News Clips for October 15, 2020

Patchwork coronavirus restrictions can baffle Americans

More than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, the rules and regulations that govern daily life in the United States continue to vary widely, forcing people to interpret a checkerboard map of mask requirements, restaurant occupancy restrictions and travel guidelines.

Is your CEO worth $6 million?

According to public filings, Pluralsight’s CEO Aaron Skonnard took home nearly $6.5 million in total compensation in 2019. Extra Space Storage’s CEO took home $6.2 million. Nu Skin’s CEO took home just over $4.5 million.

Disney’s reorganization puts the spotlight on streaming

Disney—the giant that owns ESPN, theme parks, cruise ships and studios—is restructuring. The company says it will focus its content production arms on streaming, through Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus.

A Tale Of Two Pandemics: Utah's Response To The 1918 Flu and Coronavirus Outbreaks Chronicled In U Of U Digital Exhibit

Almost as soon as the coronavirus pandemic began in the U.S. in March, historians began looking back to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic to gain some perspective on what’s unfolding today. Now, a new digital exhibit at the University of Utah explores how Utah responded, diving into the pandemics 100 years apart.

Utah law doesn't cover K9 training, even though POST's program has national acclaim

Eight states and eight cities have adopted Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) K9 training standards and certification, but so far, the Beehive State is not one of them.

How will Utah health officials enforce new public mask requirement?

By the end of the week, a vast majority of Utahns will be required to wear masks indoors and outdoors in public when physical distancing isn’t possible.

COVID-19 Frequently Causes Neurological Injuries

Without directly invading the brain or nerves, the virus responsible for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic causes potentially damaging neurological problems in about one in seven infected, a new study shows. These injuries range from temporary confusion due to low body oxygen levels, to stroke and seizures in the most serious cases, say the study authors.

University of Utah students focus on virtual ways to encourage peers to vote

The presidential election is just a few weeks away, and Utahns have less than two weeks to register to vote. University of Utah students are busy finding ways to virtually encourage their peers to vote.

Atmospheric dust levels are rising in the Great Plains

A study finds that atmospheric dust levels are rising across the Great Plains at a rate of up to 5% per year. The trend of rising dust parallels expansion of cropland and even seasonal crop cycles. And if the Great Plains becomes drier, a possibility under climate change scenarios, then all the pieces are in place for a repeat of the Dust Bowl that devastated the Midwest in the 1930s.

The effects of repeated droughts on different kinds of forests

Drought is endemic to the American West along with heatwaves and intense wildfires. But scientists are only beginning to understand how the effects of multiple droughts can compound to affect forests differently than a single drought alone.

Magnitude comparison distinguishes small earthquakes from chemical explosions in US west

By comparing two magnitude measurements for seismic events recorded locally, researchers can tell whether the event was a small earthquake or a single-fire buried chemical explosion.