Lauren McCluskey

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune

Despite renewed criticism from the mother of slain student Lauren McCluskey, the University of Utah 

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Salt Lake Tribune editors reflect on the stories that defined 2018, including the debate around medical marijuana, the seismic shifts inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, election-year battles, fallen heroes, gun protests and wildfires. 

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Tragedy strikes at the University of Utah when a student athlete is murdered on campus, approximately one year after the shooting death of another student at the University. A debate between candidates for Utah's 3rd Congressional District reveals stark differences in the race. And members of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe express concern about water pollution near the Utah uranium mill that abuts the town of White Mesa.