How 15 Days Became 45: Trump Extends Guidelines To Slow Coronavirus

Two weeks ago, President Trump entered the White House briefing room and announced an aggressive plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Stay home for 15 days , he told Americans. Avoid groups of more than 10 people. "If everyone makes this change, or these critical changes, and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus," he said. On Sunday, the night before Day 15, Trump told the country to stick with the plan for another month, until April 30. ...

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Peak Radar Minute: Virtual Edition

Mar 28, 2020

As the local arts community adapts to the new limitations on social gathering and public space during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is pleased to introduce Peak Radar Virtual This brand new portal of the region's online cultural calendar, peakradar.com, now features multimedia, and virtual experiences from a growing list of local organizations and artists, plus DIY (do – it – yourself) home experiences to bring creativity into the living room like never before.

Peak Radar Virtual already features diverse local offerings like live music concerts, artist interviews, audio plays, museum exhibit tours, and children’s storytimes. And as more local artists and arts organizations pivot to offering their programs digitally, Peak Radar Virtual will become an increasingly large part of the cultural website’s content. Meanwhile, have fun, be safe, and please don't forget to wash your hands!

A headshot of Tatiana Bailey, director of the UCCS Economic Forum.
Tatiana Bailey

Over 3.28 million people filed for unemployment claims last week due to COVID-19, according to a new report by the Department of Labor. It's the biggest increase the department has ever seen. 

Public Information Office / Colorado Springs Police Department

After reviewing the facts surrounding the August 3, 2019 shooting of a Colorado Springs teenager, the FBI says his death was not a violation of constitutional rights.

19-year-old De’Von Bailey was shot by two Colorado Springs Police Officers following a report of a robbery. Body camera footage showed officers questioning Bailey and another man. Bailey ran away as he was about to be searched and appeared to put his hands near his waistband. He was shot three times in the back and once in the arm. Police found a gun in his shorts.

With very few people booking Airbnbs or taking Uber rides right now, millions of people in the gig economy are seeing their livelihoods abruptly upended.

Take Ed Bell, in San Francisco, who rents out his in-law suite on Airbnb. That is his main source of income — he calls it his "gig" — supplemented by "side hustles" doing consulting work.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

The state of Colorado will be under a stay-at-home order, as announced Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis. It will go into effect Thurs., March 26 at 6 a.m. and continue through April 11.

A picture of the El Paso County Department building from the outside, which houses the Human Services department.
El Paso County

Organizations providing resources for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse have had to change their practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On a recent cold and rainy morning at Zion National Park in Southern Utah, Andrew Smith and Blake Cubria throw a blue tarp on top of their tent to keep the water out. They’re in the midst of an impromptu vacation out West that began after they both lost their restaurant jobs in Chicago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ken Lund / Flickr

Colorado became the 22nd state in the nation to abolish the death penalty when Gov. Jared Polis signed the legislature's repeal into law on Monday.

The death penalty is still on the books in every other state in the Mountain West except New Mexico. But University of Colorado-Boulder sociology professor Mike Radelet thinks that could change. 

John Locher / Associated Press

A group of medical students is holding a donation drive for personal protective equipment or PPE in Colorado Springs. All donated supplies will go to El Paso County Emergency Management for distribution to local health care professionals as part of nationwide effort to redirect unused medical supplies.

David Zalubowski / AP

Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday March 23, that he had signed the bill to abolish the death penalty, and would commute the sentences of the three men on Colorado's death row to life in prison without parole.

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