Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers!
I'll be bringing you some fairly heavy news today — including the latest on a manhunt that has closed most Front Range schools and a deeply reported piece on allegations of a culture of male "sexual gratification" at Anadarko's Denver office). Given that, I'll take just a moment for something less weighty here:
49 years ago today, Paul McCartney's first solo album, McCartney, was released. Surely you'll at least vaguely recognize its major hit, "Maybe I'm Amazed." The album's release coincided with the announcement that the Beatles' breakup was final which made up for lackluster reviews overall.
All right then, let's get to the reason we're all here: the serious news.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- According to a state-by-state comparison by The National Institute for Early Education Research, Colorado ranks near the bottom for state preschool funding.
- Grand Junction officials are considering changes to the municipal code regarding camping in public places that would bar police from issuing tickets to homeless people when shelters are full, the Daily Sentinel reports.
- A study commissioned by the AFL-CIO indicates Colorado could transition to clean energy and cut CO2 emissions in half by 2030 — for $14 billion in public and private money per year.
The Big Stuff
Schools around Denver are closed today as the "massive manhunt" for Sol Pais is underway
An officer from Jefferson County, Colo., Schools listens on his radio as students leave Columbine High School late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Many Front Range school districts are closed on Wednesday as the search for a woman named Sol Pais continues. Schools on Tuesday were under lockout and using controlled releases as the FBI investigated a reported "credible threat" from the Florida woman.
Former Anadarko employees say the company's Denver office was beset by a culture of male "sexual gratification," bullying and retaliation
The logo for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, April 12, 2019. Chevron said it would pay $33 billion to buy rival Anadarko Petroleum. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
I'm just going to let Ben Markus' intro handle this story — because it's loaded with details and turns I don't want to mess up:
“Anadarko Petroleum, Colorado’s largest oil and gas driller, had a ‘culture of treating women as sexual playthings who are present at work merely for the men’s sexual gratification,’ according to a letter from a former employee demanding a financial settlement from the company.”
More CPR News
What pieces of music do you find most healing?
(CPR Classical/Hart Van Denburg)
For the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, CPR Classical would like to understand and learn what pieces of music listeners find particularly healing during difficult times, and will air some pieces and share stories from the CPR Classical listening community during the week leading up to Saturday, April 20.
Find out how to suggest your favorite here.
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