Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Zipper Day" to celebrate the invention of the zipper in 1913.
A curfew in Baltimore helped calm down the civil unrest overnight. The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage while advocates on both sides of the issue rally in Salt Lake City. A new poll shows Salt Lake City's new parking meters could be an issue in this year's election.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 104
- Days to the 2015 election - 188
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 265
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 272
- Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 273
- Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 427
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 560
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- The streets of Baltimore were mostly quiet overnight as a curfew got most of the protestors off the street [Reuters].
- The Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage yesterday, but observers say it's hard to predict which way the court will go on the issue [New York Times, ABC 4, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Both sides on the same-sex marriage issue rally in Salt Lake City [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
- Our latest poll shows the much-maligned parking kiosks in Salt Lake City could become a potent political issue in this year's mayoral election [Utah Policy].
- Provo Businessman Alex Dunn declines to run against Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 despite being recruited for the race by one of Mitt Romney's former advisors [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The Utah Prison Relocation Commission announces a series of three open houses for the public to discuss potential sites for the new facility [Utah Policy, ABC 4, Deseret News, Fox 13].
- Rep. Jon Cox says it's time for Utah Republicans to stop the infighting over SB54 [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Karen Mayne unloads on the DABC for alleged mistreatment of workers [Tribune, Fox 13].
- Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart launch a group to look at how to transfer control of federal lands to states [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake City reduces the number of chronic homeless in the city by 91% over the past decade [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1913 - Gideon Sundbach was issued a patent for the zipper.
- 1945 - U.S. troops liberated 32,000 prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Germany.
- 1975 - U.S. military helicopters evacuated hundreds of American civilians and military support personnel from Saigon the day before North Vietnamese overran the city.
- 1992 - Rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four white police officers of nearly all charges in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.