By Joe Nguyen
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Happy Tuesday, Rounduppers!
It’s National Root Beer Float Day You can celebrate with a free small root beer float from A&W Restaurants from 2-8 p.m. today. Here’s a list of all sorts of cheap and free things to do this month.
Among the luminaries born today include actress Lucille Ball and artist Andy Warhol.
And now, on to the news:
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+ Today’s Weather: Survey says … hot!
+ From the Editorial Board: “Innocent lives are in the hands of the U.S. Senate.”
+ Ask Amy: Estranged Son is in his 60s and long been estranged from his abusive parents. He wants to know if one day going to their funeral would bring him some sort of closure.
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Denver council kills local contracts with GEO, CoreCivic after immigration, private prison uproar
City councilwoman Candi CdeBaca poses for a portrait in this July 10, 2019 at the City and County Building. (Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post)
“We’ve watched these large entities gobble up smaller providers with public dollars and little to no transparency or accountability.”
Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca
Denver City Council members on Monday night faced a dilemma: Would they continue doing business with the for-profit companies that dominate Denver’s system of community corrections? Or would they cut ties, potentially closing most of the city’s halfway houses and leaving hundreds of people facing a possible return to prison?
Just after 10 p.m., they delivered a surprising upset. What was going to be a routine vote ended with the refusal of $10 million of contracts for CoreCivic and GEO Group, Andrew Kenney reports.
Development devours U.S. natural landscape at rate of 2 football fields per minute, study finds
The amount of natural land converted by human activities in Colorado increased by 676,827 acres between 2001 and 2017 — to about 10% of the state, an area larger than Rocky Mountain National Park, the analysis found. And the human footprint nationwide expanded by 24 million acres over those 16 years.
This rate of land conversion was faster than the deforestation altering the Amazon region of Brazil, where development in recent years devoured about two football fields every three minutes, Bruce Finley reports.
More of the legal marijuana sold in Colorado is increasingly for recreational use
A new state reports shows the recreational marijuana industry accounts for an increasingly larger share of the legal sales in Colorado. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)
The recreational market continues to increase its share of Colorado’s legal marijuana sales, with a new report showing that 66 percent of the total pounds of marijuana flowers and 86 percent of the total units of edibles sold in 2018 were for recreational use, Judith Kohler reports.
By the Numbers
From left, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28), shortstop Trevor Story (27) and right fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) all warm up before facing Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) in the first inning at Coors Field April 23, 2019. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
How many games back the Rockies are from the second wild-card spot in the National League. Heading into Houston, the Rockies understand they must catch fire or the season goes up in flames, Kyle Newman writes.
The last day Aramark and Levy Premium Foodserve will serve as the food contractors for the Pepsi Center.
Where Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon ranks among the best centers in the world, according to NHL Network.
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Stephen Hillen and Kath Allen walk with Henry and LuLu during a hike at Chautauqua Park on June 17, 2016. (Autumn Parry, The Daily Camera file)
+ Dogs have a ruff time at altitude, too. — The Know Outdoors
+ Denver councilman’s staff of three unionizes in a small victory for Teamsters.
+ Trump backs red-flag laws as gun advocates fight to overturn Colorado’s.
+ Sad news: Longtime Colorado journalist John Ensslin, who was a “kind and gentle soul,” has died. He was 65.
+ The “grandfather of snowboarding” Sherman Poppen dies at 89.
+ A Walker Stapleton signature-gathering lawsuit goes to trial.
+ Reported “non-human” debris that closed I-25 near Lone Tree turns out to be a man’s body.
+ Husband and wife suspects in road rage, with gunfire, arrested for attempted murder in Adams County.
+ A Denver immigration advocate joins the U.S. Senate race.
+ The Boulder Patagonia store to move to a bigger location on East Pearl.
+ Tensions boil over at Broncos camp as Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders scuffle. Listen to the behind-the-scenes account of the incident in the latest First and Orange podcast.
+ Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88.
What We’re Reading
+ Sundown on Venus radio wants to help preserve Denver punk history. — Westword
+ The Grand Valley still feels the loss of Dave Davis, but his legacy will live on. — CPR
+ The rise of babies in bars, explained. — Vox
+ An annual tradition, here’s Deadspin’s “Why Your Team Sucks 2019” edition for the Denver Broncos. — Deadspin
Song of the Day
Song: “Up We Go”
Sounds like: Summer. Cruising down the road with the windows open, singing along with not a care in the world. It has the same vibe as the music I used to listen to in high school. Fun fact: This song was featured on “The Sims 4: Get to Work” soundtrack in which Lights sings in Simlish.
Follow our Spotify playlist for an endless fountain of tunes: Click this link or search “Mile High Roundup” in your app.
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