Polis encourages protesters to get COVID-19 test
“What happened to George Floyd was not only wrong; it was brutal, it was inhumane and it was murder,” Polis said at a June 2 news conference.
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Protesters march in Parker to decry racial injustice, police brutality

Hundreds marched through downtown Parker the evening of June 4 in solidarity with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Centennial allows restaurant seating on streets, sidewalks

As Colorado officials rolled out the rules restaurants must follow to open for dine-in service, the City of Centennial announced it temporarily would allow new outdoor-seating options to help …

Cherry Creek School District sees ‘multi-year impact’ on budget from COVID-19

For the first time in recent history, Cherry Creek School District officials faced a possible decline in student enrollment, creeping closer and expected soon. Fueling growth in the district’s east …

How STEM School tragedy changed Douglas County school policing

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock was in the area of STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, when a harrowing call rang out from dispatch. A shooting was underway inside the K-12 school, with …

Centennial-area parks and rec agencies take hit

A parks and recreation district in the east Centennial area has furloughed 193 employees and expects more than half a million dollars’ worth of delays to projects aimed at improving the district, …

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Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, surrounded by family members of men who died at the hands of law enforcement, discusses her proposed bill on police accountability to a crowd assembled at the Capitol to protest the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

Law enforcement bristles at Colorado legislature's sweeping police reform bill

“We are disgusted by the behavior of the officers in Minnesota,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told members of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. “Those were bad cops, and if they work for any sheriff in this room they would have been fired just the same.”

Colorado Democrats unveil plan for $70M in federal coronavirus aid, including small business loans and renter help

Democrats in the Colorado legislature announced a slate of initiatives Thursday to spend $70 million in federal coronavirus aid, including a grant program to help small businesses recover from the …
The Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Colorado House approves 2020-21 budget, heads to state Senate

The Colorado House, on a 41-23 party-line vote, approved the 2020-21 state budget and sent it on to its next stop, the state Senate. As sent over by the House, the budget is out of balance. But …
Protesters gather in Castle Rock on June 2, 2020, to call attention to racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

Protest in Castle Rock focuses on race inequality

Nationwide protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis reached Castle Rock June 2.
Ashley Wieland receives her diploma from Melinda Kenny, a dean, on May 27 at Cherokee Trail High School. The coronavirus pandemic made it necessary for schools to plan events to congratulate seniors while avoiding crowds and close contact.

Cherokee Trail seniors celebrate graduation in ‘uncharted territory’ (PHOTOS)

“Class of quarantine” — that was one of the quips written on the cars of seniors and their families when hundreds of students took a ride around Cherokee Trail High School’s vast campus to …
Life
Coming Attractions

Take to the water at Big Soda Lake

By all accounts the summer of 2020 will be a dry one, with city water parks and regional attractions like Water World remaining closed for the season. Fortunately, Lakewood’s Big Soda Lake in Bear …
Patrick Boland, 16, was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain syndrome when he was 9 years old. A few years later, he started Ferocious Fighters, an international non-profit organization benefiting other kids with CRPS.

Teen’s a ‘Ferocious Fighter’

For eight years, Patrick Boland, 16, has lived with a pain throughout his body that is so excruciating, it can feel as if he’s wrapped in barbed wire, doused in gasoline and set on fire.

Colorado Ballet Academy’s summer classes go virtual

The typical summer programs offered at Denver’s Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy will take place virtually this year, according to a news release. Academy staff reimagined every aspect of …

Virtual Juneteenth Music Festival will be celebration of freedom

A full day of online programming that includes panels, performances, a marketplace and the Dream Big awards will make up Denver’s newly imagined virtual Juneteenth Music Festival. The 2020 online …
“Forgotten” is from a science fiction trilogy recently published by local author/journalist Rich Bangs.
SONYA'S SAMPLER

Local author’s sci-fi books eye extraterrestrial intelligence

After a career in journalism, local author Rich Bangs has spent the past 10 years creating a sci-fi trilogy exploring extraterrestrial intelligence: “Forgiven,” “Forgotten” and …
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Sports

Arapahoe High volleyball coach waiting out shutdown

Larry Deffenbaugh is going into his 43rd year of coaching, including 33 as a volleyball coach. He is third on the all-time wins list for Colorado high school girls volleyball coaches, with 540 …

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Gregory L. Moore
OPINION

Police and black folks — the swagger and disrespect must end

The argument that we ask police to risk their lives and make split decisions is no excuse for them being wrong when making life-and-death decisions.
Michael Norton
WINNING WORDS

We win when we expect more from ourselves

Have you ever wondered why sometimes we can get so frustrated and even angry at other people because they aren’t serving us fast enough, meeting our needs and demands, or just behaving in a way …
QUIET DESPERATION

Money is in the cards, and some will stay there

Four million Americans will find a prepaid debit card in their mailbox soon, if not already. I found mine. How about you? The Economic Impact Payment Cards are going to certain people who filed a tax …
WINNING WORDS

Hope and encouragement by only sharing the good stuff

Very early on as we became reliant on computers and technology, software engineers and people in the information technology world quickly recognized that the value of the data being fed into the …
QUIET DESPERATION

Channel-surfing once was an exercise in mobility

Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless remote control for television, died on May 12, 2012, at the age of 96. His wife found him in the family room between the couch cushions. High on just …
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