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ICYMI: 10 stories from the weekend

Amelia Powers Gardner was elected Utah County’s first female county commissioner at the Utah County Convention on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

(Amelia Powers Gardner)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Here are 10 stories you may have missed over the weekend. As always, click on the headline to read the full story.

1. 'Nomadland' wins best picture at a social distanced Oscars

Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" won best picture Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards, where the China-born Zhao also became just the second woman to win best director, and the first woman of color.

2. New Salt Lake investigations chief hopes to be 'role model for everyone'

People he doesn't recognize often stop Joe Tarver in public and tell him they're grateful he arrested them more than a decade ago, saying things like "I want to thank you for treating me like a human," and "you saved my life."

3. Medical marijuana legal in Utah, but not always affordable

Pain left from oil-field work defeated traditional pain pills and dominated William Adams' life — until he tried medical marijuana. But even as he began venturing outside his home for the first time in years, Adams discovered he couldn't afford the cost.

4. Utah County elects first female county commissioner

Utah County Republicans elected the first female county commissioner in a special election at the Utah County GOP Convention on Saturday.

5. Utah parents issue warning after 5-year-old falls from second-story window

A Saratoga Springs family considered their son's recovery a miracle after he fell 16 feet from a second-story window onto concrete below.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Anderson Julio celebrates a goal against Minnesota United during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, April 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Anderson Julio celebrates a goal against Minnesota United during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, April 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (Photo: Andy Clayton-King, Associated Press)


1. Anderson Julio's brace helps Real Salt Lake to season-opening 2-1 win at Minnesota

Julio notched a brace in his RSL debut, Rubio Rubin added two assists and David Ochoa got his first win as a starting goalkeeper as Real Salt Lake held on for a rare 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

2. BYU men's volleyball earns No. 2 seed to NCAA Tournament, bye to tournament semifinals

BYU will face one of three teams in the semifinals, all conference champions: EIVA champ Penn State (21-3) and Conference Carolinas champ Belmont Abbey (15-7), who will contest a play-in match; and No. 3 Lewis, the 20-2 champion of the MIVA.

3. Jazz try to do too much, accomplish too little in loss to Timberwolves

The Jazz have lost just four times at home. It's a good thing Minnesota won't be making the playoffs.

4. Weber State runs out of magic in upset 1st round playoff loss to Southern Illinois

Between a Hail Mary as time expired or a big defense play, it was always there for the Wildcats. But on Saturday, the Wildcats just couldn't find that magic again and fell to Southern Illinois 34-31.

5. Mike Conley-produced short film 'Two Distant Strangers' wins Oscar for Best Short

Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley was among the producing team on the short film, "Two Distant Strangers," a 29-minute Netflix film that took home an Academy Award in the Short Film (Live Action) category Sunday night.

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.


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