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DPS to ask voters in November to approve $827 million toward wide-ranging measures

Denver Public Schools will ask voters in November to approve a $795 million bond proposal to build and maintain schools, along with a $32 million ballot initiative that includes mental health, nursing and special education funding.

The Denver Public Schools board voted unanimously Thursday to place the bond and mill levy proposals on the November ballot, according to a news release.

A citizens’ committee of 75 community members, teachers, parents and students met over the course of five months and presented a final set of recommendations in June.

The ballot initiative, entitled “Debt Free Schools,” proposes a $15 million allocation for DPS employees, including an increase in minimum wage to $14.77 per hour and cost-of-living increases for teachers. Mental health services would receive $3 million, nursing $4 million and special education $2 million.

The bond measure proposal includes $208 million to update and maintain existing DPS facilities. It also includes

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US surpasses 5 million confirmed cases; Pelosi calls Trump executive order, other measures ‘constitutional slop’

President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally act on the pandemic-driven recession by with executive orders drew scalding criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday as the U.S. reached another historic milestone by surpassing 5 million cases.

The U.S. home to about one-quarter of cases reported worldwide. And our numbers continue to roar higher: More than 56,000 new U.S. cases were reported Sunday, with more than 1,000 deaths. More than 162,000 Americans have died in little more than six months.

All this as the world neared 20 million cases, a number experts widely believe is underreported due to insufficient testing. 

Trump, unable to cut a deal with Congress on a new $1 trillion stimulus package, signed an executive order and issued three memorandums Saturday. One would provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans. Pelosi dismissed the package as an “illusion” and “constitutional slop.”

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Group of Pac-12 players to demand safety measures from conference; boycott is a possibility

A group of Pac-12 football players was preparing Saturday to issue a list of demands to conference officials centering on safety protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Ralph Freso / Associated Press)</span>
A group of Pac-12 football players was preparing Saturday to issue a list of demands to conference officials centering on safety protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ralph Freso / Associated Press)

A group of Pac-12 Conference football players was preparing Saturday to issue a list of demands to conference officials centering on safety protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some players willing to sit out practices and games if their ultimatum was not satisfied.

One UCLA player who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic said roughly 20 Bruins players participated in a group chat involving counterparts from every Pac-12 school to talk about what they wanted from the conference. The players’ demands were first reported by ESPN.

The focus of the chat was protecting players from the novel coronavirus that has resulted in a delayed, shortened 10-game

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Group of Pac-12 players to demand safety measures from conference, boycott is a possibility

A group of Pac-12 football players was preparing Saturday to issue a list of demands to conference officials centering on safety protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Ralph Freso / Associated Press)</span>
A group of Pac-12 football players was preparing Saturday to issue a list of demands to conference officials centering on safety protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ralph Freso / Associated Press)

A group of Pac-12 Conference football players was preparing Saturday to issue a list of demands to conference officials centering on safety protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some players willing to sit out practices and games if their ultimatum was not satisfied.

One UCLA player who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic said roughly 20 Bruins players participated in a group chat involving counterparts from every Pac-12 school to talk about what they wanted from the conference. The players’ demands were first reported by ESPN.

The focus of the chat was protecting players from the novel coronavirus that has resulted in a delayed, shortened 10-game

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