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In Georgia, a judge has approved a major election audit and has ordered that absentee ballots be opened for inspection

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A Georgia judge decided Friday to unseal nearly 150,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County, the state’s most populous county, so that prosecutors could look for proof of suspected voter fraud.

What are the specifics?

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero is authorising more than 145,000 absentee ballots from the 2020 presidential election to be reviewed as part of the investigation.

The precise aspects of the audit are still being worked out, but Amero has confirmed that the ballots will remain in the hands of Fulton County election officials as the audit is carried out.

The Journal-Constitution has more:

The ruling was made in response to a complaint brought by nine claimants, including Garland Favorito, a Fulton county resident and self-styled election watchdog. It’s one of hundreds of cases stemming from the November presidential election and the January Senate runoff, some of which are now making their way through the courts.

Since the results of the 2020 presidential election in Fulton County were approved months ago, the audit cannot alter them.

The Journal-Constitution announced that “plaintiffs hope an audit of ballots will get to the bottom of what they see as irregular activities at State Farm Arena on election night and pave the way for more credible elections in the future.”

Georgia state and local authorities have said several times that there is no proof of systematic voter irregularities in the race.
What was the response?

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who has refuted Donald Trump’s allegations that Georgia’s election was marred by voter irregularities, has said he respects the judge’s ruling.

Raffensperger cited “a longstanding tradition of election mismanagement” in Fulton County in a tweet.

“From the beginning, I have urged Georgians who have genuine questions about the election in their counties to seek those concerns across legal channels,” Raffensperger said. “Fulton County has a long tradition of election mismanagement, which has understandably eroded voters’ confidence in the scheme. Allowing this audit adds another degree of accountability and public participation.”

Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts (D), on the other hand, slammed the decision.

“It is outrageous that Fulton County is now being used as a target for those who refuse to consider the outcome of last year’s election,” Pitts said.

“The ballots have been counted three times, including a hand recount,” Pitts added, “and no proof of bribery has been identified.” “The truth remains that Fulton County had an election in the middle of a public health pandemic in a clean and stable manner. It’s a shame that the ‘Big Lie’ continues on and can cost the county’s hardworking people.”

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“Just trying to get control”: A Colorado woman’s quest for closure after surviving the 1984 “Hammer Killer”

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“Just trying to get control”: A Colorado woman’s quest for closure after surviving the 1984 “Hammer Killer”

On a frigid January night in 1984, Kim Rice woke to a flash of pain and sat up in bed to see a stranger’s silhouette, his arm raised to strike another blow with a hammer.

She screamed, and the stranger threw the hammer at her and fled. Rice’s then-husband, in bed beside her, had been attacked, too. Despite suffering a skull fracture, he chased after the intruder, racing out into the snow to try to follow the stranger’s footsteps.

Inside their Aurora home, there was blood on the walls, the mirror, the curtains, the ceiling. It was wet on Rice’s face as she called 911.

The home invasion was the first of four attacks during a 12-day spree by the so-called “Hammer Killer” in January 1984 that ended with the slaughter of three members of the Bennett family in Aurora.

Police believed one attacker was responsible, but they didn’t identify a suspect for nearly four decades. By the time DNA tied 61-year-old Alex Ewing to the spree, it was too late for authorities to prosecute him for the assault on Rice and her now ex-husband.

The statute of limitations, which sets the deadline by which a crime must be prosecuted, had passed. Rice’s case would never go to court.

But there’s no statute of limitations on murder, and when Ewing stood trial this summer for killing the Bennett family, Rice was there. She sought some sort of closure, some vicarious justice.

She stared at Ewing as he sat shackled to the floor. Prosecutors believed he was the man who’d smashed a hammer into her head, the man who’d given her a concussion in her own bed, but she harbored some doubt.

“I wanted to go because I was still looking for some truth to the fact that this was tied in,” said Rice, who still lives in Colorado.

