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SALT LAKE CITY — The penalty that makes a person’s third misdemeanor offense and automatic felony is too harsh, says a Republican legislator who insists he’s not abandoning his conservative principles. “People say, ‘I don’t understand why you’re so soft on crime,’” Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/KbykVf ). “I’m not. I just think we should be reasonable.” Thatcher wants to make it four strikes before a felony charge kicks in for a lesser offense. SENT: 365 words.
PARK CITY, Utah — Mitt Romney surprised filmgoers when he came to the Salt Lake City premiere of “MITT,” the documentary that tracks his run for the presidency. But he declined to share what he thought about the movie afterward, even with the filmmaker behind it. “If he hated it, I don’t know if he’s going to tell me,” director Greg Whiteley said. “He’s nice and he and (his wife) Ann are gracious. I wonder what they really think.” By Sandy Cohen. SENT: 565 words, photos.
With Film-Sundance, Film-Sundance Notebook and Sundance-First Look-Laggies.
DEAD BALD EAGLES
SALT LAKE CITY — Testing has confirmed that more than 50 bald eagles died in Utah after scavenging on dead grebes that had the West Nile virus, the National Wildlife Health Center said. Wildlife officials earlier confirmed the virus caused the eagle die-off that began Dec. 1 and speculated dead migrating aquatic birds such as grebes were the culprit. The center announced Friday that follow-up testing on dead Utah grebes showed they had the virus, the first time it has been seen in them. SENT: 285 words.
WENGEN, Switzerland — Downhill racer Jared Goldberg of Holladay, Utah, pressed his claim Saturday for a spot on the four-man United States team in the glamor event of the Sochi Olympics. A career-best 12th-place finish in World Cup races, from start number 40 in a shortened Lauberhorn downhill, lifted the 22-year-old Goldberg’s chances and put pressure on more experienced teammates with one qualifying race remaining. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 465 words, photos.
FRE–US GRAND PRIX
PARK CITY, Utah — Keri Herman completed her quest for the Sochi Olympics on Saturday by finishing second in the ski slopestyle qualifier at the U.S. Grand Prix. Herman’s best run scored a 91.80 and clinched the third and final guaranteed spot for the games with an additional woman’s spot potential still available. By Alex Markham. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 400 words after evening’s halfpipe events.
Shani Davis will be chasing history at the Sochi Olympics. For Sven Kramer and Claudia Pechstein, it’s all about making up for the ones that got away. The longtime star of the U.S. team, Davis has a shot at becoming the first male speedskater to win the same event at three straight Winter Games. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 790 words, photos.
SALT LAKE CITY — Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead a balanced attack as Utah held off a late rally to surprise No. 25 UCLA 74-69 on Saturday. Delon Wright, Brandon Taylor and Kenneth Ogbe each scored 12 points to help the Utes (14-4, 3-3 Pac-12) earn their first victory over the Bruins since the 1983 NCAA tournament. By John Coon. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — BYU faces Santa Clara. Tipoff at 8 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — Trey Burke and the Utah Jazz visit the free-falling Minnesota Timberwolves, who have lost four of their last five to fall a season-low three games under .500. By Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: About 750 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.
— GAY MARRIAGE-UTAH — Lawyers for Utah’s same-sex couples are asking a federal appeals court to deny state officials’ request for more time to prepare arguments in defense of Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.
— SKI LIFT ACCIDENT — A 4-year-old girl is recovering after being injured in a fall from a ski lift at a southern Utah resort.
— DOUBLE SLAYING-UTAH — Washington County prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty for a man charged in the death of a 20-year-old woman.
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