By Robert Denton
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Hi all. As I’m sure you’ve heard, today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
More than 160,000 Allied soldiers took part in the invasion and an estimated 10,000 were killed, wounded or missing in action, according to the National Archives.
I’ve included several D-Day pieces throughout the Roundup, including local stories, historical photos and a long read.
Under heavy German machine gun fire, American infantrymen wade ashore off the ramp of a Coast Guard landing craft on June 6, 1944. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP, File)
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+ Today’s Weather: Sunny in the city as storms rattle the foothills and mountains
+ Guest Commentary: The United States lifted the world without losing ground, writes David Von Drehle
+ Ask Amy: Wondering woman asks if she should open her home to an internet admirer when he visits
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“Something of a miracle”: Colorado veterans honor D-Day’s 75th anniversary
WWII veteran Frank Barnard, 94, is pictured at the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons in Aurora on June 1, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
Frank Barnard, 94, a Fitzsimons resident and Army infantryman who fought in five countries during the war, remembered engaging with German forces in Paris — the two sides firing at each other across the river. Read this and other stories here, from Sam Tabachnik.
Denver voters kept Mayor Michael Hancock, but sent his council allies packing — setting the table for more conflict
Incumbent Denver Mayor Michael Hancock pauses as he takes the stage to declare victory in his reelection bid against challenger Jamie Giellis at EXDO Event Center in Denver in Denver on June 4, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
Several council members-elect also ran on promises of shaking up the status quo and pursuing more progressive policies, appealing to some voters’ frustrations with the more centrist mayor, writes Jon Murray.
Douglas County schools eye districtwide safety plan in wake of STEM shooting
Police pass by buses loaded with students after a school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post file)
Douglas County schools are moving forward with security upgrades and hiring more counselors with voter-approved funds, but a deeper look at how the district handles safety is going to take more time, Meg Wingerter reports.
Rockies’ top pitching prospect Peter Lambert to be called up for debut today
Colorado Rockies pitcher Peter Lambert (78) pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at Camelback Ranch during spring training on Feb. 28, 2019. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
“The guys are fired up for Peter, because he’s been in big-league camp with us now for a couple years and he’s played with a lot of our guys in the minors,” manager Bud Black said. Lambert will be the third-youngest in franchise history to make his debut as a starting pitcher today at Wrigley, reports Kyle Newman.
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By the numbers
Garth Brooks performs on stage at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Rich Fury, Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
The number of people expected to attend the Garth Brooks concert at Broncos Stadium this weekend. Denver officials are warning concertgoers that parking will be a problem.
The elevation at which Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park tops out. The road was reopened on Wednesday.
The number of tornadoes that touched down nationwide in May, nearly double the average. There’s a direct link between those tornadoes and Colorado’s cold and gray May, Chris Bianchi writes.
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+ A West Point cadet was killed, and 22 were injured, when vehicle overturned during a training operation.
+ DU law school’s “fix” for its gender-pay gap revealed a female professor makes $30,000 less than her peers.
+ A Missouri 9-year-old’s murder went unsolved for 25 years and the killer may have been hiding in plain sight before being arrested in Colorado.
+ Colorado will pursue a mandatory electric-vehicle standard after the attempt to make it voluntary fails.
+ A squabble over a $4.85 cab fare in Boulder led to a police shooting that is now the subject of a lawsuit.
+ Oakland became the second U.S. city, after Denver, to decriminalize magic mushrooms on Tuesday night.
+ South Broadway’s Syntax will become The Roxy Denver next month. — The Know
+ The backstory on the Rockies’ No. 23 overall pick Michael Toglia, who first donned purple pinstripes at 10-years-old.
What We’re Reading
+ The man who told us the truth about D-Day — The New York Times Magazine
+ A first-timer’s guide to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — 5280
+ 1 billion acres at risk for catastrophic wildfires, U.S. Forest Service warns — NPR
+ Podcast: Endless Thread, which has a special series out right now called Infectious — WBUR Boston
Song of the Day
Song: “Follow the Sun”
Artist: Xavier Rudd
Sounds like: Jack Johnson meets John Denver? I heard this song for the first time on my commute this morning and I’m still trying to figure out who it reminds me of.
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