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LĂ©opoldine Doualla-Bell Takes Flight in the Midst of History

By: Angelia D. McGowan

World’s First Black Flight Attendant Flew on Flights of Airlines Certified as Members of the International Air Transport Association. By Angelia D. McGowan She chose to fly. Léopoldine Emma Doualla-Bell Smith was born in Cameroon which was the part of a German territory acquired by France after the allied victors of World War I divided the German colony known as Kameroun in Central Africa. A princess of the royal Douala family, she was offered after school employment in her home town as a ground hostess by the Union Aéromaritime de Transport (UAT) Airline that served France’s African routes along with Air France for two years. Having graduated...

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Me & The Dream Student Essay Winners

As part of the Me & The Dream Exhibit and program, presented by Denver Urban Spectrum last month at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, a student essay contest was held. Students who entered the contest were required to address the issue their proposed invention would resolve and how it would...

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SuCh Goodness, Beauty and Realness

By: Misti Aas

On February 15, music lovers and fans gathered at Jazz at Jack’s for the Valentine’s extravaganza Up Close and Personal event featuring Ron Ivory, Freddi Gowdy and Robert Johnson. The crowd was treated to a sweet and soulful performance from these inspiring entertainers, while learning what makes these three fine...

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Cast Announced for Motown The Musical

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy announced the complete cast for the first national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL which plays the Buell Theatre March 31-April 19. Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.  Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists,...

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Amtrak adds second Winter Park ski train trip from Denver

By: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Amtrak has added a second Ski Train trip from Denver to Winter Park Resort later this month after overwhelming demand for what was originally planned as a one-time-only revival.

Manitou Springs to get 2nd — and last — recreational marijuana shop

By: The Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS — The tight-knit Manitou Springs community coupled with the streams of tourists that pass through for the Incline, Pikes Peak and small mountain-town relaxation make the

Federal suit filed against former El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa seeks damages

By: Kassondra Cloos
The Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS — A federal lawsuit filed Monday claims former El Paso County Undersheriff Paula Presley kept a "missing" internal affairs file on the current sheriff at her house during

Daily Digest: NAACP official doubts stated motive, and 9 other stories

By: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Your daily resource for late-breaking news, upcoming events, the Denver weather forecast, Denver traffic information, and the stories that will be talked about on March 3, 2015.


Fugitive ex-U.S. spy Snowden in talks on returning home: lawyer

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home.

Vermont town seeks to lower voting age to 16, from 18

(Reuters) - A left-leaning town in southern Vermont is taking up on Tuesday a referendum to extend the right to vote in local elections to teenagers as young as 16, but even if the measure passes it would still require the state legislature's approval.

Boehner says U.S. House to vote on security bill: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told Republican members the House would vote Tuesday on the Senate's plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which could end the impasse over the agency, according to a person who was at the meeting.

U.S. top trade official to brief House Democrats on trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will brief Democrats in the House of Representatives on trade issues at a regular caucus meeting on Tuesday, a person familiar with the planning of the meeting said, while staff have been invited to a separate meeting at the White House.

Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation.

O'Malley rules out Senate as decision over White House bid looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Maryland Governor and possible Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said on Tuesday he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

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Syrian rebels reject U.N. envoy's ceasefire plan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Syrian rebels dealt a blow to a U.N. envoy's proposal for a ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo as his team headed there on Tuesday, saying the plan would only benefit the Syrian government at the expense of the opposition.

Nobel Peace Prize chairman suffers unprecedented demotion

OSLO (Reuters) - The committee that picks the Nobel Peace Prize demoted its chairman on Tuesday for the first time in the 114-year history of the awards after his right-wing opponents gained a majority on the panel.

U.N. Security Council sets up South Sudan sanctions regime

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday established a sanctions regime for South Sudan but stopped short of imposing worldwide travel bans and asset freezes on officials in the conflict-torn country or an arms embargo.

Influential Mozambican lawyer Cistac gunned down in taxi

MAPUTO (Reuters) - A gunman shot dead on Tuesday a prominent Mozambican lawyer who was viewed as sympathetic to opposition calls for decentralization of power in the resource-rich southern African country.

Hunger and frustration grow at Ebola ground zero in Guinea

MELIANDOU, Guinea (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charred kapok tree and around a dozen graves scattered amongst the mud brick houses of Meliandou are painful reminders of the toll Ebola has taken on this village in southeast Guinea.

U.N. calls for accountability in Sri Lanka rights investigation

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations urged Sri Lanka on Tuesday to make sure it had strong systems for holding people accountable, as the island nation carried out its own investigations in abuses during a 26-year civil war.

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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...