November 2013 (17)
Federal government shutdown creates state of emergency in rural Utah. Also: Mining in Labyrinth Canyon. Salt Lake City Visioning. Clean Air Action Team. saltfront.
—by Amy Brunvand
Perhaps, during the 27 red- or orange-air quality days Salt Lake City experienced throughout last winter's inversion season, your eyes did not smart; your throat and chest did not burn; your breath did not whistle in and out. Perhaps your lungs didn't struggle to transfer the oxygen from your breath into your bloodstream. If so, you were luckier than the estimated 86,078 children and adults in Salt Lake City with asthma, or the 188,795 people with cardiovascular disease, or the 92,845 adults over 64.
This community was built with diversity in mind," says Lynda Angelastro, her face bright with pride. All around the room, the heads of her neighbors nod in agreement. There's Susan Stewart, a retired third-year resident, sunk deep in a cushioned chair. Hob Calhoun, a sixth year resident hailing from the East Coast, leans in the doorway. Vicky Wason and her teenage daughter Grace sit together on a couch. Lynda continues speaking for the group. "Our neighbors are Mormon and Unitarian. They are from Ghana, England, California, New England. You don't find that anywhere else in Salt Lake."
Cruel parasites and enslaved hosts are nothing new in the insect world. There's the fluke that forces ants to commit suicide by ungulate. The hairworm that impels grasshoppers to drown themselves. And wasps that compel spiders to spin a special web for the larvae that will kill and eat them. But to even suggest that parasites could control human behavior has always been a taboo.
Katie Weinner is a woman who craves change. The one-time competitive snowboarder earned a teaching degree, only to find she hated it — "It was horrific, catching kids watching porn during computer class," she recalls. That's what drove her to restaurant work. Once there, as she moved from making tiramisu to pasta to pizza, Weinner found a career to which she could devote herself.