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NEW YORK (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival has found its new leader from within, promoting Sundance Institute documentary program director Tabitha Jackson to festival director. Jackson takes the reins of the premier American film festival following previous director John Cooper. Jackson becomes the first woman, the first black person and the first Brit to head the Park City festival for independent film. Jackson’s appointment means that the top three positions at Sundance are all filled by women. Keri Putnam is the chief executive and executive director of Sundance Institute, the nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by Robert Redford that puts on the festival. Kim Yutani is the festival’s programming director.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't want his platform to be used to “rip society apart” but that at some point the social media company must stand up for free speech. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Zuckerberg said during a speech Friday in Salt Lake City that the company's upcoming steps to protect free expression are going to upset a lot of people. The company has come under pressure to do more to clamp down on fake accounts and misinformation after Russian actors used Facebook and other social media platforms to interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Scholars at a Utah university are trying to unlock a mystery after discovering a nearly 70-year-old transcript of an interview with a notorious brothel owner that is written in a shorthand style that few people can read today. The Standard-Examiner reports the notes are from an interview with madam Rossette Davie. She ran the Rose Rooms brothel with her husband in the 1940s and 1950s. The pages could be a treasure trove of material for local historians. But the 1951 transcription is written in a decades-old shorthand style that few people use today. Weber State University historians are asking for help from anyone who might be able to read the dictation.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two of the leading Republican candidates for Utah governor weighed in on President Donald Trump during a debate on Friday. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox stood by his critiques of the president and former Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. praised him for his approach on China. Cox said he would work with the president but doesn’t like his divisive style. Huntsman said he supports the president and lauded Trump for taking on Chinese trade practices. They were among six candidates for governor who met for their first debate. None said they would not support the president. Debate issues ranged from education to affordable housing and taxes.
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