Hello from San Francisco, Lookout lovers. I'm out here in the wind and rain (seriously, the streets look like an umbrella massacre; I laid a couple to rest in trash cans) for a public radio meetup at KQED.
After a really rough landing at SFO, Katy (she had some airline miles, so she tagged along) and I found our hotel (where the key card system is broken) and went in search of food. Katy declared she wanted "beignets, dammit!" so that's what we got. In fact, she declared to the waitress that she wanted "ALL the beignets!" My crawfish beignet and catfish po'boy were excellent. If you get a chance to hit Brenda's French Soul Food in the Tenderloin, you have our two-thumbs-up.
Now I've got to get myself appropriately caffeinated before I have to be publicly presentable, so I'm going to wrap this up and hand you over to the news.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features super-short updates from today's radio newscasts that you might find useful:
- Colorado's healthcare exchange finished the open enrollment period up two percent from last year. Nearly 170,000 selected plans on the individual market through Connect for Health Colorado.
- A pedestrian was struck and killed by an RTD R-line light rail train near 33rd Avenue and Peoria Street just before 7 p.m. Wednesday.
- Jack Bogle, known as the father of simple investing for his creation of the first index mutual fund for individual investors, died Wednesday at age 89.
The Big Stuff
Tribute held Wednesday for bull rider Mason Lowe, who died Tuesday after National Western Stock Show event
Mason Lowe rides Cochise during a Professional Bull Riders event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 11, 2017. (The Associated Press)
Mason Lowe was a 25-year-old bull rider. Lowe died Tuesday at the National Western Stock Show; he collapsed when a bull stepped on his chest after Lowe was thrown.
A veteran bull rider, Lowe was ranked 18th in the world and had been competing in Professional Bull Riders Association events since 2011, with his sights on the 2019 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.
New information this morning: The Professional Bullriders Association says Lowe was wearing appropriate safety gear when he was injured; is was the third death in PBR event history and the first for this event at the Stock Show. The National Western organization says a fund to support Lowe's family had collected more than 80,000 dollars as of late Wednesday.
More from the Stock Show
Five-year-old Harley Rummel helps raise, groom and show their family's zebus at the National Western Stock Show. Zebus are recognizable by their distinctive humps and horns. In fact, the hump's size, shape and placement are a key part of how they're judged. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Seriously do not miss these photos of miniature zebus; native to India and parts of South Asia, the docile breed is about one-third the size of typical cattle. It's almost as if they've been bred to be photogenic, too.
More CPR News
- Colorado's four-year graduation rate is up, and graduation rates for minority students have increased along with the overall rate. Though challenges still exist for some groups of students, the dropout rate is the lowest ever.
- An effort to ask voters to repeal, in its entirety, Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights on the 2020 ballot, has hit an early stumbling block.
- There will be dozens or hundreds of bills submitted this legislative session; here are five of the most important criminal justice bills to follow.
- Of the 14,000-odd people eligible to expunge old marijuana convictions in Denver and Boulder, only a handful have come forward so far.
- Lisa Gilford talked with Colorado Matters about her family's ordeal, and her unusual childhood, growing up the child of two Hollywood actors blacklisted for being active in left-wing and labor causes.
- One of the most important shutdown impacts for Colorado's beer-loving culture? No new craft beers until it's over.
- Meet one of "The Newcomers" described in Denver author Helen Thorpe's 2017 book, who arrived at Denver's South High School after his family fled Iraq.
- William Kohut, principal of Denver School of the Arts, has been with Denver Public Schools for 33 years. He will retire at the end of this school year after 10 years at the DSA helm.
- Just months after the Camp fire destroyed Paradise, Calif., officials gearing up for the 2019 wildfire season fear the government shutdown could make this year even more difficult as training courses are canceled and forest maintenance skipped.
- The White House acknowledged Wednesday that the economic impact of the government shutdown each week is more like double what it initially estimated.
- Divisions in the ranks of the Women's March movement will test Democrats' ability to keep a "big tent" together in advance of the 2020 presidential election.
Worth a Read
- There's a lot of geekery in how this was achieved and what it's good for, but there's nothing geeky about how cool it is to look at a 3D model of the Grand Canyon turned inside out. — ArcGIS Blog
- Speaking of mapping: If you know how to use a map and compass, you know that you have to pay attention to the declination — the difference between true and magnetic north — when taking bearings. Which means you know that it would cause problems if magnetic north were to move. But you might be surprised by how big and widespread said problems could be. And how much magnetic north has already moved. — Nature
- You might know that a lot of the world's spicy foods are so heavily flavored to cover the taste of something rotten (probably why most of them come from much warmer climes). Did you know that America's love of mixed drinks is a result of efforts to make the terrible "liquor" (and you'd be shocked what made it so bad) of the prohibition era palatable? — The Conversation
- Supplements of all kinds — fish oil, glucosamine, vitamin C, selenium, you name it — are proving, study after study, to be next-to-useless. Vitamin D hung in there longer than most, but it's probably pretty much useless, too. To get it, your body needs sun — not sunscreen. As a big-time believer in shade, I'm shaken to my core by this tidbit: while people who routinely spend plenty of time in the sun have a higher incidence of melanoma, they're eight times less likely to die from it than us lovers of shade. — Outside
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