A poster that linked Rep. Ilhan Omar with 9/11 sparked pandemonium at the West Virginia statehouse

A poster linking Rep. Ilhan Omar with the 9/11 terror attacks sparked pandemonium in West Virginia’s statehouse on Friday. One state official resigned after being accused of calling all Muslim’s “terrorists.” One Democratic lawmaker admitted he kicked open a door that injured a staff member. The West Virginia Republican Party distanced itself from the poster on Friday, saying the party was unaware of the poster before it was displayed by an exhibitor. An Islamophobic poster displayed at the West Virginia statehouse this week sparked pandemonium on Friday that ended with the resignation of one state official, the injury of a staff member, and condemnation from Omar herself. The poster featured… Read More

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Inside the newsroom: A conversation with Cosmo about BYU and his big week

SALT LAKE CITY — Cosmo the Cougar stopped by the newsroom this week to reflect on the seismic impact the op-ed he wrote and published in the Deseret News on Tuesday has had on many who have felt like they don’t belong. In his case, his fame as Cosmo the Cougar (he’s now a former Cosmo working in New York) went far beyond the BYU Provo campus when he teamed with the Cougarettes to perform dance routines that went viral. He became known as the best mascot in America, serving as a furry ambassador for the university. Readers of his op-ed now also know him as Charlie Bird, the man… Read More

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Utah hiker dies after boulder rolls on top of her, police say

STANSBURY PARK, Tooele County — A 37-year-old woman died Saturday after a large boulder rolled onto her while hiking at Stansbury Island, according to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was hiking down a trail and was on the boulder when it moved and trapped her, police said. The woman then fell forward and the boulder somehow rolled on top of her, authorities said. Officials were working to recover her body Saturday night, police confirmed. Police have not yet released the woman’s name. More information will be posted as it becomes available. …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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THE MOBILE CHECKOUT BENCHMARK REPORT: How Amazon, Target, and other top e-tailers rank on checkout features that drive conversion (AMZN, TGT, WMT)

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Current subscribers can read the report here. Mobile commerce (m-commerce) isn’t just the future of online shopping — it’s absorbing more and more e-commerce in the present. Business Insider Intelligence projects m-commerce will account for nearly 40% of US online sales by 2023, totaling $447 billion. And 49% of shopping traffic from November 1 through December 6 in 2018 went through smartphones, according to Adobe. Despite its popularity, m-commerce faces serious conversion issues that retailers need to improve on. In North America, mobile browsers posted a conversion rate of just 6% in Q2 compared with desktop’s 11%, according… Read More

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Photos: Salt Lake Off-Road Expo has a ‘hole’ lot to offer

In addition to the off-road vehicles, products and accessories, the Salt Lake Off-Road Expo at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy includes tournaments hosted by Social Axe Throwing and Galactic Tag, as well as panels and presentations. Free kid-friendly activities include an inflatable slide, climbing wall, face painting, balloon animals and a magic show. See the world through the eyes of award-winning photojournalists. Click through the gallery above to view the unique images our visual storytellers captured today. Follow the official Deseret News Instagram account for more photographs and videos from the staff. …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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VR isn’t just for gamers — here’s how Audi, Lowe’s and Macy’s are using it to boost sales and employee training (M, WMT, AUDVF, LOW, UPS)

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here. Virtual reality (VR) offers immersive experiences in which users can hear, see, and interact with 360-degree digital environments using head-mounted displays (HMDs) and handheld motion devices. The technology has been historically associated with consumer-facing gaming, but it’s been gaining traction in the enterprise over the past year. In fact, companies such as Macy’s, Lowe’s, Walmart, and UPS, among others, have all launched new VR programs since 2017. And as more businesses look to tap the technology, this… Read More

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