By Tynin Fries
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We made it to Friday!
I know that I’m exhausted about thinking about the current U.S. Supreme Court, but let’s look back at a 1954 decision that changed education for millions of children. On May 17, 1954, the court handed down its decision in the Brown vs. Board of Education case, making segregation of schools unconsitutional.
One brave little girl changed the country.
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+ Today’s Weather: I hope you parked under something today because we may be getting large hail this afternoon.
+ From the opinion page: “Lawmakers delayed asking voters for more transportation funding so CDOT can learn what Coloradans really need,” writes Shoshana Lew, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation
+ Ask Amy: Wife Needing Advice’s husband can’t quit voyeur pornography and it’s threatening to break apart their 25-year marriage. Needless to say, Amy is less than impressed with this “garden-variety scumbag.”
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Run, hide or fight? Heroism during STEM School shooting praised, but some worry coverage will push kids to put themselves in harm’s way
Josh Jones, center, arrives on crutches at the Falls Events Center with his parents David, left, and Lorie right, before speaking to the media for the first time since he was wounded attempting to stop a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
“We don’t want any kid, certainly some of the younger kids, thinking this is what they have to do.”
Dr. Steven Berkowitz, professor in psychiatry at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus
A week ago, at least three students sprang into action when two teenagers began firing on their classmates at STEM School Highlands Ranch, with one of them dying as a result.
Kendrick Castillo’s death was the second within a week involving a student who took on a shooter on a school campus. The other came eight days ealier, when Riley Howell died confronting the gunman in a shooting at UNC Charlotte in North Carolina.
Heralded as heroes by the community around them, their stories also have drawn concern from psychologists who worry that such narratives will place children and teens at further risk by sending the message they must act like a “superman or (super)woman” during mass shootings, Jessica Seaman and Meg Wingerter report.
Jamie Giellis’ blunders on race reshape Denver mayoral election
Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis talks with a supporter during a fundraiser at La Cocinita Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post)
It’s been a rough couple of day for Jamie Giellis, challenger to Michael Hancock in Denver’s runoff mayoral election.
First, she couldn’t remember what “NAACP” stands for. Then, she blew up her personal social media accounts after an old tweet came to light in which she questioned the value of Chinatowns in cities.
Now, those missteps have brought race to the forefront of the contest, while also illuminating a surprising new twist on the city’s demographic politics, Andrew Kenney and Jon Murray report.
Brendan Rodgers, Rockies’ top prospect, getting major-league call on Friday
Brendan Rodgers gives a high five to a young fan before the start of his first AAA ball game in Albuquerque, N.M. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Jim Thompson, Albuquerque Journal)
The wait is over for Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers. Just 22 and Colorado’s top pick in the 2015 draft, Rodgers has been ripping the cover off the ball in Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .356 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs in 35 games for the Isotopes. And now he’s set to join the big league club Friday in Philadelphia, Patrick Saunders and Kyle Newman report.
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By The Numbers
A helicopter goes in to make a water drop as huge flames burn stands of trees on US Forest Service land on the Lime Gulch Fire off of Foxton Road near Conifer on June 20, 2013. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
+ Acres likely to be consumed by Colorado wildfires this summer, and that’s considered a less severe season for the state.
+ Number of new tech companies who set up shop in downtown Denver during the past year — just one figure pointing to a continuing boom in the “center city.”
+ Age, in years, of fossil tracks recently discovered by scientists in a remote area of the Grand Canyon.
+ Money that will be awarded to eligible Colorado companies for each remote worker based in a rural area that it hires, thanks to a new incentive tied to the state’s job growth incentive tax credit program.
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(Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post; photos by Getty Images)
+ Have a hot date? We’ve got the best restaurants in Denver for every relationship status. — The Know
+ Save $16 on a Denver Zoo membership now through May 20. — The Know
+ If you plan to travel this weekend, please read this guide on how to take safe selfies so you’re not in our paper next week after walking backward off a cliff. — The Know Outdoors
+ Plan ahead for next weekend where you can get a last chance to ski at Aspen Mountain on Memorial Day weekend. — The Know Outdoors
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.
Gardening tools wait to be used at the Big Gardens at Wash Park
It’s time to plant in the metro area as night temperatures stay above 50
Knock on wood but the final spring frost may be behind us. And with these high temps, it’s finally time to start planting.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on election night 2018. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
+ Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced new restrictions Thursday forbidding her staff from traveling to Alabama after it adopted the most stringent anti-abortion law in the nation.
+ Police now say the Cherokee Trail high school rugby player shot and killed last week was the victim of a vape-oil robbery attempt gone wrong.
+ Denver International Airport and contractor Great Hall Partners are in disagreement over delays and costs due to weak concrete on its terminal renovation project.
+ I.M. Pei, a dominant figure in American architecture for more than three decades who was connected to Denver’s 16th Street Mall, died at the age of 102.
+ The original campus of the Denver School of Science and Technology announced Thursday it will change its name, severing ties to a former city mayor with KKK ties.
+ Police are looking for a suspect in a stabbing that occurred Thursday night near Broncos Stadium.
+ A man has been arrested in Georgia in connection to the shooting death of a teen near Aurora’s Wagon Trail Park.
+ Wildlife officers tranquilized a black bear that was seen wandering close to dozens of homes and three schools in Pueblo West.
+ WATCH: An altercation between a substitute teacher and student at Denver middle school is now under investigation.
+ The Boulder police officer who confronted a black Naropa student is resigning.
+ Aurora police need help identifying a man who posed as a ride-share driver and then robbed a would-be customer.
What We’re Reading
+ The news out of Alabama has been a lot to take in. Today’s Daily episode is worth a listen. Hear from the lawyer who drafted most of the bill and has “no problem with” the number of men in the chain of decision making that would make this bill constitutional. — New York Times
+ Did you hear about the navy crew who drew a giant . . . penis in the air back in 2017? Well, reporters got their hands on the hilarious transcript of that flight and the investigation into the embarrassing incident. — Navy Times
+ A new Trump administration policy effectively de-recognizes LGBTQ marriage when it comes to getting birthright citizenship for their children born outside the U.S. The little-known policy states that “if the child does not have a biological connection to a U.S. citizen parent, the child will not be a U.S. citizen at birth.” Babies born via surrogacy or other reproductive technology are considered to be born “out of wedlock” even if their parents are legally married. — The Daily Beast
Song of the Day
Song: “Orinoco Flow”
Sounds like: In celebration of the 57th birthday of Enya — the queen of late 20th century new age pop — I give you the Irish singer/songwriter’s most memorable offering. Say what you will about the heavily produced sound that defines this particular genre, “Orinoco Flow” is nothing if not a pleasant dip into warm ocean waters. Splash around in it for a while. It’s always soothing. — Matt Schubert, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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