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The Beats:

A short list of select topics

Op-Ed: Unique’s fight for justice and a place to call home

Trans people are being killed at alarming rates. In detention. In the streets. In their homes. And we aren’t paying enough attention....

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December 11, 2014 Criminal Justice, Reporter's Notebook, The Beats, The Blogs, The Mix

A closet within a closet

Unique Taylor doesn’t officially exist. That’s because the 37-year-old, convicted for a drug-manufacturing conspiracy, is trapped, quite literally, in two of the most extreme ways […]...

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December 8, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, In-Depth, The Beats, The Mix

Taxpayer tab keeps rising for Denver law-enforcement snafus

Denver law enforcement has racked up more than a half million dollars in legal fees for jailing innocent people its officers have misidentified....

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December 2, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, The Mix

Waging peace, 150 years after the Sand Creek Massacre

I've traveled there to feel the cold bite of dawn, to pinch the soil where the blood ran, to whiff the acrid scent of burning sage offered by the Cheyenne who return each year to remember....

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November 28, 2014 Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Denver protestors — and the cops watching them — peaceful after Ferguson decision

Denver officials were concerned about demonstrations turning violent after the ruling was announced, but protesters for the most part remained peaceful....

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November 25, 2014 Criminal Justice, The Beats, The Mix

Dems Hamner and Young join powerful budget committee, Duran and May exit

Just after she was elected the first female Democratic Speaker of the House, Boulder Rep. Dicky Lee Hullinghorst was tasked with replacing two of the most powerful […]...

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November 19, 2014 Just In, State Budget

Black clergy calls for police restraint around possible Ferguson-related protests

If they believed justice were in fact color blind, African American community leaders wouldn’t be calling for police restraint to insure protestor safety in anticipation of a grand jury decision out of Ferguson, Missouri. ...

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November 19, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, The Beats, The Mix

Payday loan policy and the art of legislative compromise

DENVER — De Jimenez is a single mother of three. She works in medical records and one of her children is in college. She recently […]...

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November 18, 2014 Politics, The Mix

Littwin: In the Senate, mature or ambitious, not both

  This won’t surprise you, but the story of Cory Gardner’s ascent to the Senate and to national prominence is already being rewritten, in the […]...

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November 11, 2014 Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics, The Beats

Koch-backed groups move fast post-election to head off wind-power tax credit

Conservative groups funded by the oil billionaire Koch brothers dumped millions of dollars this year into electing Republicans to Congress, and now they are looking to take advantage of coming Republican control on Capitol Hill. ...

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November 10, 2014 Environment/Energy, Politics, The Beats, The Mix

EVENTS

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Video: Colorado Independent honors a whistle-blower

Watch the podcast of our interview with Chris Blumenstein, winner of The Colorado Independent’s first annual whistleblower award.

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Global warming takes bite out of Colorado ski season

Normally temperatures at resort elevations this time of year drop into the teens and 20s every night. This season, only a few light frosts have tinged the valleys, leaving the slopes bare and dry.

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