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The accounting is still underway, but authorities believe more than a third of the nation’s coronavirus deaths can be traced to senior-care facilities.

As the state locked down to prevent the virus’ spread, so did nursing homes, hoping to prevent it from ever entering and attacking the vulnerable people inside.

Our question was what was happening behind those closed doors?

Reporters Jon Murray and David Migoya set out to tell that story, contacting multiple nursing homes and asking them to give us access to their staff and talk frankly about the enormous challenges they faced.

Fairacres Manor and its manager, Vivage Senior Living, agreed, in part because they are local so they knew The Denver Post and had trust in our work.

That decision was an important first step, but this story could not have happened without the families who also trusted us to share their experiences. We thank them for that.

Fairacres is a highly rated establishment hit hard by the pandemic. Our goal wasn’t to write a “gotcha” story. Instead, we hope you finish this project, which we are making available only to subscribers, with a better understanding of those who lived through this crisis, and its impact on their lives and their loved ones.

As always, thank you for supporting The Denver Post and journalism like this.

— Lee Ann Colacioppo, editor

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Amid pandemic-induced budget cuts, Colorado law enforcement begin to implement sweeping police reform

Protesters demanded changes to policing. State lawmakers ordered it. Now Colorado law enforcement must implement the sweeping changes amid a global pandemic that has crippled budgets while also quelling fears among rank-and-file officers about their new liability.

And there are deadlines for getting it done. Read more about Colorado’s new police reform law from Elise Schmelzer…

How Colorado found the political will to pass a sweeping police reform law in just 16 days

By the time gunshots rang out near the State Capitol in the early evening on May 28, most Colorado state lawmakers already had left for the day. But none of them would mistake the change in the air outside in the days ahead.

Those shots injured no one — and may have been fired from outside the crowd, onlookers said — but their sound sent many scrambling around and into the Capitol. Among them was state Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat who chairs the state’s Black Democratic Legislative Caucus.

As the increasingly volatile situation played out that night, it deepened a drive in Herod, and soon others, to respond to the pain and outrage being expressed by those early demonstrators. The result was a sweeping police accountability measure written and passed at a near-record pace, drawing once-unthinkable support, and signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis on Friday morning. Read more from Alex Burness and Saja Hindi…

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The future of Stapleton: How a neighborhood changes its name

Last Sunday, in the wake of landmark protests against systemic racism and police brutality in Denver and across the country, Stapleton’s neighborhood delegates announced they would support changing the name, setting in motion a series of votes and discussions about what the new name should be and how it should be decided. The Stapleton family says they support the change, as does Mayor Michael Hancock and the neighborhood’s developers.

The historic announcement has elicited cheers and celebration, but also frustration and anger over the process. Read more from Sam Tabachnik… 

Colorado Dreamers respond after U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump’s decision to end DACA

The Supreme Court blocked President’s Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, prompting young Colorado immigrants to celebrate but worry about the challenges ahead. Read more from Elizabeth Hernandez…

Can I take a summer vacation during the pandemic? Here are a few things to consider.

Summer has unofficially arrived, and after recent stay-at-home orders, many Coloradans are ready for — and in much need of — a vacation. But not so fast.

While states, including Colorado, are beginning to reopen restaurants and parks, public health officials are encouraging Coloradans to turn their summer holidays into staycations. And when a person does go out, public health experts said, they should enjoy the outdoors and minimize their exposure to others.

Here are a few things to consider before you book a vacation…

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+ Entrepreneur picks Juneteenth, “day of celebration, freedom,” to launch new faith-based tech venture

+ RTD faces new budget crisis that jeopardizes plan to restore service

+ Polis announces new “protect your neighbor” phase that would allow large events in some counties

+ Customers turn out for reopening of Cripple Creek casinos; Black Hawk, Central City ready to welcome back public

+ Denver bars and restaurants with expanded summer patios — The Know

+ Alcohol takeout, delivery will continue in Colorado for another year

+ Working from home: The pros, cons and potential pitfalls of it becoming permanent

+ John Hickenlooper dominates Senate fundraising, but Andrew Romanoff reports his best haul

+ U.S. Senate passes major public lands bill backed by Colorado senators

+ Kenneth Felts came out as gay at age 90 — and he’s only just getting started — The Know

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