By Tynin Fries
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Welcome to Friday, Rounduppers.
Today is National Arbor Day, which was created to encourage people to plant trees. Don’t have time to plant a tree yourself? Try donating to the Arbor Day Foundation who will plant a tree for you!
I’m a big tree fan. Yes, a fall from one did lead to a broken arm once. But for the most part, my tree-related memories are great. There was the time I climbed one in the park and my parents thought I’d be kidnapped. There was the epic treehouse my grandfather built me and my siblings. And then, of course, all the visits to see the Giant Sequoia Redwoods.
While I day dream about redwoods, you can catch up on the news.
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+ Today’s Weather: Perfectly pleasant.
+ From the Editorial Board: “With a week left, here are bills lawmakers should kill and a few they should pass”
+ Ask Amy: Anonymous is being stalked by a man she once had an affair with and isn’t sure what to do about it.
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I-70 remains closed at Denver West Friday after semi careened into dozens of vehicles causing multiple deaths in fiery crash
Multiple people died in a fiery crash on I-70 near Colorado Mills Parkway that shut down the highway in both directions on Thursday. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
On Thursday, a semi-truck trailer barreled down Interstate 70 during rush hour, causing a major crash with a series of explosions that killed multiple people.
Twenty eight vehicles were involved in the crash near Denver West. A section of I-70 remains closed as investigators work to determine how many people are dead and collect evidence. The driver has been taken into custody and is expected to be charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide in connection with the fiery crash, according to Lakewood police.
Officials anticipate the highway to remain closed for the rest of the day for the investigation. CDOT also has to assess bridge and road damage before reopening.
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Colorado’s Neguse and Buck are unlikely allies in an age of partisanship
U.S. Reps. Ken Buck, left, and Joe Neguse, right, have found friendship in Washington, despite their ideological differences. (The Denver Post)
“Joe is sort of a Democrat Cory Gardner. I mean, he’s just a fun person to be around.”
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, on Joe Neguse, D-Boulder
It would be difficult to find two men more unlike each other than Ken Buck and Joe Neguse. One is a 59-year-old white conservative grandfather, the other a 34-year-old African-American liberal.
And yet, at a time when the nation’s politics are strikingly partisan, the two have formed an unlikely alliance, Justin Wingerter writes.
Denver Broncos draft tight end Noah Fant with 20th pick in NFL draft
Iowa tight end Noah Fant walks the red carpet ahead of the first round at the NFL football draft on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. (Steve Helber, The Associated Press)
I wanted to go to a team that fit me, a team that wanted me, a team (whose) scheme I fit. The Denver Broncos are 100 percent that team.”
Noah Fant, Iowa tight end drafted No. 20 overall by Broncos
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway made fans wait twice as long as expected to meet the franchise’s latest first-round pick — trading down 10 spots Thursday night from No. 10 to No. 20 to take Iowa tight end Noah Fant.
Up next: A Day 2 featuring an extra pick for the Broncos because of Thursday’s draft night trade, and plenty of impact players to choose from, Ryan O’Halloran writes.
More NFL draft coverage
By The Numbers
The Greyhound Lines bus terminal at 1055 19th St. in downtown Denver. (Courtesy photo)
+ Size of the Greyhound Lines bus station located in downtown Denver’s Arapahoe Square that is now on the market — a full city block that presents a “rare opportunity” for developers.
+ Amount Colorado will pay to a state prison inmate whose head was split open when two corrections officers slammed him onto the floor.
+ Money spent by Committee for a Great Denver supporting Mayor Michael Hancock and attacking challenger Jamie Giellis during the past month.
+ Number of crows illegally possessed by a Colorado State University professor for a study on West Nile Virus.
+ Revised death toll for the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka.
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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.
Strawberries do well in Colorado. “We plant strawberries a lot because they’re a low-maintenance, easy crop,” says Jessi Burg, owner of Denver-based Pears to Perennials.
What you need to know if you want to grow strawberries in Colorado
Strawberries are like superrrr easy to grow in Colorado. They also don’t require a lot of water (woo!). Here’s your rundown on everything you’ll need to know about planting the delicious fruit.
This image released by Disney shows Chris Evans in a scene from “Avengers: Endgame.” (Disney, Marvel Studios via AP)
+ The movie everyone has been waiting for is finally here. Here’s our film fanatics review of “Avengers: Endgame.” — The Know
+ Tickets for a bunch of concerts went on sale today. Don’t miss out on seeing Mary J. Blige, Lizzo, Wiz Khalifa and more. — The Know
+ Have you ever wanted to become a birder but you didn’t know where to start? Well, we’ve created a guide so that you can get into the low-cost hobby of birding. — The Know Outdoors
Stanley Cup Trophy at Denver Post building during 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. April 25, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
+ The Stanley Cup came to Denver on Thursday and local media couldn’t stop tweeting about it.
+ A former Denver Public Schools student is suing the district and employees at the Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello, alleging she was raped during a school trip to France and administrators failed to report it.
+ President Donald Trump will speak at an Air Force Academy commencement May 30.
+ The sponsors of a proposed initiative to repeal the new law overhauling oil and gas regulations in Colorado will not move forward with plans to put it on the ballot — for now.
+ Colorado congressional Democrats have stopped short of seeking Donald Trump’s impeachment, despite evidence they claim to be “damning.”
+ Former CU assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin was sentenced to 30 days jail and 30 months probation for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
+ After just 19 months in the Lower Highland neighborhood, Marcella’s is closing its doors in May.
+ Broomfield High School students were asked to leave campus after a possible threat was reported through the Safe2Tell system Thursday.
+ The Colorado Senate approved a plan to study paid family leave and establish a committee that will present recommendations to lawmakers next year on how the program should work.
+ CU presidential finalist Mark Kennedy said Thursday that he’s reached out to LGBTQ advocacy group One Colorado to “counsel and advise him.”
+ A Denver man who shot at alleged car thieves with an AR-15 is now facing a first-degree murder charge.
+ A Denver woman was on a 911 call with police when she was allegedly shot dead by an ex-girlfriend early Thursday morning.
+ Aurora police are asking for the public’s help finding the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run that killed an elderly pedestrian on Wednesday.
+ A man shot Wednesday night by Colorado Springs police died.
What We’re Reading
+ Nearly 700 people have been diagnosed with measles in the U.S. That’s the highest number of annual cases since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. Many of the cases can be traced to ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York that didn’t vaccinate their children. — New York Times
+ Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for owning my own copies of books. However, this handy extension shows you which Amazon books your local library has. — CNET News
+ In the last decade, at least 85,000 law enforcement officers have been investigated for misconduct. USA TODAY collected all of those records and placed them into a searchable database, including 365 from Colorado. — USA TODAY
Song of the Day
Song: “Me!” (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco)
Artist: Taylor Swift
Sounds like: Taylor Swift released her highly-anticipated new single “Me!” at midnight. “Old Taylor” apparently is back on the phone. This song shows a return to her bubbly self back from the dead of her revenge-filled album “reputation” and I am here for it. The music video is filled with rainbows, unicorns and cats.
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