On Monday, July 15, Mayor Michael Hancock will be inaugurated for a third term after one of the nastiest elections in decades; five new members of Denver City Council will also be sworn in, thanks to the electorate's frustrated rejection of three prominent incumbents, including Albus Brooks, widely seen as Hancock's mayoral heir apparent.So what is the city obsessed with right now? Geese.Yes, geese — specifically the decision by the folks at Denver Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture, to deal with an overpopulation of Canadian geese in city parks (and the abundance of feces they produce) by reducing the flock and donating the meat to the needy.The angry response in some quarters to the culling, including a rally against goose-slaying at Washington Park this past weekend, has been prototypically Denver.Given the Mile High City's love of a good hamburger, a strong reaction to the idea of turning animals into food might seem … [Read more...] about Things Denver Should Care About More Than F*cking Geese
David H. got to Sonny Lawson Park right at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning because he knew it was a big day. Homeless since his wife died of cancer in 2001, David has roamed around since then, staying at various shelters all over California and Colorado. But on Saturday, David, who wouldn’t give his last name, knew exactly where he wanted to be. For a full day, the downtown park was transformed into a Day of Dignity, an event for more than 500 homeless and the working poor to access free food, music, medical screenings, clothing and other essential items. The annual campaign is organized in cities around the country by Islamic Relief USA, a Virginia-based nonprofit humanitarian organization. Started in 2002, the Day of Dignity is now hosted annually in 16 cities, helping more than 20,000 people from Buffalo to Denver. “Poverty has existed for a long time, and it still exists despite what you hear about the economy booming,” said Syed M. Hassan, spokesperson for Islamic … [Read more...] about Day of Dignity: National campaign provides basic goods for hundreds of Denver’s homeless
Ten years ago, investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings filed what would become the country’s largest and most complex bankruptcy. Its default on $613 billion in debt sent shockwaves across the global economy, ushered in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and disrupted millions of lives. Most people have moved on since what became known as the Great Recession, but not Denver attorney Chris Carrington. Carrington has spent much of his career since 2009 tracking down and deposing hundreds of borrowers who submitted falsified loan applications. More recently, he has been hunting down the mortgage brokers and originators behind those bogus loan applications. A dry erase board in Carrington’s office shows the web of subterfuge and complex entities some loan brokers have used to hide their tracks. “What I kept seeing over and over again is how greed manifests itself,” he said. “There was an unprecedented amount of fraud.” It … [Read more...] about “Unprecedented amount of fraud”: Decade after Great Recession, Denver attorney still cleaning up Lehman mortgage mess.
Refresh this page for the latest news and notes before, during and after Broncos practice Friday, Sept. 14, from Denver Post beat reporters Ryan O’Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson. 9:30 — Have rule changes hurt Broncos’ tackling effort? Caught up with Broncos defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson after practice on Thursday. Among the topics covered was tackling. The Broncos missed seven tackles in the first half of last week’s win over Seattle. I asked Robertson, who played 12 NFL seasons, if it’s natural for tackling to be sloppy because of the practice rules and managing the starters during the preseason. “The game is a little bit different (now),” he said. “When I played, we had two-a-day practices in pads so we were always tackling and had pads on. If you had a day in shorts and shoulder pads, that was a good day. I’m quite sure the tackling has been a little sloppy across the league. But it doesn’t matter — when … [Read more...] about Broncos tracker: Denver defense aims for improved tackling against Raiders
Health Denver Zoo has welcomed one of the rarest animals in the world to its collection. But with his thin, gray hair; marble-like googly eyes; and skeletal claws, is Tonks the aye-aye lemur also one of the world's ugliest? Tonks was born to mom Bellatrix and dad Smeagol—named after the bug-eyed Lord of the Rings character —on August 8. The newborn is among the most endangered animals in the world. There are now only 24 in seven zoos in the U.S, including Tonks and his parents. Native to remote parts of Madagascar, experts don’t know how many aye-ayes live in the wild. Keepers at the zoo gave Tonks a clean bill of health when he was born. But he was taken into special care by zoo staff after Bellatrix did not show the expected mothering behaviors towards her newborn, explained Becky Sturges, lead primate keeper. Recommended Slideshows 51 50 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Unhealthy 51 50 Facts About the Human Body You Probably … [Read more...] about Ugliest Animal Ever? Denver Zoo’s Newborn Endangered Aye-aye Lemur Prompts Debate