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Here’s why CDOT says U.S. 36’s westbound lanes won’t also collapse

Colorado transportation officials have assured the public that the westbound lanes of U.S. 36 are structurally sound and safe. What gives them that confidence?

Colorado transportation officials have assured the public that the westbound lanes of U.S. 36 through Westminster are structurally sound and safe — despite the utter collapse of the eastbound span, caused by soil shifting dramatically beneath it.


What makes them so sure the westbound side is safe?


The question is even more pointed since the westbound side is now pulling double duty, carrying an emergency configuration of two lanes in each direction while the eastbound side continues buckling and sinking.


A 300-foot stretch of the eastbound lanes and a retaining wall in the highway’s run-up to a railroad overpass began cracking, then collapsing, late last week just north of Church Ranch Boulevard in Westminster. The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun an investigation to figure out why.



The Denver Post spoke Friday to Josh Laipply, the chief engineer for CDOT, to get a better sense of the reasons behind CDOT’s assurances.


He detailed several key differences:


Distance above the ground


On the east side, the retaining wall was roughly 30 feet tall, and it was atop a 15-foot embankment. The west side’s wall is less than half as tall, and the embankment isn’t as steep, since the ground level is higher north of the highway.


As water-saturated clay weakened in the eastbound side’s embankment and behind the wall, there was significantly more soil above it, piling on weight.


“When we talk about slope failures, it’s that extra height that causes the extra strain,” Laipply said, adding: “The majority of weight on that is the soil — the cars (on the highway) are kind of de minimis in terms of the amount of soil pressure you have.”


Separate retaining walls


The independence of the two sides’ retaining walls provides additional safety, he said. Each was built with industrial-strength straps that are embedded in the soil, going for 30 to 40 feet toward the median. Even as the eastbound side’s soil has shifted down the embankment, he said, the westbound’s wall structure has remained secure.


Initially, Laipply said, the failure on the eastbound side showed through cracks in the pavement and bulges in the wall, as the structure was overwhelmed by the force of the soil shifting.


Bruce Finley, The Denver Post
A large crack along eastbound U.S. 36 between Wadsworth and Church Ranch boulevards is pictured on July 14, 2019.

Nearby wetlands


CDOT is still investigating whether the water that saturated the clay came from rainstorms in the wet spring, from groundwater or, likely, from the adjacent wetlands south of the highway.


“The westbound is inherently drier than the eastbound,” Laipply said. On the westbound side, “that clay layer is present, and may not be as wet. But it certainly doesn’t have the same amount of load” above it as on the eastbound side.



Of course, the eastbound side was supposed to be engineered to withstand wet and shifting soil, too. For now, though, CDOT is confident the westbound side won’t follow suit, since it hasn’t shown any of the troublesome early signs that were spotted on the eastbound side July 11, the day before CDOT closed the eastbound side and the deterioration accelerated.


But CDOT workers remain on the lookout just in case, Laipply said, performing detailed and recurring surveys with inclinometers in hand. (Haven’t heard of that tool? Think of incline, since those tools can be used to detect changes in slope and ground movement.)


“We’ve seen no cracks and we’ve seen no movement” on the westbound side, Laipply said. “If we do see movement, we’ll have plenty of time to say we’re concerned and pull people off.”





Source: Here’s why CDOT says U.S. 36’s westbound lanes won’t also collapse

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Denver weather hits 101 degrees, tying 14-year-old record, as summer heat scorches Colorado

The National Weather Service announced the tie for the hottest July 19 on record, noting it was the 42nd year Denver has had a high greater than 100 degrees in the 147-year period of record.

Denver tied a 14-year-old record Friday, hitting 101 degrees a little after 3 p.m.


The National Weather Service announced the tie for the hottest July 19 on record, noting it was the 42nd year Denver has had a high greater than 100 degrees in the 147-year period of record.




Temperatures were scorching throughout most of the rest of the state.


Pueblo, for example, hit 105 degrees at 3:19 p.m., breaking the record of 104 set in 2018. And Colorado Springs hit 97, matching the record high set in 2005.


A break from near-record heat is expected, however. Temperatures should drop significantly when a cold front moves into the state on the weekend.






