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DUS Publisher Highlights Return Trip to Ghana

By: Rosalind J. Harris

In 1999, I had the rare but extraordinary opportunity to visit Dakar, Senegal and Accra, Ghana in West Africa. The Honorable Wellington E. Webb, then Mayor of Denver and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, led a delegation of U.S. mayors on a mission to West Africa. In Senegal the delegation engaged Senegalese mayors in a discussion about municipal management while sharing ideas about how to solve problems that all mayors face in the U.S. and Africa. In Ghana, the delegation attended the Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan’s 5th African-African American Summit in Accra where Webb led dialogues on African policy and joined 10 African heads of...

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Kenneth Grimes: A Writer’s Walk of Faith Uncle Jed’s Barbershop More Than a Decade in the Making

By: Angelia D. McGowan

One of his online profiles states that he is an active playwright in his spare time. It should also include successful. Kenneth Grimes has written, directed or acted in dozens of plays since he was a teenager. In high school he received a $500 grant to produce a play he...

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Denver Urban League announces award recipients for upcoming 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Annual Gala

The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver (ULMD) is pleased to announce the award recipients for its upcoming Whitney M. Young, Jr. Annual Dinner scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Denver Marriott City Center in downtown Denver. During the event, the ULMD will present the “McKinley Harris Distinguished Warrior Award,”...

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Black Journalists Recognize 2015 Media Award Winners

Works published by the Denver Urban Spectrum were recognized at the Colorado Association of Black Journalists at its annual media awards and scholarship banquet held at the Denver Marriott City Center on Aug. 14. The event emceed by CBS46 anchor and former CABJ president Gloria Neal, awards scholarships to aspiring...

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"Can't Buy Me Love" star and Greeley native Amanda Peterson died of accidental morphine overdose

By: The Greeley Tribune

The death of Amanda Peterson, who starred in the movie "Can't By Me Love, has been deemed an accident due to a morphine overdose, according to autopsy and toxicology reports released Wednesday by the Weld County Coroner's Office.

Raytheon gets green light for $700 million NORAD contract

By: Laura Keeney
The Denver Post

In the end, there could be only one: Raytheon Corp. has been declared the winner in a dispute with Littleton-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems over a multi-year U..S. Air Force contract valued at $700 million.

Denver lifts hold on marijuana products after testing for pesticides

By: David Migoya
The Denver Post

Denver health officials Wednesday lifted a day-old order to hold hundreds of marijuana-infused lozenges and raw marijuana from two businesses after lab tests showed no trace of an unapproved

Helicopter crashes in Elbert County; emergency response ongoing

By: Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post

Emergency crews are responding to reports of a downed helicopter.The Elizabeth Fire Protection District tweeted that the crash was in Douglas County, within the Elbert Fire District.


Psychiatrist for Colorado movie gunman thought mental hold might 'inflame' him

DENVER (Reuters) - A University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated convicted theater gunman James Holmes decided against placing him on a mental health hold after he expressed homicidal thoughts because it might "inflame him," police documents showed on Wednesday.

Nevada high school student wins right to form anti-abortion group

(Reuters) - A Las Vegas high school student has been allowed to form an anti-abortion group on campus, after a law firm dedicated to religious causes sued over a decision by school officials to deny her application for the club, the firm said on Wednesday.

Kentucky clerk seeks same-sex marriage license reprieve

MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - A county clerk in Kentucky sought an emergency injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal court order requiring her to issue same-sex marriage licenses as she prepares to go to court on Thursday to face contempt charges.

Manhunt widens for suspects in Illinois policeman's death

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of police on Wednesday widened the search for three suspects in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran policeman in northern Illinois, and mourners gathered in a vigil for the slain officer at a lake front park.

California inmate dies of natural causes after 26 years on death row

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California prison inmate who spent 26 years on death row for murder has died of natural causes, the fourth so far this year in a state that hasn't carried out an execution since 2006.

Baltimore judge orders individual trials for police in Gray case

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday ordered individual trials for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, a case that fed the U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.

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China puts on huge show of force at parade, to cut troop levels

BEIJING (Reuters) - China put on its biggest display of military might on Thursday in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders but which underscored Beijing's growing confidence in its armed forces.

Could TripAdvisor-style ratings save migrant workers from slavery?

BOGOR, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Mexican migrant paid a recruiter thousands of dollars for work in the United States, only to endure slavery, time in jail and finally deportation.

White House says Obama, Saudi's Salman will discuss energy market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will discuss the global energy market with Saudi's King Salman when the two leaders meet at the White House on Friday, Obama's deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes, said on Wednesday.

China to put on huge show of force for World War Two anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will put on its biggest display of military might on Thursday in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by Western leaders but which underscores Beijing's growing confidence in its armed forces.

War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa: U.N.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report issued on Thursday.

Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK; dead wash up on Turkish beach

CALAIS, France/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains.

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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...