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A.M. notes: Draper mayor influenced by McAdams. Utah students see drastic change, Boy Scouts warn of sickness

Angry Draper residents yell out at Draper Mayor Troy Walker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams at a meeting at Draper Park Middle School on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
Angry Draper residents yell out at Draper Mayor Troy Walker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams at a meeting at Draper Park Middle School on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for Aug. 8.

McAdams influenced Draper mayor’s decision

Remember when Draper Mayor Troy Walker offered to host a homeless shelter site in his city and all the controversy it drew?

Well, according to the Deseret News, Walker’s decision came after learning about Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ stay in the homeless shelter.

Draper residents weren’t happy to hear Walker’s decision earlier this year, protesting at a town hall meeting in the city.

Walker said it was hard to speak openly about the matter since he couldn’t reveal McAdams’ decision to sleep in a homeless shelter for "three days and two nights on the streets and in the Road Home shelter."

"It was an extremely upsetting experience to live through. But it was worse for me knowing what Ben had done," Walker told the Deseret News. "It was really difficult to sit there through that whole ordeal. I knew what Ben knew. I knew that Ben had seen that suffering firsthand and straight up. It made it harder."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Utah students see change in requirements

The Utah State Board of Education adopted a policy change that will no longer require physical education, health or arts classes as core requirements, according to the Deseret News.

The board voted 9-6 last Friday to change the policy, despite a divided board stance on the issue. Some felt the change disallows students from taking courses “that could enrich their school experience,” according to the Deseret News.

Others, though, feel this will offer schools more flexibility, board member Michelle Boulter told the Deseret News.

"I like giving the freedom to the (local education agencies),” she said. “I reached out to parents because ultimately it’s their children that we service, and parents really liked having this freedom and having this opportunity to choose in the best interest of their children and to allow their children to choose.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

Boy Scouts warn of altitude sickness

Eli Peterson, a 13-year-old Boy Scout, wound up in a hospital last month after apparently suffering from altitude sickness, according to the Deseret News.

Now, Peterson wants to help other hikers learn about the issue.

Peterson told the Deseret News he wants to post notices of the issue onto trailheads and make a guide for people to learn more about the sickness.

Peterson also told the Deseret News that he was “heartbroken” when he heard about a Scout who died over the weekend from the sickness, too.

Read more at the Deseret News.

New data paints ugly picture of climate change in the U.S.

Temperatures in the United States have “risen rapidly and drastically since 1980,” according to The New York Times, leading to temperatures warmer than those from more than 1,000 years ago.

This comes from a new report that’s in the hands of the Trump administration. The draft, done by scientists from 13 federal agencies, mainly found that Americans are already experiencing the effects of climate change.

“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” the report said.

President Donald Trump and other lawmakers contest that it’s impossible to see the signs of climate change yet, according to The New York Times.

The Trump administration has gone as far as to ban the words “climate change” from federal agencies, too.

Read more at The New York Times.

Boy eats Sour Patch kid for the first time

As BuzzFeed reported, a video of 4-year-old Carter eating a Sour Patch Kid shows the young boy reacting to the extra sourness but remaining happy about it.