By Tynin Fries
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You made it to Friday, Rounduppers!
I hope you have big weekend plans. There’s a lot going on between 4/20, Easter 🐰, Passover and National Park Week 🏔️.
It’s been a crazy busy week with schools shut down due to threats, the release of the Mueller Report and the 20th anniversary of Columbine. Don’t fret if you coudn’t keep up, we’ve got updates on all of that and more for you heading into the weekend.
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+ Today’s Weather: A lovely, windows-rolled-down kind of day.
+ From the Opinion Page: “Hope, on 20th anniversary of Columbine, of reversing the political polarization surrounding guns,” from Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States.
+ Ask Amy: Check-Mated is having a difficult time relating to an older sister whose son took his own life eight years ago. How can she talk about her own struggles when her sister always diminishes them in relation to her child’s suicide?
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Shotgun sale to Florida teen Sol Pais under question even though feds say it was legal
Classes were canceled at Columbine High School on April 17, 2019 in Jefferson County. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
“From a business perspective, I’m just not comfortable with transferring a firearm to someone with an out-of-state license. I feel it’s a responsibility I’ve got to the community.”
Buddy Meyers, managing partner of Tall Guns LLC in Loveland
Shortly after Sol Pais flew into Denver on a one-way ticket from Miami, the 18-year-old who isn’t even old enough to purchase a long gun in her home state went to a gun store located near Columbine High School and bought a pump action shotgun and ammunition.
While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continues to stick to its stance that the purchase was legal, critics of the sale point to federal regulations that suggest it may not have been, Elise Schmelzer reports.
More on Sol Pais
From “absolutely no collusion” to “unacceptable”: Coloradans in Congress react to Mueller report
Special counsel Robert Mueller walks with his wife Ann Mueller on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images)
“For two years, Democrats misled the American people with countless attacks on (Trump). Today, we can confirm there was NO collusion and NO obstruction of justice.
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, on Twitter
As one might guess, reactions to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on Thursday differed greatly. And, surprise, surprise, the opinions among Colorado’s congressional delegation aligned along party lines, Justin Wingerter reports.
More on the Mueller report
Columbine survivors, community celebrate role of faith in healing 20 years after massacre
Columbine surviver Crystal Woodman-Miller speaks of her journey after the shooting during the Columbine 20 Years Later: A Faith-based Remembrance Service at Waterstone Community Church April 18, 2019, in Littleton. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
Survivors of the Columbine High School massacre, family members of those slain and community gathered Thursday night at Waterstone Community Church to honor the 20th anniversary of the shooting in prayer and through shared faith, Elise Schmelzer writes.
It was a night meant to honor grief and the silent, personal ways so many healed from the massacre two decades ago.
More coverage of Columbine: 20 years later
Pam Grier on her stolen Voodoo Doughnut portrait, new ABC sitcom, “Bless This Mess,” and more — The Know
Pam Grier, who still lives in Colorado, sits for a portrait at Voodoo Doughnut, where a custom portrait of her hangs on the wall, on April 10, 2019, in Denver. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Last fall, thieves went into Voodoo Doughnut on Colfax and stole a black-velvet portrait of 1970s icon Pam Grier — making national headlines in the process.
Months later Grier, now starring in the new ABC sitcom “Bless this Mess,” returned to the scene of the crime (her portrait since mysteriously returned) to dance, munch on a few doughnuts and answer a few questions from The Know’s John Wenzel.
By The Numbers
A giant lit-up sign displays advertisements to travelers on Pena Boulevard on the way to Denver International Airport Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Denver. (Michael Ciaglo, Special to the Denver Post)
+ Cost of the 1,000-foot display of lights outside Denver International Airport that is currently broken — 16 months after it was first built.
+ Number of families currently being served by a Denver housing program launched nine months ago, according to the publication Stateline. The original goal set by Mayor Michael Hancock: 400.
+ Amount of money Colorado will take out of its share of a Volkswagen settlement to help six local transit agencies replace 28 diesel buses with electric or cleaner-burning vehicles.
