News Clips for August 7-11, 2020

University of Utah names new Director of Campus Security

As part of reorganizing and updating safety functions at the University of Utah, Chief Safety Officer Marlon C. Lynch created a new position to direct Campus Security and to oversee public safety compliance and accreditation.

Utah ends ‘modified quarantine,’ will not allow kids exposed to COVID-19 to attend school after all

After fierce pushback from teachers and doctors, the state has walked back its controversial guidelines for schools that would have allowed Utah students to come to class even after being directly exposed to COVID-19.

Communities That Care Offers Free Virtual Workshops on Parenting Through COVID

With fall approaching, and the challenges of kids going back to school becoming more apparent, local mental health nonprofit Summit County Communities That Care is scheduling two free virtual workshops.

Earthquakes in Vernal and Corrine? Nope. Mine blast combined with small tremor shook things up

What a couple of rural communities thought were earthquakes were actually just earth shakes caused by nearby mining.

Donald Trump holding on to lead over Joe Biden in Utah

Majority of Beehive state voters approve of president’s job performance.

Photos: University of Utah students protest how Lauren McCluskey’s case was handled by campus police

A group of University of Utah students protested Thursday evening outside the campus police department, saying officers there seriously mishandled student-athlete Lauren McCluskey’s case before she was killed.

A fact-based analysis reveals holes in the Lake Powell Pipeline plan

If constructed, the proposed 140-mile Lake Powell Pipeline would be a multi-billion dollar project, one of the most expensive in state history. As water users and taxpayers required to pay for this mammoth project, we deserve complete, dependable information and accurate cost data including well-reasoned analysis that demonstrates the need and economic viability of the pipeline.

Kearns church among places distributing food boxes to Utahns in need

The pandemic has been “real tough” for Angelia Jones. The Murray resident usually makes a living selling jewelry at house parties, but those invites have largely dried up. And with less money coming in, Jones now has to worry about how to ensure her grandchildren don’t go hungry.

How Schools Can Help Children Recover from COVID Closures

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge for America’s K-12 schools. As policymakers and practitioners struggle to respond, they are weighing significant uncertainty and trade-offs that arise because of education, health, and budgetary concerns.

West Valley City Fire Department bike sale raises funds for University of Utah Health Burn Camp

Raven Byrne, 7, takes a bike for a test drive as her mother, Becki, talks with Jeff Fox, battalion chief for the West Valley City Fire Department during the fire department’s bike sale at Station 73 in West Valley City on Friday.

A University of Utah lab is developing a video game to ease depression in older adults

Laurie had survived cancer. But enduring chemotherapy left the Millcreek mother with post-traumatic stress disorder and a lag in her thinking that scared her.

Why these Colorado journalists wear masks, and other local media news

To mask or not to mask. For some Coloradans in the news business, that’s not even a question.

Unique rehabilitation hospital offers patients their best chance at getting their lives back

New University of Utah Health facility helps people get range of motion back after traumatic injury.

‘The release of the report today is a violation of state records law,’ says Ofc. Deras lawyer

The lawyers of Officer Miguel Deras are responding to the report that University of Utah officers ‘inappropriately’ commented on McCluskey extortion photos, released Wednesday.

Police Officer Fired After Allegedly Mishandling Explicit Photos of Slain University of Utah Student

Apolice officer in Logan, Utah, was fired after a state investigation concluded he “mishandled” explicit photographs that were used to extort University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, the Logan Police Department announced Friday.

Students rally for closure of University of Utah police department, firing of former officer

In the two years since their classmate Lauren McCluskey was shot to death on campus, the students involved with the group Unsafe U say they have not seen, heard or experienced anything that restored trust and confidence in the campus’ police department.

Robert Gehrke: The University of Utah’s latest failure in the Lauren McCluskey murder should lead to these actions

Lauren McCluskey hadn’t been dead long, shot by an abusive ex-boyfriend, but the University of Utah police officers were already focused on their most important question.

Uyen Hoang: Climate justice means prison abolition

For the past year, I have been a volunteer with the University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP), a program that provides on-site college courses to incarcerated students.

Trash-Collecting Researchers Find Dietary Patterns in Discarded Hair Clippings

People in low-income neighborhoods eat more proteins from animals and less of them from vegetables, a study suggests.

Utah athletics had positive COVID-19 tests, but not lately

The University of Utah has been testing student-athletes for COVID-19 since before voluntary workouts began on June 15. Only now do we have some idea of what those tests yielded.

Monkeys’ Attraction to Burned Grasslands May Offer Clues to Human Ancestors’ Mastery of Fire

A new study finds monkeys enter charred savannahs to avoid predators, lending support to a controversial theory about what drew hominins to blazes.

Should there be a runoff if no candidate wins a majority? 49% of Utah voters say yes in new poll

Results come after Spencer Cox edges Jon Huntsman Jr. in close GOP gubernatorial primary.