Even mildly elevated air pollution associated with increase in absences in Salt Lake City — ScienceDaily

In Salt Lake City schools, absences rise when the air quality worsens, and it’s not just in times of high pollution or “red” air quality days — even days following lower levels of pollutions saw increased absences.

Research is still ongoing, and the evidence isn’t yet conclusive enough to draw a cause-and-effect relationship between air quality and children’s absences from school but the correlation, according to Daniel Mendoza, a research assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and visiting assistant professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, merits further exploration. Mendoza and his colleagues published their results in Environmental Research Letters.

Air pollution is harmful for not only the health, but also the education and well-being of children in our community,” says study co-author Cheryl Pirozzi, assistant professor in the Division of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine. “Even at relatively low levels that many

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Salt Lake City police have released body camera footage of a teen with Asperger’s being shot during call for help

The Salt Lake City Police Department released body camera footage of an officer involved shooting that left a 13-year-old boy who has Asperger’s with multiple injuries.



a person sitting at a table eating food: Linden Cameron


© Courtesy Golda Barton
Linden Cameron

The teen, identified as Linden Cameron by his mother Golda Barton, remains hospitalized following the shooting nearly two weeks ago.

An independent police investigation is being conducted, and Salt Lake City Police said they expect additional investigations from the district attorney’s office and a civilian review board.

What the video shows

Barton told CNN her son has Asperger’s syndrome and is unable to control himself. She called police on the day of the shooting requesting assistance for her son who was having a “mental breakdown.”

The bodycam video released Monday shows Barton asking police to subdue her son Cameron and take him to a hospital because of violent threats and unmanageable behavior.

The mother tells officers that

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