Long road to justice

Five days after Rice was attacked, someone bludgeoned and raped a 28-year-old woman in Aurora after she pulled into her garage. The day after that, 50-year-old Patricia Smith was killed with a hammer at her home in Lakewood.

Then five days later, 27-year-old Bruce Bennett, 26-year-old Debra Bennett and their daughter, 7-year-old Melissa Bennett, were killed by an attacker wielding a hammer. Melissa’s 3-year-old sister was brutally attacked but survived.

“It wasn’t until the Bennetts that they started to tie all this together,” Rice said.

Police realized the attacks followed a similar pattern. For both Rice and the Bennetts, investigators believed the suspect entered through an open garage door.

As authorities realized the connections, the media descended, Rice said. Reporters came to her house, reported on Rice and her then-husband’s trip to a gun store. The case riveted the region.

“What was scary is they showed our address and our house and everything on the TV, and we had two copycat, two attempted break-ins,” she said.

But after a rush of initial activity and significant investigation, the case went quiet. There were no more attacks, no suspects.

After her assault, Rice was shaky and frightened. She tried to avoid her garage. She’d park in it and race into the house. She easily became afraid, sometimes just by driving home alone at night. She suffered migraines that started at the site of the hammer’s blow, at the scar on the top of her head.

“Years would pass where I wouldn’t think about it, and then something would happen to remind me of it,” she said. “I would get pretty shaky, I would lose sleep over it.”

She became consumed with ensuring her garage door was locked. If she spotted any home with an open garage door, she’d go knock on the front door and tell the residents to close it.

She still does that today.

“It was just one of those things where, if my door had been closed, he wouldn’t have chosen us,” she said.

Over time, Rice convinced herself that the attacker was dead. So it was a shock when, in 2018, investigators called her into a meeting and told her that they believed the man who attacked her was alive, and in prison. That he’d be charged with murder.

“I didn’t expect it to come to anything after all these years,” she said.

And in some ways, for Rice, it didn’t — the statute of limitations had expired, so there was nothing prosecutors could do about her case, which Rice said she understood.

The current statute of limitations on most felony cases in Colorado is three years, although the time allowed for prosecution is much longer for some charges, like sexual assault, which has a 20-year window. The statute of limitations on sex assault charges was doubled in 2016 amid the claims against Bill Cosby, after women spoke up about why it took them years to report the alleged assaults.

Ray Harlan, chairman of the nonprofit Colorado Victims for Justice, said lawmakers should consider revisiting the statute of limitations on other charges, too, pointing out that it’s easier today to preserve evidence than in the past.

“The rules about statutes of limitations were written in an era with totally different technology,” he said. “…Historically, evidence rooms and evidence lockers would only hold so much stuff, and eventually you had to get rid of the things least likely to ever be used. So you get rid of plaster casts of tire tracks and footprints — but what if you scan those plaster casts and put them in a server? Then they last forever.”

Judgment day

Rice attended the murder trial for the Bennett family in July with some trepidation. She wasn’t sure she belonged there. It wasn’t her case.

But she soon found she shared a connection with the Bennett family’s relatives, who welcomed her, even insisting she join them for lunch at times during the lengthy trial.

“It’s a camaraderie, you know, that you don’t want to have,” she said. “But at least it gives you some warm feeling, because the people in my life, you know, they didn’t know what was going on there.”

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Gated community planned for vacant church site at edge of Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood

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After years of talk about redevelopment, a vacant church at the edge of Hilltop and Cherry Creek is not long for this world.

The boarded-up structure at 50 S. Colorado Blvd. was sold earlier this month to Denver-based First Stone Development.

“As soon as I have the permits, I’ll demolish it,” First Stone President Lenny Taub said, calling the property “a blighted site.”

First Stone paid $3.75 million for the former church and its parking to the north — about 1 acre in all, he said.

