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Thursday, November 20,2014

Raising the dead

The second coming of Death From Above 1979

By Caitlin Rockett
Not so long ago, in a land called Toronto, two young men met at a Sonic Youth show (or maybe it was in prison, or on a pirate ship, or perhaps on ChristianMingle.com — this part of the story is murky).
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, November 6,2014

Women warriors

Women veterans on how women’s roles in the military have evolved

By Caitlin Rockett
“It was a time when everyone said, ‘What can I do to help win the war?” says Robinson, now 89 years old. “I had thought of different things I could do. I thought maybe I’d be a reporter because I’d always liked to write, but in the end I felt the best place I could serve was to be a nurse.
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Thursday, November 6,2014

From civilian to soldier and back again

Local veterans who have dedicated their careers to helping returning vets integrate into civilian society discuss the many challenges vets face when they come home

By Caitlin Rockett
Transitions are rarely easy — starting a new job, moving to a new city or dealing with a medical condition are challenging endeavors for most humans, but for veterans, these challenges are multiplied as they work to transition back into a civilian realm that is unlike the military world they’ve trained and worked in for years.
Thursday, October 30,2014

All’s fair in love and war (and industrial agriculture)

Big Ag spends millions of dollars to fight grassroots GMO labeling measures

By Caitlin Rockett
The war began at the federal level in 2002 when former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced five bills addressing the need to regulate genetically engineered crops — this included legislation to label consumer goods containing GMOs, as well...
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Thursday, October 30,2014

Bench bias

Colorado is only one of six states that provides voters with information about judges standing for retention, but some worry that implicit bias may exist within the state’s judicial evaluation process

By Caitlin Rockett
While judges do campaign in some states, Colorado attempts to minimize the political influence that occurs through campaigning by appointing judges via a merit system. Judges then stand in yes/no retention elections after sitting on the bench for a period of time.
Thursday, October 23,2014

The full reach of addiction

A look at how addictive substances are damaging the environment

By Caitlin Rockett
Humankind’s relationship with psychoactive substances can be traced back thousands of years to religious trances induced by specific plants and fungai. But some substances are more addictive than others, and opium, caffeine and nicotine have become commonplace, in some senses socially acceptable, vices.
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Thursday, October 16,2014

Lyons businesses bare all

Businesses in the flood-devastated town of Lyons strip down for a fundraiser calendar

By Caitlin Rockett
“I talked to other businesses in town and it was the same thing — we were back in town, but we weren’t back to normal,” says Muldoon, owner of Lyons Physical Therapy. “I wanted to fundraise, but I also wanted to promote business and at the same time I wanted to have fun doing it.
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Thursday, October 2,2014

Historical hatred breeds contemporary contempt

A weeklong exhibit seeks to educate about past and present discrimination against Mexican-Americans

By Caitlin Rockett
Philip Hernandez says two years ago his uncle John told him about a store on 24th Street in Boulder (now Folsom Street) that he remembered from his childhood. It wasn’t so much a memory about the store as it was a sign in the store’s front window: “No Mexicans or dogs allowed.
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