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A.M. notes: Comey to testify; candidates for Chaffetz's seat dwindle; new deal for U., Huntsman Cancer Institute

The Associated Press [May-10-2017]
The Associated Press [May-10-2017]
Jon Elswick, AP

Here’s a look at the news for June 8.

Community reacts to Sandy shooting

Community members across the Salt Lake valley continue to mourn and rally behind a family affected in the Sandy shooting earlier this week, according to the Deseret News.

On Tuesday, a lone gunman opened fire close to Brookwood Elementary school, killing Memorez Rackley and her 6-year-old son, according to the Deseret News.

Community members and people in the neighborhood have reached out to Memorez’s husband Dustin Rackley, offering support for his tough road ahead.

"My wife Memorez and my Jasey Boo are no longer with us. … Myles is in the ICU showing the (world) once again just how tough he is. I failed to protect my family and a father's heart is truly broken," Dustin Rackley wrote on Facebook.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Candidates for Chaffetz’s seat dwindle

Provo Republican Jeremy Friedbaum dropped out of the race of Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s soon-to-be vacant seat Wednesday, lowering the total amount of potential candidates to 20, according to the Deseret News.

Friedbaum’s withdrawal comes after Democrat Faeiza Javed left the race last week.

"It's not like there's not enough candidates if I'm not in the race," Friedbaum said.

Right now, there are 14 Republicans, three Democrat and two Independent American Party candidates, along with one Libertarian running for the seat, the Deseret News reported.

Read more at the Deseret News.

New deal between U., Huntsman Cancer Institute update

University of Utah’s commissioner of higher education David Buhler said Wednesday that a new memorandum focused on the understanding between the school and the Huntsman Cancer Institute before the school gets its new president, according to the Deseret News.

Buhler told the Deseret News editorial board Wednesday that presidential candidates will have questions about the relationship between the institute and the university, and that is why he hopes a memorandum will be written.

The school’s last president, David Pershing, already planned to retire, but in the wake of power control between the two organizations, Pershing pushed up his plans.

Buhler was quiet about further details about Pershing.

"There were reasons for what was done, but there were reasons to undo it. I was not involved in it. It's an institutional decision," Buhler said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Comey to testify before Congress

Former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress on Thursday, according to BBC News.

His testimony started at 8 a.m. MDT, when he gave an opening statement saying that President Donald Trump asked him to drop his investigation into fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Comey also said in his opening statement that Trump identified the Russian probe as a "cloud" hanging over him.

Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz, who is his legal counsel in the Russian inquiry, said the opening statement hasn’t bothered Trump.

"The president feels completely and totally vindicated," Kasowitz said.

Read more at BBC News.

ClearPlay adds new feature for Amazon members

ClearPlay, a Utah-based movie filtering serviced, told the Deseret News Wednesday that it will allow Amazon customers to stream filtered movies.

ClearPlay CEO Matt Jarman told the Deseret News that the new tool is "in early testing stages," but is available for free.

ClearPlay’s technology filters out sex and nudity, violence, language and substance abuse scenes in movies that have already been purchased by customers on Amazon.

“We’re excited to introduce it to families,” Jarman told the Deseret News. "We think this is a very simple and easy and friendly option to watch newly released family movies with streaming options."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Alternative to fidget spinners?

Kwists are cylindrical shapes that users can turn, jump and twist, according to the company’s website.

"No matter how you use it: for meditation, competition, fidgeting, creativity, dexterity, education or just for fun – the Kwist won’t let you down," reads the website. "Made from durable cherry wood, the Kwist has the perfect texture and shape for nailing the coolest tricks."