New nonprofit BL4CK Utah hopes to unite, inspire, educate

Spectators listen to the speeches during a peaceful assembly at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 23, 2020. | Yukai Peng, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — When CJ Drisdom looked across the steps of the Utah State Capitol he saw beauty, power and hope....

Utah governor’s small gathering criticized as mask-optional

Nicholas Rupp’s Twitter page that showed a party on the lawn of the governor’s mansion Wednesday evening, July 22, 2020. | https://twitter.com/nickslc Utah reports 7 COVID-19 deaths, another 521 positive cases SALT LAKE CITY — Nicholas Rupp and his husband saw something unusual Wednesday on their ritual evening walk:...

Utah retail clerk shares horror stories about enforcing mask policy

A Walmart employee holds a bag of face masks outside of the store in Orem on Monday, July 20, 2020, the first day the retail giant required all customers to wear a face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. | Yukai Peng, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY...

With Florida part canceled, dozens of Utah GOP delegates left out of convention

Phill Wright, vice chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, talk with the media during the National Republican Convention in Cleveland in 2016. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump’s cancellation of the portion of the Republican National Convention...

New document shows FBI used Trump’s candidate briefing to advance Russia probe

President Donald Trump’s first intelligence briefing as a candidate in August 2016 was led by FBI agents who had just opened an investigation into his team’s ties to Russia, according to a newly declassified document released Thursday by Senate Republicans. The document, a seven-page summary of Trump’s intelligence briefing...

Trump cancels Republican convention activities in Jacksonville

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that there will not be Republican convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida. Events in Charlotte, North Carolina, will still be held. He said he will do an acceptance speech in a different form. Link...

Utah reports 7 COVID-19 deaths Thursday, all in Salt Lake County

Medical Reserves Corps Mobile Testing Team administrator Aaron Dayne Smith tests Bess Hayes for COVID-19 outside of Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 22, 2020. Utah again confirmed a high number of new cases on Saturday July 4, tying with the state’s previous daily record...