Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project released some of their findings from an investigation into the rate of legal cases surrounding shaken baby syndrome on Tuesday. The Justice Project is an investigative journalism program that researches criminal justice issues, including wrongful convictions.
Project director Alec Klein said the investigation was difficult because few of the crimes had witnesses and because little data has been collected to understand national trends.
Some Utah military families are getting a little holiday boost this week with the support of service groups throughout the state.
Thursday, Utah State University Extension 4-H, in cooperation with the Family Assistance Center and Operation Military Kids, is hosting a holiday party for military families in Cache County. The tradition of the party began three years ago when the service partners saw a need for it in the community.
"There were a lot of Utah National Guard people that were deployed throughout the world for different conflicts that were going on," said Scott Williams with USU Extension 4-H. "We just saw it as an opportunity to give back to the military families and support the military families as a service project for our 4-H kids."
Thousands of animal and ambient sounds from 11 western states have been recorded and archived in a digital library in Utah. While fascinating in their own right, sounds can also be used to track environmental change.
Some people like to hunt animals, not to kill them, but to record the sounds they make.
A Utah native is the latest recipient of the U.S. Army’s prestigious ‘Soldier of the Year’ award. Army Spc. Adam Christensen of Smithfield received the award last month after competing against 23 fellow soldiers at Fort Lee, Virginia.
“It was an honor to be singled out among so many of the best soldiers I’ve met in my life," he said. "At the Department of the Army competition, they were the best of the best; so to be recognized among them was just incredible.”
Christensen is part of the 472nd Military Police Company at his base just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The 29-year-old graduated from Sky View High School and says growing up in Cache Valley helped prepare him for his service and leadership roles.
A team of engineers at BYU have made some major strides in developing compact technologies by using origami principles. The group is lead by Dr. Larry Howell, a mechanical engineering professor at Brigham Young University with specialization in compliant mechanisms or the study of movement from bending materials.
"Really interesting discoveries have been made by origami artists over the centuries, including some unique motions and one of those unique motions is being able to make things very compact; say it is a single sheet of paper and that expands out into some really interesting shapes," said Howell. "And so if you take those interesting motions and convert them into non-paper type materials, and it takes some engineering work to do that, and then it turns out you can do some interesting things."
One BYU senior is filming a documentary about his journey to find lasting love. Film student Stephen Nelson is on a mission to find true love and get engaged in six months. He said he woke up one morning with the idea, which has now grown into a documentary called 6 Till Engaged.
Nelson Mandela, iconic former South African president and anti-Apartheid leader, passed away Thursday afternoon, but mourners believe it should be a time dedicated to celebrating this great man.
Mandela was a prisoner under the Apartheid for 27 years and served as president of South Africa for five years after which he peacefully transferred the title to his successor, a first in South African history and a symbol of democracy for the nation.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will be visiting Utah State University on Friday to give a presentation entitled “Solving America’s Opportunity Crisis.” Lee said he will be discussing what he calls a crisis of unequal opportunity and a bill called the Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act which would change the current parent tax penalties. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Ag Science building and it is open to the public.
Utah was picked to host the new planes for a variety of reasons, one being Hill Air Force Bases’ Close Proximity to Utah’s test and training range. John Petroff, Davis County Commission Chair, said Hill Air Force Base was chosen for more than its prime location.
When an Idaho native discovered that 65 percent of foster children who turn 18 become homeless, she decided to help. Last week, she volunteered to be homeless for five days.
20-year-old Shaylee Hatch spent her Thanksgiving week on the streets of Boise and Salt Lake City to raise awareness for the homeless youth, specifically those who have been kicked out of the foster care system at age 18 with nowhere to go.
“Thanksgiving is a big holiday where people are really giving and grateful and I just felt really strongly that would be the perfect time to do something like this. I wanted people to actually take the time to hear it,” she said.
So from Tuesday to Saturday, she and a few friends sat on the streets. No food, no water, and nowhere to sleep.