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U Celebrates MLK with Week of Events

The following is a news release from the University of Utah.

Marc Lamont Hill gives keynote address

Jan. 7, 2013 – The University of Utah presents its 30th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 16-23.

The theme for this year’s event is “Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America.” A conversation with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, and a keynote address by award-winning journalist, activist and author Marc Lamont Hill headline the week’s activities.

MLK Week activities at the University of Utah include:

A Conversation with Sybrina Fulton: Mother of Trayvon Martin

Jan. 16, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Olpin Student Union Building, Ballroom, 200 Central Campus Dr.

Downtown Farmers Market accepting vendor applications for 2013

SALT LAKE CITY -- The 21st annual Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market are currently seeking applications from vendors for the upcoming season. Applications will be accepted from February 5 - April 8, 2013 for farmers, art and craft vendors, non-profits and musicians.

The 2013 Downtown Farmers Market will be open June 8 - October 19, in Historic Pioneer Park, offering a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans. The Harvest Market will be open Tuesday evenings August 6 - October 22 for growers only. Reserved space fees are $225 for the full season on Saturdays and $100 for Tuesdays.

Are You Ready to Be a Quitter? Tobacco users get chance to star in commercials, document their fight

If you’re ready to quit using tobacco products and want to share your story with Utah, now is your chance. The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) is hosting a casting call to recruit current Utah tobacco users for its new, statewide reality TV campaign, ‘Be A Quitter.’

Anyone who is thinking about quitting in 2013 can visit www.beaquitterutah.com and tell their story in 250 words or less for a chance to star in the commercials. Those who do will receive extra quit support and motivation, and will be an inspiration to others who are trying to quit.

Participants will receive a stipend plus a tablet device to help them document their quitting process, including struggles and successes, through social media and video updates. The campaign will cast 8-10 participants from across Utah who represent a range of ages and types of tobacco use.

Girl Scouts bring trick-or-treating to patients at Primary Children's Medical Center

SALT LAKE CITY - Girl Scouts brought Halloween to kids at Primary Children's Medical Center.

A Daisy in the Girl Scouts spent a lot of time in Primary Children's hospital because of extensive ear surgery. When she found out she had to stay in the hospital for Halloween, she came up with an idea.

"She said, 'Wait a minute, wait a minute, that's not fair to me. That's not fair for any of the other kids who aren't well enough to trick-or-treat and have to be here at the hospital,'" said Annie Cutler. "Hence the development of this service project with two of our troops from Magna."

The two Girl Scout troops assembled 300 treat bags for the kids so they can stay inside the hospital but get their candy, too.

Memorial to Mr. Downtown dedicated

Memorial to Mr. Downtown dedicated

SALT LAKE CITY - The Downtown Alliance and Downtown Merchants Association unveiled a permanent memorial dedicated to the man known as Mr. Downtown on Thursday.

Last February, Richard Wirick was killed by a UTA bus while in a crosswalk as he was on his way to a committee meeting.

"He came to every meeting with a suggestion or a comment that was positive, productive. He never tore anything down and that's the thing I think everybody remembers," said Gunther Ribenger.

Wirick owned the Oxford Shop, a men's shoe store, for more than 60 years. At 82 years old, he was still going strong with no plans for retirement.

Utah's Hogle Zoo has a new giraffe

Utah's Hogle Zoo has a new giraffe

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's Hogle Zoo has a new baby girl.

The six-foot-tall giraffe is the latest addition to the zoo. She doesn't have a name yet but her mom Kapenzi was pregnant for fourteen months and had a normal delivery.

Mom and baby were on display at the zoo for the first time on Wednesday.

"We're very excited. What we're focused on is having baby and mom building that bond together so they can have that bonding opportunity," said Cindy Segneri.

The new giraffe was born on Sept. 23. Dad Riley was sent to a zoo in Oregon because the zoo has limited space due to construction of its African Savannah Project

Utah Multicultural Affairs encourages voter registration

SALT LAKE CITY — Around 6 million Americans have reported they do not vote because they do not know how to register, or they missed their state’s voter registration deadline, according to the U.S. Census. Utah has been reported as having one of the lowest voting rates in the country.

Multicultural Affairs wants to ensure that all Utahns have the opportunity to register and participate in this year’s general election.  “In Utah the ethnic population represents approximately 20 percent of the total population.[1] As the State of Utah becomes more diverse, it is important that all groups participate in the political process of voting,” Multicultural Affairs Director Claudia Nakano said.