Good morning, Lookout readers. It's one of those Tuesdays that just definitely feels like a Tuesday; nothing particularly special about it, but that's okay. How's this week of off-and-on cold and snow treating you? Colorado enough for ya?
A few of you had trouble getting the New York Times' website to give up the chicken schwarma recipe I shared yesterday, so I had a look around and found one that appears to be almost identical. The only differences I see are: The Times' recipe calls for 2 lbs. of chicken thighs instead of three breasts, and doesn't have the garlic sauce. Terribly sorry for the trouble! I went ahead and found this, though, because after having ours for dinner last night I'm still totally sold on this recipe.
In case you're one of those folks who just can't wait for the snowy season to end, there's a quick reminder of the pleasure of spring. Till then, distract yourself with important news.
P.S.: Looks like I also messed up the link to the ESPN story about Bob Costas' firing for wanting to talk about concussions when NBC and the NFL weren't ready. Here's the correct link.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Denver City Council is likely to vote tonight on a resolution that will expand the power of civilian oversight groups over the city's police and sheriff departments.
- The Colorado State Patrol is urging drivers to move over or slow down when they see emergency vehicles stopped on the road after one trooper and three other troopers' cruisers were hit by drivers between Thursday and Sunday. As of 2017, the penalty for failing to move over is higher, too.
- Denver Public Schools will provide teachers a professional development day to make up for part of the time missed to last week's 3-day strike.
- Key lawmakers say a much-discussed bill to help set up a supervised injection site in Denver does not have enough support and will not be introduced in the state legislature this session.
The Big Stuff
Exclusive: Attorney General Phil Weiser to launch review into past priest abuse allegations in Colorado
The Archdiocese of Denver is headquartered at the St. John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization in the Cory-Merrill neighborhood of Denver, Colo. (Jim Hill/CPR News)
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser today will launch a review of clerical abuse cases involving the Catholic Church, and other initiatives to support victims.
Weiser and Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, as well as former attorney general Cynthia Coffman, will announce an agreement between church and state that will avoid subpoenas and possible legislation that are ongoing in other states.
Meet Kathleen Braun, the elder stateswoman of the Denver teacher strike
Kathleen Braun at a teachers union celebration in Denver's City Park Friday Feb. 15, 2019, marking the end of the teachers strike and a tentative contract agreement. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
“The good old boys, you know, ran things. They really thought that most teachers were either women who returned to work after their children were in school and were making ‘vacation money’ or single teachers who hadn't gotten married yet, but we would leave when we got married and had children because that's what we did. And so they didn't think we would stay around and make a career of it.”
Kathleen Braun, a 72-year-old math teacher from Emily Griffith High School, marked her third strike as a Denver teacher last week. Her first was 50 years ago in 1969.
More CPR News
- It made national news last year when a 9-year-old Denver boy killed himself, but long after the story has fallen from the headlines, we might have a chance of understanding the real story behind it that wasn't reported at the time. — 5280 Magazine
- You might've heard of ASMR — a recently coined term for a sensory response that comes as tingles in the scalp and other feelings that some describe as similar to the euphoria of orgasm, often in response to auditory stimuli. YouTube may now have as many as 45 million videos designed to trigger ASMR, and it's become big business for the biggest whispering stars. But as "YouTube star" climbs the ranks of dream jobs for kids, young children — one of whom is a Fort Collins 13-year-old — are starting to get in on the craze. But some wonder if it's appropriate for children to be stimulating adults, even indirectly. — WIRED UK
- The phone game where you play as Blucifer, the blue horse sculpture "Blue Mustang" that greets travelers at Denver International Airport, rampaging through the streets of Denver destroying landmarks with eye-lasers, is finally available to download and play. — Denverite
- Regardless what you think of climate change and its involvement, the numbers don't lie: the frequency of multi-billion dollar severe weather events in the United States is definitely on the rise. — KRCC
Worth a Read
- Greg Zanis and his charity, Crosses for Losses, have delivered more than 26,000 handmade crosses and other memorial symbols for the victims of gun violence, including after Columbine and the Aurora theater shooting in Colorado. Now he's made five crosses for his neighbors in Aurora, Ill. — New York Times
- Teen deaths from alcohol-related causes are down in the United States the last few years, but overall deaths are up by a significant amount. Deaths among women, in particular, have spiked. — USA Today
- Kids have the weirdest eating habits sometimes, as evidenced by an epic Twitter thread that starts by asking, "Tell me your weirdest eating/drinking habit you had as a kid." — Sam Sanders on Twitter
- How cool is this video tour of a 3-D reconstruction of ancient Rome? — Open Culture
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