"There will never be a four-minute mile. A man's heart will not stand it, and that's all there is to it.” – Jake Weber, Fordham track coach (1930s) Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile in 1954. Many runners have since bettered his time. "The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is [...]

For many in Israel, the building and its inhabitants are shrouded in mystery. Some even call it "the secret place." "What is it, these Mormons?" a man with a thick Hebrew accent asks. "Do you know what they believe?" asks a woman in a downtown restaurant. "Why are they here?" a Palestinian taxi driver wonders [...]

The five scariest words in cinema: "Based on a true story." That familiar disclaimer is so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible. But consider those five words more closely: At once grandiose and weaselly, full of both historical gravitas and mushy ambiguity, proclaiming both fact (it's a true story) and fiction (not so fast, we [...]

A local author will finish the final novel in the 12-book "Wheel of Time" fantasy series. Brandon Sanderson was selected by the widow of Robert Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr. He died from a blood disease in September in South Carolina. More than 14 million books in the series have been [...]

Return to the Tabernacle: After a two-year seismic retrofitting, the Salt Lake Tabernacle opened in grand style with a series of free concerts featuring Temple Square's resident performing ensembles and the Utah Symphony – the latter returning to the building it called home for 33 of its 67 seasons. The orchestra's performance of Ralph Vaughan [...]

In the weeks leading to Christmas, an online wine retailer gave 15 percent discounts to anyone who sent in a photo of its newspaper ad snapped with a camera phone. SnapTell Inc., the company helping Wine Enthusiast and other merchants offer such services, uses image-recognition software to determine what offer, video clip or other content [...]

On Friday, January 4, 2008 at 7:00 pm, the Utah Arts Council will open the online, 48-hour film contest 48 HOURS IN UTAH Prizes include: * Award Weekend Passes to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival * Festival Passes to the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival * Memberships to the Salt Lake Film Society, and more! CHECK [...]

These are exciting times for the Utah Symphony & Opera. In its five-year existence, US&O has enjoyed remarkable stability in its artistic and management leadership. But that is about to change. President and CEO Anne Ewers left the organization last June to assume a similar position with Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. The marketing and communications position [...]

You won't find any skeletons in the closet of Salt Lake County's Zoo Arts and Parks program. A new audit found that the program, which provides funding for zoological, cultural and arts organizations, follows all the rules. "The county's ZAP program is in compliance with pertinent regulations and procedures set forth in state statute and [...]

Virginia K. Stitt has earned her place among the best music educators in the state and she's done so by teaching the subject in southern Utah for 30 years. "Virginia is a gem that has been kept secret from a lot of people across the state," said Steve Shirts, a former student of Stitt's, and [...]

As an assistant professor teaching journalism at BYU, I’ve been spending my holidays grading news reporting, journalistic research and First Amendment legal analysis. It’s now time to issue some grades for the news media’s reporting for the past few weeks on Latter-day Saints and their beliefs — most of it prompted by the presidential campaign [...]

Buy AP Photo Reprints Gilbert Strang is a quiet man with a rare talent: helping others understand linear algebra. He's written a half-dozen popular college textbooks, and for years a few hundred students at the elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been privileged to take his course. Recently, with the growth of computer science, demand [...]

Mormons. Just mentioning the name can evoke images as wide-ranging as "polygamists living in the deserts of Utah" and "a traditional all-American family with strong religious values." Click Here For The Video From The Orange County Register

Two hundred graduating students at Brigham Young University-Hawaii were urged today to use the Internet — including blogs and other forms of “new media” — to contribute to a national conversation about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder M. Russell Ballard, an apostle in the Church, told the mostly Mormon student body [...]

Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry has utterly failed to halt the decline of the record album or the rise of digital music sharing. More…

With cocktail glasses clinking in the background, jazz singer Billie Holiday stood near a piano amid partygoers inside an apartment overlooking New York City's Hudson River. She began singing "Good Morning Heartache." It was Nov. 18, 1956. Tony Scott joined her on clarinet as the voices of others gathered at 340 Riverside Drive, including "Tonight [...]

What have you done for our cultural environment lately? That's the question we asked about Utah's biggest names in the arts and entertainment world, using the answers of beat writers, critics and editors to create The Salt Lake Tribune's first-ever list of the state's cultural power brokers. More…  From The Salt Lake Tribune

Years ago, Doug Adams cut a fire extinguisher in half and rapped it with a wrench. The surprising ring from the steel cylinder still resonates through Adams' life and has recently put the veteran steelworker on a new career path – sculpture. Adams, who lives in Deweyville, Box Elder County, with his artist wife Dianne, [...]

When Ivan Lincoln was a lad growing up on a sugar beet farm near Twin Falls, Idaho, he had neighbors who subscribed to "The New Yorker." These neighbors were a bit of an oddity, Lincoln says. "Everybody else subscribed to 'The Farm Journal."' More…  From The Deseret Morning News

Phillip Miner sits in the studio of artist Liz Lemon Swindle, lounging comfortably in an oversized chair. His legs stretch out to display a 3-inch rip in his jeans. His hiking shoes are encrusted with dried mud. He has donned a long-sleeved T-shirt for the occasion. Sunglasses perch on top of Miner's chocolate-brown hair, which [...]

Before he embarked on a two-year mission for the Mormon Church, Sione Pouha heard all the horror stories. Friends told him to expect more than a few doors slammed in his face.  More…  From The New York Times

It's been more than three years since the Hotel Roberts put anyone up for the night. But Thursday 14 ghostly guests bedded down where the historic Provo landmark once stood. More…  From The Deseret Morning News

Javen Tanner runs the theatre department at the Waterford School in Salt Lake City and guest teaches an acting class at Brigham Young University. He majored in theatre and English at BYU, and later received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The Old Globe in San Diego. More… From Meridian Magazine

…Comic Bengt Washburn, who jokes about growing up in Mapleton as a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to offer the site's Mormon punditry. And for the 42-year-old Washburn, who has been working full time as a stand-up for 10 years, it's about time for the spotlight to swing his [...]

Many of you know Mack Wilberg as the associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but what he does behind the scenes is recognized throughout the world. More…  From KSL

A Utah man is honoring fallen soldiers around the country by creating their portraits in wood. In doing so, he made a surprising connection with a family in Roy. More- From KSL

An LDS Church official has urged young people to blog, create Web sites and take advantage of social networks online to help improve people's perceptions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."May I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet . . . to share the gospel and explain [...]

America's next president might, conceivably, be a Mormon. What does that mean? NEAR the edge of Temple Square in Salt Lake City is an unobtrusive statue of a man pulling a wooden handcart, with his family walking beside him. It commemorates a trek more gruelling than the tourists who gawp at it can imagine. More… [...]

A variety of work from Utah artists is currently on display at the Springville Museum of Art and the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. More  From The Deseret Morning News

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of the oldest and largest choirs in the world, with 360 members, all of whom are volunteers and active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Salt Lake City-based choir performed at the winter Olympics there and they have been part of five presidential inaugurations. They [...]

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