Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers! And what a Wednesday, indeed. Aside from you folks in and south of the Arkansas River Valley, pretty much all of us should be seeing snow at some point today. And I woke up to one of the thickest fogs I've seen in my 32 years as a Coloradan.
Today marks the 54th anniversary of the Righteous Brothers' first hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" — one of the finest examples of producer Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" — hitting No. 1 on the charts. As much as I love the original after hearing it on KOOL105 about a million times in the 1980s and 90s (when "oldies" meant the 50s and 60s), I still can't hear it without thinking of that scene from "Top Gun."
Reminder: If you have to drive in the storm, take it very easy and have an emergency kit in your car and decent tires. I stuffed some good winter weather preparedness links in a Lookout intro last week. Now, if you're ready for the storm, let's get to the news.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- A bill advancing in the legislature would close a loophole that might have accidentally allowed campaign mailers to omit those "paid for by" messages in the months of July and August.
- Hundreds of educators and law enforcement personnel gathered in Colorado yesterday to work on school security as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shootings approaches.
- Home sales in Denver were down 15 percent in January vs. January last year, though much of the decline is due to a lack of affordable options — not a lack of demand.
- Denver Police will get renewed training in First Amendment rights after an internal investigation found two officers violated policy in detaining Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene last year.
The Big Stuff
Trump's second official State of the Union asks America "to choose greatness"
President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
President Donald Trump delivered his 2019 State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress at the Capitol last night. Major themes included immigration, North Korea and party-line criticism that analysts said made it feel as if he was campaigning for 2020. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic Party response. Full coverage:
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Worth a Read
- Follow one writer's quest to understand "the day the music died" in Clear Lake, Iowa. It's where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper spent their last evening before a plane crash silenced three of the most influential early rock'n'rollers in America. — Texas Monthly
- Burger King used archival footage of pop-art phenom Andy Warhol in its "#EatLikeAndy" Super Bowl ad, but it probably doesn't want you to know that Warhol was really a McDonald's fan. — Hyperallergic
- This article was actually published before the polar freeze gripped the Midwest last week, but it might be on to something. It says Americans could learn about dealing with the cold if they'd stop griping and look at how Canada and Sweden embrace winter. — Curbed
- “In roughly three decades, the global population will begin to decline. Once that decline begins, it will never end.” That's the conclusion of the authors of "Empty Planet," who think the belief that Earth's population will reach 11 billion by the end of this century is completely wrong. — WIRED
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