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Montreal man shocked at Facebook’s response to his complaint about gun video



Montreal man shocked at Facebook’s response to his complaint about gun video

Just how much impact do you truly have more than what you see in your Facebook information feed?

A Montreal West guy just recently figured out when he connected with the social networks titan over a message he located offensive and also harmful. A couple of Sundays back, Stephen Hughes was aimlessly scrolling via his Facebook feed when something got his interest.

” I assume disgust and also rage competed via my body during that time,” Hughes informed Global Information.

It was a video clip of a boy dance to songs while swing a pistol around. The article showed up in his feed due to the fact that it had actually resembled by among his Facebook good friends. Hughes was furious.

With all that's taking place worldwide, all the capturings, you would certainly assume this would certainly be a warning todayClick To Tweet,” he stated.

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Hughes observed the video clip had actually been watched countless times and also shared 10s of hundreds of times.

Some child is visiting the amount of sorts this example obtains you, and also it's simply mosting likely to bring about some child obtaining a weapon. This individual really did not fire himself by crash yet a few other child could do itClick To Tweet,” he stated.

The article originated from a web page called Buzz666 Its adhered to by over 200,000 individuals. The web page states it shares aesthetic art and also songs material. Defense turn up routinely.

” I made a decision speaking to Facebook would certainly be the best point to do, and also state ‘This should be flagged, it is unacceptable, and also exactly how is this still available?'” Hughes stated.

To his shock, the social networks titan reacted a couple of days later on.

” They informed me, ‘we comprehend this may be offending to you, yet we can reveal you methods to obstruct this things from your Facebook,’ as opposed to ‘yes, this is unacceptable, aloof and also we will certainly eliminate this from Facebook right away,'” Hughes stated.

Facebook informed him the video clip did not breach its area requirements. The social media network discussed to Global Information that dealing weapons on the website is not permitted, yet there is no worry with just showing one.

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” There’s material we challenge due to the fact that it’s deceptive or advertising points that threaten, like anti-vaccination unsupported claims as an example, yet it’s not in straight offense of the regards to solution,” stated Matthew Johnson, supervisor of education and learning at MediaSmarts.

According to Johnson, the most effective means to prompt activity might be to strike Facebook in the budget.

Most likely to marketers and also stating, 'I do not like this, I'm disrupted to see your ads beside this material,' often will have a larger influence than grumbling to the system concerning the materialClick To Tweet,” Johnson stated.

The electronic media proficiency professional stated if you see something you do not such as, do not enhance it by sharing it. You might likewise have a talk with the individual that did. Most importantly, keep in mind where Facebook makes its cash: marketers.

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“A drug of mass destruction”: Fentanyl deaths surge in Colorado, reaching an average of two fatalities a day



“A drug of mass destruction”: Fentanyl deaths surge in Colorado, reaching an average of two fatalities a day

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Andrea Thomas holds an image of her daughter Ashley Romero, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2018. She was 32.

The eggs sat on the counter and the potatoes waited in the pan for a late-night brunch as Ashley Romero died.

She took half a pill that appeared to be a prescription painkiller offered to her by her boyfriend. Romero had chronic pain her entire life from pancreatitis. When she was really hurting, she would sometimes take half a pill prescribed to her by her doctor.

This pill wasn’t prescribed, though. The fentanyl in the counterfeit tablet killed her in minutes. When the paramedics arrived at her Grand Junction home, both she and her boyfriend were unresponsive in her car. They revived her boyfriend with naloxone, but Romero died in the front seat on June 11, 2018.

She was 32 years old, a mother to an 8-year-old boy, a sister to three siblings, and Andrea Thomas‘ oldest daughter. The day after Romero’s death, her boyfriend died by suicide.

“I look at fentanyl as a drug of mass destruction,” Thomas said.

Romero is one of 1,275 Coloradans who died of overdoses involving fentanyl since 2018 as dealers have inserted the deadly synthetic painkiller into the state’s drug market. Fentanyl is particularly dangerous because tiny amounts can be fatal and the drug can be disguised as other substances and sold to unsuspecting customers, experts said. For those knowingly using the substance, it is particularly addictive, dangerous and difficult to treat.

A drug of mass destruction Fentanyl deaths surge in Colorado
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“I very rarely see a patient coming in for heroin these days, it’s almost always fentanyl,” said Michelle Gaffaney, a physician’s assistant who works in Denver Health’s outpatient addiction treatment services.