Source: Denver weather hits 101 degrees, tying 14-year-old record, as summer heat scorches Colorado

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Colorado / Pace of hiring picks up in June in Colorado
« on: July 19, 2019, 04:47:35 PM »
Pace of hiring picks up in June in Colorado

Colorado employers added a net 8,100 jobs between May and June, with the strongest gains coming in professional and business services, construction and government, according to an update Friday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Colorado employers added a net 8,100 jobs between May and June, with the strongest gains coming in professional and business services, construction and government, according to an update Friday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.


May’s monthly gain, which initially came in at an anemic 2,200 jobs, was revised higher as well to 7,000 jobs added. For the year, nonfarm employment in the state is up by 52,800.



Professional and business services added 4,900 jobs, the most of any sector. Construction firms added 1,500 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, while government employment rose by 1,600 on the month.


Mining employment, which includes oil and gas, was flat, as was trade, transportation and utilities. Manufacturing and leisure and hospitality shed jobs between May and June.


Wilfredo Lee, The Associated Press
In this 2015 file photo, job applications and information for the Gap Factory Store sit on a table during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami.

Colorado’s unemployment rate to 3 percent, compared to a 3.2 percent rate in May and a U.S. rate of 3.7 percent.


Monthly job gains were concentrated entirely in metro Denver and Colorado Springs. Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Grand Junction, and Pueblo all showed a drop. For the year, El Paso County has added the most jobs, followed by Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams and Larimer counties.





Source: Pace of hiring picks up in June in Colorado

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Broncos power rankings: What national media thinks of Denver entering the 2019 season

Here's a look at how various national media compared the Broncos to the rest of the NFL.


The 2019 Broncos training camp kicked off on Thursday. So how does the team look and should fans start booking plans for the Super Bowl already? Calm down — the regular season doesn’t start for weeks. But that doesn’t stop folks from trying to gauge how this team looks.


Here’s a look at how various national media compared the Broncos to the rest of the NFL:


USA Today’s Steven Ruiz lists the Broncos as a “playoff sleeper” at No. 21:

“The Broncos have all the ingredients of a playoff team. The defense will be better under Vic Fangio, Mike Munchak is an offensive line whisperer, the receiving corps is better than it gets credit for and you saw what Phillip Lindsay did last season as a rookie. There’s just the whole quarterback problem. It’s like Denver is baking a cake and it has everything but the sugar.”


Pro Football Focus gives the Broncos the 22nd-best roster in the NFL, crediting Von Miller as the team’s biggest strength and the quarterback position as its biggest weakness:

“Time will tell if Flacco can finally solve the Broncos’ quarterback problems or if it’s on to rookie Drew Lock, who led the 2019 quarterback draft class in big-time throws in college last season.”


In ESPN’s future power ranking projection for the next three years, Denver came in at 22nd:

“The Broncos have not been able to find a quarterback of the future during John Elway’s reign as GM. Second-round selection Drew Lock has a chance to change that, and some wonder whether he could upend Flacco as soon as this season. That would give Denver a chance at a more favorable future outcome.”


How about head coaches? NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison placed a “not rated” score for first-year head coach Vic Fangio:

“Fangio inherits a fantastic pair of pass rushers in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, a young stud at RB in Phillip Lindsay, and a future WR1 in Courtland Sutton. What his staff can coax out of Joe Flacco will be the key to the head coach’s success in ’19.”


Electronic Arts chimed in with its team ratings for Madden NFL 20. Denver had an 81 overall team rating, tied for 19th with the Titans, Seahawks and Ravens. The defense earned an 84, tying them for sixth best in the game. The offense had a 75, placing them 24th among NFL teams.


And finally, online oddsmaker Bovada has the Broncos as the 21st favorite to win the Super Bowl at 60-to-1 odds — tied with their AFC West rival, the Oakland Raiders.


Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post




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Chris Harris (25) talks to Trey ...
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Chris Harris (25) talks to Trey Johnson (39) during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Broncos Training Camp 2019 Primer: Position battles, players with most on the line, what to watch at practice


The Broncos opened their 16th consecutive training camp at their Englewood headquarters Wednesday. Here is a primer for the next seven weeks. Read more…


Von Miller (58) showcases his tongue ...
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Von Miller (58) showcases his tongue after practice ended at Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Kiszla: There’s only one way beautiful bro-mance between Broncos Chris Harris Jr. and Von Miller can continue beyond 2019


Before the Broncos even don the pads, there’s already a controversy at training camp. Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr., the two best players on the team, are bickering like brothers. Read more…


Drew Lock (3) of the Denver ...
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Drew Lock (3) of the Denver Broncos takes the field during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Why Drew Lock never intended to miss Broncos training camp practices


Quarterback Drew Lock returned the Broncos’ practice field Thursday for the start of training camp after contract negotiations had put his participation in question. Read more…


Quick Hits


+ As Broncos training camp begins, Elway talks offseason, Fangio and second-year players.


