Today: A water-logged Colorado, Pope accepts gays, picketing at DIA
1. Rain dissipating, but still lingering Monday
The rain storms that pounded the state are slowly on their way out Monday — the operative word being slowly. While it is not expected to rain as heavily or be nearly as cold Monday, scattered thunderstorms remain in the forecast and high temperatures are not expected to creep much higher than 80 degrees.
Those 90-degree temperatures we’ve grown accustomed to this summer are expected to return by Wednesday.
2. Mandatory evacuations due to flooding in Larimer County lifted
Residents on Falls Creek Drive in Larimer County felt the weekend’s pounding rains the hardest, as mandatory evacuation orders were issued for the area on Sunday evening due to flooding of the Poudre River. As of Monday morning, all of those evacuations had been lifted.
3. Water main break closes Sheridan in west Denver
Parts of the state were even suffering from man-made water Monday morning, as a 12-inch water main break completely shut down three blocks of Sheridan Boulevard, closing the major roadway for morning commuters. The area may be closed for the evening commute as well. Click here for the latest updates.
4. Fort Collins Mormons, Catholics urged to be on lookout
Several churches in the Fort Collins area were on guard Sunday after a self-proclaimed “Islamist jihadist” threatened that they would be “destroyed,” Fort Collins police said. Find out which churches were specifically threatened and get a detailed description of the suspect police are still trying to track down as of Monday morning.
5. Pope shifts rhetoric on gays, asks ‘Who am I to judge?’
Pope Francis said Monday that he will not “judge” gays and lesbians – including gay priests. It’s a huge shift from his predecessor, who sought to bar men with “homosexual tendencies” from the priesthood. Click here to read the Pope’s surprising comments in their entirety.
6. United Airlines employees picketing at DIA
In order to save money, United Airlines is looking into outsourcing more jobs. The company has already laid off hundreds across the country this year, and employees in Denver fear they may be next. For that reasons, a group of United Employees will be picketing at DIA until 5 p.m. Monday.
7. Peyton Manning is fine, Broncos offensive line isn’t
As the Denver Broncos took part in their first full pads practice over the weekend, two Broncos reportedly fell victim to injury. One report turned out to be true: Center Dan Koppen actually tore his ACL and is out for the year. One report was not: Contrary to internet reports, Peyton Manning didn’t break both legs in a car accident.
8. String of ATM burglaries reported in Colorado Springs
A man attempted to rob a female at a Colorado Springs Wells Fargo drive-up ATM around 11 p.m. Saturday, police said. It’s the fifth attempted ATM robbery in the past few weeks, according to police, who are urging ATM-goers to be vigilant.
9. Deadly issues with transportation worldwide
The driver of the Spanish train that flew off the tracks has been charged with 79 counts of homicide — one for each of his passengers who died in the wreck.
Unfortunately, there will likely be more investigations into several other worldwide transport-related deaths over the weekend, including a bus crash that killed 38 in Italy, another bus crash that killed three in Indianapolis, a boating accident on New York’s Hudson River that killed a bride-to-be and a best man and another boating accident that killed a woman on Colorado’s Reudi Reservoir in Eagle.
10. How do we love thee, Colorado? A viral video counts the ways
Why do you live in Colorado? Local videography and production company Air Ball Creative tried to sum up some of the best reasons in a short film, “Breathless.” Click here to watch the impressively-comprehensive four-minute trip around the Centennial State.AlertMe