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Couple’s hospital marriage proves cancer can’t stop commitment

SALT LAKE CITY — The idea of a picture perfect wedding has always looked a little different through the eyes of Elizabeth Weissman and Vinnie Ryan.

“We met online in a video gaming forum,” Weissman said.

They’re a couple who survived months of online dating and distance.

“She was in Oklahoma, and I was in Montana,” Ryan said.

But after finally moving to the same place, they were met with a new set of challenges.

“It’s been a romantic adventure, Weissman said. “Our bond has kept us afloat, and it will continue to do so.”

Following a yearlong courtship, Weissman, 21, and Ryan, 25, decided they never wanted to be apart again. Ryan proposed just after the couple moved into an apartment together in Montana. But shortly after they began to celebrate their lives together, Ryan’s life took a turn for the worse.

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Two men kiss on stage during play about murder, controversy follows

SALT LAKE CITY — A play about murder containing a brief moment of romance has sparked a conversation among patrons of Pioneer Theatre Company, the professional company located on the campus of the University of Utah.

It wasn’t supposed to be controversial. Deathtrap was written by Ira Levin 36 years ago. It was made into a movie starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve…rated PG.

But, SPOILER ALERT (does that count after 36 years?): Two men kiss at the end of the first act.

It’s more than a peck on the cheek and less than a make-out: a romantic kiss that lingers an estimated 3-4 seconds.

“I think most of our patrons are enjoying the production and the shocking revelation that the kiss provides,” said Chris Lino, the managing director at Pioneer Theatre Company.

One of his patrons disagrees, strongly.

Drug bust nets 13 arrests, 7 firearms, 8 vehicles and $175,000

SALT LAKE CITY – Authorities arrested 13 people Wednesday as part of operations targeting the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin in Utah by alleged gang members.

The arrests were part of a federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force targeting the La Raza gang and their associates.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, officials conducting searches seized about 10 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, seven firearms, eight vehicles and about $175,000 in cash.

The individuals are charged in two indictments unsealed this week, and the charges include distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, possession of methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to distribute and money laundering.

Former Salt Lake Co. mayor to run for Utah State Democratic Party Chair

SALT LAKE CITY — Peter Corroon, who served as the Salt Lake County mayor for eight years, announced Friday he will run to become the next Chair of the Utah State Democratic Party.

Utah Senator Jim Dabakis, the previous chair, announced his resignation from the position in March, citing health reasons and a desire to spend more time with his family.

Corroon said in a press release he is honored to seek the position, and he thanked Dabakis for his leadership over the years and said that leadership strengthened the party.

Corroon said in the release that if he is elected he plans to implement a “29 County Plan” to increase Democratic Party influence statewide.

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SLC police seek suspects in another Family Dollar robbery

SALT LAKE CITY — Family Dollar Stores are being targeted by armed robbers. The fifth robbery in a month happened Thursday night in Salt Lake City’s Marmalade District.

Just before closing time, two men, one of them armed, walked into the store near 300 West 500 North.

“One was armed with a handgun, they ordered everybody to the floor,” said Lt. Dave Cracroft with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The other suspect, who wasn’t armed, jumped the counter and grabbed money from the till.

“Fortunately no one was injured and no shots fired or anything like that,” Lt. Cracroft said.

But for customers who shop here, “that is scary, especially since every time I come, I come with my little boy,” said customer Amie Johnson.

“I think it makes you angry and worried for people who aren’t aware or have young children,” said customer Ann Beglarian.

LDS Church bans news media from Temple Square during General Conference

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has banned reporters from Temple Square during the faith’s semi-annual General Conference this weekend.

The ban is in response to a demonstration planned by a group of women seeking ordination to the priesthood. The group attempted to enter the men-only priesthood session last year in front of news cameras.

“After careful consideration we determined we would not turn away news media from Temple Square during the protest last October. However, we found the interaction between protestors and news media to be disruptive to the sacred atmosphere of Temple Square and do not wish to play host to similar circumstances again,” LDS Church spokesman Cody Craynor wrote in an email to FOX 13.

Atheist groups to host ‘Mormon Exodus’ during LDS Church conference

SALT LAKE CITY – Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who intend to leave the LDS Church plan to hand deliver letters of resignation at Temple Square during the same weekend as the LDS Church’s semi-annual General Conference.

Atheists of Utah and the national organization American Atheists are organizing the event, and they said in their press release “The event coincides with the semi-annual Mormon 2014 General Conference.”

American Atheists President David Silverman will speak at City Creek Park following the delivery of the letters and march around Temple Square, according to the release. Events are planned from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here for more details.