In 2018, at least 102 Coloradans died after overdosing on fentanyl, according to data collected by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The following year, that number doubled — 222 people died. In 2020, the death toll more than doubled again and 540 Coloradans died.

And deaths are still rising in 2021. At least 381 Coloradans died of fentanyl overdoses in the first six months of the year — an average of 64 people a month, or two a day.

Every year, fentanyl deaths represent a larger and larger portion of all overdose deaths in the state. In 2018, fentanyl caused 10% of overdose deaths. In the first six months of 2021, 44% of all overdoses involved fentanyl.

Death “as a cost of business”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used by doctors to treat severe pain. It is 100 times more potent than morphine and 2 milligrams of the substance can be lethal, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the primary drivers of the surging number of overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 93,000 Americans died of an overdose in 2020 and 60% of those deaths involved synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl.

Illicit fentanyl started to appear in large quantities in Colorado in 2018, said Matt Kirsch, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado. Most fentanyl is in the form of pills, sometimes manufactured to look like prescription pain pills like oxycodone. But the substance comes in other forms, too, like bricks or rocks.

The majority of pills in Colorado are manufactured in Mexico from chemicals shipped there from China. The drug is then trafficked or mailed over the border, Kirsch said. Pills have varying levels of toxicity, even in the same batch, because pill presses operated by cartels in Mexico do not have the same quality control as manufacturers of prescription pills, he said.

Part of the reason for the explosion of fentanyl is that it is so much cheaper to produce than other drugs, Kirsch said. It is completely synthetic and doesn’t require agriculture like heroin, which needs fields of poppies. It’s easier and more profitable for dealers and manufacturers to sell fentanyl that looks like oxycodone than for them to sell oxycodone, even if it poses a deadly threat to their customer base.

“As despicable as it may be, I think it would be at least a logical conclusion for significant dealers of drugs to treat the deaths of some of their customers as a cost of business,” Kirsch said.

Fentanyl is different than many drugs because people using it often don’t know what they are consuming, Kirsch said. They thought they were buying heroin or oxycodone, but instead bought fentanyl. It’s like a fraud case grafted onto a drug case, he said.

“Most of the time the buyers aren’t willing buyers, they’re not buying what they think they’re buying,” he said.

Gaffaney, the Denver Health physician’s assistant, said she started to see an increase of people seeking treatment for addiction to fentanyl last summer. Now, about half of those seeking treatment for addiction at her facility use fentanyl pills. The drug’s potency makes it harder for medical staff to transition users to suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

“Fentanyl is a more potent synthetic opioid, so often when our patients are exclusively using fentanyl they have more severe withdrawal symptoms, they’re coming in sicker,” she said.

The potency of fentanyl also means that it often takes multiple doses of naloxone to reverse an overdose. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a medicine that reverses opioid overdoses and restores breathing.

“There’s just this extra worry about our patients that might be using fentanyl because the risk is so high,” Gaffaney said. “We’ve lost patients to fentanyl this year.”

Colorado law enforcement agencies have made several seizures of large quantities of fentanyl. Investigators with the North Metro Drug Task Force in July intercepted a shipment of more than 40,000 pills containing fentanyl, three pounds of heroin and nine pounds of meth. Law enforcement officials in the Vail area have found several pounds of fentanyl pills while making traffic stops on Interstate 70. Denver police in 2019 found a kilogram of fentanyl, in brick and pill form, while serving a search warrant on a house. The brick at first appeared to be black tar heroin and the pills looked like oxycodone, but testing revealed they were fentanyl.

According to the DEA, a quarter of seized pills tested for fentanyl contain a lethal dose.

“Nobody should experience that”

Federal prosecutors have charged at least four people with the distribution of fentanyl causing death, including the man who brought the pill to Colorado that killed Romero.

A jury in April convicted that man, Bruce Holder, of distribution resulting in the 2017 death of Carbondale resident Jonathan Ellington among other charges. Holder was indicted on charges connected to Romero’s death, but prosecutors ultimately decided not to pursue those charges, her mother said.

Holder regularly drove to Mexico in 2017 and 2018 and picked up tens of thousands of fentanyl pills manufactured to look like oxycodone, according to investigators. He then brought them to Grand Junction, where he and some members of his family distributed them.

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Growing number of older adults can’t afford to live in Colorado



Growing number of older adults can’t afford to live in Colorado

Randle Loeb, 70, returned home by bicycle from one of the two jobs that keep him busy seven days a week. He sat down in the subsidized hotel room in downtown Denver where he’s lived since January. He wondered what his late father would think.

