Photos: Our Top Five Jeffco School Board Picks for New Sex Ed and Health Classes

Julie Williams as seen in 7News coverage.
When the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education meets on Thursday, October 2, it will pick up the hot-potato topic -- the Curriculum Review Committee -- that has inspired student walk-outs across the district, creating an unofficial crash course in civil disobedience in the process. But when new boardmember Julie Williams first proposed creating a curriculum committee last month, she wasn't just taking aim at Advanced Placement U.S. History, with its pesky emphasis on "civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." She also suggested that the group's initial projects include a review of the "elementary health curriculum."

See also: Read Jeffco Superintendent's Letter to Parents About Students Patriotic History Plan Protest

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Sonny Lawson Field Is a Favorite With Michael Hancock -- But You'll Need a Key to the City

Mayor Michael Hancock at Sonny Lawson Field.
The deadline is fast approaching for My Favorite Place in Denver, a program created by the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development that's currently soliciting nominations for favorite places in town from residents and visitors alike. We've already weighed in on our least favorite places and my personal favorite: Confluence Park -- specifically, the spot where the past and present come together with a plaque that quotes from a poem by the late Colorado poet laureate Thomas Hornsby Ferril, "Two Rivers." But we're also partial to Sonny Lawson Field, which has its own literary legacy.

See also: The Homeless Diamond Hits a Homer in Sonny Lawson Park

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Sand Creek Massacre: Petition Demands Change at Ghost Town Named for John Chivington

Colonel John Chivington.
On Wednesday, September 24, members of the Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission will head northeast from Eads along Chief White Antelope Way to the banks of Sand Creek, where 150 members of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes were killed by volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington on November 29, 1864. Ten miles short of the site, they'll pass through the dusty, emptied-out prairie town of Chivington.

See also: Joe Hutchison, Colorado's New Poet Laureate, Tells the Story of Silas Soule and the Sand Creek Massacre

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Here's Why Each New DIA Train Message Costs the City $1,500

Denver International Airport
Don't delay the departure of this train!
For more than a decade, the trains ran on time at Denver International Airport with no more than a few bossy reminders from Pete Smythe and Reynelda Muse that "you are delaying the departure of this train." After those two personalities exited Denver (Smythe to his final reward, Muse to work out of state), their voices were replaced with those of the anonymous Alan Roach and Adele Arakawa. And when then-mayor John Hickenlooper added a welcome message to the mix, he didn't even identify himself -- until a few carpers pointed out that it was silly to have the mayor tell travelers where to pick up their bags without mentioning that he was mayor.

Mayor Michael Hancock has not been nearly as reticent, even though there's a $1,500 charge for each new message.

See also: Seven new DIA train greetings Michael Hancock should record

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What's Your Favorite Place in Denver? The City Wants to Know
Photo by Brandon Marshall.
Red Rocks is always a crowd pleaser.
What's your favorite place in Denver? This morning the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development -- whose office is definitely not the favorite place of people applying for building permits and zoning variances -- launched the Favorite Place in Denver campaign, part of an attempt to "launch a citywide conversation about placemaking and city-building." Send your answer to the city by the end of September and you might win tickets to Red Rocks -- which is bound to score high when the responses are tallied. Not that this is a contest, mind you. It's a lovefest.

See also: Fifty Photos That Show Red Rocks Is the Most Beautiful Venue on the Planet

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Cold War Patriots wants to honor former Rocky Flats workers...if it can find them

The Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant -- did you work here?
"In honor of your service at Rocky Flats," proclaimed the message on the outside of an envelope from Cold War Patriots. And inside, a personalized letter announced that "a commemorative coin has been designed to honor you as a former Rocky Flats worker and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cold War."

A nice gesture, but there was just one problem: The Centennial resident who received the envelope never worked at the Rocky Flats nuclear-weapons plant, the facility sixteen miles upwind of Denver that produced plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs from the early '50s until 1989. In fact, he didn't even live in Colorado until two years ago.

See also: The secrets of Rocky Flats won't stay buried forever

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Boulder County Clerk isn't horsing around with same-sex license deadline

County Clerk Hillary Hall, seen in a 7News image, is carrying on a Boulder tradition. More photos and three documents below.
Update below: Since the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its ruling on June 25 invalidating Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- seventy at last count. But Colorado Attorney General John Suthers questions whether the clerk has the legal authority to issue the licenses and had given that office a noon deadline today to stop or face further legal action.

This is not the first time that the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder has issued same-sex licenses.

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The Clinton Global Initiative is coming to town, but PeaceJam has already gone global
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PeaceJam's Ivan Suvanjieff and Dawn Engle with Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
This week I told the remarkable story of PeaceJam, the Colorado-based non-profit that a down-and-out Denver artist was inspired to start after the Summer of Violence. From those unlikely beginnings, PeaceJam has grown to a powerhouse that includes thirteen Nobel Peace Prize laureates on its board and hosts activities around the globe, including the debut of a documentary on Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Monte Carlo early this month. As the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative America comes to Denver this weekend, it's a good time to remember that hometown heroes can have an international impact, too.

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Jefferson Parkway -- and Rocky Flats land swap -- still stalled in Colorado appeals court

Looking down on the future route of the Jefferson Parkway from Rocky Flats.
"Rocky Flats Then and Now: 25 Years After the Raid," a three-day panel at the Arvada Center this past weekend that coincided with the 25th anniversary of the FBI's raid on the former nuclear weapons plant, raised more questions than it answered. One of the stumpers: What's the status of the Jefferson Parkway?

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Play ball! Homeless Diamond back for a fourth season of Tuesday games

Last Tuesday was a lovely morning for a softball game -- sunny, with no clouds on the horizon. Not in the sky, and not involving the status of Sonny Lawson Field, where the Homeless Diamond was about to begin its fourth season. It was a much more auspicious start to developer/do-gooder/baseball fan Joe Carabello's pet project than last summer, when a renovation project at the field was behind schedule, bogged down by bureaucracy and spring rains, and the start of the games had to be postponed for weeks while the work was finished.

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