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From Blog to Print, Journalist Tamara Banks Talks About Her Eighth Trip to the World’s Newest Country and Having “The Talk” with Youth

By: Tamara Banks

Emmy Award winning journalist Tamara Banks traveled to South Sudan in January for a three-month assignment, returning in April. The Denver-based freelance correspondent worked in Bor, just north of the capital, Juba. This was Bank’s eighth trip to what is now the world’s newest country.  South Sudan is located in Central Africa, and is about the size of Texas. It is one of the poorest country in the world, has 27 percent literacy rate. It is so underdeveloped that it has only about 35 miles of paved road. Its economy is driven by oil exports. South Sudan declared independence from the rest of Sudan on July 9, 2011....

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Bringing Back the Arts Initiative Goes Motown

By: Angelia D. McGowan

By Angelia D. McGowan Who knows Marvin Gaye? Who knows Gladys Knight and the Pips? Who knows Diana Ross? Who knows Michael Jackson? The very thought that every being on the earth does not know these legendary artists is an atrocity to older generations that can recall a Motown hit...

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On The Go With DJ Cavem, Founder of EcoHipHop

By: Angelia D. McGowan

On The Go With DJ Cavem, Founder of EcoHipHop By Angelia McGowan Follow 29-year-old Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita around the country as he uses the platform of hip hop to spread the word about healthy eating and you’ll see a man on a mission. Let’s start at the White House...

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Clearing Up the Sugar Myths

By: Kim Farmer

By Kim Farmer There is so much confusion surrounding the myriad of diets that are available to us that it is no surprise that the health effects of various types of sugar is also perplexing. Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes?  Is it always better to eat sugar from...

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Spelling Bee: Lakewood girl spells her way into finals, comes up short

By: Mark K. Matthews
The Denver Post

Sylvie Lamontagne may have missed her last day of school, but the 12-year-old from Lakewood had a good excuse — she was one of just 10 finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

Longmont valedictorian silenced over speech disclosing he was gay

By: Charlie Brennan

Staff Writer

A St. Vrain Valley charter school's leadership is under fire from gay rights activists and others for blocking a class valedictorian from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to out himself as gay.

Rainy weather, soggy fields plague northeast Colorado corn farmers

By: Emilie Rusch
The Denver Post

Corn needs moisture to grow tall and thrive, but too much - way too much - during the short window Colorado farmers have to plant is threatening to wreak havoc on this year's crop.

Suspect in 'Mrs. Doubtfire' home fire pleads guilty to arson

By: The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman charged with setting fire to a house featured in the popular "Mrs.


Creator of Silk Road website faces sentencing for drug scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

Video shows California police wrestle pregnant black woman to ground

(Reuters) - Police body camera footage published online by a rights group on Thursday showed two California officers wrestling to the ground a black woman who was eight months pregnant, and arresting her following a dispute with another woman.

California man suspected of killing neighbor kills self after family flee

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (Reuters) - A Southern California man suspected to have fatally shot a neighbor on Thursday ended an hours-long standoff with police by killing himself.

Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore

(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday.

Kansas, Missouri students co-champs of National Spelling bee

OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - Eighth-graders Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Missouri, and Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, were declared co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 16

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month.

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Exclusive: Mexican president misrepresented personal land deal, records show

VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto misrepresented to authorities the circumstances under which he acquired one of his properties, public documents reviewed by Reuters show, a discrepancy that could add to a controversy surrounding his personal finances.

Volcano erupts on Japanese island, evacuation ordered and flights diverted

TOKYO (Reuters) - A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order the island's evacuation and forcing airlines to divert flights.

Al Jazeera reporter Greste fears Egyptian conviction in absentia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, fears he will be found guilty in absentia at a retrial that resumes in Cairo next week.

U.S. says lives must be saved urgently in Asia migrant crisis

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday the thousands of migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas needed urgent rescue, as countries gathered in Bangkok to discuss the regional crisis.

UK takes hard line on EU reform as Cameron starts European tour

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain's relationship with the European Union was "not good enough" after his foreign minister warned the bloc had to change its founding treaties and give London a meaty reform deal to keep it as a member.

Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH (Reuters) - The corruption charges engulfing world soccer's governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal.

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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...