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Inside Denver (Jan 31st, 2019)

It will be warm and sunny all weekend, with temperatures reaching the mid 50s during the day and dipping just below freezing at night.

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1. A bill to bolster sex education in Colorado schools advanced a House committee Wednesday night after 10 hours of debate and testimony, including comments from hundreds of angry parents. The legislation would expand instruction beyond abstinence-only (though abstinence could still be part of the curriculum) and require inclusion of more information on LGBT relationships. — DENVER POST

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2. Colorado could become the latest state to Ban the Box, as lawmakers will consider a bill to remove from job applications questions pertaining to criminal history, something that's been tried twice before in the state. Advocates contend that the rule keeps convicted felons from getting jobs, putting them more at risk for recidivism and trapping them in the prison cycle. Dozens of cities and 33 states have passed similar measures; most recently, Florida. — 9NEWS

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3. Colorado is moving toward requiring fewer emissions from cars, and the auto industry is suing to prevent it. The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association argued in a court filing that the state rushed through the process to adopt California's low-emission vehicle standards, skipping key steps. Similar efforts by car dealers in California failed; the standards were adopted in November and are being copied by 13 states and Washington, D.C. — COLORADO SUN

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4. A new report found that injuries from electric scooters are more common and severe than those from bicycling or walking. Dozens of cities had messy rollouts with the dockless scooters; Denver only recently firmed up its rules for where they could go in response to a rising number of accidents, banning them on sidewalks after months of conflict and confusion. — WASHINGTON POST

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5. If you are one of the estimated 13,000 people who were convicted of a low-level marijuana offense in Denver before weed was legalized in Colorado, a new program could help get those convictions erased from records. The aptly named Turning Over a New Leaf initiative launched this month, and there are four free clinics scheduled for February and March to help people navigate the process. — 5280

6. Colorado spent $231 million to close the gap between proficient and non-proficient young readers. It didn't work. — COLORADO SUN

7. B-Cycle is giving away 5,280 free annual passes to promote biking in the Mile High City. — DENVERITE

8. As this photo collection shows, art galleries don't have to be stuffy: Denver is home to a number of DIY and garage art spaces. — WESTWORD

9. Denver is getting its own Fringe Festival. The event, celebrating performing arts outside the mainstream, will run Sept. 20-29 in the RiNo and LoDo neighborhoods. Artists and venue submissions open Friday and will be accepted through March 31. — 303 MAGAZINE

10. Making a #$!@ rad cross-stitch at a craft-themed brewery or dance like no one is watching at a 90s Guilty Pleasures Party. Or pick one of the 21 other unique things to do in Denver this weekend. — 303 MAGAZINE

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Inside Denver is created by Shay Castle, a Boulder-based freelance journalist who has resided in/reported on the Denver metro for six years. Her work runs the gamut from investigations on state and local government to features on the World Championship of Massage (seriously). She enjoys beer, biking and maintaining a plucky Twitter account, @shayshinecastle.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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