+ For Vic Fangio, journey to Broncos’ head coach nearly 40 years in the making.


+ Broncos Roundtable: What is Vic Fangio’s biggest training camp challenge?


+ With eyes on Week 1, Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders wants to “gradually progress” early in training camp.


+ “I’m ready 100 percent.” Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay eager for training camp, won’t pinpoint return date.


+ O’Halloran: Exit of Shaq Barrett, Shane Ray provide Broncos training camp chance for undrafted rookie Ahmed Gooden.


+ Broncos Mailbag: Have a question about the team? Tap here to ask Ryan O’Halloran here.


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By The Numbers


97


Von Miller’s overall rating in Madden NFL 20, down from 99 in last year’s edition. See the rest of the team’s ratings here…


Parting Shot


Von Miller (58) of the Denver ...
AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post
Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos high fives fans before running onto the field during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

“Cautiously optimistic”: Broncos Country welcomes change as 2019 team debuts at training camp


Legions of fans decked out in orange and blue joined the happy couple Thursday morning in Englewood to watch the Broncos open training camp for the 2019 season. After three straight seasons missing the playoffs, fans eagerly watched their new quarterback, Joe Flacco, throw his first passes as a Bronco, hoping — praying — that this is the year Denver returns to playoff glory. Read more…


Get in Touch


If you see something that’s cause for question or have a comment, thought or suggestion, email me at dboniface@denverpost.com or tweet me @danielboniface.





Source: Broncos power rankings: What national media thinks of Denver entering the 2019 season

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Denver nonprofit Metro Caring serving meat from geese culled from city’s parks

Meat from the more than 1,600 Canada geese culled from the city's parks was given to Metro Caring, which is now offering it for free to patrons of its fresh food market. 

Meat from the more than 1,600 Canada geese culled from Denver’s parks was given to Metro Caring, which is now offering it for free to patrons of its fresh food market.


In this Monday, July 1, 2019, ...
Kevin J. Beaty, Denverite via AP
In this Monday, July 1, 2019, photograph, Canada geese fill a temporary enclosure as USDA biologists cull them from City Park in Denver. Scott Gilmore, deputy executive director or Denver Parks and Recreation, said it’s easy to see the need for their removal. “There’s no vegetation. They’ve eaten everything. There’s poop everywhere on the ground. There’s algae starting to bloom in the lake,” he said. “It’s about managing the damage the geese are causing to this environment.”

Local and federal officials rounded up and killed the Canada geese from four parks — Sloan’s Lake, Washington Park, City Park and Garfield Lake Park — in recent weeks as part of a controversial program to trim the bird’s Denver population.


The round-up drew criticism from animal rights advocates, including those who held a protest in Washington Park and signed a petition that asked the city to stop killing the birds. 


In total, 1,662 geese were collected and killed from the parks and the meat was given to those in need, officials have said.


Metro Caring, which bills itself as an anti-hunger organization, received an undisclosed portion of grounded goose meat on Monday and is distributing it from its meat counter. On Friday, the organization will offer tastings of goose chili, along with shepherd’s pie and South African dishes made with the ingredient, for patrons to sample, said Tommy Crosby, food access team lead.



“Seeing that we are always looking for sources of free protein in our market, we saw this as an opportunity to receive a free source of protein,” he said, adding that Metro Caring was not involved in the killing of the geese.


On Thursday, Crosby ate goose for the first time, sampling chili that a volunteer made. The dish had the same texture as beef chili and didn’t taste gamey, he said.


“It was incredibly tasty,” Crosby said.





Source: Denver nonprofit Metro Caring serving meat from geese culled from city’s parks

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Matt Holliday is back in baseball, this time as a coach at Oklahoma State

Matt Holliday, who spent the past 15 years in MLB, has moved on from the professional ranks and joined the coaching staff at Oklahoma State University.

Matt Holliday is back in baseball.


Holliday, who spent the past 15 years in MLB, has moved on from the professional ranks and joined the coaching staff at Oklahoma State University.



