August 29, 2013
BREAKING: The federal government will not make it a priority to block marijuana legalization in Colorado or Washington or close down recreational marijuana stores.

July 19, 2013
FLASH: A judge ruled prosecutors in the case of Austin Sigg, accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, can introduce evidence that Sigg searched for and accessed child abuse, child torture and child dismemberment websites for more than a year.

FLASH: A judge ruled prosecutors in the case of Austin Sigg, accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, can introduce evidence that Sigg searched for and accessed child abuse, child torture and child dismemberment websites for more than a year.

(Source: The Denver Post)

June 19, 2013
Black Forest fire crews focus on mop up; cost to fight fire hits $8.5 million
The latest from the Black Forest fire:
Fire crews continue mop up work Wednesday, knocking out remaining hot spots
The fire is 85 percent contained: http://bit.ly/17mZNxi
A total of 509 homes have been destroyed: http://bit.ly/11tW8V8
Officials plan to temporarily reopen two sections burn zone Wednesday to allow more residents their first chance to see what’s left of their homes.
The two victims killed in the fire have been identified: http://bit.ly/11LbBAj
For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOG: http://bit.ly/170LLkV

Black Forest fire crews focus on mop up; cost to fight fire hits $8.5 million

The latest from the Black Forest fire:

  • Fire crews continue mop up work Wednesday, knocking out remaining hot spots
  • The fire is 85 percent containedhttp://bit.ly/17mZNxi
  • A total of 509 homes have been destroyed: http://bit.ly/11tW8V8
  • Officials plan to temporarily reopen two sections burn zone Wednesday to allow more residents their first chance to see what’s left of their homes.
  • The two victims killed in the fire have been identified: http://bit.ly/11LbBAj

For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOGhttp://bit.ly/170LLkV

June 14, 2013
UPDATE: Black Forest fire burns 379 homes but does not advance overnight
Firefighters on Friday will continue to battle the Black Forest fire north of Colorado Springs that has consumed 15,700 acres and 379 homes since it started Tuesday.
Some 38,000 people are impacted in the mandatory evacuation zone that covers 24 square miles, stretching from Elbert County to the northern part of Colorado Springs.
For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOG: http://bit.ly/170LLkV
(Photo: Helen Richardson, The Denver Post) 

UPDATE: Black Forest fire burns 379 homes but does not advance overnight

Firefighters on Friday will continue to battle the Black Forest fire north of Colorado Springs that has consumed 15,700 acres and 379 homes since it started Tuesday.

Some 38,000 people are impacted in the mandatory evacuation zone that covers 24 square miles, stretching from Elbert County to the northern part of Colorado Springs.

For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOGhttp://bit.ly/170LLkV

(Photo: Helen Richardson, The Denver Post) 

June 13, 2013
UPDATE: 2 confirmed dead in Black Forest fire; 360 homes destroyed
At least two people have been killed so far in the Black Forest fire, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday.
Two bodies have been recovered from the fire zone so far. One of the victims had told others by phone that he was trying to leave the area, Maketa said. An investigation is underway
Authorities did offer some hopeful news: The fire is now at 5 percent containment.
For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOG: http://bit.ly/170LLkV
(Photo: The Denver Post)

UPDATE: 2 confirmed dead in Black Forest fire; 360 homes destroyed

At least two people have been killed so far in the Black Forest fire, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday.

Two bodies have been recovered from the fire zone so far. One of the victims had told others by phone that he was trying to leave the area, Maketa said. An investigation is underway

Authorities did offer some hopeful news: The fire is now at 5 percent containment.

For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOGhttp://bit.ly/170LLkV

(Photo: The Denver Post)

June 13, 2013
BREAKING: Black Forest fire claims 360 homes, most ever in Colorado wildfire
The Black Forest fire burning north of Colorado Springs has now destroyed at least 360 homes and consumed 15,000 acres.The evacuation area includes 94,000 acres and 13,000 homes as of Thursday morning. Some 38,000 people have been evacuated.
Photos of the Black Forest Fire, including aerial shots of the destruction: http://bit.ly/11UQc7u
For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOG: http://bit.ly/170LLkV
(Photo: Helen Richardson, The Denver Post)

BREAKING: Black Forest fire claims 360 homes, most ever in Colorado wildfire

The Black Forest fire burning north of Colorado Springs has now destroyed at least 360 homes and consumed 15,000 acres.