“He stopped working at the age of 67. He would not have dreamed that his son would have to work the rest of his life until he’s too feeble to do it,” Loeb said. “Most people believe their children will be able to take care of themselves, and obviously that’s not true anymore. We are essentially scrambling to survive.”

Loeb is a victim of a Colorado housing crisis that was made worse by the pandemic, and data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s weekly household survey shows housing instability is especially pronounced among older adults. In midsummer, Colorado ranked first for housing instability in the U.S., with more than a third of survey respondents 65 and older expressing “slight confidence” or “no confidence” they could make rent.

Census surveys have for more than a year now shown about a fifth of all Colorado renters — no matter their age — unsure if they can make their next rent payment. Eviction defense attorneys say it’s common for people here to have accumulated thousands in rental debts, only able to stay put in the pandemic because of housing aid programs and an eviction moratorium struck down a month ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Census data fluctuates and is imperfect — the surveys carry a 15% margin of error. But the affordability problem among older adults is likely to deepen as their population booms and Colorado becomes less affordable. A one-bedroom apartment in Denver now averages about $1,650, and averages are above $1,200 up and down the Front Range.

“There’s always been people who can’t afford the cost of living, but there’s more of them now, because of our population growing in 65-plus,” State Demographer Elizabeth Garner said.

The older adult population in Colorado has more than doubled in 20 years, and is now verging on 1 million. Garner’s office projects 1.3 million by 2035. And it’s not a product of migration.

“Our fast-growing older population is completely to do with birthdays, people aging into the 65-plus — not because they’re moving here,” she said. “We’ve never had fast growth in that (age group) before, not like an Arizona or a Florida. So it’s a transition.”

Though older Coloradans are more likely to be homeowners, they’re also more likely to be living on fixed incomes. Loeb said working-class people like him never thought it would cost so much to live.

But worst of all, Loeb said, is the feeling of being unwelcome.

“It makes you scared,” he said. “You’re tired and worn out because you don’t know what you’re going to do. You lose all kind of hope that you’re going to have the possibility of dying with dignity, and you feel like a flame that’s going to flame out, a will-o’-the-wisp that disappears in the breeze.

“That’s the way you feel about your life — forgotten, invisible.”

Randle Loeb talks about housing insecurity ...

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Randle Loeb, pictured Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, outside of the downtown Denver hotel where he lives, says older and poorer adults like him are increasingly out of place in Colorado.

“It is so hard to find a place”

Service organizations are trying to keep up with the growing need for affordable housing in this age group, but they say they’re up against critical shortages.

“We’re not producing nearly enough for the demand,” said Doug Snyder, vice president for regional real estate for Volunteers of America. “Guys like me, affordable housing developers … the collective output we’re putting out is not keeping pace, and then you overlay the demographic and age and income trends.”

Jayla Sanchez-Warren, who runs the Area Agency on Aging within the Denver Regional Council of Governments, said it’s not a problem that money alone can fix. She sits on a governor-appointed state board to plan for Colorado’s older population, and is pessimistic about how great a dent the state will make with a generational influx of federal COVID-19 aid money.

“When you go to a meeting on this at the state … they don’t talk about older adults,” she said. “And it is so hard to find a place. We’ve got money coming out of our ears, but not actual places to put people in.”

Even housing specifically targeted to older adults is in short supply or sometimes too expensive. Non-assisted living developments can be cheaper than the rental market, but also have waitlists that run up to two years. Assisted living in Colorado costs roughly $4,500 monthly on average, according to the long-term care insurer Genworth.

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Geery Early helps fellow resident Joan Schomp at the Centennial Mobile Home Park in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. Residents were given notices that they are required to vacate their homes by November.

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Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. taps area’s “secret sauce” for new brand



Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. taps area’s “secret sauce” for new brand

Colorado has the nation’s second-most-educated workforce, the third-highest labor participation, a growing economy and an abundance of natural assets to draw workers and companies alike.

“But we can’t be complacent,” said J.J. Ament, the former CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the new president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

That’s why the Economic Development Corporation was determined to find the “secret sauce” that would distinguish metro Denver from other major metro areas striving to regain ground lost during the pandemic and expand. Even before the pandemic and ensuing recession in 2020, the EDC was working on a recipe to attract companies and workers alike.

