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A.M. notes: Battle looms over Comic Con, parents push for girls-only football, Syria denies chemical attack allegations

Victor Sine, as the Green Lantern, and Ryan Hahn, as The Joker, applaud as the guys lineup is announced at the Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 Press Conference at the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Victor Sine, as the Green Lantern, and Ryan Hahn, as The Joker, applaud as the guys lineup is announced at the Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 Press Conference at the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for June 27.

Battle over Comic Cons

San Diego and Salt Lake City comic and pop culture conventions have petitioned a judge to make a decision on an ongoing trademark dispute, according to the Deseret News.

Both sides hope for a judge to rule whether or not the Salt Lake Comic Con event violates San Diego’s trademark of “comic-con.” San Diego’s court filing says that Salt Lake’s use of the event name is a direct violation.

Specifically, the debate looms over the use of the hyphen in the Comic Con name. While San Diego has a trademark on “comic-con,” cities like Salt Lake use the phrase “Comic Con,” the Deseret News reported.

But Salt Lake City contests that San Diego fraudulently claimed that trademark even though many cities across the nation used the “Comic Con” phrase for pop culture conventions, the Deseret News reported.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Parents sue for girls-only football

Six parents filed a lawsuit that claims the Canyons, Granite and Jordan school districts are discriminating against women because they do not have girls-only football teams, the Deseret News reported.

According to the Deseret News, the lawsuit claims these young girls deserve a team under Title IX, saying that the "defendants discriminate on the basis of sex because … they provide male students with the opportunity to play on boys football teams but do not offer female students the opportunity to play on girls football teams."

For the uninitiated, Title IX calls for no one to be subjected to discrimination of an education program because of their sex.

Ben Horsley, spokesman for the Granite School District, said the schools don’t offer the program because of lack of interest.

"It does not appear there is sufficient interest level any time in the near future for such a league to not only to have sufficient numbers at one school, but sufficient numbers at multiple schools in order to host a formal league," Horsley said. "If that were to change in the future, we're happy to provide those opportunities down the road."

Read more at the Deseret News.

New Utah political party takes another step toward recognition

The United Utah Party is a step closer to be recognized by the state, according to the Deseret News.

The state acknowledged on Monday that the UUP obtained enough voter signatures to be recognized on the special election ballot to replace Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Chairman Richard Davis said the party needs to “provide documentation that its constitution, bylaws and officers have been properly ratified,” the Deseret News reported.

Still, it’s unclear if United Utah Executive Director Jim Bennett will be on the ballot to replace Chaffetz. The party has until July 14 for Bennett to make his case.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Syria denies allegations of chemical attack

Syria denied allegations from the White House that the country was preparing for another chemical attack, according to The Washington Post.

Ali Haidar, the minister for national reconciliation, said on Tuesday that the White House’s statement is a sign of the coming political battle between the U.S. and Syria.

On Monday, the White House warned Syrian President Bashar Assad after finding “potential” evidence of a second attack, The Washington Post reported.

"As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Twitter this wouldn’t just be blamed on Assad.

Freak wave sends bodyboarder flying

Pro body boarder Jack Baker was caught off guard when a freak wave sent him flying, according to Caters Clips. He walked away from the scene with a burst lung.