Friday, August 15, 2014

Alty News: Grand Canyon Developments and Spinach-Fueled Cars

Posted By on August 15, 2014, 10:44 AM

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A proposed commercial development could alter the Grand Canyon experience forever.

Top of the Alty World

“Grand Canyon on the Precipice”—National Geographic

Could new clean-fuel technology allow spinach to fuel cars in the future?—Modern Farmer

Four unarmed black men have been killed by police in the last month over disputed circumstances.—Mother Jones

Federal regulators are beginning to crack down on a company that “seizes the pay of more active-duty military than any company in the country.”—ProPublica

Top of Alty Utah

Thousands have signed a petition asking for later bus and train service from UTA.—Utah Political Capitol

A Utah County lawmaker, a lobbyist and a UTA manager make the list for receiving free airport parking in Salt Lake City.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A Salt Lake County audit has found behavioral healthcare lacking for some of those most in need.—Utah Political Capitol


T.J. Holmes of the Black news and culture site The Root explains that beyond fairness or justice, a black man's number one goal should be survival.

“The reason I go through such painstaking efforts when I deal with police is because I learned from my parents and through experience that you want that officer to feel as calm, comfortable and safe as possible. You don’t want him on edge, nervous or agitated. Stay calm. Breathe. Don’t get animated. Don’t get loud. Don’t be a smart-ass. Don’t even move. Don’t do anything.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 100 percent innocent. You have to try to disarm an armed officer by giving him no excuse to act on what he might already preconceive as a threat: a black man. At that moment, your pride or even your rights cannot be the priority. Your life is. We will send the Rev. Al Sharpton later to fight on your behalf. But if you are up against a police officer who has the law on his side and a gun on his hip, you are going to lose. It’s just not worth it.”—The Root

The Long View

A New Yorker reporter recalls his time in Ferguson.

“On this night, a thick haze drifted through the area, a chemical fog rolling in. Because the main streets cut a semicircle through the neighborhood and intersect with West Florissant in two places, the cloud on the main street effectively barricaded the entire development. Police stopped anyone but residents from entering, but the tear-gas also prevented the people who were already there from getting out. Umana invited me into his home; outside, clusters of protesters and journalists wandered the side streets, hemmed in for hours. One homeowner walked out of his house to find a spent flash grenade on his lawn. An armored truck rolled down the street, a flume of tear gas issuing from the back.

The day began with questions about why a young man was killed just days before he was due to begin college. It ended as a referendum on the militarization of American police forces.”—New Yorker
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