The Holliday connection runs deep at OSU. Holliday’s father, Tom, coached at OSU from 1997-2003. Matt’s older brother Josh was on staff as an assistant coach from 2001-03 and is now the head coach in Stillwater. Of course, he hired his little brother to oversee the offense and outfield for the Cowboys.


Matt Holliday is no stranger to the “Sooner State” as a native of Stillwater. He played prep baseball and football at Stillwater High School, where he was a standout in both sports.


The Rockies drafted him out of high school in the 7th round of the 1998 MLB draft.


After four teams, seven all-star appearances, four Silver Slugger awards and a World Series title with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, Holliday is back home in Oklahoma.







Source: Matt Holliday is back in baseball, this time as a coach at Oklahoma State

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Judge approves landmark $65.5 million settlement for child-care workers

A federal court in Denver on Thursday approved a landmark $65.5 million settlement for young child-care providers, the culmination of a four-year fight to compensate 100,000 au pairs around the country for years of low pay and substandard working conditions.

A federal court in Denver on Thursday approved a landmark $65.5 million settlement for young child-care providers, the culmination of a four-year fight to compensate 100,000 au pairs around the country for years of low pay and substandard working conditions.


As a result of the settlement, au pairs will be free to bargain for fair-market wages and must be informed of their rights to negotiate by the sponsor agencies, Eddie Evans, a spokesman for the Boies Schiller Flexner law firm that represented the au pairs, said in a statement.


The lawsuit, filed in 2014 by a dozen former au pairs from around the world, claimed the 15 companies that bring workers to the United States colluded to keep their pay below minimum wage and lied about the au pairs’ ability to negotiate higher pay. In some cases, families forced au pairs to do household work beyond the scope of their jobs, the lawsuit alleged.


In this Dec. 20, 2018 file ...
David Zalubowski, Associated Press file
In this Dec. 20, 2018 file photo attorneys, from left, David Seligman, Nina DiSalvo and Alexander Hood, of Towards Justice, pose outside the organization’s office east of downtown Denver. Low paid childcare workers from around the world could soon learn whether they will be getting payments from a proposed $65.5 million class action settlement. A federal judge in Denver is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday, July 18, 2019, on whether to grant final approval to the deal, which was announced in January.

“This historic settlement delivers justice to young childcare workers from all over the world and brings much-needed reform to the au pair industry,” Matthew L. Schwartz, counsel for the au pairs, said in a statement.


Both sides agreed to the settlement in January, although the agreement could not go into effect until the judge’s approval. Towards Justice, a Colorado nonprofit focused on workplace protections, initially brought the suit in 2014.



The au pair program, overseen by the U.S. State Department, brought 20,000 people last year to the country.


It’s an industry that has been rife with allegations of mistreatment over the years. A 2017 Politico Magazine investigation found that the vast majority of complaints coming from au pairs are not thoroughly investigated or publicly reported.





Source: Judge approves landmark $65.5 million settlement for child-care workers

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Colorado / Juvenile accused of sparking western Colorado brush fire
« on: July 18, 2019, 12:58:53 PM »
Juvenile accused of sparking western Colorado brush fire

A juvenile has been charged with arson after authorities say he sparked a brush fire by setting off an illegal firework in western Colorado.
Grand Junction Fire Department via Facebook
Firefighters have responded to a significant brush fire in the Redlands on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

GRAND JUNCTION — A juvenile has been charged with arson after authorities say he sparked a brush fire by setting off an illegal firework in western Colorado.


The Daily Sentinel reported Thursday that the July 4 fire burned about 9 acres near Connected Lake State Park in Grand Junction.


The fire prompted evacuations of seven homes but no houses were damaged.



The juvenile has been charged with felony tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor unlawful use, sale or possession of fireworks in addition to the misdemeanor arson charge.


Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Megan Terlecky says the felony charge stems from the juvenile’s attempt to remove the fireworks from the scene.



Authorities did not identify the juvenile.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com


 





Source: Juvenile accused of sparking western Colorado brush fire

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CDOT names contractor that will rebuild collapsed stretch of U.S. 36 in Westminster

A contractor has been chosen to rebuild the recently failed, crumbling section of U.S. 36 in Westminster.

The Colorado Department of Transportation on Wednesday named the contractor that will be tasked with rebuilding the stretch of eastbound U.S. 36 in Westminster that caved in over the weekend.


Bruce Finley, The Denver Post
A large crack along eastbound U.S. 36 between Wadsworth and Church Ranch boulevards on July 14, 2019.