The finished product, unveiled Friday, is “The Elevation Effect.” The logo, three mountain peaks, and accompanying marketing strategies were designed as a regional branding initiative to capitalize on what the EDC believes sets the Denver area apart: its workforce.

An analysis by the Myers-Briggs Co., known for its personality assessments, produced the workforce profile that shaped the initiative, said Amy Guttmann, the EDC’s director of marketing and brand strategy.

Metro-Denver workers are aspirational, collaborative, creative, supportive, they set big goals and need to work with others around a shared vision, according to patterns Myers-Briggs found. The company looked at about 30,000 personality assessments previously taken by people in the nine-county metro area.

Information from the assessments were anonymous.

“We asked Myers-Briggs to help us figure out what we could talk about to companies beyond the idea that we’re the second most highly educated workforce in America (behind Massachusetts),” Guttmann said. “That is a great selling point we talk about it all the time, but one of the things we know is that companies are focused on more than mere educational credentials.”

Companies want to know workers’ “soft skills,” their digital skills and who they are as people, Guttmann added.

When the EDC reviewed business pitches made by 16 other metro areas, Guttmann said it found a “sea of sameness.” The analysis showed that economic development corporations sell their areas as good places to work, live and play or as the next high-tech hub.

“We wanted to figure out how to talk about Denver in a way that breaks out of that sort of one-note, cookie-cutter story line,” Guttmann said. “What we can say is that we are wired as a business community and as a workforce to never settle. We work really hard to go after what we want.”

The staff named what it saw as the metro area’s distinguishing characteristics “The Elevation Effect,” alluding to an attitude as well as the mountains and other natural assets that attract people seeking a good quality of life.

Provided by Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

“The Elevation Effect,” logo was designed as a regional branding initiative to capitalize on what the EDC believes sets the Denver area apart: its workforce.

Ament, who headed the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s economic development arm the past four-and-a-half years, said the focus on workforce is important. He said the conventional wisdom used to be that workers went to where the jobs are.

“But I think it’s flipped,” Ament said. “Post 9/11, I think it started. Post the Great Recession, I think it accelerated. And I think it really took off (during) COVID.

“Talented and skilled workers, degreed or not, take a different assessment of how they want to live their life,” Ament added, “and that benefits Colorado and metro Denver because we’re a place where talented and skilled workers, degreed or not, want to be.”

Ament said the companies that want access to a talented workforce need to move to where those people are. He said the work the EDC staff has done on the new branding  gives the region at least a two years’ head start on building back from the pandemic-related economic downturn.

Even during the pandemic, the metro area added jobs, Ament said. A report by the EDC shows that five of the nine industry groups the organization works with reported new jobs in 2020. Those include aerospace, which grew 11.2%; financial services, 1.1%; and information technology-software, 8.9%.

“We weathered that storm about as well as you could hope for,” Ament said. “That is not to say that there weren’t folks in our community that were severely dislocated and distressed.”

The EDC report shows that energy and natural resources contracted 4.6%. About 45% of the jobs lost were in leisure and hospitality and roughly 80% of the total jobs lost were in low-wage sectors, according to the report. Ament said women and people of color were disproportionately affected.

The chamber of commerce has initiatives and teams working to help displaced or struggling workers, Guttmann said. Those include programs for veterans, small business development and leadership training.

Metro Denver business leaders sponsored a breakfast and panel discussion Friday with a team of site selectors, people from large real estate and professional services firms that consult with corporations on places to expand or relocate.

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Where the sidewalk ends: Denverite turns to TikTok to spotlight precarious pedestrian walkways



Where the sidewalk ends: Denverite turns to TikTok to spotlight precarious pedestrian walkways

Where does the sidewalk end? Along the west side of Colorado Boulevard, just south of Trader Joe’s, it turns out.

Jonathon Stalls knows where all of Denver’s sidewalks end. The 39-year-old walks or takes public transportation almost everywhere he goes and has devoted his life to advocating for those whose primary mode of getting from Point A to B is walking or rolling down Colorado streets.

The Denverite founded Walk2Connect in 2012 after trekking from Delaware to California by foot, during which time he saw firsthand the infrastructure — or lack thereof — that made getting around on legs, wheelchairs or motorized scooters less than ideal. Stall’s worker-owned cooperative encourages communities to walk for healthier minds, bodies and planet — and prods leaders to make it safer for Coloradans to do so.

