Amid a #MeToo culture, Southern Baptists mull ways to increase women’s roles

Over scones and chocolates, hundreds of Southern Baptist women gathered for tea in a convention center ballroom Monday (June 11) on the eve of their denomination’s annual meeting. They were attending “Tea@3” a tradition of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school until recently led by Paige Patterson, the revered Southern Baptist leader who was terminated in May after reports he mishandled student rape allegations and made comments demeaning to women. Patterson announced last week that he would not attend the annual meeting so as not “to detract in any way from the important business of our convention.” But at “Tea@3” Patterson’s wife, Dorothy, was seated at one of the front… Read More

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Man survives 20 hours inside wrecked truck off canyon road in Utah County

MAPLETON, Utah County — A man is expected to recover after spending about 20 hours inside a wrecked pickup truck in a secluded area below a canyon road, police say. Investigators believe the man crashed the truck off of Right Creek Hobble Road about 6:30 p.m. Monday several miles east of the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon, and that his vehicle then went undetected overnight, said Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon. The crash wasn’t reported until an off-duty police officer spotted the truck about 100 feet below the roadway just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cannon said. Arriving emergency crews found the man inside his truck and he was flown… Read More

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Bill aims to combat derelict freighters, trawlers and barges littering Delta

OAKLEY — They can be bought for a song at a government auction and towed to the Delta, run aground and used as homes or junkyards, but many of these massive, derelict commercial vessels are abandoned and leaking pollutants into the waters. In 2016, the Spirit of Sacramento, an 85-foot paddle-wheeler built in 1967, was bought at auction for $1,000 after its former owner couldn’t pay fees to Oyster Point Marina in San Francisco. The buyers tried to pilot it up through the Delta, but foundered in False River, an aptly named waterway. It eventually cost around $3 million to clean up. Though the State Land Commission successfully located and… Read More

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George H.W. Bush becomes 1st US president to turn 94

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — George H.W. Bush enjoyed a relaxing birthday on Tuesday as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94. The nation’s 41st president was receiving calls and taking it easy at his seaside home eight days after being released from a hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure, said Chief of Staff Jean Becker. Bush’s office shared a letter from the president in which he said, “My heart is full on the first day of my 95th year.” “As many of you know, for years I have said the three most important things in life are faith, family and friends. My faith has never… Read More

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Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest. Doctors near his small town sent him to Puerto Rico’s main hospital for emergency surgery for an aortic aneurysm. But when the ambulance pulled into the parking lot in the capital, San Juan, after a more than two-hour drive, a doctor ran out to stop it. “He said, ‘Don’t bring him in here, I can’t care for him. I don’t have power. I don’t have water. I don’t have an anesthesiologist,’” Perez’s daughter, Nerybelle, recalled. The 95-year-old Perez died as the ambulance drove him back to southwestern Puerto Rico… Read More

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VIDEO: Surveillance footage captures driver bursting through the windshield in a fiery SUV crash in Florida

Surveillance video captured a fiery SUV crash in Florida that launched a driver out of the windshield of the vehicle. The white Cadillac SUV collided with a toll booth in Osceola County on June 3. Police told a local news station the driver may have been “fatigued.” The driver was lying motionless on the ground for several minutes after the crash, but survived, and so did the rest of the passengers, who had been visiting from Canada according to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kim Montes, who was cited by the Orlando Sentinel. Surveillance video captured a terrifying vehicle crash in Florida — including the moment the driver burst through the… Read More

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Salt Lake Bees, Lyft partner for home game transport

SALT LAKE CITY — The Larry H. Miller Group, owner of the Salt Lake Bees, announced a new partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft for home game transport options. The AAA-affiliate of the Anaheim Angels made Lyft its “official ride-share partner” and established a designated pickup and drop-off area — decorated with bright pink Lyft banners and flags — on 1300 South directly across from the Bees home stadium, Smith’s Ballpark. Bees officials said the partnership adds a great new option for the team’s players, employees and fans. “We are excited to partner with Lyft as the official ride-share partner for the Salt Lake Bees,” said Marc Amicone, Bees president and… Read More

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There was actually a civil, hopeful and energizing meeting at Seattle City Hall on Tuesday: Here’s what many missed amid the chaos

K. Wyking Garrett speaks at Seattle City Hall. (GeekWire photo) The fireworks were flying Tuesday afternoon at Seattle City Hall. But amid the protest chants, council waffling and constant din of an especially loud gong, progress was happening. It just wasn’t where people were looking. I happened to be at City Hall on the same day that the City Council reversed its position on the so-called head tax, but I wasn’t there to take in the political drama unfolding just outside the Bertha Knight Landes Room. I was listening to K. Wyking Garrett, the passionate and eloquent community leader — and third generation Seattleite — who is president of the… Read More

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Trump accepts Kim Jong Un’s invitation to visit North Korea, state media claims

President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to North Korea, according to Pyongyang’s state-run media outlet. Trump also extended a White House invitation to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Kim accepted, the propaganda outlet said. Trump first mentioned his intent to invite the Kim to the White House during their historic summit in Singapore a day earlier. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to North Korea, according to Pyongyang’s state-run media outlet. North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed that Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a “convenient time” and that Trump had invited Kim to the US. “The two top leaders gladly… Read More

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Doug Robinson: The LeBron Sweepstakes, Part III, and the problem with superteams

SALT LAKE CITY — Welcome back to the LeBron James Sweepstakes, Part III. The big question: Will he leave the Cavaliers (again) and resume his never-ending quest for The Perfect Teammates. Where will he land this time? James is getting plenty of courting from fellow players. Joel Embiid is trying to persuade James to join the 76ers. Chris Paul is recruiting him for the Rockets or to pair up on another team. Enes Kanter is recruiting him for the Knicks. Dejounte Murray wants him as a Spurs teammate, although that seems unlikely because Gregg Popovich isn’t going to let James take control of the team and do his job for… Read More

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