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Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across U.S.

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic – I don’t think we would have chosen to homeschool otherwise,” said Danielle King of Randolph, Vermont, whose 7-year-old daughter Zoë thrived with the flexible, one-on-o...

“We can’t turn a blind eye”: New Denver court program for teens caught with guns aims to mitigate cycle of youth violence

Five teenagers have been shot and killed in Denver this year as the city’s years-long youth violence epidemic continues, but leaders in the juvenile criminal legal system hope a new program will help stop the bloodshed. A long-awaited court program began this month that officials hope will disrupt the cycle of violence by intervening in the lives of teenagers caught with guns before they are victims or perpetrators of violence. Denver’s new Handgun Intervention Program accepted its first two participants on July 12 and is a collaboration between prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, the juvenile court and community members, program leaders said. Read the rest of this story on TheKnow.DenverPost.com.

Cheap or free fares? RTD should take “urgent” action to lure riders back, report says.

Commuters returning to their workplaces as the pandemic eases are clogging Denver-area highways, but they aren’t yet boarding buses and trains in droves. That emerging dynamic has prompted an outside review panel to call for the Regional Transportation District to act boldly: Use some of its federal relief money to slash regular fares temporarily and streamline its monthly passes to make them easier to get. The plea underscores that RTD is in a fight to lure riders back against changing work patterns, its own budget constraints and, most of all, time. While RTD leaders point to gradual ridership growth this year as an encouraging sign, the most recent monthly ridership report from May shows 58% fewer riders boarded its buses, trains and other services during that month than in May 2019. Re...

Denver weather: Hot start to the week, lower chance of storms

Published: Jul 26, 2021, 11:16 am • Updated: Jul 26, 2021, 11:17 am By Jake Shapiro Denver will have a hot start to the week with temperatures in the mid to high 90s. Some moisture will move into the area later in the week and into the weekend, but most of the week should be clear with sunny skies. Temperatures will warm through mid week, with hot temperatures forecast for the plains. Wednesday will be the hottest, with highs in the low 100’s on the eastern plains, upper 90s in the I-25 corridor, and near 80 in the mountains. #cowx pic.twitter.com/CafSiALjdX — NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) July 26, 2021 Read the rest of this story on TheKnow.DenverPost.com.

Unvaccinated staff eyed in federal investigation of Mesa County nursing home cases, deaths

By Jason Dearen and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lagging vaccination rates among nursing home staff are being linked to a national increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths at senior facilities, and are at the center of a federal investigation in a hard-hit Colorado location where disease detectives found many workers were not inoculated. The investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of facilities in the Grand Junction area raises concerns among public health doctors that successes in protecting vulnerable elders with vaccines could be in peril as the more aggressive delta variant spreads across the country. Read the rest of this story on TheKnow.DenverPost.com.

Vincent Hancock, Colorado’s Amber English give Americans a skeet shooting sweep at Tokyo Olympics

Published: Jul 26, 2021, 11:14 am • Updated: Jul 26, 2021, 11:16 am By John Marshall TOKYO — Amber English erased the disappointment of barely missing the two previous Olympics by winning a gold medal. Vincent Hancock made history about an hour later, becoming the first skeet shooter to win three golds. Two shotgun events, two American golds, one sweet skeet sweep. Read the rest of this story on TheKnow.DenverPost.com.

New trouble for U.S. infrastructure talks as pressure mounts

WASHINGTON — Senators were running into new problems Monday as they raced to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal with pressure mounting on all sides to show progress on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Heading into a make-or-break week, serious roadblocks remain. One dispute is over how much money should go to public transit. But spending on highways, water projects, broadband and others areas remains unresolved, too, as is whether to take unspent COVID-19 relief funds to help pay for the infrastructure. Democrats and the White House sent a fresh “global” offer to resolve remaining issues, but it was rebuffed early Monday by Republicans as “discouraging” — a setback for a hoped-for afternoon deal. Read the rest of this story on TheKnow.DenverPost.com.

Denver’s mayor proposes new arena as part of $450 million infrastructure bond proposal

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s plans for a $450 million infrastructure bonding package to put to voters includes a new, mid-size “state-of-the-art” arena. He made the announcement during his annual State of the City address, conducted virtually on Monday morning. He dedicated much of the speech to the topics of homelessness, criminal justice and post-pandemic resilience. The infrastructure package represented the most substantial spending proposal in the speech. A $450 million investment, he said, “will help create 7,500 good-paying jobs, $483 million in worker wages and benefits, and $1 billion in economic benefits. Read the rest of this story on TheKnow.DenverPost.com.

Brauchler: Under new law, more felons can legally possess weapons in Colorado

Despite a historic crime wave that has left Coloradans awash in surging gun violence and property crimes, Gov. Jared Polis and the hard-left-leaning state legislature have recently enacted laws decriminalizing gun possession by convicted felons, lessening penalties for misuse of firearms, and placing more burdens on law-abiding gun owners. Aided by the offender-friendly policies implemented by Polis and others over the past several years, Denver and Aurora have seen historic levels of violent crime, the vast majority of which is related to firearms. In 2020, Denver had 95 homicides, 50% more than in 2019 and the highest number in three decades. This year, the homicide pace is even worse. Aurora saw a more than a 45% jump in gun-related homicides from 2019 to 2020. And 2021 is on pace to ec...

Kiz vs. Singer: Should the Nuggets say goodbye to Will Barton in free agency?

Question: Should the Nuggets say goodbye to Will Barton in free agency? Kiz: Is the Thrill gone in Denver? Will Barton wants to get paid. And he sounds less than thrilled with his status in the Nuggets’ pecking order. I like Barton, as much for his feistiness as the red-hot scoring when he gets on a roll. And I know Denver might well be short on quality players in the backcourt until Jamal Murray can return from his ACL injury. But should Tim Connelly ante up for Barton, or tell him to go seek happiness elsewhere in the league? Singer: I personally think this is an ante up situation for several reasons. First of all, there aren’t many teams with cap space this summer, meaning there are only so many places he could go. The Nuggets, presumably, aren’t going to get in a bidding bar. Second, B...

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing to open massive brewery, beer garden in Colorado

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20 things to do in Denver during All-Star weekend

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