Four months ago, Stalls began filming his jaunts across the state on TikTok under the username pedestriandignity. There’s a video praising a walkway in Alamosa that has wide sidewalks along with protective barriers to cars and public art. Another spotlights a sidewalk along Sheridan Boulevard near Colfax Avenue interrupted by a fence that dumps pedestrians into traffic. And there’s the clip about a stairs-only underpass at Iowa Avenue near Santa Fe Drive inaccessible to people in wheelchairs.

Stalls is using his platform on the wildly popular social media app to highlight crumbling sidewalk infrastructure, a problem Denver has been grappling with for years, particularly after a city audit last year found its plan to get homeowners to fix problem walkways would have taken about half a century to complete at the current pace. City officials now are working to find a new approach.

A scroll through Stalls’ TikTok comments reveals that he’s turning his 54,000 followers — many of them Denver locals — into transportation and pedestrian advocates ready to engage.

“I’m in love with this platform,” Stalls said while walking to his Park Hill home. “It is so localized. I have been blown away by young people seeing my videos and commenting that their eyes have been opened to something they never thought about before. It fills my whole heart. For years, I have just been out here screaming, and now I feel heard.”

Ten percent of Denver streets have missing sidewalks and 30% are considered substandard, meaning they’re too narrow to accommodate a person in a wheelchair, according to advocacy organization Denver Streets Partnership. Almost 50% of streets in low-income areas have missing or substandard sidewalks, the organization said.

Pedestrian traffic deaths in Colorado have increased 89% since 2009, a 2021 AAA analysis showed, with urban crashes accounting for a majority of the fatalities. Mid-block locations along main road arterials were identified as a problem spot.

One such arterial — a major road designed to move heavy vehicle traffic — is Colorado Boulevard, which Stalls filmed himself navigating by foot Tuesday during late-afternoon rush hour for one of his TikTok videos.

Stalls started at the Trader Joe’s store at 750 N. Colorado Blvd. and headed south — a practical trip for a pedestrian on a grocery haul, he said.

What began as a journey along wide sidewalks next to bustling businesses quickly devolved, in a matter of blocks, into precarious skittering along sloped dirt patches. To Stall’s left, the wind emanating from cars zipping past was strong enough to prickle neck hairs. To his right, Stall pressed against fences of the homes backed up against Colorado Boulevard. Thorny bushes jutted into the skinny path of dirt Stalls navigated, worn down by trampling feet. The foliage was so overgrown in spots that the only option forward was a properly-timed dash onto one of the state’s busiest roads.

Drivers stared at Stalls while he trudged past their car windows. Some jeered.

“Focus on feeling it,” Stalls said, using his phone to film the trek. “The dehumanization. I want them to feel what it’s like to have this bush in the way. I want them to see the smog coming out of these exhaust pipes. I want them to feel the cars whizzing by. Some car commuters won’t know what this is like because they’ve never had to do it, but others — they don’t have a choice. This is what they have to deal with before they even get to work. Can you imagine in the snow? In the rain? Ice? With a stroller? With grocery bags in hand? In a wheelchair?”

City Councilman Chris Hinds, who represents District 10, is the first Denver official — at the local, state or federal level — who uses a wheelchair for mobility. Hinds, an accessible transportation advocate, said he rarely travels by car.

“I roll around everywhere,” Hinds said. “I just don’t take Colorado Boulevard, which is sad because that is a designated transit corridor in the city. But there are areas that don’t have a sidewalk at all.”

At the city’s current funding levels, Denver Street Partnerships said it would take nearly 400 years to build out a complete, integrated sidewalk network to serve every Denver neighborhood. The city has spent an average of $2 million to $3 million per year since 2017 on new sidewalk construction, the organization said. An estimated cost for the complete Denver sidewalk network envisioned in the city’s 2017 Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails plan is around $1.1 billion.

On Friday, Denver community members organized the first in a series of walking tours dubbed Sidewalk Palooza to be attended by the public and City Council members with a stated goal of “convinc(ing) Denver to stop treating sidewalks as secondary infrastructure.”

Acknowledging that “Denver streets are not as safe as they should be,” Mayor Michael Hancock has committed to Vision Zero, a goal of reaching zero traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

The plan city’s identified streets where most fatal and serious injury crashes are happening in the city — locations that include Colorado Boulevard — and vowed to make improvements.

