A.M. notes: Salt Lake City leaders counter Utah over land, inside look at Jazz star Jae Crowder, Shaun White wins gold


Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 14, 2018.

Salt Lake City counters state over disputed land

Salt Lake City leaders submitted their proposal Monday that would look to redevelop the city’s northwest quadrant, according to the Deseret News.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall and other city officials said Monday that they want Salt Lake City to receive equal power in developing the land. Currently, state officials are developing a committee to figure out how to rebuild the area.

Salt Lake City leaders submitted a business plan to help with the economic development of the quadrant area.

“The mayor and (Mendenhall) did a very good job communicating our desire to be partners and share the vision of the northwest quadrant, but also how important maintaining land use authority and taxing authority is to the city,” said David Litvack, Biskupski’s deputy chief of staff.

Salt Lake City leaders said they have felt wary of any move by the state to take control of that area, saying that the state would give city officials limited control and influence.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Shaun White wins historic gold medal

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Shaun White landed a thrilling run Wednesday afternoon to win Team USA’s historic 100th Winter Olympic gold medal, according to the Deseret News.

White said that he couldn’t believe he won.

“Oh, man, that was awful and amazing at the same time,” White said after he completed the run and won the gold medal. “I knew I did a great ride, and I was proud of that, and I could walk away with my head high. But when they announced my score, and I’d won, it crippled me.”

White’s victory was a close one, barely defeating Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, who laid down a 95.25 run. White finished the day with a captivating 97.75 run.

“I was so overwhelmed with happiness, I’ve been through so much to get here,” White said. “I had this crazy injury in New Zealand where I busted my face open. I actually did the same trick that injured me here in the halfpipe today, so there were a lot of obstacles to overcome. And now it’s all worth it.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

A closer look at Utah Jazz star Jae Crowder

The Deseret News recently took a deeper look into the newest Utah Jazz player Jae Crowder, who was acquired on the day of the trade deadline.

Crowder competed in his first home game as a Utah Jazz player Monday night, contributing to the 101-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Crowder’s teammates and coaches have praised him for his defensive ability and his willingness to jump into the rotation.

“I think the thing that I have told him is the goal is 10 feet and it’s still just basketball and don’t get hung up on, ‘Do I know the right play?’ or, ‘Am I in the right spot?’” Snyder said. “If you aren’t in the right spot, keep playing.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

South Africa’s Zuma crisis continues

South Africa’s elite police raided the home of President Jacob Zuma’s family as pressure mounts for the leader to step down from his post, according to BBC.

Officials told BBC that authorities arrested three people in the home as part of an ongoing investigation into the wealthy Gupta family, who “have been accused of using their close friendship with Mr. Zuma to wield enormous political influence.”

Zuma’s political party has given Zuma until the end of the day to resign over his alleged connections to the Guptas.

Both Zuma and the Guptas deny all allegations.

Read more at BBC.


U.S. News: Israeli Leader Vows to Carry on Despite Corruption Charges

CBS News: U.S., Russia won’t confirm U.S. strikes killed “mercenaries”

The Washington Post: $30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

BBC: World chess body accounts closed over president’s Syria sanction

BBC: Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

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