Taub said he plans to build a gated community of 20 homes, some of which will likely list for more than $2 million. And parking for the project — dubbed Hilltop West — will be completely underground, meaning the ground level won’t be dominated by garages.

“The houses will basically face each other, with a walkway that runs down the middle,” Taub said.

The 20 units will be spread across 10 structures, each with two units. The 10 units on the east side of the lot will be about 3,400 square feet. The 10 on the west side of the lot, backing up to Colorado Boulevard, will be somewhat smaller — about 2,700 square feet.

Each unit will have an elevator and three bedrooms, Taub said. The ground floor will have the kitchen and other living space. The bedrooms will be on the second floor. And the third floor will have a “bonus room” that opens onto a rooftop deck.

“You can use that as an office, a party room, even an additional bedroom,” Taub said

The parking situation is “very unique,” Taub said. He said zoning limits the site to three stories, and he almost backed out of his contract to buy it when he realized that a rooftop deck level would count as one.

But Taub said he had already been trying to figure out a way to have the kitchen and living room on the ground level, as opposed to above the garage like in many townhome projects. So he decided to dig.

Now, the plan is that drivers accessing the site from the side streets — there won’t be an entrance off busy Colorado Boulevard — will drive down into the parking level, then ascend into the home and the neighborhood, which will be a little car-free pocket.

“It’s costing a lot more money doing it this way, but we are getting the benefit of building the roof deck,” Taub said.

Taub has submitted a concept plan for the project to the city. While some details could change, he said that, based on the feedback he’s received from the city so far, he’s confident his broad vision will get the green light.

The existing church building dates to 1961, according to property records. The site hasn’t been owned by a religious organization since 2006, when Kingdom of Faith Kingdom Center Inc. sold both parcels to Folsom Ventures LLC for $1.15 million, records indicate.

First Stone bought the property from an entity affiliated with McKinnon & Associates, led by Doug McKinnon. He purchased the property for $1.8 million in 2014, records show. McKinnon also owns several largely-unused sites on the other side of Colorado Boulevard, which the city rezoned last year.

One local neighborhood group, the Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association, has been posting updates on its website for years about efforts “to move this from eyesore to a development the neighborhood can be comfortable with.” An officer of the organization was quoted in Denverite saying it’s “been a long process” — and that story was published in 2017.

While Taub said he’ll demolish the church as soon as he can, there will likely be a pause between then and the start of construction on Hilltop West. He’s hopeful he will be able to break ground in 12 to 14 months.

Taub said he’s thinking the larger units could list for $2.1 million, and the smaller ones for $1.8 million, although that could change given market conditions at the time.

“Right now in Hilltop, I don’t think there’s any new construction you can buy for that price,” he said.

Taub developed in the New York City area for years before moving to Denver about six-and-a-half years ago and shifting his focus here. He’s completed numerous townhomes in the Berkeley area.

In June, Taub broke ground on a five-story, 123-unit condominium building in the 600 block of Santa Fe Drive in Lincoln Park, which could be finished in about 18 months, he said. He’ll start selling those units in the first quarter, likely asking an average price of $580 a square foot.

Taub is also planning a 34-unit apartment building in the 4300 block of Tennyson Street and he already purchased the land. He also hopes to start construction in April on a 140-unit townhome project in Winter Park. The two-bedroom units, around 1,200 to 1,300 square feet including garage, will likely start around $630,000, he said.

“There’s a huge demand,” he said of the mountain town. “It’s underbuilt.”

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Grange Hall brings a nine-concept food hall — complete with brewery — to Greenwood Village

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With the opening of Grange Hall, Troy Guard has joined the ranks of restaurateurs running food halls.

Located in Greenwood Village, the almost 13,000-square-foot space was taken over by the TAG Restaurant Group in 2019 after an outpost of the brewpub chain C.B. & Potts closed. Now, the large, high-ceiling space is packed with nine concepts, a full bar, a small brewery, space for concerts and events, and an outdoor patio with a great view of Pike’s Peak and the Front Range. While not every eatery had moved in by opening day, Sept. 23, they are expected to launch in the next couple weeks.