Examples of this work, according to city officials, include:

  • Narrowing the roadway with paint and posts along East Colfax Avenue to slow drivers and provide a mid-street spot where people crossing the street can stand if they can’t get to the other side before cars start approaching
  • Changing how traffic signals operate to allow pedestrians to get the walk signal first, so they can start crossing the street and establish themselves in the intersection before cars get the green light
  • Installing more protected bike lanes

“Our sidewalk gap program — where we’re building new sidewalk where it’s currently missing — is in full swing,” said Nancy Kuhn, Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure spokeswoman. “We installed 9 miles of new sidewalk in 2020 and we anticipate installing another 9 miles in 2021.”

What are some of the roadblocks to achievement?

The fundamental problem, according to Denver Streets Partnership, is that the city places the responsibility for repairing sidewalks on adjacent private property owners rather than funding the issue through taxes like street repavemment or sewer maintenance.

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Jonathon Stalls, 38, shoots a TikTok video while walking down Colorado Boulevard in Denver to show how difficult the busy stretch can be to navigate as a pedestrian on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.

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Top Workplaces 2022: Nomination process to begin



Top Workplaces 2022: Nomination process to begin

The nomination process for The Denver Post’s annual contest to name the best places to work in Colorado has begun.

The first nomination deadline is Oct. 29. Any organization with 50 or more employees in Colorado is eligible to participate. The organizations can be public, private, nonprofit or government.

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Companies will be surveyed through January. Energage, The Post’s research partner for the project, conducts Top Workplaces surveys for media in 59 markets and surveyed more than 2 million employees at 8,000 organizations in the past year.

For the 2021 awards, 2,431 organizations were invited to participate, 209 were surveyed and 150 were recognized. The number of employees represented by the surveyed organizations was 82,100,with 48,214 survey responses.

The 150 winners are separated into three categories: small, midsize and large. The Denver Post’s top small workplace for 2021 was Digible; midsize winner was Custom Made Meals; and the winner in the large category was Pinnacol Assurance.

To nominate your employer, go to or call 303-261-8253.

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Saunders: Happy 90th birthday to my sports-loving dad



Saunders: Happy 90th birthday to my sports-loving dad

What do you get your dad for his 90th birthday?

I’ve been pondering that question for the past few weeks. I kept striking out.

Then, as I perused the web, I came across a cool T-shirt. Cardinal red, the shirt displays the image of Stan Musial, leaning on a baseball bat. The script simply reads: The MAN.

How many sports-related T-shirts, sweatshirts and books have I given my dad over the years? I’ve lost track. It doesn’t matter. My dad’s going to love his “Stan the Man” T-shirt.

A father and son bonding over sports is not unique, but it is different for every father and son.

Walter Patrick “Dusty” Saunders was born on Sept. 24, 1931, in Denver. He was a lonely kid. His father died when he was 9 years old, and his mom died when he was 10.

In the 1940s, my dad’s companions were the radio, books and sports. He became a St. Louis Cardinals fan because he could pick up the strong signal from KMOX radio in St. Louis. Musial was his favorite player.

In 2006, my first full year on the Rockies beat, I took my dad to St. Louis for Father’s Day to watch the Rockies play the Cardinals in the first year of the new Busch Stadium. He chatted with Clint Hurdle and Todd Helton. After the game, my dad, Rockies beat writer Thomas Harding and I had dinner at former Cardinal Mike Shannon’s restaurant. Thomas and I still talk about that day.

My dad, as some of you might know, wrote for the Rocky Mountain News for more than 54 years. Someone once calculated that he wrote more stories and columns for “The Rocky” than anyone in that now-defunct paper’s long and storied history.

What you might not know is that my dad was a skinny 6-foot-3 center with a wicked hook shot. He was a star at Holy Family High School, and during his senior year, a Denver Post sportswriter wrote that my dad “was the best hooker in Denver’s high schools.” Interesting description, don’t you think?

Fifty years later, when I would go on the radio to talk Broncos or Rockies with the late, great Irv Brown, he would inevitably lead off with, “Patrick, how’s your dad? Tell you what, Dusty had a heck of a hook shot. He could flat do it.”

What you also don’t know is that my dad was the assistant coach of my Arvada youth basketball team when I was eight. We were sponsored by Shoe Corral and we won the championship. I still have the tiny trophy displayed in my home office.

My dad bought season tickets to the Broncos in 1962, in the team’s second year of existence. We had those tickets in the family for nearly 50 years.

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Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers shows he’s getting close to starring role: “We are just getting a glimpse of what he can be”



Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers shows he’s getting close to starring role: “We are just getting a glimpse of what he can be”

Brendan Rodgers has carried the weight of great expectations ever since the Rockies made him the third overall pick in the 2015 draft.

