By Matt Schubert
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Happy Thursday, Roundup readers!
We’re now well past the point where it’s gonna be May and fully into it actually being May. So we got that going for is, which is nice.
If that isn’t reason enough to rejoice, today is also the birthday of the Red Baron — the man responsible for the world’s best cheap, frozen pizza.
Who would want to live in a world without his delicious four cheese pie? Certainly not yours truly.
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+ Today’s Weather: The Long Night is over. May it never return again.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Mark Kennedy is the wrong fit for the University of Colorado”
+ Ask Amy: Perplexed learned some disturbing news about a neighbor’s son and isn’t quite sure if she should share it with others or not.
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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, cancer-free, is running for president
Democratic Senator Michael Bennet speaks to the Polk County Democrats at Doc’s Lounge Feb. 22, 2019, in Johnston, Iowa. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
“I think Mike just has to get out there and show what he has to offer. I think he’s a great candidate and I’d love to hear more from him. I knew (cancer) wasn’t going to stop him.”
Helen Varner, Iowan who hosted a Bennet visit to Dubuque earlier this year.
The inevitable became reality this morning, as U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced his intention to run for president of the United States.
Ever since his successful recovery from prostate surgery last month, it was only a matter of time before this day came. Now the question is, how does a little-known Senator from Colorado — one of two candidates from the Centennial State — stand out in a diverse field of Democrats that has now swelled to 21?
The first test will be getting on debate stage two months from now, Nic Garcia reports.
“Jerr-E-ville” stands — and falls — as a symbol of Denver’s homeless struggle
Jerry Burton eats a meal at his campsite on March 19, 2019, in Denver. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
“I think they should have jumped on board, came out there and found out, how do I do it.”
Jerry Burton, homeless Denver man and former enlisted U.S. Marine
For those who believe homeless communities can provide a positive, safe environment for those who live in them, Jerr-E-ville served as Exhibit A — an orderly, clean encampment along sidewalks in Curtis Park and Five Points.
Now, as voters prepare to decide whether to roll back Denver’s camping ban via Initiative 300 — the “Right to Survive” measure — its story is a symbol of the city’s ongoing struggle with homelessness, Andrew Kenney writes.
The Mormon Church is severing ties with the Boy Scouts. How will that affect the future of the Scouts in Colorado?
The Boy Scouts of America’s Denver Area Council announced Wednesday, May 1, 2019, it has merged with its Western Slope counterparts. (David Manning, Reuters file)
“The success of the Boy Scouts was largely about Mormon involvement in the program early on. For the Scouts, I think it’s part of a more major shift of ‘What’s really our mission about and why are we here?’ ”
Katy Mohrman, CU-Denver professor focusing on Mormon studies
At the end of the year, the Boy Scouts of America is likely to lose thousands of members when the Mormon Church officially severs ties.
Few places will feel that exodus more than the Western Slope, where half of its members are Mormon. What will that mean for an organization already dealing with potential bankruptcy and abuse allegations? Sam Tabachnik investigates.
Nuggets come up short against Trail Blazers in Game 2, series tied 1-1
Gary Harris (14) of the Denver Nuggets reacts to being called for a foul on Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter of the Trailblazers’ 97-90 win on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
The Nuggets fought through a bloody nose and a woeful shooting night, but the Trail Blazers didn’t balk en route to evening their NBA Western Conference playoff series 1-1 with a 97-90 Wednesday night, Mike Singer reports.
In the aftermath of the loss, and a brief skirmish with the Blazers’ Enes Kanter, the Nuggets made one promise: Game 3’s “gonna be real chippy.”
By The Numbers
Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge,” 1899. (Provided by Princeton University Art Museum)
+ Number of paintings to be featured in Denver Art Museum’s Monet Exhibition, which patrons will soon have the opportunity to buy tickets for.
+ Elevation, in feet, of Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek, which has laid claim to being the highest casino in the world.
+ Height of a bronze bear sculpture, in feet, stolen from a park in Northglenn.
+ Games it took for the Colorado Rapids to fire head coach Anthony Hudson in his second season with the team.
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Seven-year old Grace Muthu looks up at her mother Enjoli Muthu, of Colorado Springs, as they wait in line to speak during a Senate finance committee hearing on a vaccination bill at the Capitol on May 1, 2019, in Denver. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post )
+ Colorado’s controversial vaccine exemption bill received a surprise Senate committee hearing Wednesday, signaling the bill will pass.
+ Attention tea lovers: A beloved Boulder tea house is expanding to Cherry Creek, bringing 170 varieties with it.
+ Today is the day the CU Board of Regents vote on whether to hire Mark Kennedy as the four-campus system’s next president.
+ Speaking of the Board of Regents, Republican Regent Chance Hill says his Facebook post criticizing the “Far Leftist mob” opposing Mark Kennedy has been misconstrued.
+ A hernia patient has sued Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs after a face-first tumble off operating table that allegedly resulted in severe injuries.
+ A wooden box with the words “Inherited Trauma” on it led officials to place Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge on lockdown on Wednesday. It was ultimately found to be empty.
+ A team from Denver’s East High School took first place this week in the nationwide We the People civics competition in Washington, D.C.
+ Is a wet May in store for the Front Range? Sadly, the answer could be yes.
+ A juvenile has been arrested for allegedly making threats against Broomfield High School that led to both an evacuation and a lockout during the last week.
+ The Clear Creek County coroner’s office released a statement Wednesday estimating Sol Pais’ suicide to have occurred April 15 — a day before the FBI and local authorities started a massive “manhunt” for her and hundreds of schools shut down along the Front Range.
+ A “riot” at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden, between juvenile inmates and staff, resulted in multiple injuries Wednesday night.
+ If you were hoping to visit Eldorado Springs Resort, my apologies.
What We’re Reading
+ My wife thinks “Jeopardy!” record-breaker James Holzhauer is a smug know-it-all who’s eminently punchable. Now for the facts. — The Washington Post
+ As he does every week, the Maester lays out everything you need to know about last week’s “Game of Thrones” episode. — The Ringer
+ The best show on HBO Sunday wasn’t GOT, it was Barry… by a mile. — Esquire
+ We all have problems. Stephen Curry’s is popcorn. — The New York Times
Song of the Day
Song: “Pumped up Kicks”
Artist: Foster The People
Sounds like: If you weren’t paying attention to the lyrics, you might think this is happy song. Nope, it’s terrifyingly dark. But God help me, I really do love it. Sadly, the rest of Foster the People’s catalog is sort of meh.
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