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Thursday, August 28,2014

Helping hands

What Boulder County schools and organizations are doing to change disturbing youth suicide statistics

By Matt Cortina
As other causes of death for county teens like car crashes, overdose and illness reduce in frequency, suicide remains steady and now constitutes 41 percent of teen deaths in Boulder County. That is more than double the national average. About one student in every high school classroom will attempt suicide in Boulder County this year, according to a recent Youth Risk Behavior Study. The rate is even higher for minority groups like LGBT and non-white students — more on that in a bit.
Thursday, August 28,2014

The couch cleanse

By Caitlin Rockett
And so it is with the story of how, over the course of nearly 40 years, flame retardant substances ended up in nearly every piece of furniture, every electronic, every household ware and article of clothing in the U.S. In a four-part series from 2012, the Chicago Tribune.
Thursday, August 21,2014

Local humanitarian group gives Boulder City Council action plan for helping homeless

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Boulder Rights Watch has submitted recommendations to Boulder City Council that it believes will greatly help the city’s homeless community.
Thursday, August 21,2014

This buzz kills

Synthetic marijuana, a potent substitute for cannabis, is turning up in Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
Synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as spice, is a combination of herbs and chemicals that are supposed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It is marketed as fake weed or incense and labeled as “not for human consumption.” Typically it is sold in foil packages with names like “Black Mamba,” “Legal Weed,” “K2,” or “Scooby Snax.
Thursday, August 14,2014

Ebola anxiety

Are fears of an American outbreak justified?

By Matt Cortina
Perhaps more widespread than the outbreak of the Ebola virus is the outbreak of Ebola virus paranoia. With more than a thousand people dead, evacuations of infected foreigners to the U.S. and Europe, and an escalating number of new infections in west Africa, it’s hard to blame folks for getting a little antsy.
Thursday, August 14,2014

New report tells us what we already know

Boulder’s cost of housing is sparking final exodus of dwindling middle class

By Matt Cortina
This just in: Boulder is expensive. But the concentration of our wealth (about half of Boulder households make $75,000 or more annually) and the rate at which our wealth is growing is on a collision course with the dwindling number of affordable houses and rentals.
Thursday, August 14,2014

Alone on the moon

A Beatles fan retells an out-of-this-world experience with the boys from Liverpool 50 years after their Red Rocks concert

By Elizabeth Miller
Chet Carman was a 17-year-old teenager from Colorado Springs, shuttling between separated parents and an older brother. In 1964, he found a style worth embracing as his own in a magazine and music to go with it on the radio waves. And as result, he found himself, as unlikely as it seems, not just watching the Beatles on their first U.S. tour from a dozen or so rows back at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, but whisked away to Dallas to see them again a month later and even spend time with them at their hotel and backstage.
Thursday, August 7,2014

Library 2.0

The library debuts its new tech lab and 3D printer

By Maalikah Hartley
This week, the Boulder Public Library is making a bold stride forward into what libraries can be when it unveils the final piece of its recently remodeled teen space, “The Foundry,” or Makerspace, an on-site tech lab outfitted with video and audio...
Thursday, August 7,2014

Market share chemical warfare

By Caitlin Rockett
Little did the couple know they would lose their entire grape crop that year. That year they joined a growing group of farmers across the nation losing crops to herbicidal drift from nearby (or not so nearby) conventional farms growing genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops.
Thursday, August 7,2014

Citizens lash out at Polis

By Matt Cortina
Representative Jared Polis (D-Boulder) and Governor John Hickenlooper agreed to drop two ballot initiatives that would have given communities more control over fracking in their towns and would have required oil and gas wells to be set at least 2,000 feet away from occupied structures.
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