From TAG Restaurant Group, the food hall’s concepts include Crazy Love Pizza, Rado Burgers and the fourth location of the group’s Bubu, which serves healthy build-you-own bowls. Crazy Love Pizza is the first pizza joint opened by Guard, and guests can enjoy the Sicilian-style pie either whole ($16-$24) or by the square slice ($4-$6), all cooked in the handsome Italian Morello Forni oven situated right behind the counter. Toppings may vary, but always include three-cheese and pepperoni. Look for combinations such as fried chicken with hot honey, and River Bear salami with arugula, local goat cheese and Pueblo green chili.

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The truffle burger from Rado Burgers at Grange Hall, a new Greenwood Village food hall from Denver chef Troy Guard and his TAG Restaurant Group.

While pizza is new for Guard, burgers are not, and the list of sauces, toppings and types of hamburgers to order at Rado Burgers showcase the chef’s love for this dish. The truffle burger ($12.50) was amazing, and had the surprise addition of potato chips pressed between the mushrooms, meat and cheese. Each burger comes on a locally-made Harvest Moon Baking Co. bun, and can be served as a single ($8.25) or double ($12.25) patty, created with 100% Colorado-raised beef. Top it with grilled shrimp, foie gras, a duck egg, fried pickles and more. Also add a side of Kennebec fries ($3.95) or sweet potato fries ($4.75).

There are restaurant options outside the TAG orbit as well, such as The Crack Shack, the first Denver location of the San Diego mini-chain that specializes in Southern California-style fried chicken, chicken sandwiches ($12) and shmaltz fries ($3-$6). Add the Grange Fries ($13) if a nap is also in future plans.

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The Grange Fries from The Crack Shack at Grange Hall, a new Greenwood Village food hall in a former C.B. & Potts.

When you walk into Grange Hall look for Uptown & Humboldt, chef Gio Dia’s Mediterranean street food stall. Dia has been prominent in the food truck scene since January 2020, and this is his first intro into a more permanent spot. Near the bar is Eiskaffee, a German-inspired coffee and ice cream stand created by Erika Thomas and Chad Stutz, who run the mini-chain High Point Creamery. Prices start at $3.95 a scoop and $5.25 for specialty coffee drinks.

A couple eateries haven’t opened yet, such as Honey Fish from Jianxiong Li, the owner of Mizu Izakaya in LoHi. Coming in October, this spot will bring temaki handrolls and sushi to Grange Hall. The ninth stall is a rotating pop-up. First to launch will be J Dawgs, though the exact opening date hasn’t been released yet.

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Little Dry Creek Brewing Company, a micro-brewery from Denver chef Troy Guard’s TAG Restaurant Group, will serve up 10 draft beers at Guard’s new Greenwood Village food hall, Grange Hall.

Don’t forget about the micro-brewery, Little Dry Creek Brewing Company, which is the first brewery TAG Restaurant Group has tackled. Head brewmaster Ty Nash has created 10 beers on draft, with a push for German styles. Options range from IPA to brown ale to hefeweizen to brut bier. Each pint runs $7 each, and the bar also serves cocktails starting at $10. The hope, said Guard, is to start making enough beer here to bring to his other restaurants.

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‘Tis the season — for fresh hop beers

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What: Joyride Brewing Company Fresh Hop Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 9

Where: 2501 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater

More info: joyridebrewing.com or 720-432-7560

A little more than 10 years ago, when Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford were still building out Denver Beer Co. on Platte Street in Denver, the two friends sat in front of the dusty construction site, offering baby hop plants to anyone who walked by.

“We’d tell them about hops and why we wanted them to grow them, that we were starting a brewery,” said Berger. “It was pretty guerilla marketing right then.”

