- An RTD bus became slightly stuck in a small sinkhole in Boulder this week, but you would have thought the consequences were catastrophic based on 9News’ click-baity tweets about the issue: “A bus was swallowed up by a sinkhole” and “Bus engulfed by sinkhole.”
- The City of Aurora fired police chief Vanessa Wilson, raising concerns in the community that the dysfunction that she inherited in the department will continue or even get worse.
- Deranged-billionaire-mad-scientist-frenemy Elon Musk has acquired a 9.2% stake in Twitter and joined its board, assuring future headaches for the leaders of the social media platform.
- Attorneys General in six states have sent a letter to the NFL expressing “grave concerns” about the way female employees are being treated.
- A bill in Tennessee would eliminate a minimum age requirement for marriage, which is presumably an unintended consequence but it is Tennessee, so who knows?
- Four members of the Secret Service have been put on leave following the FBI’s arrest of two men now charged with impersonating federal law enforcement in a scheme to get closer to the Secret Service detail protecting First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
- A study has found that Instagram “systemically fails” to protect high-profile women from abuse.
- In a move that is being described by some as a “blame-the-victim” approach, The New York Times is encouraging reporters to “step away” from Twitter to avoid online abuse.
So, who won the week?
- Lydia Prado of the nonprofit Lifespan Local was named the 9News Leader of the Year.
- The Colorado Rockies may be an inept dumpster fire that owns fourth place in our five-team division, but one day a year optimism reigns: Opening Day. Everyone is a Rockies fan today.
- If you are a fan of road rage, good news! A new state law that allows bicyclists to roll through stop signs will no doubt further anger a subset of drivers convinced that bikes are the root of all road evils.