State transportation officials selected Kraemer North America to rebuild the severely damaged stretch between Wadsworth Boulevard and the Church Ranch Boulevard/West 104th Avenue exchange, CDOT said in a news release.


The roadway collapsed as a retaining wall failed over the weekend, CDOT said.


The rebuild will be streamlined through the use of a “competitive contracting method” known as Construction Manager/General Contractor, according to CDOT.


The use of this process will “get the damaged road rebuilt as safely and as efficiently as possible,” officials said. CDOT designers and consultants David Evans and RJ Engineering also are part of the project. When design work is complete, construction costs will be determined and replacement work will begin.


There is currently no price tag or timeline for the project, officials said.


The High Performance Transportation Enterprise, an arm of CDOT that oversees express and toll lanes, among other projects, will investigate and determine what caused the catastrophic failure, including hiring independent experts, while CDOT focuses on rebuilding.


“We are pleased to have selected Kraemer so that we can transition to beginning permanent repairs to U.S. 36 eastbound,” CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said in a statement. “We once again thank the public for their patience during the response phase, and as we shifted towards an interim traffic pattern over the past two days. Safety has been and remains our highest priority, and we remind travelers to drive carefully in this work zone.”


Kraemer, on its website, says the company has been in business since 1911, across four generations: “Kraemer is a full service heavy civil contractor serving three primary markets: transportation, rail, and marine.”


Kraemer’s corporate headquarter is in Wisconsin. The company has a Mountain West Region office in Castle Rock.


Late last week a crack developed along a section of the eastbound highway’s surface, expanding to a 200-foot stretch. The highway section was partially closed Friday afternoon, with one lane on the shoulder staying open. At about 9 p.m. Friday, the one remaining lane also was shut down as CDOT crews and engineers “used ground-penetrating radar to examine the soil under the road and found a void in the road base between 150 and 200 feet long and about 10 feet wide,” CDOT said.


On Saturday, the large crack developed into a sinkhole as the roadway shifted, heavily damaging a retaining wall.



A bicycle route along eastbound U.S. 36 between Wadsworth and Church Ranch boulevards has been closed because of the damage.


On Tuesday, eastbound traffic was routed into two lanes on the westbound side of the highway with a concrete barrier separating the east and westbound lanes.


“This is a stable interim traffic pattern that will be sustainable until eastbound U.S. 36 is rebuilt,” CDOT said in its news release. “Travel in this area will be slower than usual, so motorists are advised to expect some delays and give themselves extra time when traveling the corridor during peak periods.”


Denver Post reporter Jon Murray contributed to this story.


 





Source: CDOT names contractor that will rebuild collapsed stretch of U.S. 36 in Westminster

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House holds two Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.


The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt. The vote, a political blow to the Trump administration, is largely symbolic because the Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute the two men.


The action marks an escalation of Democratic efforts to use their House majority to aggressively investigate the inner workings of the Trump administration.


Four Democrats opposed the contempt measure: Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania and Jared Golden of Maine. All but Lamb are in their first term and all represent swing districts. Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican, supported the contempt measure.


President Donald Trump abandoned the citizenship question last week after the Supreme Court said the administration’s justification for the question “seems to have been contrived.” Trump directed agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases.



The White House called the vote “ridiculous” and “yet another lawless attempt to harass the president and his administration.”


The Justice and Commerce departments have produced more than 31,000 pages of documents to the House regarding the census issue, and senior officials from both agencies, including Ross, have spoken on the record about the matter, the White House said, adding that Democrats continue to demand documents that the White House contends are subject to executive privilege.


“House Democrats know they have no legal right to these documents, but their shameful and cynical politics know no bounds,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.


Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said the contempt vote was an important step to assert Congress’ constitutional authority to serve as a check on executive power.


“Holding any secretary in criminal contempt of Congress is a serious and sober matter — one that I have done everything in my power to avoid,” Cummings said during House debate. “But in the case of the attorney general and Secretary Ross, they blatantly obstructed our ability to do congressional oversight into the real reason Secretary Ross was trying for the first time in 70 years to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.”


While Ross and other officials have claimed the sole reason they wanted to add the citizenship question was to enforce the Voting Rights Act, “we now know that claim was nothing but a pretext,” Cummings said. “The Supreme Court said that.”


At the direction of Barr and Ross, “the departments of Justice and Commerce have been engaged in a campaign to subvert our laws and the process Congress put in place to maintain the integrity of the census,” Cummings said.


