By Joe Nguyen
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Happy Tuesday, Rounduppers!
Today is the International Day of Friendship, not to be confused with Friendship Day (Aug. 4) or National Shower with a Friend Day (Feb. 5). So go call up your buddy and have a meal together.
Celebrating birthdays include Arnold Schwarzenegger (72), actor Jean Reno (71), former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle (62), actor Terry Crews (51) and Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank (45).
And now, on to the news:
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+ Today’s Weather: Scorching.
+ From the opinion page: “Mueller didn’t play me playing him on “SNL” — and that’s good,” actor Robert De Niro writes.
+ Ask Amy: Stuck in the Middle‘s best friend “Betsy” gave her adult son a used, refurbished violin. Now Betsy’s kids want him to give it back.
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“Stop killing us”: After a deadly month, Denver cyclists will swarm streets
Participants ride bikes in a groups during the Vision Zero Ride and Walk of Silence outside the at the Denver City and County Building on May 15, 2019. (Daniel Brenner, Special to The Denver Post)
“This spate of deaths — preventable deaths — in a short period of time, it does feel remarkable. It does create a sense of urgency. You can’t help but feel it.”
Piep van Heuven, policy director at Bicycle Colorado
Alexis Bounds, a health care project manager, was the fourth bicyclist killed on the Front Range this month and the second in Denver. The deaths have galvanized cyclists, who are planning a week of protest and mourning. Bicyclists will swarm the streets in two separate rides this week, including in a return of Critical Mass, a controversial and unsanctioned protest not seen in Denver for years, Andrew Kenney reports.
Colorado proposes new controls on oil and gas industry in effort to combat air pollution
A brown cloud hangs over Denver as an inversion keeps much of the smog from moving out in this 2007 photo. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
“We’re going to reduce statewide emissions by 80% by 2030. … We’re still trying to figure out exactly how to get there. We cannot do it without regulating this oil and gas sector.”
John Putnam, state health department’s environmental programs director
Colorado health officials on Monday proposed a ratcheting of controls on the oil and gas industry to reduce air pollution — aiming to comply with federal ozone limits, obey lawmakers who ordered a cleanup and sync the state with efforts to contain climate change, Bruce Finley writes.
U.S. 36 collapse: CDOT says soil has finished settling as crews dismantle highway wall
Work continued to remove a damaged section of U.S. 36, caused by soil-settling issues, on July 29, 2019, in Westminster. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
The ground beneath a damaged section of U.S. 36 through Westminster has finished settling more than two weeks after shifting soil caused a dramatic collapse of the highway’s eastbound lanes, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Monday, Jon Murray reports.
Broncos name Kevin Hogan starting quarterback for Hall of Fame game against Falcons
Denver Broncos quarterback Kevin Hogan (9), left, and quarterback Joe Flacco (5) look to make throws during training camp at Broncos Stadium at Mile High Saturday, July 27, 2019 in Denver. (Michael Ciaglo, Special to the Denver Post)
The Broncos’ backup quarterback battle gained some initial clarity Monday when coach Vic Fangio announced after practice that Kevin Hogan will start in Thursday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Falcons, Ryan O’Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson report. Starting quarterback Joe Flacco will not play against Atlanta.
By the Numbers
Jon Gray (55) of the Colorado Rockies works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning at Coors Field on Monday, July 29, 2019. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
How many Rockies pitchers have won 10-plus games in four consecutive seasons. Jon Gray accomplished the feat on Monday after beating the Dodgers, 9-1, at Coors Field.
How much new auto registrations are down in Colorado as consumers are incresingly turning to used vehicles, according to the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.
How much 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf won in the Fortnite World Cup.
How much pay increases are expected to average in metro Denver and Boulder, according to an annual compensation survey from the Employers Council.
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In addition to an array of body therapies, facials, massages, salon services and aesthetic treatments, the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa in Colorado Springs also recently began offering Chan Beaute, which draws on the Vietnamese practice of facial reflexology to address beauty marks, moles, wrinkles and other imperfections without damaging the skin. (Andrew Maguire, provided by Strata Integrated Wellness Spa)
+ Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas. — The Know Outdoors
+ Denver’s Race for the Cure rebrands as number of walkers drops from 65K to 10K. — The Know Outdoors
+ Denver police radios go silent to the public as department switches to encrypted transmissions.
+ PHOTOS: Runners try to pull, push and plead with donkeys during annual Burro Days. — The Know
+ American Elm is bringing an “outdoor cocktail lounge” to the old Way Back space. — The KNow
+ Hitting the gas on electric cars: That’s the goal of Colorado officials, automakers.
+ Denver closes Sonny Lawson Park in Five Points, pushing out homeless.
+ TV production company making new “Dog the Bounty Hunter” show moves headquarters to Castle Rock.
+ Retired MSU professor says her office on Auraria Campus was known as the “cancer corner.”
+ Troy Tulowitzki: “My legacy as a Rockie is someone who helped win ballgames.”
+ Great Colorado Payback plagued with problems, state auditor says.
+ Debate gives some Democrats like Hickenlooper a last chance to shine.
+ First-degree murder charge filed after woman’s body is found in vehicle in Arvada.
+ The U.S. women’s national team was paid more than the men over the past eight years, U.S. Soccer says.
What We’re Reading
+ Colorado is a hotbed of teen vaping, but lacks the tools to help kids quit. — CPR
+ Denver loved the Little Saigon Night Market so much it’s getting one more in September. — Denverite
+ Dump truck rollover clobbers busy Parker-Quincy intersection — for days. — The Aurora Sentinel
+ This is my new YouTube infatuation. This guy analyzes “The Simpsons.” In this five-part series, he looks at who really shot Mr. Burns. — TheRealJims
Song of the Day
Song: “One Sweet Day”
Artist: Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
Sounds like: A stroll back to mid-’90s R&B, this song had spent the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 until yesterday when Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” broke its 16-week record. A classic from Carey’s “Daydream” album.
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