By Joe Nguyen
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Happy Wednesday, friends!
It’s National Hot Dog Month, which got me thinking, what would go into a Denver-style hot dog? Chicago loads it up with tomatoes, sports peppers, onions and a pickle spear. In Seattle, it’s cream cheese and sautéed onions. What would you put in a Mile High City dog?
Celebrating birthdays include musician Bela Fleck (61), former Avalanche star Adam Foote (48), actress Sofia Vergara (47).
And now, on to the news:
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+ Today’s Weather: Bright.
+ From the Editorial Board: “PERA’s reforms are working, even in a punishing and erratic market.”
+ Ask Amy: Stand Tough Mom has a 21-year-old son who got arrested for intoxication and disorderly conduct after a shoving match outside a bar. Mom and her husband cut his monthly allowance in half.
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A Confederate group marched in a Colorado town’s Fourth of July parade. Residents made a unity float to follow right behind it.
Rocky Mountain Confederate Conservation’s float in last week’s Fourth of July parade in Bayfield. (Courtesy Paula Dugger)
“This is where we live, where we raise our children. We want our children to see our message and what we really stand for.”
Sarah Goldman, Bayfield resident
A few years ago, Bayfield residents were met with a surprise addition to their annual Fourth of July parade: a float organized by a pro-Confederacy group. In response, a group of town residents decided they needed to counter that with their own message.
Bayfield resident Sarah Goldman, along with 30 adults and children, organized a unity float that followed directly behind the Confederate group at last week’s parade, with participants holding signs and banners expressing inclusivity as they celebrated Independence Day, Sam Tabachnik writes.
Team of nine Broomfield residents indicted for allegedly stealing from 77 victims, 52 companies in the Denver area
From left, clockwise: Brett Alan Cravens, Kasee Rae Dela-Torre, John Christopher Garcia, Maren Raquel Gasser, Cory Roger Halvorson, Jonathan Wray Hovey, Joseph James King, Sarah Marie Lore and Matthew Wade Turket. (Denver District Attorney’s Office)
A group of nine Broomfield residents faces a total of 126 felony counts for stealing money, cars and identities from at least 77 people and 52 companies, Elise Schmelzer reports.
They stole at least a dozen vehicles — a total value of $294,000 — and spent tens of thousands of dollars on clothing, gift cards, prescription drugs and electronics, according to the prosecutor’s office.
RTD drills deep on funding for a Denver-to-Longmont train, aims to cut years off a 2050 debut
The B-Line is pictured at its debut three years ago. The B-Line to Westminster is planned to one day extend all the way to Longmont, but finding the money to build the full 41-mile corridor is the challenge. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
The centerpiece for missing rail in metro Denver is the Northwest Rail line, a 41-mile corridor that would connect Boulder and Longmont to Union Station in Denver. RTD projects the line will cost $1.5 billion to build and that new funding will need to be found if the corridor has any hope of being completed before the midway point in this century, John Aguilar reports.
By the Numbers
The number of businesses in metro Denver that reported turning a profit, according to an analysis from online lender LendingTree.
The average number of cars stolen daily in Colorado in 2018. At the top of the most stolen types of vehicles were the Honda Civic and Honda Accord.
The number of Denver Outlaws players selected to the Major League Lacrosse all-star game.
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Geeks Who Drink quiz master Josh Thomas gets trivia questions out to the crowd at the Jagged Mountain Brewery on Feb. 11, 2016. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
+ Geek out at these 10 free weekly trivia nights in Denver. — The Know
+ We’ve hit peak “Baby Shark” with this ridiculous tour, and can only go down from here. — The Know
+ The Peña Boulevard widening and rebuild faces skepticism and delay from Denver council.
+ Broncos Stadium to host open training camp practice: Here’s what fans need to know.
+ More than a third of Denver-metro area rents, yet a stigma is still attached to not owning a home.
+ A global luxury home brokerage plants its flag in Denver.
+ A Colorado man has been accused of fatally beating a man in Nebraska on the Fourth of July.
+ A Democratic poll puts Jena Griswold — who hasn’t announced she’s running — in top tier to challenge Cory Gardner.
+ Colorado just made getting public records a little more expensive.
+ An off-duty Colorado corrections officer fatally shot neighbor over July 4 fireworks dispute, affidavit says.
+ Orange & Blue 760-AM is no longer home to all-day Broncos sports talk radio.
+ Nuggets president Tim Connelly on trade: Jerami Grant is “a guy we’ve always coveted.”
+ The man who waved gun before police killed him had a history of petty crime.
+ “Friends,” “The Office” being pulled from Netflix for separate streaming services.
On the Stove
+ In this week’s Get Cooking, Bill St. John tackles my favorite food group: Steaks. And he provides a recipe for a cowboy steak with chimichurri sauce.
+ Recipe: Classic barbecue chicken. Becky Krystal has an easy-to-assemble, from-scratch sauce and an indirect cooking strategy that keeps the skin from getting too dark and the meat too dry.
+ Recipe: Chocolate pudding pops. Ellie Krieger has a dessert that will take you back to childhood.
+ Video: Alvin Zhou compares a two-minute cookie vs. a two-hour cookie vs. a two-day cookie. That’s right, 48 hours. — Tasty
+ Cocktail: Piña Colada. Sorry for getting the song stuck in your head, but today is National Piña Colada Day. — Bon Appetit
What We’re Reading
+ Where’s Fido? If it’s July 5, probably at an animal shelter (with dozens of other lost pets). — CPR
+ Are big property tax bills painting Denver arts districts into a corner? — Westword
+ Aurora rent hikes outpace most of the nation, with average rates above those in Denver. — The Aurora Sentinel
+ How does your 401(k) compare to the average? — USA Today
Song of the Day
Song: “Do It”
Sounds like: Funky and soulful. It’s getting close to one of my favorite times of the year, The Underground Music Showcase. With 200-plus bands playing July 26-28, I’ve been trying to do my due diligence to get some homework in. These guys are fun and dancy. And this video is mesmerizing.
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