Happy Tuesday, Lookout readers. I don't know for sure about your part of the state, but the warmup continues along the Front Range.
Today marks 95 years since George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered at the “Experiment in Modern Music” concert at the Aeolian Hall in New York. Then in 1987 United Airlines licensed the piece that would become so synonymous with thier advertising that radio listeners would change the station when full performances came on. It would go on to recieve numerous treatments in myriad places under the United banner. Here's a characteristically nice full performance from Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.
Now that you've got flying the friendly skies on the brain, it's time to come in for a landing and catch up with the day's news. Sorry about that abrupt shift.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- A transgender man claims his former employer discriminated against him when its claims administrator said his transition would be covered but then left him holding the bill days after the surgery.
- After a lemonade stand fracas in Denver last year over permitting, a bill that would let kids run lemonade stands anywhere in the state is moving through the legislature.
- Colorado School of Mines is celebrating a gift of gem and mineral specimens for its museum valued at $3 million.
- Pueblo will give $10,000 from its contingency fund to help keep a needle exchange open.
The Big Stuff
As the Denver teachers' strike heads into its second day, here's what happened yesterday
Teachers and their supporters strike outside East High School in Denver on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, after contract negotiations between the teachers union and Denver Public Schools broke off on Saturday. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Monday marked the beginning of a strike by Denver Public Schools' teachers' union members, the first in a quarter century. Picket lines formed at many schools well before classes started, and a rally was held at the Colorado State Capitol in the afternoon. Negotiations between the union and district resume today.
Colorado's Olivia Daugherty didn't make the finals, but still came out a winner at prestigious ballet competition
Ffiteen-year-old Olivia Daugherty practices at the International Ballet School in Littleton, Colo., Jan. 17, 2019. (Stephanie Wolf/CPR News)
Last week we shared some background on a 15-year-old Littleton dancer who was headed to the prestigious international Prix de Lausanne ballet competition to face some of the world's best young dancers.
While Olivia Daugherty didn't make it into the finals, she didn't come away empty-handed, either — she received multiple scholarship offers. Oh, and we've got video of her performance.
More CPR News
- A world-record attempt in Steamboat Springs to set off the largest firework this past weekend failed, but the work that went into it — and the video — was still impressive. — Steamboat Pilot & Today
- Refugees who've left high-skilled careers in fields like medicine to come to the U.S. find that their credentials and experience aren't worth much here, and training to re-enter the field can be prohibitively expensive. The level of underemployment among refugees costs Colorado more than $8 million per year. — KUNC
- Colorado Springs recently completed its first ever tree canopy assessment, finding that trees cover roughly 17 percent of the city and prompting more support for the city's forestry programs. — KRCC
- Remember last week when I mentioned the Pedigree Stage Stop dogsled race in Wyoming? Well, for the first time ever, the top three spots in the biggest dogsled race in the contiguous U.S. were all taken by women. — Wyoming Public Media
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