By Tynin Fries
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Welcome to the last Monday in April, Rounduppers.
I know her birthday was yesterday, but I still feel compelled to acknowledge Harper Lee. On April 28, 1926, Lee was born and 34 years later she published “To Kill a Mockingbird,” creating one of the most iconic characters in American literature.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Harper Lee writes as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Also, a small shout-out to my brother. Happy birthday, Zed!
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+ Today’s Weather: Seems like Heat Miser and Snow Miser are gettin’ into it because it’s snowing in late April. ❄️ I know this is nothing new for Denver, as evident by this list of Denver’s biggest late-season snows.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Three ways to stop Colorado teens from vaping.”
+ Ask Amy: A woman asks Amy for advice on how to deal with her controlling sister-in-law who dominates decisions on a shared cabin. Missing my Chubby Hubby is concerned because her partner lost weight but now he’s also miserable trying to keep it off. A woman chooses to believe her cheating husband who claims the conversations with other women are a result of hacking.
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Shootings by police in Denver suburbs more than triple over four years while incidents in the city remain level
Crime tape is visible outside the home of Richard Gary Black, who was shot dead July 30, 2018, by an Aurora police officer responding after Black legally defended his own home from an intruder. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
By analyzing letters from district attorneys’ offices, The Denver Post built a database of all the officer-involved shootings where a person was killed or injured between 2014 and 2018.
That data shows that suburbs in the Denver metro area are seeing three times as many shootings while law enforcement shootings in the city remained the same. While police say increased population has led to increased violent crimes, experts say lighter police oversight in the suburbs is also contributing to the trend.
In Denver housing market, what was hot is now cold. See where your ZIP code ranks in home prices.
The exterior of Koelbel Urban Homes at CityHomes in Boulevard One at Lowry. (Provided by Koelbel Urban Homes)
Denver’s housing market is undergoing some major changes this year, meaning some of last year’s hottest neighborhoods are plunging into the frigid depths as mountains havens and starter-home hubs are gaining ground. Check out our interactive map to see where your neighborhood stands.
Mark Kennedy introduced himself to all four CU campuses this week. One regent says she won’t vote for him to lead the university.
Grace Brunstrom, center, a freshmen at the University of Colorado covers her face as she listens to Mark Kennedy, the sole finalist for president of the University of Colorado, answer questions on April 26, 2019 in Boulder. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
The sole finalist for CU president, Mark Kennedy, spent all of last week visiting campuses and taking questions for highly concerned students, faculty, alumni and community members.
Those visits didn’t go too well. At some, protestors gathered to voice concerns about Kennedy’s anti-LGBTQ voting record. At another, he received boos and mockery. The result? He’s lost the support of at least one regent ahead of the confirmation vote on Thursday.
“It is critical that the regents listen to the diverse voices of our community and take the time necessary to find a president that unites us. That is why I am announcing that I will vote against Mr. Kennedy’s appointment.”
Irene Griego, Democrat on the CU Board of Regents
Colorado General Assembly has 5 days to go and a lot left to do
Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia, right, and minority leader Chris Holbert laugh together during the opening day of the 72nd General Assembly at the Colorado state Capitol on Jan. 04, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
The Colorado legislative session has less than a week left and a lot of moving pieces still up in the air. Democratic leaders have acknowledged that some bills are going to have to die, but they are still hopeful to pass bills on sex education, emissions and affordable housing.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jared Polis’ mission to cut health care costs is also in danger. Polis is also facing backlash after he signaled he wouldn’t sign the bill that would limit vaccine exemptions. However, lawmakers advanced the vaccine bill anyway.
One victory did pass this weekend. Colorado finally passed an equal pay bill after years of trying.
“Hey Google, talk to The Denver Post”
“Alexa, open Denver Post”
By the Numbers
The Crested Butte Land Trust is working with Crested Butte Mountain Resort to preserve recreational access to Snodgrass Mountain and protect open space. (John Holder, Crested Butte Land Trust)
+ This week is National Wildflower Week and we’ve got eight colorful hikes around the country to celebrate. — The Know Outdoors
+ Two pedestrians in two days were struck, killed by RTD trains at Central Park Station.
+ Metro Denver apartment rents are rising, bringing the average monthly rent to $1,480.74 in the first quarter.
+ The Colorado Rapids are still winless and have lost six straight.
+ The number of black students who served at least one day of suspension in the current school year at Denver Public Schools. That statistic, among many, contributed to minority parents asking for less school security and police presence.
+ 2040 in Denver may look a lot different than 2019 thanks to Denveright Blueprint plans. Here’s what you can expect to change today.
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Nikola Jokic (15) of the Nuggets reacts after the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 90-86 game seven win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
Nuggets win Game 7, face Trail Blazers in Round 2
+ Since becoming Denver’s police chief, Paul Pazen has implemented progressive initiatives. Here’s how those are performing so far.
+ I know today feels like winter, but think positive and dream about these summer concerts and more outdoor shows. — The Know
+ This weekend we had two fatal officer-involved shootings. One in Westminster where an officer killed a man acting erratic. And another in Pueblo following a barricade situation.
+ Maybe not today, but here’s how to prep your bike for the summer. — The Know Outdoors
+ The latest on Thursday’s 28-vehicle I-70 crash: The truck driver who was arrested in connection with the fatal crash appeared in court. The four victims who died were identified.
+ If you see smoke or fire at Rocky Mountain National Park’s Beaver Meadows entrance, don’t panic. That’s probably one of the prescribed burns planned for the coming weeks.
Broncos NFL draft
+ If you’ve ever flown in or out of DIA, you know it’s usually a bumpy ride. We wondered why exactly is it so bumpy flying in and out of DIA?
+ An abandoned mine is likely the reason the Blue River near Breckenridge turned orange. That river is a source of drinking water for the Front Range.
+ Colorado has a very large aerospace industry, meaning program’s like Metropolitan State University feed it home-grown talent.
Rockies vs. Braves
+ As a way to thank riders for waiting far too long for the opening, RTD is offering free G-Line train rides through May 11.
+ The ex-Lake County undersheriff was sentenced to jail for attempted incest and invasion of privacy.
Avalanche vs. Sharks
What We’re Reading
+ This is a doozy of a story that you gotta read. This project dissects 19 years of Vogue covers to find out just how diverse the models are. Colorism in High Fashion not only looks into the data, but also the “why” of high fashion’s diversity problem. — The Pudding
+ Heart claps for the London Marathon. They replaced 200,000 plastic water bottles with edible water pods. Yes, they are weird. But they are also a great way to get rid of single-use plastic bottles. — Live Kindly
Song of the Day
Song: “Hello Sunshine”
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Sounds like: Here’s a PR tip, don’t release music on the same day at Taylor Swift. With that said, this song feels like an embodiment of my attitude toward today’s weather: “I had a little sweet spot for the rain,” but now I’m ready for the sunshine to stay. This beautiful song makes me think of that first peak of sun through the clouds when you’re just starting, maybe ending, a road trip.
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