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Duane Taylor, Saved For The Next Level

By: Charles Emmons

It’s resolution time. Get off the couch! Usually the New Year is a time of reflection. More often than not we focus on what we could have done better, and what we are going to do about it in the coming year. We resolve to make our lives better. Resolutions are goals for our immediate future. We use them as guideposts to move us along as we progress throughout the year. As we go along, we are happy when we reach a goal, and perhaps indifferent when we do not.  But 2014 woke us up. The tragic shootings in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland were a stark...

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The Facts: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By: Charles Guy

Birth Martin Luther King, Jr. was born at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1929, at the family home at 501 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Charles Johnson was the attending physician. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first son and second child born to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., and...

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Montbello Couple’s ‘ELK’ Opens Doors To The Outdoors To Youth of Color, Girls

By: Chandra Thomas Whitfield

The year was 1994. She was armed with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and chemistry. He was leading a Summer Youth Fishing Program for Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife at Denver’s Washington Park. He thought she was cute, so he’d ask her out almost every time they worked together. She’d...

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Up Close and Personal Goes Country Western

By: Ann Marie Figueroa

In September, Denver Urban Spectrum debuted Up Close and Personal, a cabaret style salon event highlighting local entertainers. So far the community has been invited to see and get to know The Voice’s Biff Gore, Denver’s First Lady Mary Louise and guitarist Gregory Goodloe. In January, coinciding with the Dr....

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I-70 reopens after accident, capping day of heavy mountain traffic

By: Jon Murray
The Denver Post

All lanes of Interstate 70 at Silver Plume have reopened after an accident early Saturday evening closed the highway in both directions for more than 30 minutes.

Springs man says hitchhikers stole his car

By: The Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs man tells police he tried to help out two hitchhikers in cold weather but they stole his car at gunpoint.

Colorado churches say amen to energy savings

By: The Associated Press

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Some western Colorado churches are looking to the heavens to spend less on utilities, while others see hope in the flames of high-efficiency furnaces.

Group gathers in Denver's Civic Center to show support for police

By: The Denver Post

Supporters of police officers are gathering in Civic Center park Saturday morning.As one of two slain officers was being buried in New York, a small crowd congregated near the Greek

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Angry police shun NYC mayor at funeral for slain officer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of police from cities across the United States filled a New York City church and nearby streets on Saturday for the funeral of one of two policemen shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.






Teen charged with arson in Missouri protest

(Reuters) - A teen was charged Saturday with arson after police say he confessed to setting a convenience store on fire during anti-police violence protests in a St. Louis suburb last week, according to officials and media reports.

Former President Bush, 90, to spend weekend in Houston hospital

(Reuters) - Doctors in Houston will keep former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in the hospital through the weekend since his bout with shortness of breath, though doctors "have begun discussing dates for his discharge," his office said Saturday.






Man at New York psychiatric hospital killed by fellow patient, police say

(Reuters) - A patient at a psychiatric hospital in New York City has been charged with killing a fellow patient at the state-run facility, police said on Saturday.

Two snowmobilers die, one rescued after plunging into Montana lake

(Reuters) - Two men died and a third was rescued from a Montana lake when their snowmobiles plunged into the ice-covered body of water as they attempted to cross to the other side, local officials said Saturday.






New York protests against police violence attract other causes too

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This story corrects spelling of surname in pentultimate paragraph to "Rieth" in the December 6 story.)

International

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama 'monkey'

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

Passenger ferry evacuated after fire breaks out off Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) - An international rescue effort was under way in high winds after a car ferry carrying 466 passengers and crew caught fire while sailing from Greece to Italy and its captain ordered its evacuation, officials said on Sunday.






In U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap, mystery surrounds the unnamed 53

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by U.S. officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the United States and Cuba.

South Korea nuclear operator says cyberattacks continue, reactors safe

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyberattacks on non-critical operations at the company's headquarters are continuing but the country's nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack.

Flight from Indonesia to Singapore loses contact: media

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing a Transport Ministry official.






Strict sharia forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the sharia police would raid them at any moment.

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Publisher Rosalind “Bee” Harris Named Among Most Powerful Women in Denver Denver, Colo.– The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) will honor Rosalind "Bee" Harris, publisher and art director of the Denver Urban Spectrum, as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver. Harris is among 25 women...

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Denver Urban Spectrum Wins Two CABJ SIE Awards

Last month at the annual Colorado Association of Black Journalists awards banquet, the Denver Urban Spectrum walked away with two Scribes In Excellence awards.  New column DUS Blowing Smoke which explores the realities of the Cannabis industry by Wanda James received the Best in Series award and Angelia McGowan tied...