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Alty News: The Dark and Toxic Side of Strawberries; Stories from Gitmo


A corporate loophole has allowed Strawberry growers to spray toxic pesticides dangerously close to more than 100 California communities, putting residents at increased risk of cancer while also increasing the amount of pesticides put into vegetables and produce sold to half of the United States.

Top of the Alty World

“Dark Side of the Strawberry”—The Center for Investigative Reporting

Catholic health systems are expanding and weighing implementation of stricter rules that could affect maternity and reproductive care.—ProPublica

Besides tanks and M16s local police departments have been increasingly acquiring the invasive surveillance gadget called the Stingray.—Slate

Vice has released a large and comprehensive series on stories from the world's most notorious prison—Guantanamo Bay.—Vice

Top of Alty Utah

The “Capitol 13” protesters, arrested for a peaceful sit-in demonstration against the Legislature's refusal to hear an LGBT non-discrimination bill appeared in court.—Q Salt Lake

Some Utah judges are being hailed as heroes for granting adoptions to same-sex couples without the state's OK.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Utah Politico Hub looks at the next political dates to watch out for leading up to the 2016 elections.—Utah Politico Hub

With Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah considering another term in office, Utah Politico Hub offers some insightful comparisons to Hatch's tenure. For example, did you know Hatch has served in the Senate longer than Brigham Young served as Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?—Utah Politico Hub


City Weekly's Scott Renshaw questions if the speed of social media is making people less tolerant of others development, and making it too easy fr perfect to be the enemy of good.

“Maybe there’s something about the increased speed of the modern world that makes it hard to tolerate anything that takes more than a few moments to develop. Louis C.K.’s stand-up routine about frustration with bad cell-phone reception—“It’s going to space! Can you give it a second to get back from space?”—has spilled over into too many other reactions. You’re not doing your cause any favors if the only way you can react to the guy who’s just starting his first “Meatless Monday” is to express outrage that he hasn’t immediately recognized the horrors of the animal agriculture complex. The dude can still taste the bacon from this morning’s breakfast; he’s less likely to go vegan than to think that you’re just being a dick.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

While environmentalists and the outdoor recreation industry are calling on President Obama to declare a Greater Canyonlands National Monument, oil and gas developers are hard at work securing leases to drill in the proposed national park.

“Until just a few years ago, the view was largely empty of manmade objects. Night skies were dark, and not a light could be seen in any direction, save the traffic on Interstate 70, 40 miles to the north.
Now, towering drill rigs, lit up like Christmas trees, dot the landscape. Natural-gas flares light up the night sky, and well pads fitted with storage tanks and nodding horse-head pump jacks are appearing within sight of the park boundary.

Mathew Gross, SUWA's campaign director for Greater Canyonlands, says this is just the first step toward transforming the Big Flat area into what local conservationists are now calling "Oil Land in the Sky."

"This area is being transformed far more quickly than people realize, or that the oil & gas cheerleaders want to admit," Gross says. "The future of Greater Canyonlands without monument protection can already be seen if you drive up Highway 313 to the entrance of Dead Horse Point and Island in the Sky." Fidelity Exploration & Production has plans to develop 61,000 acres of land on Big Flat immediately adjacent to the border of Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point State Park. The oil & gas company currently has 23 wells in operation, with plans for up to 50 more.”—Salt Lake City Weekly