Another Tuesday is here, Lookout readers, and with it another Tuesday Lookout.
I can't believe that as of today it's been four years since Sir Terry Pratchett died. If you aren't familiar with his comically fantastic Discworld novels, I urge you to at least read a couple of them. They go quickly and I guarantee you at least one out-loud guffaw. Of course, you can go whole hog and read all 48; no one will think less of you. Every character is a parody or stock character of someone you know (or know of, i.e. politicians and celebs) except for the anthropomorphized Death (who always speaks in small caps and is baffled by simple human concepts). Not convinced? Try these quotes.
Alright, let's get on to today's news before I wax poetic about Sir Terry any longer.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Ride-hailing app Lyft will soon start showing public transit schedules for metro Denver.
- Denver City Council unanimously approved a measure that will give workers on city contracts gradual raises to a $15 minimum wage in mid-2021.
- Researchers at CSU-Pueblo are creating the first nationwide medical marijuana patient database to understand real-world treatment uses.
- Gov. Jared Pois' office is reviewing the current Colorado state logo — the green triangle with a snowcapped peak and the letters "CO" — and may change it.
The Big Stuff
Colorado statehouse Democrats are moving bills at a frenzied pace. Republican lawmakers want to slow down.
The Colorado Senate is shown during the body's closing session in Denver, May 10, 2017. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Democrats in the state legislature are using their majorities to move bills through as quickly as possible. Minority Republicans are doing what they can to gum up the works.
On Monday, things came to a head with GOP lawmakers in the Senate calling for the reading — in full — of a 2,000-page bill. Unsurprisingly, all other work in the chamber came to a grinding halt.
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Worth a Read
- If you read the article, you'll see there's a certain sense to it. But on the face, it sounds pretty ridiculous for a new mother to be charged for holding her baby after delivery. — Slate
- One of the side benefits of houseplants all us indoor gardeners have occasionally considered is the long-held belief that they help clean the air in our homes. Science even supported the idea for a while, but now it appears that any potential benefit is so small it's really not worth considering. — The Atlantic
- It might be easy to write off getting fit if you're in your 40s or 50s — it's too late, right? — but new research suggests if you take it seriously it could have just as much benefit later in life as if you'd been doing it all along (provided you get a move on, that is). — Popular Science
- My dad used the phrase "conform to nonconformity" more than once when I was a teenager — to remind me that my buying into some subculture's trends is no more original than wearing the same JC Penney's plaid shirt he wore. I couldn't find a cool literary origin for that phrase, although I did find it in the minutes of an 1893 British Parliamentary hearing. Having lived through my own period of looking "different, just like everybody else" makes it all the more hilarious to see this story of a young man who took issue with a story about hipster men all looking the same. He thought they'd used his photo to illustrate the story, but it turned out to be another hipster young man ... that looked just like him. — NPR
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