Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers. For most of the state, it's still chilly and gloomy — at least as spring days go.
The weather may feel somewhat appropriate as we're reeling from a school shooting in Colorado, a situation our state is all too familiar with. Lockdowns and lockouts affected kids at other nearby districts yesterday as information trickled out and we ask ourselves once more if and how these tragedies can be stopped.
At the same time, a slightly different day dawns in Denver proper with results of Tuesday's municipal election. The mayoral race is headed for a runoff since no single candidate garnered 50 percent of the vote (and that's not the only runoff), and an effort to end-run around the city's camping ban with what supports call a "right to survive" measure was overwhelmingly rejected by voters.
As you can see, there's quite a bit to get caught up on today — so we best get cracking.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Two teen sex offenders who had earlier escaped from a detention facility in Golden were recaptured about 37 hours later in Lakewood after a short car chase.
- A new study from CU Boulder researchers found high levels of volatile organic compounds in the air in nail salons, which could increase workers' risk of cancers like leukemia.
- Colorado's preparedness for a major health emergency is better than the national average, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study, and has improved in every category since 2013.
The Big Stuff
One student killed and eight injured in shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch; 2 suspects in custody
Emergency vehicles near STEM School Highlands Ranch. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Douglas County Sheriff's deputies and other first responders from around the Denver area responded to reports of shots fired at the K-12 STEM School Highlands Ranch, not quite two weeks after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting a few miles away.
Details trickled out yesterday and continued late into the night; a briefing this morning brought more information about the suspects and victims' conditions, but victims have not yet been identified.
More CPR News
Worth a Read
- America's younger generations skew left more than ever, but they could leave the Democratic Party behind. Republicans, meanwhile, are furiously trying to convert the rest of the oldest generations to their side. The result is a coming generational culture war. — The Atlantic
- Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong's step-by-step manual to safely putting the Apollo Lunar Module on the surface of the Moon is going up for auction (and man it looks cool). — Christie's
- A lot of eagle-eyed viewers last weekend spotted what looked like a Starbucks cup on "Game of Thrones," which was clearly an accident. If it had been an intentional product placement, it might've been worth $250,000 or more. — Market Watch
- Worth considering: One of the marks against taking many supplements is that so many contain some of the same common ingredients (like Vitamin A, for example), which can add up to an abundance that has a different — or even opposite — effect from what's intended. — Elemental
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