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Thursday, May 16,2013

Tempest under a teacup

City unearths contamination at teahouse site

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
Something unsightly has gotten a bit too close to one of Boulder’s crown jewels. An environmental contractor hired to deal with possibly hazardous materials from an old gasification plant near the Dushanbe Teahouse downtown has confirmed the need to clean up contamination at the site.
Thursday, May 16,2013

1770 13th St.: A history of contamination, and an odd land-use decision

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer
1770 13th St. wasn’t always a center of Boulder culture. For more than 50 years it was home to a towngas manufacturing plant that appears to have left behind a serious mess in the form of soil and groundwater contamination, contamination that is proving to be quite a challenge to clean up, mostly because the City of Boulder built a plaza and a teahouse right on top of it even after it knew the subsurface contamination was an issue.
Thursday, May 9,2013

Encana withdraws motion to dismiss farmer’s case

By Elizabeth Miller
Encana Oil & Gas Inc. has withdrawn its motion to dismiss a case filed by Rod Brueske that challenges the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s handling of an alleged violation at an Encana well near his house.
Thursday, May 9,2013

Jail dismisses more claims of inmate abuse

By Jefferson Dodge
An internal affairs investigation has cleared one officer accused of using a Taser to stun an inmate on his bare buttocks and genitals, and jail administrators are denying that two inmates were kept naked in a one-person cell for five days without a functioning toilet.
Thursday, May 2,2013

Award-winning South African fractivist tours Boulder County

By Jefferson Dodge
A prominent anti-fracking activist from South Africa was in Boulder County this week as part of a national tour of the areas most affected by hydraulic fracturing and other oil/gas operations.
Thursday, May 2,2013

Longmont-area farmer struggles to access evidence for oil & gas fine hearing

By Elizabeth Miller
As Brueske works to prove his claim, he says, he’s running up against roadblocks from the state that he argues may prevent him from successfully making that case, including being denied access to the documents showing the state’s calculations for Encana’s settlement fine.
Thursday, April 25,2013

CU: New industry group not a threat to academic freedom

By Jefferson Dodge
University of Colorado leaders say that a recently announced push for more collaboration with industry does not mean the corporatization of the university or pose a threat to academic freedom, the publication of research findings or the faculty’s control over the curriculum.
Thursday, April 25,2013

Hunger strikes and indefinite detention in Guatanamo Bay

10 answers to questions regarding Guantanamo Bay that every American needs to know

By Cora Currier
It's been 11 years since the first detainees were brought to Guantanamo Bay. But the future of the prison, and the fate of the men inside it, is far from certain. With 59 detainees at Gitmo currently on hunger strike, by the military’s count, here’s a primer on what’s going on at the island prison.
Thursday, April 18,2013

Activists sound alarm over oil waste pit in Lafayette

By Jefferson Dodge
In February 1984, a woman living in the Lafayette area called police to report that her cat had fallen into an oil sludge pit.
Thursday, April 18,2013

CU defends ongoing effort to snuff out 4/20

By Jefferson Dodge
When University of Colorado officials announced plans to close campus to outsiders again on April 20 — a Saturday — critics howled that last year’s justification for doing so was no longer valid.
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