The contempt resolution “is about protecting our democracy, protecting the integrity of this body. It’s bigger than the census,” he said


Ross called the vote a public relations “stunt” that further demonstrates Democrats’ “unending quest to generate headlines instead of operating in good faith with our department.”


Democrats prefer to “play political games rather than help lead the country” and “have made every attempt to ascribe evil motivations to everyday functions of government,” Ross said.


Ross told the oversight committee that the March 2018 decision to add the question was based on a Justice Department request to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.


Democrats disputed that, citing documents unearthed last month suggesting that a push to draw legislative districts in overtly partisan and racist ways was the real reason the administration wanted to include the question.


Democrats feared that adding the question would reduce participation in immigrant-heavy communities and result in a severe undercount of minority voters. They have pressed for specific documents to determine Ross’ motivation and contend the administration has declined to provide the material despite repeated requests.



“The real issue we should be debating” is why Democrats are afraid to ask how many citizens live in the United States, said Rep. James Comer, R-Ky. Contrary to Democrats’ claims, Ross and other officials have cooperated with the oversight panel and provided thousands of documents, Comer said.


“If the Democrats can’t impeach President Trump, they will instead hold his Cabinet in contempt of Congress,” he said. “This is just another episode in political theater.”


In a letter late Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Barr and Ross asked Democrats to postpone the vote, saying they have shown a “clear record of cooperation” with Congress. The contempt vote “is both unnecessarily undermining” relations between the two branches and “degrading” Congress’ “own institutional integrity,” they wrote.


Trump has pledged to “fight all the subpoenas” issued by Congress and says he won’t work on legislative priorities, such as infrastructure, until Congress halts investigations of his administration.





Source: House holds two Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

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Suspected driver arrested in connection with hit-and-run that killed Parker bicyclist on July 4

A person has been arrested for investigation of hit-and-run in connection to an Independence Day crash that killed a Parker bicyclist.

A person has been arrested for investigation of hit-and-run in connection with an Fourth of July crash that killed a Parker bicyclist, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tweet said.


Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock will give details about the arrest Wednesday morning, the tweet said. The name, gender and age of the suspect have not been released.


Edward “Chuck” Vogel, 64, died when he was hit by a vehicle at about 6:25 a.m. July 4 in front of the Parker Core Knowledge Charter School, 11661 Pine Dr.




Vogel’s family had made a public plea that anyone with information on the incident come forward and contact the sheriff’s office. “Our father and husband deserves justice.”



A vehicle suspected to have been involved in the fatal collision had been found shortly after the crash. It was abandoned.


After the crash, investigators believe the driver headed south on Pine Drive and turned west onto Main Street and then into the Victorian Village Townhomes, where the vehicle was discovered.





Source: Suspected driver arrested in connection with hit-and-run that killed Parker bicyclist on July 4

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United Airlines vendor loses contract at DIA, tells state that 439 jobs will be terminated

More than 400 employees of Prime Flight Aviation Services will lose their jobs after the company's contract with United Airlines at Denver International Airport ends.

More than 400 employees of Prime Flight Aviation Services will lose their jobs after the company’s contract with United Airlines at Denver International Airport ends.


Prime Flight Aviation told state labor officials Tuesday that its contract with United will end Sept. 18 and that its 439 employees have been notified that all the positions will be terminated. The company said it expects many of the workers to be hired by its successor.


Most of the employees clean the planes’ cabins. Others work in inventory and are supervisors.



United Ground Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Airlines, will start cleaning the cabins at DIA in October, the airline said in an email. United Airlines spokeswoman Erin Benson said that current employees will have to reapply, but United Ground Express is helping them with the process.


Prime Flight Aviation’s contract was up for renewal and United Ground Express won the contract as part of the competitive bidding process, Benson said.





Source: United Airlines vendor loses contract at DIA, tells state that 439 jobs will be terminated

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House condemns Trump ‘racist’ tweets in extraordinary rebuke

In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color.

WASHINGTON — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump’s Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn’t “a racist bone in my body.”


Two days after Trump tweeted that four Democratic freshmen should “go back” to their home countries — though all are citizens and three were born in the U.S.A. — Democrats muscled the resolution through the chamber by 240-187 over strong GOP opposition. The rebuke was an embarrassing one for Trump, and he had appealed to GOP lawmakers not to go along, but there were four Republican votes for the resolution.




