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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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‘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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Colorado Latino Forum calls for special prosecutor in fatal Jessie Hernandez shooting

By: Jesse Paul and Noelle Phillips
The Denver Post

The Colorado Latino Forum on Friday called for a special prosecutor to review the actions of Denver police officers who shot and killed 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez.

Denver cops name deceased suspect in '97 slaying of elderly widow

By: Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

Denver authorities say they have identified a suspect in an infamous murder that sent shock waves through the city's Crestmore neighborhood in 1997.

Jeffco deputy injured after being dragged by fleeing suspect vehicle

By: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Authorities in the Denver area are searching for a suspect who fled in a vehicle from a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy on Thursday night, dragging the deputy a short distance and leaving him injured.

Pueblo Chemical Depot inches toward destruction of mustard gas weapons

By: Tom Roeder
The Gazette

Leaders at the Pueblo Chemical Depot said Thursday they're inching toward destroying America's largest stockpile of Cold War-era mustard gas shells.

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Witnesses recall seeing body of ex-NFL player Hernandez's alleged victim

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Witnesses testified on Friday that they saw the apparently lifeless body of a man in an industrial area near Aaron Hernandez's home in June 2013, hours after the former New England Patriots player is accused of committing murder.

Mother of NYC boy who vanished in 1979 to testify at murder trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mother of Etan Patz, a boy whose disappearance from a New York City street in 1979 ignited a national movement to find missing children, will tell jurors at his accused killer's trial about the "nightmare that never ended," a prosecutor said on Friday.

U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017.

Florida prosecutor drops domestic disturbance case against Zimmerman

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida prosecutor announced on Friday he will not pursue charges against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman stemming from a domestic incident earlier this month after the alleged victim recanted.

Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday.

U.S. man shot and wounded in eastern Saudi Arabia: state media

DUBAI (Reuters) - A U.S. man was shot and wounded in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, state news agency SPA reported citing a police statement.


Argentina's Fernandez dents credibility by playing victim

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Cristina Fernandez hunkered down in her presidential residence for a week before speaking about the mysterious death of a state prosecutor who claimed she sought to whitewash Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bomb attack on Argentine soil.

Greece says will not cooperate with troika or seek aid extension

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's government will not cooperate with the EU and IMF mission bankrolling the country and will not seek an extension to the bailout program, its finance minister said on Friday.

Ex-IMF boss Strauss-Kahn faces French pimping trial

PARIS (Reuters) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief tipped to become French president before a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011, goes on trial in France on Monday in a separate case of alleged pimping.

Hezbollah says doesn't want war with Israel but not afraid of one

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one and had the right to respond to Israeli "aggression" in any time and place.

Mongolia jails American, two Philippine citizens in tax evasion case

BEIJING (Reuters) - Resource-rich Mongolia on Friday jailed an American and two Filipinos for more than five years after finding them guilty of tax evasion, ending a three-year case that deterred investors.

China expels top police official from Communist Party

BEIJING (Reuters) - A top police official under investigation for corruption has been expelled from China's ruling Communist Party, the country's top anti-graft body said on Friday.

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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...