Marvel Characters Suit: Walt Disney Company Faces Colorado Firm Asking for Billions

Stan Lee as seen in a Geekscape TV interview earlier this year.
As any comic-book fan knows, superheroes that seem dead can later come back to life -- and something similar has happened with a superhero-centric lawsuit filed by Colorado-based Stan Lee Media, Incorporated (SLMI). The complaint seemingly died last year, but an appeal revived it, leading to a hearing held in Denver yesterday. Continue for background, details and the original suit below.

See also: Spider-Man, X-Men Property of Colorado Company? Inside Stan Lee Media Lawsuit, published October 2012

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"Family Friendly" DIA Plans to Ban Marijuana-Related Souvenirs

This Exit 420 shirt was on display in a DIA store on October 7.
You can't possess pot inside Denver International Airport. You can't eat it, smoke it, grow it or give it to a friend, and soon, vendors there may not be able to sell pot-themed merchandise, either. "We have started the process to restrict marijuana promotional merchandise at Denver International Airport and will be following the public hearing process to amend the airport rule to reflect that," airport spokesman Heath Montgomery told Westword this week. (Update below.)

See also: DIA Banning Sales of Marijuana-Themed Socks and Flip-Flops, Entrepreneur Says

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Update: Other Frontier Plane Taken By Symptomatic Ebola Patient Still Flying

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The first Frontier plane that carried Amber Vinson landed in Denver again last night. Photos from 7News coverage.
It's yet another day bringing contradictions in previous reports about Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson and her flights on Denver-based Frontier Airlines; see our earlier coverage below. At first, we were told she wasn't symptomatic on a return flight she took from Cleveland to Texas; then, after the aircraft on which she'd flown was taken out of service and warehoused in Denver for intensive cleaning, word arrived that she may have been exhibiting symptoms. And now, officials think symptoms could have been cropping up on her initial Frontier flight from Texas to Cleveland, as well -- and that plane is still in service, having flown in and out of Denver twenty-plus times over the past week. Meanwhile, Frontier is contacting as many as 750 passengers from additional flights in relation to Vinson's travels. Photos, video and details below.

See also: Spirit Airlines Sucks Hardest in New Complaints Survey, But Frontier's Gaining Fast

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Chatfield Reservoir: Lawsuit Claims "Massive Environmental Damage" From Project

Chatfield State Park.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bullish on the idea of increasing water storage at Chatfield Reservoir, plunging ahead with a reallocation project that its planners believe will help meet future water needs across the metro area without diverting more supplies from the Western Slope. But a lawsuit filed this week by the Audubon Society of Greater Denver claims that the project will not only have a devastating impact on wildlife and recreation at Chatfield State Park but will fail to reliably provide additional water -- and that many of the water providers who initially backed the scheme have since dropped out.

See also: Comment Period Extended For Controversial Chatfield Reservoir Project

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Denver's Zen Magnets Is Fighting the Federal Government Over Its Ban of Tiny Magnet Balls

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Shihan Qu, the founder of Zen Magnets, is fighting the federal government.
Smart and self-assured, with jet-black hair and the faintest of goatees, Shihan Qu is the reigning king of magnet balls. His ascension to the throne wasn't so much the result of hard-won battles against other magnet magnates as it was the outcome of a process of elimination. While other companies that sold powerful BB-sized magnets, most often marketed as adult desk toys, folded under pressure from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, the 27-year-old Qu has stood firm, willing to take on the feds all by himself.

Last month, he sat in his rented Denver office to watch the CPSC make a decision that would have big consequences for Zen Magnets, the company he founded five years ago. The meeting was taking place 1,600 miles away in a staid boardroom in Bethesda, Maryland, and being live-streamed online for anyone who wanted to watch it. Qu did.

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Photos: 28 Colorado Businesses on Outside's 100 Best Places to Work List for 2014

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Outside magazine has put together an amazing list of the 100 best places to work in America -- a roster slanted toward businesses that are particularly friendly to active employees. And Colorado did extremely well, filling 28 of the slots. Moreover, many of the firms are independent, modest-sized and thoroughly homegrown.

Who made the cut? See all the Colorado entries below, complete with photos and excerpts from Outside data and text. To see the original post, including much more about all the Colorado businesses included, click here.

See also: Photos: Ten Best Cities for Young Grads -- and Where Boulder Places

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Photos: Meet the Five Richest Coloradans in 2014

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Forbes has just released its annual list of the 400 richest people in America, and five Coloradans made the cut. Who are they and where did they land on Forbes' roster? Count them down below, complete with photos and excerpts from Forbes data and text. For the original post, click here.

See also: Top 10 Most Affluent Communities in Colorado

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Shotgun Willie's Strip Club Finds Legal Way to Serve Alcohol Past 2 a.m.

A photo from Shotgun Willie's Facebook page. More images and a video below.
In an August 2013 profile, Melanie Asmar described Mike Dunafon and Debbie Matthews as the king and queen of Glendale: He's the mayor, while she's the owner of Shotgun Willie's, one of Colorado's most iconic strip clubs.

Now, this power couple has scored another coup: They found a legal way for Shotgun Willie's to serve alcohol past 2 a.m., when state regulations call for bartenders to put away their bottles. How did they do it?

See also: Photos: Look Inside New Shotgun Willie's Strip Club, Featuring Firefighter's Pole and More

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Fracking: Call For Ban Cites Quakes, Spills, Exploding Trains

Only days before the United Nations Climate Summit, the environmental group Food & Water Watch has released a wide-ranging critique of the oil and gas industry, linking the practice of fracking to a host of adverse economic, health and climate impacts -- from scarred landscapes, declining air quality and community disruption to potential aquifer contamination, earthquakes and, yes, global warming.

Call it a conflation of real dangers and hypothetical risks, genuine concerns and apocalyptic visions, worst-case scenarios and sobering statistics.

See also: John Hickenlooper's Fracking Panel Snubs the Fractivists

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Photos: Twenty Cities With the Fastest-Rising Rents -- and Denver's Place on the List

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Is the cost of living in Denver increasing? If you're a renter, the answer is almost certainly "Yes." A analysis of rental prices nationwide includes a roster of cities with the highest rent boosts from August 2013 to August 2014, and Denver has a prominent place on it despite overall prices remaining in the middle range -- for now, anyhow. Count down the photo-illustrated, data-infused top twenty below, and to read the complete post, click here.

See also: Ten Cities With the Greatest Growth in Poor Neighborhoods -- Including One in Colorado

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