But what was once a burden has now become a challenge, and Rodgers is wrapping his arms around it.

“It was pretty tough, on the mental and physical side,” the 25-year-old second baseman said. “I’ve dealt with a lot of stuff early in my career, but I know how hard I have worked. Baseball is my life and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get on the field to prove that I am who I am.”

Rodgers, along with catcher Elias Diaz, has been one of the Rockies’ breakout players this season. He entered the weekend leading the team with a .284 average, and his .805 OPS was second to C.J. Cron’s .905. Rodgers, who didn’t hit his first big-league homer until June 5, now has 15, along with 18 doubles and two triples.

During the Rockies’ recent 7-2 road trip, Rodgers hit .343 (12-for-35), with three home runs. And while his teammates have struggled to hit on the road all season, Rodgers has actually been more productive away from Coors Field. He’s hit .282 with an .864 OPS, and mashed 12 of his 15 homers.

“He’s popping off right now,” starting pitcher Kyle Freeland said. “He’s got it all, and I think he’s starting to really realize it now.”

Rodgers’ next challenge could be a huge one. That is, filling a giant hole at shortstop with the likely departure of two-time all-star Trevor Story, who’ll become a free agent at season’s end and will likely sign with another team.

Unless the Rockies acquire a shortstop to replace Story during the offseason — which is a possibility — the job could belong to Rodgers in 2022. And make no mistake, Rodgers, who grew up playing short, wants the job.

“If Trevor is gone, I will definitely work in the offseason to get ready to play shortstop,” Rodgers said. “That’s always been my position. I definitely think I can take it to the next level and be an elite, everyday shortstop. I just have to get the opportunity.”

Story has been impressed by Rodgers’ development this season.

“We are just getting a glimpse of what he can be,” Story said. “Over a season, he can be an all-star-type player. I know that about him. He’s showing that right now.”

Still, Rodgers needs to answer some questions about his play as an infielder. One scout for a National League West team loves what he sees from Rodgers at the plate, but believes improvement is needed in the field.

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Top 9 Colorado prep football stars turned Nebraska Cornhuskers since 2010



Top 9 Colorado prep football stars turned Nebraska Cornhuskers since 2010

Fairview wide receiver Grant Page has emerged as the latest elite high school football player from Colorado that will play in college for Nebraska. But where does Page rank in comparison to the state’s most highly sought-after Huskers? Here is a breakdown of the top nine Nebraska football players since 2010 to hail from Colorado.

Grant Page

Fairview / 6-3, 190 / Class of 2022
Recruiting profile: 3 stars (No. 65 national athlete prospect)
Notable: Committed to Nebraska on June 20 and plans to early enroll in January. … Career prep totals of 134 receptions for 2,065 yards and 24 touchdowns entering senior season. … Also an accomplished basketball player.

Luke McCaffrey

Valor Christian / 6-2, 183 / Class of 2019
Recruiting profile: 4 stars (No. 13 national athlete prospect) *
Notable: Quarterbacked Valor to a 14-0 record and Class 5A state title in 2018. … Threw for 530 yards and four touchdowns over two years at Nebraska. … Transferred to Rice for this season.

Tate Wildeman

Legend / 6-6, 245 / Class of 2018
Recruiting profile: 4 stars (No. 18 national defensive end prospect) *
Notable: Recorded six sacks over just eight games during his senior season at Legend. … Made his Nebraska debut last year as a sophomore, making his first career tackle against Illinois. … Academic All-Big Ten in 2019 and ’20.

JoJo Domann

Pine Creek / 6-1, 210 / Class of 2016
Recruiting profile: 3 stars (No. 35 national athlete prospect) *
Notable: Won two Class 4A state championships at Pine Creek. … Transitioned from safety to outside linebacker at Nebraska. … Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors last season.

Jack Stoll

Regis Jesuit / 6-5, 225 / Class of 2016
Recruiting profile: 3 stars (No. 45 national tight end prospect)
Notable: Caught 32 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns as Regis Jesuit senior. … Started a stretch of 25 consecutive games for the Huskers. … Made the Philadelphia Eagles roster this season as a rookie undrafted free agent.

Eric Lee Jr.

Valor Christian / 6-0, 175 / Class of 2015
Recruiting profile: 4 stars (No. 18 national cornerback prospect) *
Notable: Earned CHSAA first-team All-State honors as a Valor Christian senior. … Appeared in 21 career Nebraska games with two interceptions. … Switched positions from cornerback to safety.

