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We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday, but today is the American civil rights leader's actual birthday. More than 60 years ago, King made a speech titled "Conquering Self-Centeredness," which seems just as relevant today as it was then — possibly more so. Here's an oft-misquoted phrase that sums up one of his central points:
“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life, that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. And so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness.”
Lots more news below, friends, as we struggle to better ourselves.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features super-short updates from today's radio newscasts that you might find useful:
- Going on now: Watch live as President Trump's attorney general nominee, William Bar, testifies during his Senate confirmation hearing.
- Denver and 16 other Colorado governments filed a new suit Friday alleging opioid manufacturers aggressively marketed prescription opioids while downplaying significant risks.
- Day 25 of the govt shutdown: Air traffic controllers are still working without pay. Interesting tidbit: about 1,900 of them are eligible for retirement nationwide, and the system was already stressed by a shortage of controllers before the shutdown.
- Help for furloughed federal workers who can't make their mortgage payments: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the city will offer up to two months of mortgage assistance in partnership with the Mile High United Way's 2-1-1 Call Center, and reminded workers that the city has resources for those struggling with rent and utility bills, as well.
- A bill in the state legislature would require hospitals to turn over more financial data in order to clarify why more taxpayer money is going toward health care than ever at the same time that costs still keep going up for patients, too.
- Rocky Mountain National Park will restore some services beginning today using entrance fees.
The Big Stuff
Colorado Supreme Court finds for state regulators in Martinez oil and gas case
The Colorado Supreme Court building. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
The Colorado Supreme Court sided with oil and gas concerns in finding that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission can balance health and the environment with other considerations, like protecting property and production rights.
Overturning a lower court's decision, the ruling denied that the regulatory agency must consider health and the environment as the top priority in all its actions as the suit's teenage Boulder plaintiffs had contended.
More CPR News
- My dad and I have a long-standing habit of, when discussing the history of our favorite chain of grocery stores in Colorado (not a paid endorsement, we just like them), referring to the founder in a generic way as "Mr. Sooper." Turns out it wasn't a person's name at all that lent itself to our home-grown supermarkets.
- Matthew Shepard was 21 when he was left for dead outside Laramie, Wyo., and this year it will have been that long since he died. His parents, Judy and Dennis, didn't intend activism to define the rest of their lives, but their fight for LGBTQ rights and to prevent hate crimes began almost at once and continues today.
- Wondering how we managed to shoehorn in 17 new shows weekly without completely cutting anything? CPR president Stewart Vanderwilt explains it's about reducing repetition. — Westword
- Three ethics complaints against former Gov. John Hickenlooper have been dismissed, but the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted Monday to investigate five others.
- As a Coloradan, you're probably spending at least 30 percent of your take-home on rent. If you live north of Denver — Boulder, Fort Collins, etc. — it could be double that. Rent control has been banned at the state level for decades, but a new class of Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol is considering scrapping the 30-year ban on letting cities regulate their rental markets.
- Jean Muenchrath, a ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, has a harrowing tale of surviving after breaking her back and pelvis in a mountaineering accident... and being caught in a blizzard, on the highest mountain in the contiguous U.S.
- NASA astronaut Nick Hague, a graduate of and former instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, is preparing to return to space after surviving his own near disaster when the rocket he was riding in had to make an emergency landing.
- Colorado's Democratic federal congressional delegation spoke at DIA on Monday to send a unified message: end the shutdown now, negotiate for the border wall later.
- NPR's Ari Shapiro and Guardian reporter Jamiles Lartey discussed how and why the government shutdown disproportionately impacts black workers and their families. The shutdown has also led to a spike in canceled immigration hearings. Meanwhile, showing no signs of cracking, President Donald Trump says a solution is simple.
- As you'd expect with a new head coach, the Broncos are making some coaching changes, including waving goodbye to Gary Kubiak.
- Taking into account data from the midterm elections, the area surrounding a town that Denverites may consider fairly rural — Durango — is looking a lot like Colorado in miniature. That is to say, it's a powerful island of blue in a sea of red that now turns a bluer shade of purple when seen from above as political power consolidates from the fields to the towns. — Durango Herald
- This romantic look at the sounds of silence in the off-season at one of Colorado's most severe landscapes — the Black Canyon of the Gunnison — is the stuff of an extreme temptation to roam. — OutThe Colorado
- Here's a different kind of Pink Tax: While the FDA considers menstrual products medical devices, Colorado considers them hygiene products — which allows them to be taxed, making it even harder for women already on the edge to deal with something they have no control over in the first place. Denver may be on the path to changing that, at least inside city limits. — Denverite
- Artists in Aspen carved sculptures from car-sized blocks of snow at the annual Wintersköl festival this last weekend, but there's real artistry in how workers sculpt the raw blocks of snow. — Aspen Public Radio
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