The measure carries no legal repercussions for the president and the vote was highly partisan, unlikely to cost him with his die-hard conservative base.


Before the showdown roll call, Trump characteristically plunged forward with time-tested insults. He accused his four outspoken critics of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician” and added, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” — echoing taunts long unleashed against political dissidents rather than opposing parties’ lawmakers.


The president was joined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and other top Republicans in trying to redirect the focus from Trump’s original tweets, which for three days have consumed Washington and drawn widespread condemnation. Instead, they tried playing offense by accusing the four congresswomen — among the Democrats’ most left-leaning members and ardent Trump critics — of socialism, an accusation that’s already a central theme of the GOP’s 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.


Even after two-and-a-half years of Trump’s turbulent governing style, the spectacle of a president futilely laboring to head off a House vote essentially proclaiming him to be a racist was extraordinary.



Underscoring the stakes, Republicans formally objected after Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said during a floor speech that Trump’s tweets were “racist.” Led by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, Republicans moved to have her words stricken from the record, a rare procedural rebuke.


After a delay exceeding 90 minutes, No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland ruled that Pelosi had indeed violated a House rule against characterizing an action as racist. Hoyer was presiding after Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri stormed away from the presiding officer’s chair, lamenting, “We want to just fight,” which he apparently aimed at Republicans. Despite Hoyer’s ruling, Democrats flexed their muscle and the House voted afterward by party-line to leave Pelosi’s words intact in the record.


Some rank-and-file GOP lawmakers have agreed that Trump’s words were racist, but on Tuesday party leaders insisted they were not and accused Democrats of using the resulting tumult to score political points. Among the few voices of restraint, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump wasn’t racist, but he also called on leaders “from the president to the speaker to the freshman members of the House” to attack ideas, not the people who espouse them.


“There’s been a consensus that political rhetoric has gotten way, way heated across the political spectrum,” said the Republican leader from Kentucky, breaking his own two days of silence on Trump’s attacks.



Hours earlier, Trump tweeted, “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” He wrote that House Republicans should “not show ‘weakness’” by agreeing to a resolution he labeled “a Democrat con game.”


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of Trump’s four targets, returned his fire.


“You’re right, Mr. President – you don’t have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest,” she tweeted.


The four-page Democratic resolution said the House “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” It said Trump’s slights “do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”


All but goading Republicans, the resolution included a full page of remarks by President Ronald Reagan, who is revered by the GOP. Reagan said in 1989 that if the U.S. shut its doors to newcomers, “our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”


Republican leaders lobbied GOP lawmakers hard to oppose the resolution.


McCarthy called the measure “all politics,” and No. 3 House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming said the four Democrats “are wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people.”


The showdown came after years of Democrats bristling over anti-immigrant and racially incendiary pronouncements by Trump. Those include his kicking off his presidential campaign by proclaiming many Mexican migrants to be criminals and asserting there were “fine people” on both sides at a 2017 neo-Nazis rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.


And the strong words in Washington come as actions are underway elsewhere: The administration has begun coast-to-coast raids targeting migrants in the U.S. illegally and has newly restricted access to the U.S. by asylum seekers.


Trump’s criticism was aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for Trump: Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All were born in the U.S. except for Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family.


The four have been in an increasingly personal clash with Democratic Speaker Pelosi, too, over how assertively the House should be in trying to restrain Trump’s ability to curb immigration. But if anything, Trump’s tweets have served to ease some of that tension, with Pelosi telling Democrats at a closed-door meeting Tuesday, “We are offended by what he said about our sisters,” according to an aide in the room who described the private meeting on condition of anonymity.


That’s not to say that all internal Democratic strains are resolved.


The four rebellious freshmen joined Rep. Steven Cohen of Tennessee and a handful of others who wanted the House to vote on a harsher censure of Trump’s tweets. And Rep. Al Green of Texas was trying to force a House vote soon on whether to impeach Trump — a move he’s tried in the past but lost, earning opposition from most Democrats.


At the Senate Republicans’ weekly lunch Tuesday, Trump’s tweets came up and some lawmakers were finding the situation irksome, participants said. Many want the 2020 campaigns to focus on progressive Democrats’ demands for government-provided health care, abolishing the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and other hard-left policies.


“Those ideas give us so much material to work with and it takes away from our time to talk about it,” Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana said of the Trump tweets.


AP reporters Jill Colvin, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire and Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed.