A few months later, when the brewery finally opened, they invited those citizen farmers to bring in their crops of green, pine cone-like flowers — one of the four main ingredients in beer — then stick around to help brew a pale ale using the fresh hops.

As Denver Beer Co. has grown, the brewery has continued its “hop swap” and fresh hop beer tradition, sending out hundreds of tiny hop starters each spring to (hopefully) grow and flourish in Denver backyards. Since the pandemic forced them to put the annual program on hold last year, the brewers — and their volunteer crew of hop farmers — are extra jazzed about the 2021 Hop Swap Pale Ale, brewed in mid-September and on tap starting in early October.

“We get really excited as brewers when we get to dig our hands into the hop cones, lift them up to our noses and just smell what this next year’s worth of beer is going to be like,” Berger said. “We’re as passionate about the raw materials as we are about the beer itself. It’s definitely an exciting time of year.”

Step aside, Märzens. Hold your horses, pumpkin beers. Press pause, Festbiers. It’s fresh hop beer season in Colorado.

During harvest season in August and September, brewers have a once-a-year opportunity to make beer with fresh, rather than dried, hops. The resulting fresh hop, or wet hop, beers tend to taste fresher, brighter and have slightly more vegetal notes.

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Christi Hatakka and Jennifer Johnson pour out the bag off cashmere hops they grew at Denver Beer Company in Denver, Colorado on September 18, 2021. This was their first year growing.

“Think of using fresh herbs versus dried — they’re extremely similar at their base, but you get a little extra pop out of the fresh,” said Dave Bergen, co-founder of Joyride Brewing Company in Edgewater, which is hosting a fresh hop beer festival featuring 14 Colorado craft breweries on Oct. 9.

Before you dive head-first into the toasty, spicy flavors of fall, give summer one last sip with these Colorado fresh hop beers.

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Fresh hops used in brewing Gilded Goat Fresh Hop IPA at Gilded Goat Brewing Co. (Provided by Gilded Goat Brewing Co.)

Gilded Goat Fresh Hop IPA, Gilded Goat Brewing Co.

Brewery owner John Hoxmeier took matters into his own hands to make this beer, harvesting fresh Chinook and Cascade hops from his own Fort Collins backyard. The resulting 7.3-percent beer has resinous pine, grapefruit and stonefruit notes.

Strata Fresh Hop IPA, Odell Brewing Co.

Made with 650 pounds of fresh Strata hops that were picked at 3:30 a.m. in Oregon, flown straight to Colorado and thrown into Odell’s kettle 13 hours later, Odell’s Strata Fresh Hop IPA has notes of passionfruit, strawberry and fresh-cut grass.

More Like Bore-O-Phyll, Call to Arms Brewing Company

Made with 100 pounds of five-hour-old, fresh Cascade hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia, then dry-hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy and whole-cone Cashmere hops, this beer packs a big punch. Expect fruit-forward, citrusy flavors like mandarin, pineapple and mango, plus notes of pine. Call to Arms also has another fresh hop beer right now: Fresh Hop Janet Reno’s Dance Party, which has notes of pineapple and fresh peach and a dank, fresh hop finish.

Lone Cone Colorado Wet Hop Ale, Breckenridge Brewery

Named for the 12,000-plus-foot Lone Cone Peak in southwest Colorado, this hoppy, 6.2-percent brew features 100 pounds of fresh Chinook hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia. The brewers describe it as fruit-forward and juicy, with hints of melon rind, pine, white grape juice and just a kiss of caramel.

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Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing has made two versions of its Fresh Budz IPA. (Provided by Joyride Brewing)

Fresh Budz, Joyride Brewing Company

Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing made two versions of this wet hop IPA: one with fresh Comet hops from Billy Goat Hop Farm in Montrose, and another with fresh Cascade and Chinook hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia. Prepare your tongue for tangerine, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple flavors — with just a hint of gummy bear.

10° Wet Hop Světlé Výčepní Pivo, Cohesion Brewing Co.

