Good morning and good Friday, Lookout lovers. Today's intro is going to be awash in a small sea of contrition...
First off, I want to apologize for yesterday's massive typo in the intro — the 13th Amendment was included in the Constitution on Dec. 6, 1865. Dozens of you wrote to let me know I had typo'd the heck out of that, and I'm embarrassed as all get-out. I'm also flattered that more than a few of you asked me if I knew something that you and Google didn't — nope, I just screwed up.
Secondly, though Jackie Robinson is famously and frequently remembered as the first black player in the majors, my blinders were clearly on. CPR News host Jo Ann Allen pointed out to me that Moses Fleetwood Walker and his brother Weldy had Robinson beat by decades — both played for the Toledo Blue Stockings in the 1880s.
Since today's intro is just correcting yesterday's, hopefully there's no chance I'll have to correct anything else come Monday. Let's do the news, that seems safe.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- A new report on marijuana health effects in Colorado has found that more teens are using cannabis through edibles and "dabbing" — inhaling highly concentrated vaporized cannabis. Adults are using more — and more frequently — as well.
- Gov. Jared Polis is proposing less money for the state's prisons, hoping instead to solve crowding by releasing parole-ready inmates more quickly.
- It's been nine years since the Nuggets last had an All-Star player; Nikola Jokic has been named a reserve player on the Western Conference team.
- In what has become an annual tradition, Colorado has asked national lawmakers to negotiate the release of the U.S.S. Pueblo — the only naval ship held by a foreign government since it was captured by North Korea in 1968.
The Big Stuff
Everyone agrees sports betting should be legal in Colorado, but not on who should take bets
Betting odds are displayed on a board in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas, May 14, 2018. (John Locher/AP)
OK, almost everyone agrees Colorado should have sports betting. Enough that it's pretty much certain to happen.
Currently the effort is stalled because mountain casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek want to be the ones taking bets ... and so does the Arapahoe Park horse track in Aurora. They've been fighting each other for various reasons for years.
Colorado teenager Olivia Daugherty is about to test her mettle against the best ballet dancers in the world
Olivia Daugherty, 15, rehearses a contemporary solo choreographed by Wayne McGregor for the Prix de Lausanne competition on Jan. 17, 2019 at her dance school in Littleton. (Stephanie Wolf/CPR News)
At 15, Olivia Daugherty makes her solo piece from "La Bayadère" looks easy, despite the difficulty it takes to master. She rehearsed nearly every day for months to get it right.
Soon the she'll compete against some of the best young dancers in the world at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.
More CPR News
- Negotiations between Denver teachers and school district officials resumed briefly last night, but teachers walked out after rejecting the latest DPS offer, which teachers called "an I.O.U."
- CPR News public affairs reporter Bente Birkeland had a two-minute debrief with state Rep. Yadira Caraveo about the heated discussion of a sex ed bill that went until midnight Wednesday.
- Think protecting our public lands is a partisan issue? Apparently not in Colorado and the West, if a new study is to be believed.
- In the first such effort anywhere for the ride-hailing company, Uber will partner with RTD to allow riders to see transit routes and buy tickets through the app so travelers can switch modes of transportation more easily.
- This one is super important, folks: Colorado is beautiful and that's why we're all here (especially us transplants). If we want to keep it that way, we've got to practice these seven Leave No Trace tips (and teach them to visitors).
- Beloved Community Village, the tiny home community for people experiencing homelessness in Denver, finally will have a new home in Globeville after months of failed negotiations.
- Colorado lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill that would cut some prescription drug prices by importing them from Canada.
- A new Pentagon report released Thursday says that the total number of sexual assaults at American military academies increased slightly — but suggests far more incidents are going unreported.
- The FCC will be in court today to defend its repeal of net neutrality rules.
- The government shutdown is over, and while the financial burden on some 800,000 federal works was high, the toll on morale was also heavy.
- I was a Boy Scout for most of a decade starting more than 30 years ago, and I always kind of wondered why my female friends couldn't participate. As of today, though, girls of all ages can join and strive to become Eagle Scouts, as the organization drops 'boy' entirely to become Scouts BSA.
- At the buzzer, Arizona officially signed on to the Colorado River drought plan.
Worth a Read
- This is why we can't have nice things. (As if to add insult to injury.) — The Cut, National Geographic
- You know that feeling you get when you're stuck waiting for your computer to update in the middle of doing something important? Imagine if it happened to your car. In traffic. — South China Morning Post
- We came across a U-matic tape (bigger and older than VHS) in the newsroom yesterday; while I was vaguely familiar with the early video cassette format, I was suddenly interested in knowing more. — Phil S on YouTube
- Alright, you've reached the last item of today's Lookout and you're almost free to go forth and weekend. But let's face it, there's a better than 50/50 chance at least part of your weekend will be spent watching the Super Bowl (or falling asleep during it). Prepare by marking down the date, time, channel, site or whatever. If you're super into it, or missed the whole season till now, there's tons of deep analysis with which to prime yourself. And if you're just here for the commercials (guilty), a bunch of them are already online. Also, the Denver Dumb Friends League's Puppy Bowl takes place at DIA today, and the starting lineup is jam-packed with league-leading cute. — Fox43, CBS Sports, ESPN, CNN, @DDFL
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