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What really happens at Denver homeless encampment sweeps

A backhoe scoops up encampments at 22nd and Washington streets in Denver.Photo/Denver Homeless Out Loud. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s office calls them “cleanups.”. The name alone carries incredible stigma. As if the existence of homeless encampments and everything about them is “dirty.”
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Aurora to unveil official Korea Town online

Aurora now has a Korea Town, although geographic boundaries do not define it. The new Korea Town will exist virtually online. Korean business owners for years have worked toward giving their establishments higher visibility. But it’s difficult to section off parts of the community as ethnic districts.
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Budweiser prepares to buy vaccinated America a round

Call it the biggest round of beer ever purchased. Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co., the maker of Budweiser beer and other alcohol brands, announced this week it will buy a beer for all Americans old enough to drink. The giveaway will occur once the country hits the White House goal of 70 percent vaccinated.
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Denver doctor calls for flavored tobacco ban

Denver cardiologist Dr. Ray Estacio has asked the city to ban flavored tobacco. Estacio raised the topic during Monday’s City Council meeting. His impassioned plea came the same day a study appeared about electronic cigarettes and young people in Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Workers still dying from paint thinner inhalation

Many workers die while stripping the finish of old bathtubs.Erik McClean/Unsplash. Despite warning labels and requirements to wear protective gear, 85 people still died from exposure to a chemical found in paint thinners from 1980 to 2018 in the U.S.
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Black Colorado Springs church sues city, police, DA

A Colorado Springs church and some of its members have sued the City of Colorado Springs, the police chief, and the El Paso County district attorney. Colorado Springs Fellowship Church and members Eric Jenkins, William Williams, Matthew Brown, Willie Pee, Torri Lopez, Clifford Stewart, Michelle Harris, and Yolanda Banks Walker all are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court.
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Aurora considers ‘safe outdoor space’ for homeless camp

The Aurora City Council will consider at its study session Monday whether to give its blessing to a “safe outdoor space” pilot program at the Salvation Army. Homelessness has been a vitriolic topic in Aurora. The mayor takes a talk-tough approach, saying most homeless people are addicts and don’t want help.
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Public health staff snubs board on homelessness

Organizations that oversee public health generally answer to boards which either are appointed by elected officials or elected. So, it was a slap in the face when staff from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) refused to answer the board in a letter asking what their powers are over homeless encampment sweeps.
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Lying cops face consequences in Colorado

It’s a hot topic in this era of police reform: Police can and do lie to criminal suspects. Quite often. And it’s perfectly legal in most of the country. For now. But in Colorado, lying cops face consequences. Legislation introduced last year resulted in six Colorado cops losing their jobs after lying.
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People living in cars can park at church

Some people fall somewhere in between not having a roof over their head and sleeping on the street. They’re living out of their car. If the car runs, chances are it’s tidy and you wouldn’t know the person in it is homeless. Many people who are homeless but have running cars use them to get to a job each day.
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Denver leads U.S. in federal homeless money

A recent news report by the watchdog publication Grist shows Denver has received $111 million in federal money to house people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. It’s the most money any government in the country has received other than the County of Los Angeles, which received a total of $198 million. Chicago received $67 million.
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Walker-bicycle collisions not uncommon in Denver

This interesting sculpture is right off an Aurora RTD station.Andrew Coop/Unsplash. Walkers are a voting bloc. There are all sorts of groups that represent pedestrians. That’s because in our busy world, pedestrians frequently get mowed down in busy streets.