By Eric Coughlin The Detroit News Published 12:58 p.m. UTC Jun 22, 2018 Round 1 14. Denver: Michael Porter, SF, Missouri The wait is over. Porter slid down draft boards after concerns about a back injury. If he's healthy, he could have been the No. 1 overall pick with elite offensive skill. 13. L.A. Clippers: Jerome Robinson, SG, Boston College The high-scoring Robinson had a great season at Boston College. His lateral quickness is suspect, but he's an excellent pull-up shooter. 12. L.A. Clippers: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State Drafting for Charlotte, the Clippers took the former Michigan State forward with the Pistons' pick. Bridges had two highly productive years at Michigan State and could have turned pro after the first. His greatest NBA asset is his ability to guard multiple positions. Bridges has great strength for being 6-foot-6, and he was known at Michigan State for monstrous dunks and clutch play, albeit without much postseason success. He won’t … [Read more...] about Live updates: Porter drafted No. 14 by Denver
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Question: Should Rockies give up on 2018 and start playing for next year? Kiz: Well that escalated quickly. Not to go all Ron Burgundy on the Rockies, but they went from first place to a very dark place faster than you can say: June swoon. What the heck happened? Well, we all know. The bullpen imploded and Jon Gray cannot get out of his own way. I’m afraid the only sweet noise the Rockies will make the remainder of this season will be at the Fourth of July fireworks show. Saunders: Kiz, I’m afraid you might be right, but I can’t wave the white flag, not just yet. Being the selfish beat writer that I am, I’m hanging on to the hope that the Rockies will play “meaningful games in September,” whatever that means. What’s so confounding about this team is that now that the lineup has become dangerous, the bullpen has become a combustible mess. One small spark of adversity and the Rockies’ chances go up in flames. The relievers’ ERA over … [Read more...] about Kiszla vs. Saunders: Should the Rockies give up on 2018 and start playing for next year?
<>Melany Austad, middle, Macey Moyer, left, and Kaylee Flaherty, right, all of whom work for Target, wave rainbow flags as they take part in the 42nd annual PrideFest Parade on June 18, 2017 in Denver. Denver PrideFest is Colorado’s largest regional celebration of LGBT Pride. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post) The biggest weekend for Denver’s LGBTQ community is here. PrideFest is set for Saturday and Sunday and has an array of events and shows to check out. But as always, there are a bunch of other Pride events around the city, ranging from crosswalk strut-offs to dance parties (and at least one without booze). Don’t know what to check out? We’ve got a crash course. So play some Troye Sivan or Hayley Kiyoko, put on your best Pride look and hop in a rideshare to one of these Pride parties this weekend. Friday Although PrideFest doesn’t officially kick off until Saturday, several places are starting early. Drag queens will be strutting … [Read more...] about Your guide to Denver PrideFest: 13 events to dance, party and sashay the weekend away
There’s less than a month to go until recreational marijuana sales become legal in Massachusetts. More than 18 months since the state voted to legalize weed, residents and officials are approaching the long-awaited July 1 date that licensed shops can begin opening with varying levels of apprehension, excitement, and uncertainty. Fortunately, it isn’t completely uncharted territory. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock initially opposed Colorado’s 2012 voter referendum to legalize recreational marijuana. But after the measure passed, he came to grips with the fact that he’d have to lead his city through the transition. Now, he’s leading a group of mayors who are asking the federal government to loosen its restrictive approach to the drug, too. “Those of us who did not support the proposition at the ballot were like, ‘The sky is going to fall. We’re going to have kids using marijuana. We’re going to have crime all over our … [Read more...] about What changes should Boston expect from legal recreational marijuana? Just ask Denver.
The thinking behind Denver’s expansive parks system already is evolving — the newest parks are more likely to include areas with natural vegetation, more places are being converted to cater to niche sports such as disc golf, and lately dog parks have become among the most coveted offerings. A new city report that’s part of a drive to set the course for Denver Parks and Recreation for the next 15 to 20 years says such adaptations must accelerate as the parks system contends with several emerging challenges. Chief among them are a rapidly growing population with changing expectations and health needs, climate changes that will impose new environmental stresses on the landscape, and limited budgets and resources that could strain all of those efforts. Those findings are contained in an “Existing Conditions Report” unveiled by city parks officials Friday. Over the course of 144 pages, the report takes stock of the Denver Parks and Recreation system, … [Read more...] about Denver’s population is surging. Its summers are getting hotter. How will the city’s parks system adapt?