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A.M. notes: What's next in homeless shelter development, Alan Thicke dies, VidAngel announcement

Salt Lake City officials on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, identified sites for four new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake City, including this one at 653 E. Simpson Ave..
Salt Lake City officials on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, identified sites for four new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake City, including this one at 653 E. Simpson Ave..
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Here is some news to start your Wednesday.

Homeless shelters announced, but concern rises

On Tuesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council announced the locations of four homeless resource centers to be built next year, according to the Deseret News.

The new locations include:

• 653 E. Simpson Ave. (near 2300 South)

• 275 W. High Ave. (approximately 1400 South)

• 131 E. 700 South (an existing Deseret Industries facility)

• 648 W. 100 South (owned by city's Redevelopment Agency)

The announcement came after more than two years of deliberation over where these sites would be located. The mayor and City Council chose 20 different locations that they then narrowed down into 11 before selecting the final four, the Deseret News reported.

Early reactions from state leaders and residents expressed excitement over new facilities, but some worry that they’d be in the wrong places, as I wrote about on Tuesday.

Lance Saunders, co-owner of Metro Music Hall at 615 W. 100 South, who will now be just a few feet away from one of the new homeless shelters, expressed concern.

"It's going to be a nightmare here," Saunders said. "You've seen the tent city a few blocks away. It's going to be a situation exactly like that, only smaller."

Saunders also said he wished the city asked for more input from the public.

"No one gave us a say. They didn't have any input from the people that live in this area," he said, according to the Deseret News. "They just said this is where we're going to put it, that's it. Deal with it."

Read more reactions at the Deseret News.

So what’s next? Salt Lake City plans on hosting some public workshops to receive advice on how to build these locations, according to the Deseret News. They are expected to break ground in 2017.

VidAngel plans to launch original content

A day after a federal judge filed an injunction against VidAngel, the online streaming service that allows users to filter and edit movies decided to take matters, and in this case content, into its own hands.

On Tuesday, VidAngel CEO Neal Harmon announced that the company will file for an appeal to the injunction, and that it will launch a new project called VidAngel Studios, which will offer original family-friendly content, according to the Deseret News.

“The legal battle for filtering is far from over,” Harmon said, according to a statement. "We are seeking a stay of the injunction and are appealing the judge’s decision. But as we fight through the legal process, VidAngel will continue to be America’s home for family-friendly content."

The company plans to launch the production studio in early 2017.

VidAngel has been a part of an ongoing legal battle with Hollywood studios, who attest that the streaming service is unlawful. VidAngel, though, contests that it is acting in accordance with the 2005 Family Movie Act, which allows people to pause or mute movies they own.

To learn more about the legal battle, read Whitney Evans’ report at the Deseret News.

Alan Thicke dies

Actor Alan Thicke, who was well-known for his role as a sitcom father in the 1980s, died on Tuesday at the age of 69, according to the Associated Press.

Thicke died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, according to Carleen Donovan, who is the publicist for Thicke’s son, singer Robin Thicke.

Two of Thicke’s sons — Robin and Carter Thicke — shared condolences on social media, according to The Huffington Post.

Many remember Alan Thicke as the fun-loving dad on “Growing Pains,” a 1980s sitcom starting Kirk Cameron. Thicke also received praise as a theme song writer, penning the original theme for “Wheel of Fortune” and even for shows such as “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”

He also played multiple guest roles on sitcoms since the end of “Growing Pains,” including hit shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and, more recently, “Fuller House.”

So … is 'Rogue One' any good?

Star Wars fans may find hope in the early reviews for “Rogue One” — the latest installment in the Star Wars anthology of films, which will serve as a prequel and a sequel at the same time.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, earlier reviewers are impressed with the film’s cinematography and acting. The storyline also received a positive nod as well.

“Somewhat free of the weight of expectations that 'Force Awakens' had to maneuver under, 'Rogue One' is looser and livelier and more daring,” wrote Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson. “It fits into this universe’s milieu with ease and style, while exploring new emotional and narrative terrain. It may be as good a corporate space opera prequel as could possibly be."

Of course, reviewers expressed concern that the characters aren’t fully written out and the film itself lacks a certain “zing” that other installment of the Star Wars story have in them.

You can read more about these reviews at The Hollywood Reporter.

Watch this Christmas tree … slowly … light up

OK. So it took more than four minutes, but this Rube Goldberg machine lit a Christmas tree. Check it out below.