Salt Lake Police Association pushes back on mayor’s policy reforms

Salt Lake police officers, some with their families, listen as officer Jon Fitisemanu reads a statement from the Salt Lake Police Association rejecting Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s claim of racial and social disparities across all Salt Lake City agencies and institutions during a press conference at the Public Safety Building on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Police Association issued a rebuke of Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s police policy reforms on Monday, calling the changes “superfluous” and accusing the mayor of disparaging city employees. The policies in question were issued by Mendenhall through executive order on Aug. 5.… Read More

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TestUtah marches on, new COVID-19 test labs set to come online after state vetting

Ashley Sargent, medical lab scientist, left, and Abby Rainey, medical lab scientist, run TestUtah COVID-19 tests in a magnetic induction cycler at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem on Thursday, May 28, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s competitive bidding process has led to a handful of new COVID-19 testing contracts including one that will keep the contentious TestUtah project in play until 2025. And while TestUtah has drawn criticism as an effort that was born under the auspices of a philanthropic effort before quickly segueing to a multimillion dollar no-bid public contract, some of the new service provisions come with their own hefty price… Read More

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Amazon reveals ‘confidential’ podcast plan in mass email; shows must agree not to disparage Amazon

BigStock Photo / KFifa Amazon Music and the tech giant’s Audible subsidiary plan to offer podcasts from third-party content providers directly on their platforms, significantly expanding their audio offerings and going head-to-head with Apple, Google, Spotify and others major podcast distribution platforms. But first, they’ve got a PR mess to deal with. The company disclosed the plans on Monday in a mass email to podcast content producers, including journalists and media organizations that cover Amazon, declaring that the information about its podcast plans were “confidential” without following the standard practice of first securing their agreement to treat the message as confidential. This information, of course, was promptly tweeted and reported… Read More

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US Border Patrol agent arrested and charged with trafficking over 350,000 pills believed to be fentanyl

A US Border Patrol agent assigned to Tuscon, Arizona, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after he was found with thousands of pills and substances that tested positive for cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. Roughly 350,000 pills that tested positive for fentanyl were found in bags that were transferred from the agent’s car. Agents found nearly $330,000 in his home and $40,000 in his vehicle. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A US Border Patrol agent assigned to Tuscon, Arizona, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after he was found with thousands of pills and substances that tested positive for cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. Carlos Victor Passapera Pinnot,… Read More

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Nreal’s augmented reality glasses are shipping this month in Korea

Nreal The Nreal Light mixed reality glasses are shipping in Korea alongside Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy Note 20. LG Uplus will sell the glasses as a standalone device for 699,000KRW (around $586), and it’s bundling them with the Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet and a 5G data plan for 349,500KRW (around $295). Preorders open on August 11th, and the headsets will be available in stores on August 21st. The Nreal Light (also referred to as “U+ Real Glass”) is a light sunglasses-style headset that tethers to a separate computing device — in this case, the Galaxy Note 20. It uses spatial tracking and projected images to overlay apps onto… Read More

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More than 20 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide

There were more than 20 million confirmed global coronavirus cases reported as of Monday. Over 733,900 people have died from COVID-19 worldwide. The US accounts for 25% of the world’s cases with more than 5 million recorded. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. As of Monday, more than 20 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally, according to John Hopkins University. Worldwide, 20,004,254 COVID-19 cases have been recorded with over 733,900 deaths. The new record comes just six weeks after the world passed 10 million coronavirus cases on June 28. “Behind these statistics is a great deal of pain and suffering,” World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said… Read More

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There isn’t a favorite to win Region 1 this season, nor should there be

Action during the Farmington at Syracuse football game on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News No one associated with Region 1 has any idea how the region will turn out this year. SALT LAKE CITY — Is there a favorite to win Region 1 this year? That is the question this story is supposed to answer. It is supposed to delve into the Deseret News’ preseason coaches straw poll, which asks coaches to project what will happen in the region, excluding their own team of course. Then it is supposed to neatly lay out, in projected order, just what might happen in Region 1 during the 2020… Read More

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Teen dies after crash into Jordan River

In a screenshot taken from body camera footage, police and firefighters work to rescue two children, 2 and 15 years old, from a vehicle that crashed into the Jordan River on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. One of the children has died, police announced Monday. | Salt Lake Police Department Police, firefighters dove into dark water in attempt to rescue 2 children SALT LAKE CITY — A 15-year-old pulled from the car that crashed into the Jordan River Saturday night has died, according to Salt Lake police. Two children who were trapped in the water in the accident were transported to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition following the crash, police… Read More

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Trump says he wouldn’t urge Obama to resign if their roles were reversed during the COVID-19 disaster

President Donald Trump on Monday said he wouldn’t have called for former President Barack Obama’s resignation after over 160,000 people in the US died to the coronavirus. “No, I wouldn’t have done that,” Trump said. “I think it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do.” In 2014, a few weeks before the first travel-associated case of Ebola was diagnosed in the US, Trump suggested that Obama should resign. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump on Monday said he wouldn’t have called for Barack Obama’s resignation after over 160,000 people in the US died to the coronavirus. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump suggested… Read More

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Feds to bail out B.C. Ferries, but Greens still want it returned to government

B.C. Ferries will receive federal financial assistance from Ottawa, but the corporation’s long-term stability will only be secure once it is brought back into government, says the interim leader of the B.C. Greens. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena will announce Tuesday morning that B.C. Ferries is eligible for the same matching federal and provincial financial assistance already earmarked for B.C. Transit and TransLink. The money is designed to help public transit agencies recover some of the operating revenue lost by COVID-19. The funding would end weeks of private appeals to Ottawa by Premier John Horgan and top B.C. officials that B.C. Ferries be given… Read More

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