Christopher Smart, Salt Lake Tribune

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Past articles by Christopher:

Christopher Smart: Rep. Stewart, Sen. Lee and a real nightmare

I had a bad dream — a real nightmare. I dreamed I saw a Salt Lake Tribune headline that read: “Mike Lee says Trump is a gift.” → Read More

Utah Pride Center has a new director and a new home

It’s a new day for the Utah Pride Center — the Salt Lake City organization that serves the LGBTQ communities has a bright, new building and a new, energetic director. → Read More

Up to 5 years in prison for woman who ran over 6 people, killing one, in Salt Lake City

A parolee who drove into a crowd of homeless people on the evening of July Fourth near The Road Home shelter was sentenced Friday to up to five years in prison. → Read More

Kids from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind take their skills to Capitol Hill

Kelsey Ensign, 6, and Cameron Draper, 7, seem like average fun-loving first-graders. But these bright-eyed kids talk with their hands. → Read More

Sex trafficking will continue until underlying economic causes are identified, expert says at Utah symposium

The trafficking of young people for sex is something that goes mostly unspoken, yet it is prevalent worldwide and in Salt Lake City. → Read More

What some Salt Lake City homeless people would like to see in 2018

The salutation “Have a happy and prosperous New Year” is one we often hear this time of year. But for those on the bottom rungs of society, the phrase is freighted with both irony and hope. → Read More

Utah DACA supporters push for new legislation for Dreamers

There is power in art — and undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, let two downtown Salt Lake City installations do the talking for them Tuesday. It’s an effort, organizers said, to awaken Utah’s congressional delegation to the fact that time is running out for people who were brought to this country illegally as children and are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals… → Read More

A new coalition seeks Rosie Tapia’s killer after 22 years

The family of 6-year-old Rosie Tapia won’t let die her 1995 abduction and murder, and said Monday they have new leads in the case, but need the public’s help putting together the remaining pieces of the puzzle. → Read More

Mobile pantry helps feed Wasatch Front school kids and their families

A big truck — a mobile food pantry — rolled up to Salt Lake City’s Jackson Elementary, not far from downtown west of the freeway, in a much anticipated stop for kids and their parents Thursday. → Read More

What do you need to know about SLC Council candidates Amy Fowler and Abe Smith?

Public defender Amy Fowler and technology specialist Abe Smith, both 39, are squaring off in the contest for Salt Lake City’s District 7 City Council seat, as Lisa Adams steps down after one term. → Read More

Trump’s newest directive could cut refugee arrivals to a trickle

The Trump administration’s latest travel ban and enhanced vetting protocols issued this week would significantly slow refugee resettlement in Utah and across the nation. → Read More

Utah cops stopping homeless to see their ID, but are they breaking the law in doing so?

Scruffy-looking pedestrians along North Temple and elsewhere in Salt Lake City should be prepared to show identification — despite their legal right not to carry ID. → Read More

Sister of man killed by Salt Lake City police said officers 'didn't give him a chance'

Mayor Jackie Biskupski moved to find common ground between law enforcement and the minority community late Monday after video of the controversial shooting of a 50-year-old black man by Salt Lake City police went viral. → Read More

50 tons of trash removed from homeless camps along Jordan River

It’s unsightly, unhealthy, bad for the environment and it stinks. → Read More

In Mesquite, Nev., neighbors are shocked that the Las Vegas shooter lived among them

Mesquite, Nev. • It’s a quiet little oasis that’s quickly filling up with retirement homes — a place where you can relocate and never be noticed. → Read More

Despite modest gains, ‘intergenerational poverty’ is still a challenge in Utah, report says

Childhood poverty continues to decline modestly in Utah, according to a state evaluation, but intergenerational poverty, in which two or more generations remain at low-income levels, remains stagnant. → Read More

Utah colleges and resettlement programs in limbo as Trump puts squeeze on refugees and immigrants

Fewer immigrants, fewer refugees. President Donald Trump’s policies continue to mirror campaign promises to pull back from decades of easing restrictions on newcomers in the face of a global crisis. → Read More

Report: Salt Lake City police can build public trust through better training and accountability

In 2014 and 2015, a spate of deadly shootings by police officers grabbed headlines in Utah and put the public on edge. Two of the shootings occurred in the capital city and led to an investigation by the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission. → Read More

Don’t say ‘crackdown,’ ‘sweep,’ ‘homeless’ or ‘addicts’ at Salt Lake City Hall

Public relations is a necessary thing — especially when you’re executing a law enforcement “coordinated effort” (don’t use the word “roundup”) involving the homeless — er, that is “people experiencing homelessness” and folks with substance use disorder (never say “addicts”). → Read More

Outdoor interactive exhibit on refugees coming to Salt Lake City

An outdoor exhibition, guided tour and virtual reality experience will bring Utahns up close with the global refugee crisis next week and what those people face as they are forced to flee their homes, sometimes on a moment’s notice. → Read More