It's a snowy Tuesday, Lookout readers. Seems not so bad in the north metro area, but gets worse further south. And east of town sounds, well, treacherous. I'd advise staying inside with an extra cup of coffee if you can.
Today marks 46 years since the watershed decision of Roe v. Wade, the only U.S. Supreme Court decision that many Americans know by name. The plaintiff, "Jane Roe," ironically never actually got the abortion she was suing for. In fact, Norma McCorvey (her real name) faced internal strife similar to what played out in court, swapping her pro-choice past for pro-life activism later in life according to this 2013 Vanity Fair article.
While shifts in the court have made Roe seem less certain than its 7-2 decision in 1973, it remains unchanged for the time being. Lots of other things, though, are in the news today.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features super-short updates from today's radio newscasts that you might find useful:
- Cherry Creek, Aurora and Douglas County Schools are closed today due to weather, as well as parts of I-70, Colorado 83, U.S. 24 and other roads east of the Front Range.
- Furloughed federal workers in southwestern Colorado are turning to the Durango Food Bank for help, and while they've been able to meet the need so far, some of the food bank's monthly funding has been affected by the shutdown as well.
- While Coloradans still buy nearly 10 times as much beer by volume as they do liquor, spirit sales are growing more than twice as fast as beer sales.
- Denver saw its highest number of homicides in 14 years in 2018, with 67 victims.
- State lawmakers may once again ask CDOT to investigate whether to allow trucks carrying hazardous materials through the Eisenhower Tunnel.
The Big Stuff
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade marchers say there still is progress to be made
Gov. Jared Polis, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and former Mayor Wellington Webb march in the 2019 Marade on Denver's Colfax Avenue on Monday Jan. 21, 2019. The Rev. Leon Kelly, with microphone, is at right. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
“I love the idea of thousands of people all marching together in a similar direction for progress, love, peace and equality, which have seemed to become more radical notions recently. But it gives me hope.”
— Kate Donnelly, who has attended the Marade since its inception
The 34th annual MLK Day Marade (that's "march" plus "parade") in Denver saw crowds stretching a quarter of a mile on Colfax Avenue near East High School. Current and former governors and mayors, as well as Colorado congressional delegates, urged marchers to pick up where King left off before the march.
Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show
African American competitors from around the country were the stars Monday night of the annual MLK Jr. Memorial Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
African Americans were cowboys, too, and an integral part of the ranching industry's heady open-range days. As a reminder, since 2006 the National Western Stock Show in Denver has hosted the MLK Jr. African American-Heritage Rodeo featuring stars from the nationwide Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo circuit.
More CPR News
Worth a Read
- A young man seeking asylum in the U.S. from violence in his native Honduras was doing well at his American high school when officials found doodles of the school mascot and Honduras' country code on his notebooks. Unfortunately they bore a similarity to MS-13 gang symbols, and with schools embracing the Trump administration's crackdown on the gang, that's all it took to destroy the young man's promising life. — ProPublica
- I forgot to share this one yesterday, but how cool is this? There are more than 1,000 roads around the world named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Take a look at some of them with this interactive feature. — National Geographic
- The bizarre story of a large family of slovenly, loud-mouthed tourists leaving a trail of litter and hurt feelings in their wake as they crisscross New Zealand, oddly, has thousands of Kiwis following their boorish guests' every move. (And they're probably not American.) — Slate
- If you follow anyone remotely famous on social media, it's quite likely you've seen some form of 'influencer' behavior — that is, people with an audience promoting goods and services as part of their social presence in exchange for money from brands. It's a complicated and virtually unregulated marketplace of shady dealings that you might want to understand a bit better before giving these brands and their spokespeople your eyeballs (let alone your money). — Intelligencer
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