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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alty News: The War on Women in Florida and the New Book on Mormons and the GOP

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Indigenous groups lead historic 400,000 person climate march in New York City.

Top of the Alty World

“Voices from the People’s Climate March: Indigenous Groups Lead Historic 400,000-Strong NYC Protest”—Democracy Now!

A new book examines Mormons and the GOP.—High Country News

Stanford has promised to not use funding from Google on privacy research.—ProPublica

Florida's governor's race is becoming a heate frontline in the the war on women.—Orlando Weekly

Top of Alty Utah

The Alzheimer's Association wants the Legislature to follow through with funding a treatment plan.—Utah Political Capitol

The West Valley legislative showdown between Democrat Michael Lee and Republican Fred Cox will be the capitol hill race to watch this election.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A poll finds an overwhelming majority of men favor teachers carrying concealed weapons.—Utah Policy

The University of Utah's Pride week is coming in October.—Q Salt Lake

Rantosphere

City Weekly editor Rachel Piper takes issue with a book being withheld from elementary school libraries because it's meant for a slightly older audience.

“If you're not midway through your sophomore year of high school, stop reading now. Microsoft Word says the reading level of this column is grade 10.4, and what a person should read depends solely on the difficulty of the material.

At least, that's the assumption made by a school district that decreed that a series of books by Utah author Shannon Hale should not be in the libraries in any of its nearly 50 elementary schools. The Goose Girl and its sequels are recommended for grades six through eight, so younger kids, apparently, shouldn't be allowed to read them.Stretching that logic, I shouldn't read Hale's books, either, or even my own column, as I'm too old for both (editing this might prove difficult). Being an adult means spending my down time with volumes of tort law because they're at the level of my reading comprehension.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

A look at the inconceivable California drought.

“No matter the reason behind the pumps being shut off, one thing is irrefutable: The water isn’t coming to the valley. Much of California relies on surface water collected by state and federal water projects. This year’s snow pack was a dismal 29 percent. The winter and spring rains didn’t come. After farmers struggled through receiving only 40 percent of their surface water allotment in 2012 and 20 percent in 2013, the Westlands water district that delivers water to the west valley received an unprecedented 0 percent of their 2014 allotment. Before this year, receiving zero surface water was inconceivable to the valley farmer. But now it’s happened. Now anything’s possible.”—Matter

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