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U.S. Army recruiter allegedly solicited girls as young as 10 for sex while calling himself “Colorado batman”

Arapahoe County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a U.S. Army recruiter for investigation of soliciting girls as young as 10 years old for sex after he allegedly used selfies of himself posing as "Colorado batman."

Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a U.S. Army recruiter for investigation of soliciting girls as young as 10 years old for sex after he allegedly sent selfies calling himself “Colorado batman,” the sheriff’s department reported.


Ken Hardcastle, 31, has been arrested for investigation of internet luring of a child and internet sexual exploitation of a child, according to Arapahoe County District Court records.


“Sexy? Think again,” the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a tweet. “We worry there may be other victims. If he’s chatted with your daughter, call 720-874-8477.”


The sheriff’s office released photographs of Hardcastle that were allegedly used to lure children including one identifying himself as “Colorado batman” and another in which he is half clothed, the tweet said.








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Colorado / Ask Amy: Tips on how to handle a drama machine
« on: July 16, 2019, 05:38:24 AM »
Ask Amy: Tips on how to handle a drama machine

Dear Amy: How do I keep a relationship casual with a friend whose hobby is creating drama?

Dear Amy: How do I keep a relationship casual with a friend whose hobby is creating drama?


“Emma” and I are members of an informal social group which communicates a few times a week. We also attend different types of group events once or twice a month.


The group has an ongoing group chat on a messaging app, and Emma is the most vocal contributor. She often overshares about her own life, or just generally complains. She and I had a casual friendship for years until she started dating another member of the group — in secret.


After soliciting the views of me and two other members of the group, she sent a follow-up email basically telling us multiple reasons why our advice was wrong and how we can’t judge the nature of her relationship, even though that was basically the advice she sought.


She further told us that we were wrong because we wouldn’t reinforce her decision to disregard advice from her therapist.


It seems she has had a crush on nearly every male member of the group at one time or another, whether or not the person has a partner.


I am worried that anything of substance I tell her about myself might become fodder for her drama machine. I have tried to avoid getting into more serious topics, but she keeps asking to get together to talk — one-on-one.


She really wants to have this “deeper” friendship with me, but I don’t feel safe doing that. How do I set a boundary to keep the relationship casual without causing a rift in the larger group?


— Walking a Tightrope


Dear Walking: Your instincts regarding this drama machine are sound. Follow them. You should assume that anything you say can (and will) be used against you. Drama addicts need fuel to accelerate and sustain their narrative and — when they lack story elements of their own creation — they will instinctively turn to others to fortify their supply.


Unfortunately, honesty (“You’re indiscreet and so I want to keep our relationship casual”) will be conflated by her into a feud of some kind, and so the best technique is to deflect, and/or ghost.



When “Emma” appeals to you or solicits anything personal, you should either not respond, or delay responding. When you do, resort to something opaque and noncommittal like, “Umm, interesting question; I don’t really have anything to add.” If she wants to get together, you should claim to be busy, tired, or binge-watching an about-to-expire program. You should not gossip about or offer up any opinions about her to the group.


In short, back away slowly, and then keep your distance.


Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for eight years. We have three kids together.


Recently, he left his social media account open. I snooped (and know it was wrong). I learned that he is trying to reconnect with former high school girl friends by inviting them to lunch/dinner. He was not going to tell me about this.


It has been over 20 years since these friendships have had any merit, and in my opinion, I do not see the point. In fact, with as much public social media postings we all see, I feel that he has already caught up with their lives.


What are your thoughts on this? Do you think I’m overreacting?


Should he reconnect with the old friends (single or married)?


— Wondering


Dear Wondering: Yes, your husband should reconnect with old friends, if he wants to. You should, too! But these reconnections should be conducted in full view of the family.


I infer from your question that your husband is private-messaging various people (only women, it seems) and inviting them to private get-togethers. That’s not cool. The optics, as it were, are not good.


Transparency is important in marriage, if for no other reason than to avoid this sort of dust-up. You two should talk about this. You can start by copping to viewing his private messages. He may try to make the whole conversation about that. If you stay calm and don’t get defensive, he will have his say, and then you can have yours.


Dear Amy: I’ve grown very tired of your continuing focus on LGBTQ issues. This is a small segment of the population and you give them too much weight in your column.


— Upset


Dear Upset: Happy Pride month! People are people, and human relationships have resonance far beyond a person’s sexuality. If you can’t recognize fellowship, then you’re just not trying hard enough.





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