Paul Thurston

Arvada West / 6-5, 275 / Class of 2012
Recruiting profile: 4 stars (No. 15 national offensive tackle prospect) *
Notable: A three-year starter at Arvada West. … Played in 23 career games for Nebraska mostly on special teams and the reserve center. … Transferred to Colorado State.

Mike Moudy

Douglas County / 6-7, 291 / Class of 2010
Recruiting profile: 3 stars (No. 34 national offensive tackle prospect)
Notable: Selected to CHSAA’s first-team All-State squad as a senior at Douglas County. … Started 16 games for Nebraska over final two college seasons. … Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in three consecutive years.

Kenny Bell

Fairview / 6-2, 175 / Class of 2010
Recruiting profile: 3 stars (No. 36 national athlete prospect)
Notable: Missed the majority of his senior season at Fairview due to injury. … Made 49 career starts for Nebraska. … A 2015 fifth-round NFL Draft selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

*Recruiting information provided by

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Asian American woman confirmed to DC federal court in historic first



First Asian American Judge

The U.S. Senate confirmed Florence Y. Pan to serve as a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Why this matters: Pan, who was first nominated by President Barack Obama in 2016, is the first Asian American woman to fill a seat on the D.C. federal court. She was again nominated by President Joe Biden in March.

  • Pan is filling the seat left by Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Black American judge who replaced Attorney General Merrick Garland in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in June. Pan secured a 68-30 vote.
  • Pan’s nomination advances Biden’s commitment to promote diversity in the federal judiciary. “The historic nature of Judge Pan’s nomination will help build a federal bench that reflects full diversity,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, according to Reuters.

Background: Pan has been an Associate Judge on the D.C. Superior Court since 2009 serving in the Civil Division, Criminal Division and Family Court. She previously served in the District’s U.S. Attorney’s Office for 10 years.

  • Pan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with two undergraduate degrees in 1988. She received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Stanford Law School in 1993.
  • Both Obama and Biden’s nominations for Pan came upon the recommendation of Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). According to her office, Norton has been granted “senatorial courtesy” to recommend judges for the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Attorney for D.C., the U.S. Marshal for the D.C. Superior Court and the U.S. Marshal for the U.S. District Court for D.C.
  • “D.C. Superior Court Judge Florence Pan has the professional experience and academic credentials to be an outstanding federal district court judge,” Norton said in a statement. “At this time in history, when Asian Americans are literally being attacked, her confirmation by the Senate today holds particular importance. I have full confidence that she will offer excellent service on our U.S. District Court.”

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Simu Liu’s grueling first-day training for ‘Shang-Chi’ revealed in behind-the-scenes footage



Shang Chi training footage released

Behind-the-scenes footage of Simu Liu’s first day of training for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” has emerged online. 

A hero in training: Yung Lee, the action designer for the Marvel Studios film, shared some clips on Instagram to provide fans a glimpse of how Liu looked before his full training started.

  • According to Lee, Liu was already in good physical shape and was able to follow the action choreography without much difficulty.
  • “I think the biggest challenge for him was his flexibility,” Lee wrote. “It took the team stretching him out 5 times a week for four months to get him to a good place!”
  • The video, dated Aug. 8, 2019, showed the 32-year-old actor doing a variety of stretch workouts as he worked on his flexibility.
  • In the caption, Lee said the training session was led by stunt performer Alan Tang, with the rest of the training done by the team of action choreographer Brad Allan. 
  • Lee noted that the star “has come a long way since his first day!” In the end, he urged people to “Go see Shang-Chi while it’s still in theatres to see the results of his hard work!”

More fight training: Last month, Liu also shared a behind-the-scenes training session clip on Instagram in which he can be seen practicing fighting moves.

  • In the video, Liu showcased exceptional skills during a hand-to-hand combat session with a trainer.
  • Sharing how he approaches his acting roles, Liu wrote in the caption: “Part of the joy of being an actor is the process of becoming one with a character. Whether it’s jazz piano, tap dancing or beating the living daylights out of people, a performer inhabits the character and fully gives themselves to the transformation process.”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which was released in the U.S. on Sept. 3, has so far grossed over $325 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2021. It is set to be available to stream on Disney Plus from Nov. 12 at no additional cost to subscribers as part of a special event called Disney Plus Day.

Featured Image via yung_and_the_dangerous

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