Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers!
Today we celebrate the birth of Django Reinhardt, who would be 109 years old. Born a gypsy in France and with a hand disfigured by a fire when he was 18, Django's "three-finger" style would make him one of the most important guitar soloists in jazz music. "The first guitar virtuoso," Reinhardt's influence helped pave the way for the guitar-solo heavy music of the 1960s through today. See for yourself.
If you know Django's work, you know how cool it is and how well it holds up. If not (or even if so), why not put on a playlist of his best and settle in with the news below.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features super-short updates from today's radio newscasts that you might find useful:
- Gov. Jared Polis will reveal more this morning about a proposal to bring down healthcare costs for Coloradans.
- The town of Erie will extend for an additional six months the temporary ban on drilling it emplaced when Prop. 112 failed in November.
- The Weld County District Attorney's office has opted not to file charges against an Evans teacher after reports of a child being taped to a chair.
- Frontier Airlines in May will debut new direct flights (with introductory one-way tickets) from Denver to five cities: Billings, Mont.; Boston; Burlington, Vt.; Green Bay, Wis.; and Mobile, Ala.
- Colorado native Roy Halladay, who pitched for the Blue Jays and Phillies, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.
The Big Stuff
Denver teachers union votes to strike
Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association contract bargaining team in a December contract session. (Jenny Brundin/CPR News)
In the first vote of its kind in 25 years, Denver teachers have voted to go on strike demanding a contract with better pay and a simplified bonus structure. Ninety-three percent of the votes cast were in favor of a strike.
Denver Public Schools has asked the Colorado Department of Labor to intervene. The strike could start as early as this coming Monday.
Colorado has already seen 10 police shootings so far this year. Will the trend continue?
Aurora Police Department Chief Nicholas Metz talks during a news conference about an officer-involved shooting of a homeowner during a news conference in August 2018. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Three of 2019's officer-involved shootings so far took place last Wednesday, and the total so far of 10 is unusually high so early in the year.
According to data from the Colorado Department of Public safety, there were 300 officer-involved shooting incidents from 2010 to the middle of 2017. By my rough figuring, that means that were this year's trend thus far to continue, we could see more than three times the average rate for the rest of this decade.
Related: As we continue to follow this story, CPR News will be maintaining an ongoing list of 2019 officer-involved shootings in Colorado you can refer back to.
More CPR News
- Colorado Rapids goaltender Tim Howard, a former U.S. national team goalkeeper and three-time CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year, says he will retire from professional soccer after the 2019 season.
- Pueblo has a mayor for the first time since 1911. Pueblo attorney Nick Gradisar defeated former City Council President Steve Nawrocki in a runoff election yesterday.
- Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was in Denver yesterday with her husband Captain Mark Kelly, to help launch a new organization of gun owners advocating for stricter gun control.
- Colorado Springs Police Department detective Ron Stallworth, whose story inspired Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman," is more than a little excited by the film's six Oscar nominations.
- A Colorado Senate panel yesterday advanced a bill that would instruct CDOT to investigate whether trucks carrying hazardous materials should be allowed through the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels on I-70.
- Feeling like a Martian. Having a black hole of information where your origin story should be. Filmmaker Glenn Morey tells Colorado Matters those common threads run through stories he heard while documenting South Korean children adopted into white families.
- Two Colorado companies are preparing to be among those tapped by NASA for delivering experiments to the surface of the moon. CU Boulder Professor Jack Burns tells Colorado Matters private companies help with the easier work on the moon (versus the hard stuff heading to Mars).
- Hot on the heels of news that Grandoozy could wind up being a one-off, the cycling-anchored Velorama Festival in Denver's RiNo Art District won't be happening in 2019, either.
- Suffering from severe allergies, or PTSD? CU Boulder professor Chris Lowry, who studies bacteria in the soil in rural areas, thinks there could one day be a pill that helps train our bodies learn to respond less severely to some things.
- The Senate is planning votes on two bills today that would end the government shutdown, now in its 32nd day. But neither is expected to succeed.
- Verlon Jose is vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, which stretches from southern Arizona over the border and into Mexico. Jose says a border wall that would literally divide his people is not the answer.
- Democrats say the bill President Trump proposed on Saturday to end the shutdown not only included border wall funding, but other changes to U.S. immigration policy that were not disclosed in his announcement.
Worth a Read
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