+ Approximate number of people removed from a homeless camp around the intersections of Broadway, Lawrence Street and Park Avenue on Wednesday, citing public health concerns.
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Every spring, The Denver Post puts out a weekly gardening section covering everything from basic terminology to tips for stopping Japanese beetles. While this runs in print, we’ll also be including a short gardening section here every Friday. Hope you enjoy and may your tomato plants flourish.
A Winter King Hawthorne tree is in full bloom in the garden of Quink Arlt in Aurora, Colorado on May 27, 2015. Arlt was the “wood editor” for Better Homes and Gardens before moving to Colorado. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Spring is here. It’s time to work on your lawn. Here’s how.
How’s your lawn looking? (It’s OK if the answer is shabby.) It’s the time of year to whip your home into shape. Here’s how to do that for your lawn:
Adam Solto, of La Veta, takes a hit as he relaxes in the sun during the 4/20 event at Civic Center Park on April 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
+ Happy holidays! Tomorrow is the annual day that celebrates all things marijuana and we’ve got a roundup of events, food, concerts and more to help you get your weed pride on. — The Know
+ Don’t go too hard on 4/20 because you still have to have brunch with your mom on Easter. — The Know
+ Saturday also kicks off National Park Week which means you can get into Colorado’s four national parks for free. — The Know Outdoors
San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half of their NBA playoff game in San Antonio, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Eric Gay, The Associated Press)
+ Colorado native Derrick White torched the Nuggets once again in a 118-108 Spurs win in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series.
+ This one is harsh: A Nuggets fan has started a Change.org petition to bench Will Barton.
+ Want to know what crime is like on your block in Denver? A map launched by public safety officials provides those answers, and many others.
+ Once a hostage of terrorists in Iran, retired Denver police Det. Billy Gallegos was recognized Thursday for developing cases that led to the arrest of “some of the most dangerous people committed to harming this county.”
+ Two lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would ask voters in November whether they want to legalize sports betting throughout the state.
+ The woman who pioneered farm-to-table restaurants in Denver is retiring and selling Potager to new owners.
+ Denver’s city auditor found that the local government’s fight against homelessness has had a “lack of a cohesive overall strategy.”
+ Adams County School District 14 is running out of time to find a new external manager to oversee its schools and turn the poor-performing district around.
+ Gov. Jared Polis is urging the CU Board of Regents to find a president who can unite the board.
+ A University of Colorado Boulder student who was reported missing in March was found dead Tuesday in east Boulder.
+ Charges have been filed against the driver who hit and killed a state trooper assisting another vehicle during the bomb cyclone.
+ A driver is facing an attempted murder charge in Arapahoe County after allegedly hitting two juveniles with his car intentionally and then fleeing the scene.
+ A jury found a 49-year-old Golden doctor guilty of falsely billing insurers for services never rendered and not medically necessary and then fabricating patient files to cover up his crimes.
+ A Colorado Springs police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a man allegedly wielding an axe.
+ Kaiser Permanente began negotiations on new contracts with union workers in Colorado and six other states on Thursday.
What We’re Reading
+ Time’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2019 is out. The highlights? Sandra Oh, Dwayne Johnson, Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift, Christine Blasey Ford, Mohamed Salah and 94 other people. — Time
+ The Mueller Report is 448 pages long. That’s a lot. The New York Times does a great breakdown of the key things you need to know right now. No time to read, today’s The Daily episode also offers a great look about what this does and doesn’t mean for Trump. — New York Times
Song of the Day
Song: “Run the World (Girls) — Homecoming Live”
Sounds like: We all could use a little Friday motivation. This week, mine is Beyoncé releasing a surprise live album from her new Netflix special “Homecoming.” Do yourself a favor by listening to this and being empowered by Queen Bey herself. And if you need a laugh, please watch the “Queer Eye” stars recreate Beyoncé’s Coachella set. Be warned, it involves crop tops and short-shorts.
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