Happy day-before-the-day-before-the-weekend, Looker-Outers! It's gorgeous weather (I mean that even though it's supposed to cool back off a little and maybe rain here and there in Colorado this weekend).
Sophie the dog is back with Katy and me for another visit. She's had her shots, of course, but it might be time for us humans to make sure we're up to date on ours. Because needles are scary, here's a couple of other kinds of shots to take the edge off.
Interesting timing on a story from John Daley today — I've noticed several times recently how much rarer cigarette butts are in gutters and lawns than I remember them being when I was young. Turns out it's because the kids are vapers now, tossing little plastic pods.
Let's get to it before the weather gets even nicer and we miss it!
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- The contract between CU and controversial new president Mark Kennedy offers Kennedy big bonuses, but also has more protections for the university than it does the president, the Daily Camera reports.
- Colorado farmers and ranchers are feeling the effects of the United States' tariff wars with China, but also are impacted by tariffs placed on agricultural goods by Mexico and Canada.
- A special prosecutor will look into the conduct of a security guard at STEM School Highlands Ranch during a shooting earlier this month. The guard was hired by the school.
The Big Stuff
At a celebration of life for Kendrick Castillo, friends and family encourage others to be "more like Kendrick"
People gather outside Cherry Hills Community Church ahead of a celebration of life for Kendrick Castillo, the student killed in the STEM School shooting, on Wednesday, May 15. (Caleb Alvarado For CPR News)
“We all have the ability to be a little bit like Kendrick. It’s all inside of us. You just have to be willing to know how far you want to take that.”
Kendrick's father John Castillo
At Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, thousands gathered to celebrate Kendrick Castillo, who died helping stop an attacker in the STEM School shooting last week.
Once it was cigarette butts found tossed everywhere; now waste managers are dealing with vape pods
Boulder High assistant principal Kristen Lewis keeps a box of prohibited smoking items confiscated from students. Nearly all of them are electronic cigarette products. (John Daley/CPR News)
At my high school, the teachers' boxes and drawers of confiscated stuff were full of cigarette packs and chew cans. Now the bulk of the space is full of vape pens and the nicotine liquid cartridges that they consume. The pods that get confiscated are just a fraction of what gets tossed on the ground like the modern equivalent of the once-ubiquitous cigarette butt.
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