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Alabama Judge Rules State's Death Penalty Scheme Unconstitutional

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics

An Alabama circuit judge has ruled the state's death penalty scheme unconstitutional. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tracie Todd barred the death pen...

Recall Election Ousts Colorado School Board Conservatives

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

A recall election in Colorado on Tuesday resulted in the dissolution of the conservative majority on the Jefferson County school board. The fight in t...

Carjacker Gets 80 Years For Wild Crime Spree Caught On Live TV

Reuters | Daniel Wallis | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime

(Reuters) - A gun-toting felon whose two-hour carjacking and crime spree in Colorado last year played out on live television filmed from a news helico...

Rebecca Klein

Oklahoma Legislators Move To Push AP U.S. History Courses Out Of Schools | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

Oklahoma politicians are trying to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History courses from state classrooms, calling the course's recently updated framework ...

An Ovation for Jefferson County

Josh Stephens | Posted 01.29.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

You know the moment when you ready yourself to leap to your feet at the end of a symphony, only to hear that glimmer of a violin note that keeps you glued to your seat and safe from mortification? That was me a few weeks ago at the College Board Forum.

David Lohr

EXCLUSIVE: Man In Murder-For-Hire Alligator Case Was Targeted Before | David Lohr | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

Ernesto Negrillo, the man whose ex-girlfriend's mom is accused of plotting to hire a hitman to kill him and feed his body to alligators, was marked fo...

David Lohr

Man Says He Has 'No Idea' Why Ex-Girlfriend's Mom Would Plot To Have Him Fed To Alligators | David Lohr | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime

A man whose ex-girlfriend's mom is accused of hiring a hit man to kill him and feed his body to alligators said he can't understand why he was targete...

The Attempts by the School Board of Jefferson County, Colorado to Erase Significant Chunks of Our Nations' History Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Stephen M. Sweeney

History should not be rewritten or reinterpreted because of an ideological agenda. We want young people to learn the truth about our history. We learn from our history and it can guide us to do more and to do better.

Samantha Lachman

Colorado School Board Controversy Turning Frustrated Republicans Into Democrats | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

DENVER -- "For the first time in my life, I will probably vote a straight Democratic ticket." That realization came as something of a surprise to n...

Colorado Students Considering Recall of Conservative School Board Members

Wade Norris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Denver
Wade Norris

The bold protest of Jefferson County, Colorado students to the actions of the conservative majority on the Jefferson County School Board in Colorado has already drawn national and international press.

Historians Should Honor Protesting Colorado Students

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The brave Colorado high school students who are protesting their school board's attempt to rewrite their American history curriculum are doing all Americans a favor. They are reminding us of the importance of dissent and protest in our nation's history.

Matt Ferner

Nearly 1,000 Colorado Students Protest A Conservative Call To Change Their History Curriculum | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

After calling for a history curriculum that downplays "social strife" and emphasizes "respect for authority," a conservative Denver-area school board ...

Colorado Gunman's Bizarre Crime Spree Ends With Police Takedown

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 07.24.2014 | Crime

An armed gunman is accused of stealing multiple vehicles and pointing a weapon at civilians during a two-hour crime spree that terrorized a Colorado t...

Six Californias?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

A proposed ballot initiative from tech investor Tim Draper would turn California into six states, including one just for Silicon Valley. Draper, wh...

JeffCo Fire Prompts More Than 900 Pre-Evac Notices

Posted 06.27.2013 | Denver

A fire burning in Coal Creek Canyon prompted pre-evacuation orders to be sent out to 920 phone numbers in the area around noon on Thursday. Fire in...

GOP Keeps Its Edge In Colorado Early Voting

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 10.31.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. The latest early-vote tallies (pdf) released this afternoon by the Colorado secretary of state show R...

American Cities Going Broke

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E.M. Hess, Samuel Weigley | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Earlier this year, the city of Stockton, California, defaulted on its debt and filed for bankruptcy. For analysts at ratings agenc...

Damaging Weather Threatens Pennsylvania

Posted 07.27.2012 | Green

Storms loomed over Pennsylvania on Thursday, as residents across the Northeast braced for damaging weather. The National Weather Service issued tor...

Local Governments' Financial Woes Putting Retirees' Benefits At Risk

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

By Joan Gralla July 2 (Reuters) - U.S. states and localities have run up more than $2 trillion of unfunded pension liabilities, Moody'...

In Colorado, Open Records Law Can Be a Weapon Against Transparency

Luis Toro | Posted 08.01.2012 | Denver
Luis Toro

Coloradans have allowed our state's aversion to taxation to trump our desire for open government, while government lawyers have figured out how to put citizens seeking public records on the defensive.

REPORT: Grandfather Punches Umpire At Granddaughter's Game

Posted 05.15.2012 | Sports

If they don't make fans like they used to then there is at least one umpire who will be glad. After a youth softball game in Alabama this grandfather ...

Official In Bankrupt County: State Is 'Kicking The Can'

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 2 (Reuters) - Alabama's bankrupt Jefferson County is laying off more government workers as prosp...

Morgan Stanley, Italy and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Wallace Turbeville | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business
Wallace Turbeville

Warren Buffett once referred to derivatives as "financial weapons of mass destruction" created by "madmen." Real WMD have rarely been used. However, derivatives are used quite a lot, and it appears that Italy got hit by the derivatives WMD in January.

Police: 'Crapper Scrapper' Stole Toilets Parts, Sold Them For Scrap

Posted 03.22.2012 | Denver

Call this caper The Royal Flush. Or perhaps The Great Porcelain Pilferage. Police have arrested a man who they believe is a serial thief who stole toi...

JP Morgan and the Largest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy

Renee Parsons | Posted 05.15.2012 | Money
Renee Parsons

As if a decade of million dollar fines for their role in the collapse of Enron, World Com, the UK's Financial Services Authority, mortgage overcharges...