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Monday, December 1,2014

Deadly Force, in Black and White

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

By Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara/ProPublica (Hannah Birch and David Sleight/ProPublica)
One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.
Wednesday, November 26,2014

More than just along for the ride

Program to drive veterans to medical appointments seeing continued growth

By Elizabeth Miller
S ometimes, they trade war stories — from Vietnam, Guadalcanal, Korea, Japan. Sometimes, they just sit in the silence. Once, they sang. When Gary Jones opens his car door to drive veterans t
Wednesday, November 26,2014

A gypsy in the snow

A wounded dog in Manitoba, Canada finds a new lease on life and a new home on the Front Range

By Caitlin Rockett
Dusk was falling on the tiny town of Churchill, Manitoba. It was the first day of November, and a 15-passenger van was trundling along the outskirts of town. The van was carrying a group of adventure
Wednesday, November 26,2014

From tough campo dog to sweetheart companion

Panamanian dog gets life far from the streets

By Elizabeth Miller
For two years, while Alex Masarie worked in the Peace Corps in San Juanito, Panama, developing clean water sources for the town of 220 people, he fed one of the many dogs running around the town. Carm
Thursday, November 20,2014

Oops, we forgot to study that

U.S. nonprofits file suit against Food and Drug Administration over ractopamine in our meat

By Caitlin Rockett
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is no stranger to allegations of under-regulation, but among recent criticisms is the agency’s repeated approval of a series of veterinary drugs based on ractopamine, a growth-producing supplement that has U.S. nonprofits filing lawsuits against the agency.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Fact to fiction

A twisted tale of how good research became bad information

By Elizabeth Miller
That choice seems to have bred confusion. “There were quite a few news outlets that missed the distinction that we were trying to make about it being one class of chemicals — it’s an important class of chemicals, but it’s not all the chemicals, and...
Thursday, November 13,2014

Commissioners flooded with requests for fracking moratorium extension

By Elizabeth Miller
At the hearing called by Boulder County Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 10 in Longmont, public support for a further extension of the county’s moratorium on fracking was relentless, with most commenters requesting at least a three-and-a-half-year extension.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Less talk, more action

The Colorado Climate Summit moves past the conversation about climate change and toward solving the problem

By Caitlin Rockett
A little more than two years ago, Castellino decided he needed to take action to save the natural beauty that has inspired him throughout his life. On Nov. 15 and 16, the result of Castellino’s decision will culminate in the Colorado Climate Summit, a conference that Castellino says will move attendees past the conversation about the global climate crisis and toward solving the problem.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Ask me how to make an impact

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hands out awards to exceptional activists and organizers

By Matt Cortina
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hands out awards to exceptional activists and organizers.
Thursday, November 13,2014

What the world needs now is words

Five student poets, chosen as the nation’s best, find poetry can heal wounds and unravel a tangled existence

By Elizabeth Miller
Madeleine LeCesne, from New Orleans, La., says, “Every poem that I write is a kind of wish to be understood by someone. I just want someone to look into my mind and say, ‘I get it, I understand you.’ And to kind of, in a way, feel needed. I needed to read that poem because it made me understand something about myself that I didn’t know before.
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