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For generations, Black people have said they are more likely to be tackled, punched, shocked or shot than white people. Since police protests erupted in Colorado in late May, their complaints have gotten louder and received, rightly, renewed attention.

Today, we look at the data for Aurora and Denver, and, yes, Black people in both cities disproportionately suffer from police force. Neither police department could explain why, and policing experts agree it’s difficult to analyze the data and measure police officers’ racial bias. Still, we need to know what the numbers say to begin addressing the problem. Reporter Elise Schmelzer starts the conversation with this story. Thanks for subscribing.

— Noelle Phillips, breaking news editor

“When does a Black face get the same equality?” Aurora, Denver police use force against Black people at higher rates than other races

“Not what I signed up for”: COVID-19 has Colorado teachers considering quitting

Boulder social studies teacher Peter Kingsley always thought he would leave education when he was ready. But, as Tiney Ricciardi reports, Kingsley is one of many teachers who feel like the ongoing pandemic is forcing them to choose between their life and their livelihood.

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Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off?

Recent projections that Colorado could run out of hospital beds as early as September appear unlikely to come true, as new coronavirus infections slowed after a rapid increase in mid-July. As Meg Wingerter reports, experts point to at least three factors to explain why projections haven’t hit the mark.

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Deaths from heart disease, overdoses increased in Colorado during pandemic, data show

More Coloradans died from heart disease, overdoses and other medical conditions than would be expected during the early months of the pandemic as total fatalities rose by an estimated 22% across the state, according to data analyzed by The Denver Post. Jessica Seaman has the full story.

Despite recession, metro Denver home sales and prices set record in July

Ignoring both the pandemic and a dismal economy, buyers in metro Denver closed on a record number of homes and condos in July, driving sales prices to record highs, according to the latest Market Trends Report from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. Reporter Aldo Svaldi delves into the various market forces at work.

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Denver airport’s terminal renovation is running low on cash, putting key upgrades at risk

Denver International Airport’s marquee terminal renovation is headed for a severe budget crunch that threatens to leave core components of the project — including new upper-level security screening areas — unfinished or significantly curtailed, according to emails obtained exclusively by The Denver Post. Reporter Jon Murray has the full story.

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+ One in three are struggling to eat in Colorado: “It would be impossible without the food banks”

+ I-70 expansion at two years: Mounting delays on Denver project push back big milestones

+ “It was done wrong”: Aurora police chief explains mistakes that led to officers handcuffing children

+ For first time in eight years, 100% of Colorado is under drought or abnormally dry conditions

+ Denver police suspect arson in fire that killed three adults, two children in Green Valley Ranch home

+ Sewer pipes carrying dirty water will be a key part of National Western Center’s clean energy future

+ Speer neighborhood condo building is the latest front in Denver’s historic preservation tug of war

+ Denver comic Sam Tallent’s debut novel, “Running the Light,” confronts stand-up industry’s demons

+ Litter, graffiti and vandalism are increasing at state parks, national forests across Colorado

+ How to create a bee-friendly garden in Denver to support Colorado’s more than 900 native species

+ Kiszla: How death of Kobe Bryant changed Broncos linebacker Von Miller as football player and man

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