By Tynin Fries
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Good morning, Rounduppers. You are so close to the weekend so keep on keeping on!
Today you have every excuse on the planet to treat yo’ self because it’s National Relaxation Day. Take a bath, read a book, do a face mask or whatever else will help you get some peace today.
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+ Today’s Weather: Hot, hot, hot and damp.
+ From the Editorial Board: “Give aid to those in law enforcement who serve us in our darkest hours,” the Editorial Board writes following our reporting on the investigators still suffering from PTSD after the Watts murders.
+ Ask Amy: Perplexed is trying to figure out why her 60-something husband wants to father a child after 40-plus years of marriage.
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John Hickenlooper to end his 2020 presidential campaign
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper poses for a portrait Feb. 26, 2019, in Denver. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
John Hickenlooper is expected to officially announce his decision to end his presidential campaign sometime this morning, reporter Nic Garcia confirmed with two sources.
The decision comes as more Democrats called for the former Colorado governor to run for Senate against Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.
Denver airport construction: Fired Great Hall contractors sought $288 million to finish work, new documents show
Construction crews work inside the Great Hall terminal at Denver International Airport on Aug. 13, 2019. DIA has terminated the $1.8 billion contract with Great Hall Partners for its problem-plagued terminal renovation project. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Before being fired, the construction team on DIA’s renovation project estimated it needed an addition $288.1 million more to finish the job — a prospect that would have pushed the project’s budget well over $900 million.
The delay claims would have also pushed the completion date from November 2021 to February 2024.
U.S. 36 collapse: CDOT sets timeline for highway fix as rebuilding effort begins
Work continued to remove a damaged section of U.S. 36, caused by soil-settling issues, on July 29, 2019, in Westminster. The removal work on the damaged section has since been finished. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
Crews have started working on repairing the part of U.S. 36 that collapsed last month. For the first time, CDOT identified a date for reopening in October.
Until then, the section will continue to have two lanes in each direction sharing space on the westbound side of the highway.
By the Numbers
A record-setting hailstone being measured next to a softball. (Courtesy Becky Bolinger)
+ The size of Colorado’s new largest hailstone on record. In other words, it’s very big.
+ Yesterday, the Dow dropped 800 points as the bond market flashes recession warning for the first time since 2007.
+ How Colorado are you? These 11 apps and tools will help you live your most Colorado life. — The Know Outdoors
+ The number of posts for the most Instagrammed campus in Colorado.
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Warren and Hunter Wood believe their Elvtd at 5280 in Arvada is the first seltzery in Colorado, and likely in the nation. (Provided by Elvtd at 5280)
+ All hail the “Claw” … or in this case a less catchy but more local version. Colorado breweries are tapping into the hard seltzer trend. Plus, Denver is having its first hard seltzer festival in RiNo. — The Know
+ Want to know what Nuggets’ Bol Bol orders at Chipotle? We did too.
+ Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission is expected to require more electric cars starting in 2023.
+ Rockies’ Wade Davis is “staying positive” in the wake of bullpen demotion.
+ Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser another lawsuit against Trump to block immigration changes.
+ An Indiana couple is suing a Centennial adoption agency claiming they weren’t informed of Chinese son’s sexual-abuse issues.
+ Mumford & Sons is playing an acoustic show at Denver’s Twist & Shout. — The Know
+ The CU Buffaloes earned some high marks on Sports Illustrated’s all-time college football rankings.
+ A man attacked a real estate agent in Commerce City with a knife and bear mace, police say.
+ Heads up: Rocky Mountain National Park will be making extra traffic stops this weekend. — The Know Outdoors
+ Nolan Arenado’s walk-off homer rescues Rockies from series sweep against the Diamondbacks.
+ Welcome to the Olympics of court reporting. Seriously, this is a weird and enjoyable story about really really fast typing.
+ Broncos rookie Juwann Winfree, former CU Buff, flashes preseason promise, aims for consistency.
What We’re Reading
+ On Sunday, everyone should go out and pick up a copy of New York Times Magazine. This week’s edition is full of great content from its “The 1619 Project” which details America’s history with slavery and its impacts 400 years later. — NYT
+ If you’re actively working to divert people from reading news about you, chances are that local news is important. Purdue Pharma, the company blamed for inflating the opioid crisis, sought to divert online readers from a critical L.A. Times series on the topic. — Los Angeles Times
+ Plastic is raining from the sky. Literally. A recent study on rainwater samples collected across Colorado showed that plastic fibers, beads and shards were raining from the sky, raising new questions about the amount of waste in the air. — The Guardian
Song of the Day
Song: “Only Human”
Artist: Jonas Brothers
Sounds like: When you remember that your weekend starts today so you start dancing very subtly at your desk. Plus, their new music video for this came out and it gives me so many feels. I could watch this Uncle Jesse-esque Joe Jonas dance all day long.
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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