Colorado College alum Jeremy Brooks ’18 died in a plane crash in Russia at 22 years old. He was on his way to work as a fly-fishing guide with the Ponoi River Company. Forty-one people died in the crash. (CNN)

• President Jill Tiefenthaler released a progress report on the external racism review. It included the hiring of new positions to facilitate diversity, $100 million for financial aid with 20 million toward students from Colorado, curriculum development and anti-racism training grants for faculty addressing issues of equity, power, inequality, and diverse experiences, a new student advising hub, and a college access program for local youth. (Colorado College)

  Llamapalooza is this coming weekend. Rapper and producer Leikeli 47, known for her hip-hop and afro-electro empowerment anthems, is the headliner. (Llama Planning Committee)



  The Gazette Colorado Politics staff won 63 state journalism awards. (Gazette)

  Police found at least 10 vehicles that had been broken into on May 8 near the Rosemont. (Gazette)

  Two Colorado wildlife officers were bitten by a mountain lion after tranquilizing it. (KKTV11)

•…A Colorado Springs middle school banned phones for the coming school year. (KKTV11)

  Governor Jared Polis held a town hall in the Springs last week. All was calm until a D2 school safety officer violently dragged a protester along a row of seats. The safety officer was fired. (CSIndy)



  On May 7, two shooters suspected to be students killed one of their classmates and injured eight others during class at a Denver-area charter school. (CNN)

• Colorado Senator Michael Bennet announced he is running for president, joining former Colorado Governor Hickenlooper. (Fox News)

  Colorado banned animal abusers from owning pets. (The Hill)

  Automatic Voter Registration passed the House and is headed to the Governor for his signature. (Secretary of State Jena Griswold)

    Governor Polis signed a bill eliminating cash bail for minor offenses. (DenPo)



  A New York Times investigation found that for nine years straight, Donald Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer. (NYT)

  Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, effectively banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy. Most women are unaware they are even pregnant at such an early stage. (NYT)

  Six people, four of whom were children, died in a fire in a New York City-owned building. (NYT)

  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed a new kind of plastic polymer that can be recycled endlessly. (ScienceAlert)



  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented their two-day-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the world for the first time on Wednesday. (NYT)

  Violence broke out in Gaza and Israel. At least 22 people in Gaza are dead, including a pregnant woman and a 4-month-old. One person in Israel is dead. A ceasefire was called on May 6. (NYT)

  Iran partially withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal. (Al Jazeera)

  Taliban attackers bombed a Virginia-based non-profit in Kabul. (WashPo)

  Former billionaire John Kapoor was found guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe addictive painkillers, often to patients who didn’t need them. (BBC)

  Uber and Lyft drivers all over the world went on strike on May 8, as Uber prepares to go public. (CNN)

Up to a million of Earth’s estimated eight million species face extinction, many of them within decades, according to a UN report on biodiversity due out Monday. (Axios)

Washington State University researchers developed an environmentally-friendly, plant-based material that works better than Styrofoam for insulation. (PhysOrg)

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