This is a wet hop spin on Cohesion’s standard světlé výčepní pivo (a Czech-inspired pale draft beer), made with Cascade hops from Billy Goat Hop Farm in Montrose. The hops, which Cohesion’s brewers used within 12 hours of harvest, add an extra dose of citrus and freshness to the typical honey and floral notes.

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John Way of City Star with fresh hops. (Emily Sierra, provided by City Star)

Homegrown IPA, City Star Brewing

Head north to downtown Berthoud to get your hands on City Star’s Homegrown IPA, an American IPA made from Centennial hops grown right at the brewery. The brewing team picked the hops and added them to the beer in less than an hour (2 pounds of hops per barrel of beer!), which gives this one its super-fresh, hoppy punch.

Garden of the Lost, Burns Family Artisan Ales

The soft fruit and citrus notes from the fresh Chinook hops grown at Sweet Ridge Farm in Wheat Ridge pair perfectly with the toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee notes from the four types of malted barley used to make this 6.1-percent black IPA.

Hop is My Copilot, FlyteCo Brewing, Bruz Beers and Uhl’s Brewing

Three Colorado breweries collaborated on this aptly named fresh hop hazy IPA. In late August, a contingent of brewers hopped into a single-engine airplane (built by FlyteCo’s Eric Serani and his dad), then took off for the Western Slope. They loaded the plane up with Chinook and Cascade hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia, then jetted off back to Denver to dump them into the brew kettle. This juicy, fruity, citrusy beer gives you a face full of fresh hop aroma, according to Serani.

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Comrade makes its award-winning Superdamp beer with 600 pounds of wet Chinook and Cascade hops from Billy Goat Hop Farm in Montrose and High Wire Hops in Paonia. (Provided by Comrade Brewing)

Superdamp, aka Fresh Hop Superpower IPA, Comrade Brewing

Comrade makes this award-winning beer with 600 pounds of wet Chinook and Cascade hops from Billy Goat Hop Farm in Montrose and High Wire Hops in Paonia (the fresh hop version won back-to-back Great American Beer Fest silver medals in 2014 and 2015, and the regular version won gold in 2019 and silver in 2020). With a bright, light golden color, this IPA bursts with fresh hop flavors and modest, smooth bitterness. It smells like intense grapefruit, pine, berry and tropical fruit.

Fresh Hop Juicy Bits, WeldWerks Brewing Co.

For the first time ever, WeldWerks is making a fresh hop version of its popular Juicy Bits New England-style IPA. It’s made with freshly picked Citra and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington, that were frozen within a few hours of harvest, then shipped to Greeley in a refrigerated truck.

Fresh Hop Juicy Banger IPA, Station 26 Brewing Company

Station 26 made its flagship West Coast-style IPA with fresh Cascade, Chinook and Nugget hops from Paonia’s High Wire Hops for extra brightness and added hoppy aromas.

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Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations stay on high plateau as virus’s trajectory remains uncertain

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Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain stuck at a high level and it’s not clear whether they can be expected to fall in the near future as the virus’s trajectory in the state continues to be uncertain.

Hospitalizations are essentially on a plateau, with 966 people receiving care for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon. That number has bounced between 959 and 980 since Sept. 20, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Normally, hospitalizations follow cases with a one- or two-week delay: if the number of new COVID-19 infections start to fall, hospitalizations can be expected to do the same within about 14 days. Cases in Colorado appeared to go down in the week ending Sunday, with 10,091 new infections recorded — but that data may not be complete.

Cases also had appeared to fall in the week ending Sept. 19, but late reports to the state public health department continued to come in through Monday, ultimately adding up to a small increase that week compared to the previous week.

The delayed numbers may clear up a mystery from last week: why hospitalizations remained elevated while cases appeared to fall steadily. The initial part of the decline was a mirage, and cases roughly plateaued in the first three weeks of September, with between 12,645 and 13,712 new infections recorded each week.

