By Matt Schubert
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Happy Friday, Roundup readers!
If you’re a bit groggy from the last two nights of presidential debates, don ‘t worry. You’re not alone. One can Google “Who is (insert name here)?” only so many times before George Jetson button pushing finger kicks in.
Luckily, the weekend is almost here and there’s plenty of well-appointed patios where you can rest those weary digits.
We still got 220 days until the Iowa caucuses. You’re going to need it.
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+ Today’s Weather: The calendar says it’s summer, and it ain’t lying.
+ From the opinion pages: “Yes, I want to pay off my student loans, but these relief plans aren’t serious,” writes Robert Gebelhoff, assistant editor for The Washington Post’s Opinions section.
+ Ask Amy: Always a Teacher has a former student who has cycled in and out of treatment centers and clearly needs help. The family isn’t there for him. Should the teacher step in and (reluctantly) offer up a room in her home?
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Democratic presidential debate: Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper jab Bernie Sanders
At left: Democratic presidential hopeful Former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. At right: Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Michael Bennet speaks at the same debate. (Photos by Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
For the second night in a row, 10 Democratic presidential candidates strode upon the debate stage in Miami, Fla., and did their best to stand out in a crowded field.
In the case of Coloradans John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, that meant trying to draw a contrast between themselves and one of the night’s big stars — Bernie Sanders.
Bennet, Colorado’s senior U.S. senator, appeared to do that a little better than his old friend former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper, Nic Garcia writes.
As home sales flatten, affordability remains key issue for new housing construction
A workman carries planks of wood for a house while working on building new homes in the Beeler Park neighborhood of Stapleton on Aug. 1, 2018, in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post file)
Mortgage rates may be falling, but the market for new homes isn’t benefiting as much as one might hope. One of the big reasons: affordability, or lack thereof.
With builders pivoting to more affordable housing products, there is hope for a rebound in the second half of 2019, Aldo Svaldi reports from the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference.
MLB umpire going to bat for teen at center of Lakewood youth baseball brawl
Home plate umpire Chris Guccione points to Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Chris O’Meara, The Associated Press)
“This is my state, this is where my heart is. So when I saw the incident that happened, I was concerned.”
Chris Guccione, MLB umpire and Salida native
Two weeks after umpire Josh Cordova found himself in the middle of the infamous Lakewood youth baseball brawl, the 13-year-old got an ally in fellow ump Chris Guccione.
The major league umpire has spent decades calling balls and strikes, but never had he encountered anything like what went on at Westgate Elementary School.
Guccione was so moved by Cordova’s composure under the circumstances that he invited the teen and his family to be his guests at the Rockies-Dodgers game Sunday at Coors Field, Sean Keeler writes.
Coors Field has the best fireworks shows in town and you can still get tickets to catch the show following the Rockies / Astros game on July 2. But act fast, tickets are going quickly!
By The Numbers
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, congratulates Max Muncy for his two-run home run during the seventh inning Thursday. (David Zalubowski, The Associated Press)
+ Consecutive games the Rockies have lost to the Dodgers following Thursday night’s 12-8 loss at Coors Field.
+ Additional acres of state trust lands Colorado State Land Board members and wildlife commissioners will consider opening for the fall hunting season.
+ Approximate number of boreal toads, raised and hatched by the Denver Zoo, that were released earlier this month into the wild in a remote area of southwestern Utah.
+ Number of people who have now been cited in the Lakewood youth baseball brawl from last week.
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Pair sky high views with snacks from a globally inspired menu at Le Méridien’s rooftop bar at 54Thirty. (Provided by 54Thirty)
+ Patio and rooftop season is here to stay. Here’s where to get your al fresco on. — The Know
+ And for dessert: a few new ice cream flavors you need to try around Denver. — The Know
+ In search of a good cocktail? Olde Town Arvada’s got just the spot for you. — The Know
+ Paella is a party, especially when it’s made by this Spanish restaurant (that will also ply you and your friends with gin and tonics) in your own home. — The Know
+ A goat lodge, drive-in theater and former jail where you can find a relaxing night’s stay. — The Know
+ Isak Heartstone is back, and you don’t even have to pay the troll toll to see him. — The Know Outdoors
+ For next weekend: There will be Fourth of July skiing at Arapahoe Basin. — 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.
All the millennials are doing it these days. Buying houseplants, that is. You, too, can join the houseplant craze. Let us help you. Read more…
+ Tips on harvesting herbs for good food and your good health
+ How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites
+ Ten tips to ensure a healthy lawn during a Colorado summer
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+ For your viewing pleasure: 5 Colorado Instagram pets that are more adventurous (and cuter) than you. — The Know Outdoors
+ What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a few trips down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin. — The Know Outdoors
+ There was a Chris “Birdman” Andersen sighting at Denver’s new sushi restaurant, Uchi, this week.
+ Six Teller County residents, in conjunction with the ACLU of Colorado, have filed a lawsuit against the Teller County Sheriff’s Office for a program that would allow three of its deputies to act as federal immigration enforcement agents.
+ Cherry Creek grad Christian McCaffrey was back in town for his father, Ed’s, football camp this week and had nothing but good things to say about fellow Coloradan, and current Bronco, Phillip Lindsay.
+ After 24 years, police are still searching for suspects in the shooting death of Andre Price in Montbello.
+ Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser says House Republicans can’t sue to stop the red-flag gun law passed last session.
+ Denver police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a van, then ran over and killed a dog.
+ The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado is heading back to the All-Star Game as the National League’s starting third baseman.
+ Colorado has ordered all unregistered giant swings shut down due to an accident last week at an adventure company in Adams County.
+ The Colorado Supreme Court ruled a Denver man suspected of killing wife in 2015 can use her life insurance money to pay for his defense.
+ Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states, including Colorado.
+ More than 100 people gathered outside Boulder business BI Inc. to protest the company’s lucrative contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
+ Coors Field madness continues: Dodgers-Rockies game features more crazy numbers
+ Arapahoe County deputies arrest sex offender on suspicion of sexual assault of two girls in pool
What We’re Reading
+ Block out a half hour of your day and cozy up to this piece on professional fulfillment, and our inevitable decline. — The Atlantic
+ If you haven’t seen CNN’s new “Apollo 11” documentary, I highly recommend. Here’s a nice summation of why. — dw.com
+ Asked to do more with less, everybody is a utility player in the workplace these days. And that’s probably not a good thing. — The Atlantic
Song of the Day
Song: “Blues run the game”
Artist: Jackson C. Frank
Sounds like: Up until a week ago, I was completely unaware this song existed. Then I watched the cinematic masterpiece “The Old Man & the Gun” and it came up during one of the more poignant scenes in the film. I proceeded to listen to it on repeat for a solid hour and fell in love. The pace is near perfect and the tone, while a tad somber, gets me right in my feelings.
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