The evacuation area includes 94,000 acres and 13,000 homes as of Thursday morning. Some 38,000 people have been evacuated.

(Photo: Helen Richardson, The Denver Post)

June 12, 2013
UPDATE: Colorado wildfires burn homes, force evacuations
As temperatures soared and dry winds blew across the state Tuesday, Colorado weathered its most destructive day of fires so far this year, consuming dozens of homes and prompting evacuations in five counties.
Black Forest Fire, where up to 60 homes have been damaged: http://bit.ly/1btz924
Royal Gorge Fire, burning at over 3,800 acres: http://bit.ly/14wBKbs 
Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park has grown to 400 acres: http://bit.ly/171tAeG 
Map of fires burning throughout the state: http://bit.ly/11tW8V8
For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOG: http://bit.ly/170LLkV
(Photo: Helen Richardson, The Denver Post) 

UPDATE: Colorado wildfires burn homes, force evacuations

As temperatures soared and dry winds blew across the state Tuesday, Colorado weathered its most destructive day of fires so far this year, consuming dozens of homes and prompting evacuations in five counties.

For complete coverage, stay tuned to our Colorado Wildfires 2013 page and our LIVE BLOGhttp://bit.ly/170LLkV

(Photo: Helen Richardson, The Denver Post) 

May 7, 2013
FLASH: Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity
James Holmes wants to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the killing of 12 people and the wounding of 70 others in the Aurora movie theater attack.
In a filing Tuesday, Holmes’ lawyers wrote they intend to “tender a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.” Holmes would need a judge’s permission to change his plea.
UPDATE: Because a judge entered a standard not guilty plea on behalf of Holmes — and over the objection of Holmes’ attorneys — at arraignment, Holmes’ attorneys will have to show “good cause” why they should be allowed to change the plea to insanity.

FLASH: Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity

James Holmes wants to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the killing of 12 people and the wounding of 70 others in the Aurora movie theater attack.

In a filing Tuesday, Holmes’ lawyers wrote they intend to “tender a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.” Holmes would need a judge’s permission to change his plea.

UPDATE: Because a judge entered a standard not guilty plea on behalf of Holmes — and over the objection of Holmes’ attorneys — at arraignment, Holmes’ attorneys will have to show “good cause” why they should be allowed to change the plea to insanity.

May 7, 2013
Adult bullying? Intel worker subjected to ‘Kick Me’ prank files federal lawsuit
By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
Intel workers secretly taped a “Kick Me” sign to the back of a co-worker as a prank, then kicked the confused man a number of times as employees at the Rio Rancho Intel plant laughed hysterically at the episode, according to a federal lawsuit.
Two involved co-workers lost their Intel jobs after the prank.
PHOTO: A Denver Post online editor who bravely volunteered for the photo. (Denver Post file photo)

Adult bullying? Intel worker subjected to ‘Kick Me’ prank files federal lawsuit

By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

Intel workers secretly taped a “Kick Me” sign to the back of a co-worker as a prank, then kicked the confused man a number of times as employees at the Rio Rancho Intel plant laughed hysterically at the episode, according to a federal lawsuit.

Two involved co-workers lost their Intel jobs after the prank.

PHOTO: A Denver Post online editor who bravely volunteered for the photo. (Denver Post file photo)

April 29, 2013
Pro-gun Native American billboard draws criticism
Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.
The billboards in this northern Colorado city show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and the words “Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.”
Read more: http://bit.ly/13G97q1

Pro-gun Native American billboard draws criticism

Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.

The billboards in this northern Colorado city show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and the words “Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.”

Read more: http://bit.ly/13G97q1

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