Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – September 5, 2014

Shurtleff asks that his case be separated from John Swallow's. Sheriff Winder's Republican opponent accuses him of campaign wrongdoing.


  • 60 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 143 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 424 days to the 2015 election
  • 500 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 795 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday's Top-10 headlines:

  1. Mark Shurtleff asks that his case be separated from the charges against John Swallow [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder's Republican opponent is accusing Winder of campaign wrongdoing [Tribune].
  3. Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are found guilty on 11 counts of public corruption [USA Today].
  4. The Utah Supreme Court is considering whether the state's grand jury system violates the Utah Constitution [Tribune].
  5. A federal court strikes down Indiana's an Wisconsin's bans on same-sex marriage [Washington Post].
  6. Bob Bernick says Gov. Gary Herbert and Speaker Becky Lockhart are headed toward disappointment [Utah Policy].
  7. More and more teens are using e-cigarettes according to a new survey [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. A UTA employee files suit claiming she was sexually harassed by coworkers and supervisors did nothing [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake County names Wilf Sommerkorn as regional planning and transportation director [Deseret News].
  10. Comedian Joan Rivers passes away at the age of 81 [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1698 – Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
  • 1774 – The first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
  • 1939 – The United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.
  • 1972 – Palestinian terrorists attacked the Israeli Olympic team at the summer games in Munich. 11 athletes and coaches were killed along with five terrorists.
  • 1975 – President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life in Sacramento, California, by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson.