Here’s the news to start your day on Nov. 28.
Utah braces for winter storm
Winter has arrived along the Wasatch Front.
Utah remains under a winter storm warning through Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Drivers should expect snowy conditions on Monday, lasting until early Tuesday morning, according to the AP.
Watch KSL meteorologist Dan Guthrie break down the morning commute in the video below:
Ethiopian refugee family reunites after 6 years apart
Riyana Mamesani was separated from her children in 2011 when she was sent to jail in Kenya as a political prisoner. She never thought she’d see them again, according to the Deseret News.
But the four children stuck together, and were moved to Utah in 2015 as part of Catholic Community Services’ Refugee Foster Care program. Just months after moving to the Beehive State, they learned that their mother planned to move to the United States from Kenya after serving her jail sentence.
"Even though everybody had a mom and dad, even if we were jealous, we just had each other," said Sorate Mamesani, 14, about her siblings.
No matter how much time the children and their mother spent apart, Riyana never lost the faith.
"When she worried, she always prayed (to) God, and she prayed, 'Just one (more) day,'" Sorate said, translating. "Then finally that one day came."
Read more about this heartwarming story at the Deseret News.
Fidel Castro dies over the weekend
Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro is dead at 90 years old. The New York Times published a 7,500-word obituary of the Cuban leader highlighting Castro’s reign, which lasted through 11 different American presidents. Workers in Havana set up tributes along fences over the weekend to honor Castro.
Castro’s death sparked a wealth of reactions across the United States. Those who were exiled from Cuba celebrated Castro’s death over the weekend, CNN reported.
Christina Rojas, the daughter of Cuban-born, is a Utahn who feels similarly. As we reported over the weekend, Rojas said she was happy to see Castro pass away.
"Hallelujah. I wish my mom could be able to see it. We waited so long for it," Rojas told the Deseret News on Saturday. "If they're not Communists, every Cuban feels this way. This is a very big day for us
Jaime Suchlicki, director of the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, told the Associated Press that Castro will be remembered by all, both in positive and negative lights.
"He's always been perceived as infallible, and that will be highlighted even more, his legacy rehashed so its impact on history is greater," Suchlicki said.
‘Moana’ swims its way to the top of the box office
Thanksgiving weekend proved quite beneficial for the new Disney hit film “Moana.” The movie cruised to a solid $81.1 million opening weekend, earning $55.5 million from Friday to Sunday alone, according to the Associated Press.
The film didn’t hit “Frozen” levels — which earned $93.6 million over the same weekend — but it did become the second highest Thanksgiving debut in history.
The film tells the tale of young Moana, who goes on a journey with the retired demigod Maui (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) across the sea. It sports music from Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame.
Disney executives said this is a positive sign for family-friendly films getting Thanksgiving Day releases.
"If you look at the track record of this year, there's definitely a correlation to the films that have broken out and become hits," Dave Hollis, head of domestic distribution at Disney, told the Associated Press. "Each of (Disney's top performers) had Rotten Tomatoes scores in the 90 percent range, each of them had CinemaScores that were A's. If you make something that has great story and huge scale and is ultimately living under the brand, the chances of having success are overwhelmingly higher."
Ravens master two-hand touch
Don’t think two-hand touch starts and ends on Thanksgiving.
On Sunday night, the Ravens played a little Thanksgiving trickery on their opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, by allowing their special teams to accrue a number of penalties in hopes of running out the clock.
The funniest penalty? Literally holding back Bengals players.