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R.O.Y.A.L. COMMUNITY FORUM

Stay up to date with important community news and national events that are related to or have an impact on our local communities. 

FEBRUARY 2023

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Five Points continues its multi-year streak as Denver's most violent neighborhood. The Montbello, and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods that straddle Interstate 70 rank second and third. The city's urban nightlife center and public transit hub Union Station ranks fourth. Capitol Hill and Central Park (previously Stapleton) are fifth and sixth, trailed by East Colfax in the seventh spot. Most of Denver's other high violence neighborhoods are seated in the city's southwestern edge. Five neighborhoods have remained steady for violent crime: Washington Park West, Regis, Cory-Merrill, Clayton, and East Colfax. The biggest news, though, is the drop in violent-crime counts for four of the five areas among the highest in overall offers-es: Capital Hill dropped from 163 in 2021 to 157 in 2022, North Capitol Hill from 104 to 85, and the Central Business District from 185 to 131. Union Station also dropped, albeit single point, from 167 to 166. Aurora crime rates have risen tremendously due to the rise in hybrid gangs and the growing population rate. The part that most concerns the residents of Denver & Aurora is the violence effecting our youth and spilling into schools. We need the community to come together as one to combat this surge in violence. R.O.Y.A.L.

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Many Coloradans unhappy with short
juvenile jail sentences want law changed.

FEBRUARY 2023

More than 1,000 teenagers were arrested for violent crimes last year, a 40% increase over 2021. 

But the Division of Youth Services has only 215 juvenile detention beds statewide. That's led to dangerous kids being released to make room for more dangerous kids.18th Judicial district attorney John Kellner and Aurora city councilman Dustin Zvonek are pushing for a change in the juvenile system so youth offenders can begin serving more prison time to help combat major crimes that are being committed. Sometimes a slap on the wrist can mean a slap in the face to the community and the victims and families of victims of major crimes committed by juveniles. Will harsher prison sentences for juveniles help sway teens away from committing major crimes or not? What's your take ? 

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xavierdavisemail
24 feb. 2023

this is a touchy subject. i wish prison on nobody. especially a juvenile without a fully developed brain. but a the same time its scary to know a kid is willing to commit a murder based on the fact he/she knows nothing will really happen to them in court. this situation needs a balance for sure.

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THE HOLLY

FEBRUARY 2023

Terrance Roberts is a former gang leader who appears to have escaped his past. He is ten years from his days in prison, after which he returned to his historic Denver community to become an activist whose work won him awards and made him the face of a high-profile redevelopment of one of Denver’s civil rights landmarks, Holly Square. But, as the redevelopment is coming to fruition, Roberts shocks the city by shooting a young gang member—at his own peace rally. Journalist Julian Rubinstein, who grew up in Denver, begins looking into the case and finds himself caught up in a world of gang members, activists, informants, cops, and developers uneasily coexisting in a rapidly gentrifying community. Many of them are also covertly working together on a federally funded law enforcement operation. As the city’s gang violence spikes and Roberts heads to trial facing life in prison, dangerous truths about the neighborhood’s cycle of violence and what happened on the day of the peace rally are revealed. If you're from Denver and are familiar with or know a lot of indivuduals shown in the documentary then you will have your own perception of this whole ordeal. Overall, The Holly Doc shows a side of a Denver neighborhood (Park Hill) thats been plauged by gang vilence since the late 80's. The fact that some people are able to make big 'personal' profits from our young generation (in minority areas) killing one another young says a lot about the way this country is structured. This film and this situation really shows us how 'MONEY' controls almost everything.

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TERRANCE ROBERTS

JULIAN RUBINSTEIN

More Younger People Are Getting Colorectal Cancers, and Doctors Don’t Know Why

Actor Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer in 2020 brought attention to the trend

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 Larger share of people are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age and at a more dangerous stage of the disease, a report showed. Doctors aren’t sure why.

The American Cancer Society said Wednesday that about 20% of new colorectal cancer diagnoses were in patients under 55 in 2019, compared with 11% in 1995. Some 60% of new colorectal cancers in 2019 were diagnosed at advanced stages, the research and advocacy group said, compared with 52% in the mid-2000s and 57% in 1995, before screening was widespread.  Researchers aren't sure why rates among younger people are increasing. Changes in known risk factors including unhealthy diets, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity could contribute but don't fully explain the trend, oncologists said. Some think environ-
mental changes could be reshaping the make-up of microorganisms in people's bodies,
called the microbiome, putting them at risk. "I see so many young patients who live really
healthy lifestyles that get diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer," said Dr. Ng. "There
are other environmental exposures that need to be looked at." Drivers of the shift toward later-stage diagnoses also aren't clear, doctors said, but plateauing screening rates likely contribute.
Younger patients also tend to be diagnosed at later stages, in part because doctors can mis-
take symptoms such as abdominal pain, blood in the stool and unintended weight loss for
something else in those age cohorts. The ACS and a panel backed by the U.S. government in recent years have lowered their recommended threshold for screening to 45
from 50 in light of the trends.

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