Jazz Dancers say they still don’t make a living wage, despite claims of policy changes

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While players on the Utah Jazz sign multi-million contracts, another group of athletes, relegated to the sidelines, says they are struggling to bring in enough money to pay the rent.

The Utah Jazz Dancers, like the basketball players, are athletes in the highest level of their field. And yet, according to a Yahoo Lifestyle report, the dancers say they are being paid so little that they have to work second or even third jobs just to get by.

[Read the full article at KSLNewsradio.com]

The Sexual Assault Case That Shook Ancient Rome

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“You say that he raped an actress,” Cicero told the court. “And this is said to have happened at Atina, while he was quite young.”

There was a low, subdued chuckle from the crowd. They were all men — women weren’t allowed inside the courtroom — most from the town of Atina themselves. They’d made the 80-mile trip to support a man they respected, whom they believed had been unfairly accused.

His name was Gnaeus Plancius, and in the year 54 B.C., he was one of the most powerful men in Rome.

[Read the full story at Narratively.]

Snow Canyon High School comes under fire for “Men’s Week”

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For the second year in a row, Snow Canyon High School’s annual Men’s Week has ended with the school filled with posters telling students that men are the “superior gender”.

As an annual tradition, Snow Canyon High School holds a Men’s Week and a Women’s Week, events that the school has, in the past, billed as a “battle of the sexes.”

It’s a tradition that’s gotten them in trouble before. In March of last year, pictures of posters with sexist jokes hit social media and caused a public outcry against the faculty.

But little seems to have changed. This year, the school has decided to hold its “Men’s Week” again and, just like last year, the school has become covered in posters that have some parents and students fuming.

[Read the full story at KSLNewradio.com]