Talia Quandelacy, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, said it’s possible this week’s decline in cases is real, since infections are falling nationwide.

“There’s some hope that we’re starting to follow that trend,” she said.

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Five-vehicle crash on I-225 in Aurora shuts down all northbound lanes

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Five-vehicle crash on I-225 in Aurora shuts down all northbound lanes

Northbound lanes of Interstate 225 are closed at E. Alameda Avenue for a crash involving five vehicles.

The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. on northbound I-225 just south of E. 6th Avenue. Traffic headed in that direction is being diverted off the highway at Alameda.

One car rolled over, police said. Nobody was seriously injured.

Police said it may take an hour to clean up the scene.

To get around the crash, Denver7 Traffic Expert Jayson Luber recommends taking Potomac Street or Peoria Street to the west, and Abilene Street or Sable Boulevard or Chambers Road to the east.

Read the full story from our partner at thedenverchannel.com.

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Broncos Mailbag: With depth depleted, should Denver pursue Golden Tate, other veteran receivers?

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Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the season. Submit questions to Ryan here.

I am honestly stumped as to why center Lloyd Cushenberry is using such a visible silent count that is very easy to time. Him jabbing at the defensive tackle prior to every snap for a defensive end or rush linebacker would be the equivalent to a pitcher tipping his pitches. Am I wrong and do you expect that has anything to do with the pressure Denver has given up the last few games?

— Jacob, Eagle Point, Ore.

I’ll guess Jacob filed this question before Sunday’s home opener against the New York Jets. But he is right — the Broncos used the same kind of snap sequence in road wins over the Giants and Jacksonville. One of the guards would be looking back at quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who would signal him to tap Cushenberry. At that point, Cushenberry set the snap count for extending his non-snapping arm.

In that kind of environment, that’s about as much as the Broncos could do if they felt the noise was going to be an issue. It works both ways — at Broncos home games, the silent count allows for pass rushers Von Miller and Malik Reed to get ready.

As for whether it impacted the Broncos’ pass protection in Weeks 1-2, unclear.

With receiver depth being tested, is the front office regretting trading Trinity Benson away? Or still happy they flipped a practice squad player for draft capital?

— Tyler B., Nederland

They shouldn’t regret trading Benson away because he wasn’t going to be on the initial 53-man roster and thus, Detroit or another team would have been able to claim him off waivers for free.

Hindsight is 20-20 when it comes to roster management and injuries. Jerry Jeudy played all 16 games last year, but couldn’t finish this year’s opener (ankle).

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Denver native Jack O’Brien, 18, revels in “unreal” experience at Avalanche training camp

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Amid 56 colored sweaters and elite hockey biographies, Jack O’Brien stood out at Avalanche training camp.

The right-winger was the youngest player on the roster — the only one born in 2003 — and the only Denver native.

O’Brien, 18, was born into burgundy and blue. Highlands Ranch is home. He wore No. 19 growing up for the Littleton Hawks and Krivo School of Hockey in honor of Joe Sakic. He wears No. 92 for major-junior’s Portland Winterhawks in honor of Gabe Landeskog.

His dream was to play for the Avalanche, and he got that chance in last week’s rookie showcase in Arizona, where the young Avs played against peers from the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks. He also participated in all five on-ice days of training before.

“Obviously, it’s so cool playing for my hometown team. I grew up going to Avalanche games,” O’Brien said in a phone interview Sunday, a day before camp ended and he was released to prepare for his season in Portland. “It’s unreal to be out there in an Avs uniform.”

O’Brien was 7 years old when Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, the club’s longest-tenured player, was traded to Colorado early in 2011. O’Brien spent five days of on-ice camp competing against Johnson, 33, and other notable veterans he grew up idolizing.

So you can imagine what his father, Paul O’Brien, was feeling while watching his son skate at Family Sports Center.

“Surreal,” Paul said. “It’s unreal, really.”

