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Alty News: ISIS Claims Credit for Texas Shooting; The FDA Struggles to Regulate Unsafe Diet Pills

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The Islamic State has taken credit for a shooting incident in Garland, Texas.

Top of the Alty World

"ISIS Claims Credit For Shooting In Garland, Texas"—National Public Radio

Traditional colleges and universities have joined forced with for-profit schools to lobby the government against stricter rules and accountability.—ProPublica

A new medical trend places doctors on retainer with wealthy patients leaving others with fewer medical options.—Slate

Doctors and the FDA struggle to keep up regulating unsafe dietary supplements.—Weekly Alibi

Top of Alty Utah

Utah Politico Hub talks with Rep. Chris Stewart, R-UT, about the presidential race, the riots in Baltimore and more.—Utah Politico Hub

Historic homes damaged by construction have residents riled up by the Salt Lake City's permitting process.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A Colorado group has filed a complaint against a Utah lawmaker for improperly lobbying the state.—Utah Political Capitol

Local pastors debated whether homosexuality is compatible with Christianity (Video).—QSaltLake


John Rasmuson calls out the current apathy of this generation that makes it easy for wars to start and harder for them to stop.

It is the norm in Utah. Yes, we designate highways as veterans' memorials; yes, redeploying soldiers get 30 seconds on the 10 o'clock news; and yes, national defense and F-35s are as dear to our wingnuts as states' rights and Browning .45s. But don't look for Utahns to have much skin in the game. Utah has the lowest military-enlistment rates in the country. We are, however, blessed with an abundance of "chickenhawks," defined by Fallows as those who are eager to go to war so long as someone else does the fighting. Utah is not the only state with chickenhawks aplenty, and as a result, the burden of fighting America's longest wars has been shouldered by less than 1 percent of the population—16 times less than the percentage during Vietnam.—Salt Lake City Weekly
The Long View

In the spring of 2014, Siale Angilau, a Tongan Crips gang member, was shot dead in Salt Lake City's federal courthouse. In the year since, his family and community have formed an advocacy group to represent disenfranchised Pacific Islanders and fight stereotypes against their community.

In this era of seemingly never-ending police shootings, it is not uncommon to see communities galvanized along color lines and protests organized among citizens who disproportionately find themselves in the crosshairs of police-issued firearms. That phenomenon, however, was relatively unknown to Pacific Islander youth in Utah—until Angilau's death. Right or wrong, his example has now ignited a first in Utah: a Pacific Islander youth-advocacy group challenging the "school-to-prison pipeline" and educating community members about their rights when it comes to the law and those tasked with enforcing it.

The group has clamored for more information about Angilau's death—hoping to legally challenge the federal government's refusal to release video footage of the courtroom incident—but they've also held peaceful marches and contributed to food drives. In May, the coalition will be honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah for community organizing. But, even as they organize, they still mourn. And they still await the sentencing of Siale's younger brother, Villisoni, who will be sentenced in May—on the same day as the ACLU award ceremony—after pleading guilty to a gang-related manslaughter.—Salt Lake City Weekly

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