News Clips for September 29, 2020

U of U hosts digital exhibit of Utah's response to 1918 flu pandemic

The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library has launched a digital exhibition comparing newspaper headlines from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic to COVID-19 today. The interactive exhibit features historic headlines from the time, including the shuttering of businesses, rising case numbers and the politicization of face coverings.

Commentary: General Conference would be a good time for the LDS Church to apologize to the Black community

I’ve recently been collecting stories — some of the first oral histories of Black Southern women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They’ll be housed in a digital archive at Claremont Graduate University and available to researchers and curious laypersons. Before I let them settle there, I wanted to write about them here. The love and anger and peace and trouble they express about the church, and the people in it, are worth sharing.

Vet who wanted to die praises McAdams bill to study altitude impact on suicide

Veteran Chris Goehner said he’s “not who you would think would have suicidal thoughts or attempts.” But on Monday, Goehner shared his struggles to help promote a bill requiring research into the effect of high altitudes on veteran suicide.

A Cautionary Tale: Boston Hospital's COVID-19 Cluster

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is being lauded for its transparency in reporting a cluster of nosocomial COVID-19 cases, but the hospital also serves as a cautionary tale for clinicians on becoming lax about precautions.

Utah’s 7-day rolling average of new daily cases tops 1,000 for first time

Utah health officials reported 827 new coronavirus cases on Monday, but for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the state reported a seven-day rolling average of more than 1,000 cases. Of 6,212 test results reported on Monday, 827 were positive—a 13.3% rate, according to the Utah Department of Health.

New U of U trial aims to find effective COVID-19 treatment

A new clinical trial at University of Utah Health is aimed at finding an effective treatment for COVID-19. For several weeks now, researchers have been studying the impacts of pairing two drugs to help treat patients. It’s part of a bigger study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health.

President Trump? Flake? Romney? Lee? Who gets to decide who is a conservative?

He’s been called “the most pro-life president in history,” has been photographed embracing the U.S. flag and holding a Bible, and infused the federal judiciary with a historic number of conservative judges. Legal analysts say his latest Supreme Court pick, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, could tilt the nation’s highest court to the right for decades.

Supreme Court Environmental Cases Could Stretch to Climate, Coal

The U.S. Supreme Court launches its new term with a light environmental docket and a heavy air of uncertainty, with a nomination battle raging and a global pandemic continuing to disrupt the institution’s normal order.

Boundless Dying Trees

Global warming is ravaging forests throughout the world. “New studies show drought and heat waves will cause massive die-offs, killing most trees alive today.”

Neighbors Concerned About U Of U Parties As University Goes Online

The University of Utah is going online for two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19, but neighbors are worried whether parties off campus were undermining those efforts.