The father made those comments before his son picked up pucks and was the last player off the ice after Saturday’s second camp session. His son can’t get enough of this camp.

“I try to stay on the ice as long as possible,” O’Brien said. “I can’t get enough being on the ice. I love it so much.”

O’Brien began playing hockey at age 5 with the Littleton Hawks, then stepped up to the Krivo School of Hockey in Littleton, run by Russian native Andrei Krivokrasov, at age 11. O’Brien and his family then moved to southern California where Jack played for the Western Selects Brick program. At age 15, Jack moved to Michigan to play for triple-A Little Ceasars in 2018-19. He then chose the major-junior route over college hockey and signed with the Winterhawks, with whom he was a 16-year-old in the 20-under Western Hockey League.

The WHL had a delayed start to last season due to COVID-19 and O’Brien signed with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (junior-A), playing 23 games before returning to Portland, where he finished the season on a six-game stint. The lack of games probably led to him not getting selected in the July NHL draft.

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Nuggets Podcast: Michael Porter Jr. gets paid, Jamal Murray speaks and more Media Day thoughts

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Nuggets Podcast: Michael Porter Jr. gets paid, Jamal Murray speaks and more Media Day thoughts

In the latest Nuggets Ink podcast, beat writer Mike Singer is joined by Kyle Fredrickson in the wake of Nuggets Media Day and the news that Michael Porter Jr. and Denver have agreed to a five-year max contract extension. Among the topics discussed:

  • Did Nuggets brass make the right call giving Porter a five-year extension that could be worth as much as $207 million. What was it that convinced them MPJ is a max contract player? What does the timing of the agreement say about the relationship between Porter and the franchise? What does this mean for the Nuggets going forward?
  • Speaking on Monday, Bol Bol appeared to embrace the idea that he needs to be a more mature, consistent player. How encouraging were his responses to questions at Media Day? Is there still hope that the third-year player can be a long-term piece of the puzzle for the Nuggets? What must happen for him to finally break through? Is the clock ticking on his time in Denver?
  • Jamal Murray spoke for the first time since tearing his ACL on April 12 at Golden State. What are the main takeaways from his comments Monday? How encouraged should Nuggets fans be in spite of there being no timeline for Murray’s return? How realistic is it to expect him to play this season?
  • The Nuggets and Singer are headed to San Diego. What is the pulse of the team with the season about to begin?

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98.3 TRY Social Dilemma: Should You Turn Off Your Spouse’s Work Email While On Vacation?

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Today’s 98.3 TRY Social Dilemma came from Kevin. It’s about work and vacations.

Hi Jaime. My wife and I were taking our first vacation in two years. She is always working and brings her work home with her every night. I was looking forward to having her all to myself. As soon as we got to the hotel, a bell goes off on my wife’s computer. She runs right over and is immediately caught up in a work e-mail . . . on vacation. I said, “this isn’t going to be a thing all weekend is it?” She said, “Sorry, it was just this one thing.” I see how many messages she always gets and knew this wasn’t just a “one thing.” So, when she was in the bathroom, I turned the work email notifications off. I knew that she needed the down time and was doing her a favor she couldn’t recognize. We proceeded to have an amazing and relaxing weekend! That first night back, she is super-pissed at me as she realizes how many e-mails she missed. She said that I am not to touch her stuff and that I sabotaged her from getting her work done. I tried to let her see that I actually saved her. Now, she is stressed like we never even took a vacation and our relationship has taken a hit. Am I the jerk she says I am for what I did? Thanks for using this as your dilemma Jaime ~ Kevin.

Wow, this is tough. I understand wanting to make sure that we have time away from work. I’m guilty of answering work emails while I’m on vacation too, but I work really hard to only check once a day. I know Kevin only wanted to help, but I don’t think he should have shut off her notifications without asking her. His intentions were good but making that decision for someone else feels wrong to me.

What do you think? Let’s help Kevin out and let me know on the TRY Facebook page.

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