Statetap: Native American mascot bill passes House

Fair Play

The Colorado House passed a bill that would force public schools with American Indian mascots to get approval from the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, reports Lynn Bartels of The Denver Post. She cites Elicia Goodsoldier, one of the commissioners: “The Native American youth are dying by suicide at a rate of 400 percent greater than the national average. A lot of it has to do with racism. It exists.” The bill will likely be killed by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Savage Story

In a separate story, Bartels wrote a nuanced profile about how the bill might impact the town of Lamar, whose team the Savages would be likely cut but the Commission.

Fast and Furious

Summertime street races have begun, and Colorado police are cracking down, reports Noelle Phillips of The Denver Post. Sunday nights proves to be a particularly hot nights for DIY races. “We are very concerned about people getting killed or being killed,” Deborah Sherman of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said to Phillips.

Black Box

Air Force Academy freshman Phillip Hendrix IV was court-martialed for sexually assaulting a peer. But his alleged victim refused to testify at trial, weakening the chance his case will go to court. Hendrix is one of two cadets accused of sexual assault last week, reports The Gazette.

No Show

Emily Cohen, the lawyer who scammed immigrant families out of tens of thousands of dollars, failed to show up to court for sentencing for the second time this month. This time, she checked into a medical facility, reports Mitchell Byars of The Daily Camera. So, now she has an arrest warrant on her head.

Pot Shot

Post-traumatic stress disorder may be the first mental health ailment added to the list of reasons a medical doctor can prescribe marijuana. “We don’t want people to suffer as a result of not being able to access (the registry) honestly,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk told the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

 

 

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