Afternoon Headlines May 30, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has again delayed a possible hearing of a case involving a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The case was excluded from an order list that was released by the high court today. This is the 9th time that the justices have postponed a decision on the petition by Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips.

The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear the case last year. In 2012 cakeshop owner Jack Phillips declined to make a wedding cake for a same sex couples citing his religious beliefs. The couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, said the practice was discriminatory, and both the Colorado Court of Appeals and the state’s Civil Rights Commission ruled in their favor.

Phillips appealed his case to the Supreme Court, which has delayed hearing the petition. The Supreme Court could however decide as soon as next month whether it does want to hear the case.



The Boulder Planning Board will vote tonight on the Attention Homes expansion proposal to house chronically homeless young adults in downtown Boulder.

Under consideration is a proposed three-story building at 1440 Pine St. in downtown Boulder on land that is currently a parking lot, that would be donated by First United Methodist Church.

The church owns the entire block and other buildings that are currently there, including Lucile’s Creole Café and the current Out Boulder County headquarters, would be land marked as a condition of project approval.
If approved, the new 31,000 square feet building would contain, 40 apartments for chronically homeless people between the ages of 18 and 24.

The building would also contain a “grab-and-go” café that would employ some of the youth residents.
There has been a series of community meetings on the proposal over the past year and a half. The most recent on May 18, brought over 100 members of the community to the meeting, speaking in favor and against the proposal. The board was set to vote on the issue at that time, but due to the lateness of the hour, postponed the vote to this evening.



The Denver Post announced last night that sports reporter Terry Frei is “no longer an employee,” after tweeting a “disrespectful and unacceptable tweet,” about the Indy 500 winner.

On Sunday, Japanese driver Takuma Sato became the first racer from an Asian country to win the race.
Frei tweeted that “Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”

An online backlash ensued with Twitter users calling Frei’s Tweet racist. He subsequently deleted the message and apologize and referenced his father who had flown unarmed missions over Japan in World War II.
In a statement released last night the Denver Post said that the tweet doesn’t represent what the paper believes in nor what it stands for.




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