Morning Headlines: Janicki Pleads Guilty, Boulder's Still Happy, Biden's Denver Stopover, and More

May 10 2011, 10:30 AM

Case Closed: Victims' parents are expressing relief that ex-teacher's aide Benjamin Janicki has pleaded guilty to sexual assault and now faces between 20 and 40 years in prison (Denver Post). A chilling story in 5280's March issue detailed the now 19-year-old Janicki's pattern of abuse at a Park Hill daycare.

Still Smiling: "If happiness is a state of mind, then Boulder is its capitol," says CBS News in an eight-minute segment that hammers home last year's pronouncement that Boulder is the happiest city in the country. The spot features Boulder resident Dave Query, owner of Happy, fly-fishing before work.

The Race for 2012: Vice President Joe Biden and 2008 campaign guru David Plouffe are slated to attend a private fund-raiser for President Barack Obama's reelection bid at the Denver Athletic Club on May 20—likely to be the first of many in Colorado (KWGN). 

DU Lacrosse Making History: The University of Denver men's lacrosse team will make history this weekend when it hosts the school's first NCAA playoff game (9News).

The Springs Doesn't Want Your Traffic Fine Money: Contrary to public opinion, the city of Colorado Springs isn't ramping up traffic enforcement from its motorcycle unit to make more money. That perception was so pervasive that the city's police chief had to issue a statement rebuking it (C0lorado Springs Independent).

Must Have Been a Wild One: The party crowd in Boulder has never claimed to be the smartest in the world, but one guy last weekend may have set a new bar for idiocy. Boulder police pulled over the 23-year-old Golden man after an officer spotted him driving with an office chair embedded in his front bumper (Daily Camera).