Monthly Archives: December 2015

Deseret News heroes of 2015: 7 people who made a difference this year

Most heroes don’t think of themselves as extraordinary people.

In fact, if you were to ask any of the people on this list if they think of themselves as heroes, they’d probably say no.

What they all have in common, however, is a desire to make a difference.

This year’s list includes a doctor who has dedicated much of his life’s work to a subject many of us avoiding thinking about until it’s too late: sickness, aging and death. Atul Gawande isn’t just a doctor, he’s a father and a journalist who has shined a light on subjects like the spread of Ebola and the the long-term impacts of the Affordable Care Act.

“Our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer,” he said.

While Gawande is fairly well known, some of the heroes on

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‘America’s silent disaster:’ Mysteries of the missing

FBI: More than 1,100 ‘active’ missing-persons cases in Tennessee; exact number unknown

By Jim Balloch

In the early-morning hours of April 26, Megan Maxwell drove to her father’s home in Newport to check on him. From there, at 4:27 a.m., she called a friend to say all was OK and she would return home after finishing a cigarette.

About 90 minutes later, Newport Police Officer Derek Wright headed home after working a night shift. He came upon a car fully engulfed in flames on Highway 25/70 about six miles east of town.

The red 2001 Mitsubishi was

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Merry Princemas: Carolers Find Holiday Joy in Tunes of His Royal Badness

“Merry Princemas” carolers: Organizer Elizabeth Stock (c.); Summer Violett (l.); Ben Zurawski, next to Violett.
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NORTH CENTER — Carolers gathered Wednesday night in North Center’s Town Square to serenade the neighborhood with a heartfelt rendition of the holiday classic … “Purple Rain.”

Wait, what?

Allow us to introduce you to the “Merry Princemas” singers who found the Christmas spirit not in chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Rudolph or Bing Crosby but in the unlikeliest of sources — the tunes of pop singer Prince.

The ad hoc troupe of vocalists swapped out “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” for “When Doves Cry” and “1999” and darned if it wasn’t the holliest, jolliest of nights.

The idea for the sing-along was born three Christmases ago, when Elizabeth Stock first noticed a

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Cold case justice: Inside the hunt for civil rights era killers

The phone call came on Sunday, three days after Thanksgiving, 1974. A 19-foot motorboat had been found drifting off Florida’s Gulf Coast near Pensacola. The five men using it for a weekend fishing trip had vanished, and the Coast Guard, which spent the night before searching motels and bars and issuing missing persons bulletins, hadn’t found them.

One of the fishermen was Lee Roy Holloway, a 49-year-old World War II veteran and warehouse worker from Atlanta who lived in a ranch house in a quiet, tight-knit neighborhood on the city’s northwest side. At the time, Holloway’s daughter Janice was a 19-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, but she was staying with her parents during a fall internship at an Atlanta department store. She was ambitious and adventurous, though her father—a stern but devoted family man—still meant everything to her. He was the one who insisted

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Social media sleuths help solve crime

A local attorney turned to the online community when her purse and laptop got stolen.

A local attorney turned to the online community when her purse and laptop got stolen.

Kyndra Griffin’s day got off to a rocky start Thursday morning. Before heading to the courthouse, the Gastonia lawyer went to her car to find someone had broken in and stolen her purse, laptop and work bag. 

She contacted police and filed a report.

Thanks to official investigators, and social media sleuths, the thieves were identified by the end of the work day.

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Griffin got surveillance photos of the suspects from Gaston County investigators.

The man and his girlfriend were allegedly captured on camera shopping at Wal-Mart and a gas station in Belmont with Griffin’s debit card around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Griffin decided to post the photos on Facebook with the hope that someone would recognize

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