Publish Premium: Our high tales for the week of Aug. 17-23


The primary time Elijah McClain’s household gathered on the Aurora Municipal Middle to protest his Aug. 24 violent takedown by Aurora cops, not more than a dozen folks joined them. McClain’s identify remained largely unknown outdoors the small circle of people that knew him or learn native information tales about police tackling him, placing him in a chokehold and pinning him whereas paramedics injected a heavy dose of the sedative Ketamine.
Then, George Floyd died in late Might by the hands of Minneapolis cops, setting off huge nationwide protests over police brutality. By the top of the primary week, McClain’s identify was being shouted by protesters as one other instance of police violence, and his dying grew to become the main focus of nationwide information tales.
The Denver Publish’s journalists have coated McClain’s story from the start. In truth, reporter Elise Schmelzer was the primary to report paramedic’s use of Ketamine on McClain and different folks concerned in conflicts with police.
For the one-year anniversary of his dying, the Publish’s breaking information staff wished to go deeper than slogans shouted at rallies and ask those that are deeply linked to McClain and Aurora how the dying impacted them and what the police division should do to deliver justice and enhance relations with the Black neighborhood. Their tales are insightful and highly effective.
Noelle Phillips, breaking information editor
“We have now a lot work to do”: One yr later, how Elijah McClain’s dying impacted his mates and catalyzed a motion
Rachel Ellis, The Denver PostHundreds of candles are used to spell out Elijah within the grass to honor Elijah McClain throughout a candlelit vigil for Elijah McClain at Utah Park in Aurora on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Folks celebrated his life and socially distanced within the park as a option to come collectively as a neighborhood.

5 of our greatest tales this week

“What’s subsequent? An asteroid?” Wildfire, pandemic drop double whammy on Glenwood Springs
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostTrudy Franklin, proper, reads a ebook to her cost Taylor Troxell, 4, whereas the 2 have breakfast at The Every day Bread restaurant in Glenwood Springs on Aug. 18, 2020. The closure of Interstate 70 by the Grizzly Creek fireplace has brought about eating places and different retail shops within the metropolis to shut or cut back their hours.
Joanna and Mark Bartnik felt like that they had found out the coronavirus pandemic this summer time, and the cafe they’ve owned for 18 years was making a comeback. Then on Aug. 10 they noticed smoke billowing over the Grizzly Creek ridge simply outdoors of city. Inside per week, enterprise crashed for the second time this yr. Learn extra…
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Greater than 200 cops have resigned or retired since Colorado’s police reform invoice grew to become regulation
Andy Cross, The Denver PostLaw enforcement officers fireplace pepper balls and tear fuel in direction of demonstrators close to Civic Middle Park throughout a George Floyd protest on Might 30.
Greater than 200 regulation enforcement officers throughout Colorado resigned or retired within the weeks after Gov. Jared Polis enacted sweeping police reforms by signing Senate Invoice 217 into regulation on June 19, in accordance with state knowledge. Learn extra…

Low rates of interest result in highest degree of mortgage exercise in Denver metro since 2005
Rachel Ellis, The Denver PostA on the market signal sits outdoors of a house on Eilers Avenue on the south aspect of Pueblo on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (Picture by Rachel Ellis, The Denver Publish)
Mortgage originations in metro Denver hit their highest ranges because the fall of 2005 as customers rushed to benefit from traditionally low rates of interest even with a pandemic in full swing, in accordance with a report Thursday from ATTOM Knowledge Options. Learn extra…

What can Colorado faculty freshmen anticipate the autumn semester to be like in a pandemic?
Rachel Ellis, The Denver PostDENVER, CO – AUGUST 12: Breanna Chapa, first era faculty scholar, poses for a portrait outdoors of her residence in Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Chapa plans to review nursing at UNC. (Picture by Rachel Ellis, The Denver Publish)
As Breanna Chapa checks off her faculty provide checklist, she has the backyard selection jitters of any incoming freshman departing her Denver residence base for a dorm room on the College of Northern Colorado full with three roommates. The circumstances surrounding Chapa’s introduction to larger training, although, are something however standard. Learn extra…

Black and Hispanic Coloradans are disproportionately hospitalized for COVID-19, knowledge exhibits
AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostRespiratory therapist Pike Quinn works with a affected person within the ICU Covid ward on the Medical Middle of Aurora.
Black and Hispanic Coloradans had been extra more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than their white counterparts, a pattern that hasn’t improved a lot since March, in accordance with new knowledge launched Thursday by the state well being division. Learn extra…

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John Wark, Particular to The Denver PostThe Pine Gulch wildfire burns north of Grand Junction, Colorado on Thursday night, Aug. 20, 2020.
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