Howard Berkes

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Boy Scouts Eject Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock

Monday, October 21, 2013

The two men involved in the destruction of an ancient rock formation in a Utah state park have been stripped of their leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America and drummed out of scouting altogether.

A terse statement issued by the Utah National Parks Council of the BSA ...


Former Massey Exec Gets 42 Months In Mine Disaster Case

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

David Hughart is now the highest-ranking former executive of Massey Energy to go to jail for crimes related to the worst coal mine disaster in 40 years.

On Tuesday, a judge in West Virginia sentenced Hughart to 42 months in jail and three years of supervised release.

Hughart, ...


Sabotage Prompts Two-Year Bans For Olympic Skater And Coach

Monday, August 26, 2013


That's how a disciplinary panel at the International Skating Union (ISU) describes the behavior of former U.S. Olympic short track speedskating coach Jae Su Chun during a contentious international meet in Poland in 2011.

American Olympic medalist Simon Cho confessed last Fall to sabotaging the skate of a ...


Wildfire Forces Kick Into Highest Gear

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The 2013 wildfire season hit a milestone Tuesday: Preparedness Level 5, an officious way of saying resources are stretched thin and it could quickly get worse.

Preparedness Level 5 is the highest on the national wildfire preparedness scale, which the National Interagency Fire Center uses to chart wildfire activity, ...


2013 Wildfire Season Proving To Be More Mild Than Wild

Thursday, August 15, 2013

With 15,000 firefighters deployed and three dozen major wildfires currently burning in five Western states, this would seem to be a wildfire season for the record books. And in one tragic aspect, it is. But by most measures, 2013 is the second-mildest fire season in the past decade ... so ...


Brawl Puts 'Bad' Back Into Badminton

Monday, July 22, 2013

A year after an embarrassing match-fixing scandal at the London Olympics, badminton is back in the news for being unexpectedly badass.

As the Vancouver Sun reports, former Olympic doubles partners Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit of Thailand got into a racket-swinging, fist-pounding, shirt-ripping brawl Sunday during the final ...


Talk Of Boycotting Russian Olympics Stirs Emotions

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a shudder through the Olympic world Wednesday when he told American Olympic network NBC that the United States should consider boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics if Russia grants the asylum request of "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden.

"I love the Olympics but I ...


Wildfire Season So Far: Tragic, Destructive And Below Average

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

It may seem like wildfire Armageddon out there, given the tragic deaths of 24 wildland firefighters this year, more than 800 homes and businesses burned to the ground, nearly 1.6 million acres scorched and over 23,000 blazes requiring suppression.

But as dramatic as it's been, the 2013 wildfire season has ...


Teen Who Served Time For Bomb Plot Wants Your Vote For Mayor

Friday, June 21, 2013

Joshua Kyler Hoggan of Roy, Utah, probably wasn't thinking this far ahead when he conspired to blow up his high school last year.

Hoggan, now 18 and a student at Weber State University, has declared his candidacy for mayor of Roy, challenging two-term incumbent Joe Ritchie and City Council member ...


Amid Turmoil, U.S. Speedskating Chief Resigns

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Already on thin ice after months of turmoil and scandal, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating (USS) has resigned.

Mark Greenwald's departure comes just eight months before the next winter Olympics and during a restructuring and reform effort prompted by financial struggles, formal complaints by athletes, accusations of ...


Colorado's Black Forest Fire Is Now 30 Percent Contained

Friday, June 14, 2013

While firefighters are holding the line, the Black Forest fire northeast of Colorado Springs is being called the most destructive in Colorado history.

Update At 7:35 p.m. ET. Progress Reported

The fire is now 30 percent contained, officials say.

"We had a real good day without wind," says federal incident ...


U.S. Olympic Skater's Sabotage Gets Day In 'Court'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Months of claims and counterclaims come to a head in a hotel conference room in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, when the International Skating Union considers the deliberate sabotage of a speed skate involving an American Olympic medalist and, allegedly, his former coach.

The ISU's disciplinary commission is scheduled to hear testimony ...


Federal Defender Wants Out Of Terrorism Case Due To Budget Cuts

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A federal public defender in Idaho wants a judge to find another lawyer for an Uzbek national charged with aiding a terrorist group and training others in how to build and use a weapon of mass destruction.

The reason? Samuel Richard Rubin, executive director of the federal defender's office ...


Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

If you've felt smug and safe using built-in, voice-controlled technology for text messages, email and phone calls while driving, forget it. There are some sobering findings about the risk of distraction from the American Automobile Association and the University of Utah.

The proliferation of hands-free technology "is a looming public ...


Amid Data Controversy, NSA Builds Its Biggest Data Farm

Monday, June 10, 2013

As privacy advocates and security experts debate the validity of the National Security Agency's massive data gathering operations, the agency is putting the finishing touches on its biggest data farm yet.

The gargantuan $1.2 billion complex at a National Guard base 26 miles south of Salt Lake City features 1.5 ...


The Iceman Swimmeth, Chanting 'F Cancer'

Friday, June 07, 2013

Goody Tyler isn't just any hard-core Great Salt Lake swimmer. He's a certified "ice swimmer." In December, Tyler swam 1 mile in the lake when the water temperature was only 41 degrees, the maximum temperature for an official "ice swim."

"You're only allowed to wear one cap, one pair ...


Grain Deaths Fall In 2012 But Industry Share Grows

Friday, June 07, 2013

A new report from grain safety researchers at Purdue University says eight people died while trapped in grain last year, another steep drop from the record year of 2010, when 31 people lost their lives in grain bins and other grain storage facilities.

The continued decline in incidents since 2010 ...


Salt, Flies, Pickled Tongues: A Perfect Great Salt Lake Swim

Friday, June 07, 2013

It's the "liquid lie of the desert," as writer Terry Tempest Williams describes it, a vast inland sea so salty it triggers retching when swallowed. Brine shrimp swarm its waters and brine flies blanket the shore. In the right wind and weather its putrid smell reaches Salt Lake ...


U.S. Skater Will Boycott Disciplinary Hearing On Tampering

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

U.S. Olympic speedskater Simon Cho will boycott a hearing next week that could result in his receiving a lifetime ban from the sport, NPR has learned.

Cho is the short-track bronze medalist (Vancouver, 2010) who in October confessed to sabotaging the skate of a Canadian athlete during an international ...