Photos: See why this year's Colorado Springs PrideFest was the city's biggest ever

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Against the backdrop of court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans comes another indication of change in Colorado: The PrideFest celebration in Colorado Springs was reportedly the city's largest by a very wide margin; police estimate 50,000 attendees this weekend, as opposed to 35,000 last year. To get a sense of the event, check out the following images, culled from KXRM-TV coverage.

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Aurora theater shooting: Second anniversary to be remembered with beer festival, other events

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Alex Teves at the Copper Kettle Brewing Company.
When Kristen Kozik, who owns the Copper Kettle Brewing Company with her husband, first heard about the horrific shooting at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, she never imagined she'd know someone involved. It wasn't until the authorities released a list of the twelve people killed that she realized that one of the brewery's regular customers, 24-year-old Alex Teves, was among those who had died.

"As soon as we found out, we wanted to do something for his family," Kozik says. It's a tradition they've kept up -- and this year, on the second anniversary of the shooting, Copper Kettle will host "A Night to Remember," a beer festival in Alex's honor.

See also: Aurora theater shooting families join call for national protocol to streamline donations

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Photos: Denver Cruisers suit up and strip down for ride and pool party

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Photo by Scott Lentz. More pics below.
Summer's here and the time was right for the latest Denver Cruiser Ride theme, "Suits & Swim Suits" -- a perfect excuse to suit up and strip down.

This time around, the Cruisers not only took it to the streets, but also to a pool party and volleyball game. Photographer Scott Lentz was on hand to capture the fun. Check out a sampling of his shots below.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers light up their lives -- and get lit

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Click to see the complete Denver Cruisers Light Up the Night slide show.
This week's Denver Cruiser Ride cycled through the theme "You Light Up My Life," but there were no Debby Boone sightings. Instead, the images that filled photographer Brandon Marshall's lens involved Denverites having a great time on a summer night -- and enjoying the occasional libation. Check out a sampling of the pics below and click to see the complete Denver Cruisers Light Up the Night slide show.

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Marijuana: Adam Hartle on his new A64 movie and smoking pot in front of Tom Tancredo

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Adam Hartle and Tom Tancredo in a scene from "Mile High -- The COmeback of Cannabis," premiering tonight in Denver. More photos and a video below.
We first introduced you to Adam Hartle in January 2013, when we reported that ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo had promised to puff a joint on camera as part of the comedian/filmmaker's movie about Amendment 64 should the measure pass -- which it did.

Tancredo later welched on his bet under pressure from his family. But in Mile High -- The COmeback of Cannabis, the now-completed documentary, which screens tonight through Thursday (with Hartle promising to give out free legal pot to adults 21 and over outside theaters), Tancredo watches as the director blazes. Learn more about that scene and the project as a whole in a photo-and-video supplemented Q&A with Hartle below.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers' People of Walmart ride puts on a smiley face

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Photo by Marissa Shevins. More pics below.
For their latest ride, the Denver Cruisers took inspiration from the People of Walmart website -- and plenty of participants got into the discount spirit. Our Marissa Shevins was on hand to capture all the craziness. Check out a sampling of her shots below.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers take a lot of it off for "Overcoats and Underwear" ride

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Photo by Marissa Shevins. Click to see the complete "Denver Cruisers' Overcoats and Underwear ride" slide show.
Judging by photos taken by our Marissa Shevins, there was more underwear than overcoats at "Overcoats and Underwear," the latest Denver Cruisers ride. But in even greater supply was a good time.

Look below to see a sampling of Shevins's shots and click to see the complete "Denver Cruisers' Overcoats and Underwear ride" slide show.

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Photos: Ten best U.S. parks according to TripAdvisor, including one in Colorado

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TripAdvisor has come up with its choices for best landmarks and parks in the U.S. and the world -- and one in Colorado finished very, very high on the list.

How well did it do? Count down the photo-illustrated top ten below, featuring TripAdvisor text and links to each location. To see the original post, click here.

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Photos: Denver's top fifteen biggest tourist attractions of 2013

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In recent days, we've been sharing details from what VISIT DENVER describes as the Mile High City's most successful tourism year ever; visitor spending in 2013 topped $4 billion for the first time. First up were tourists' ten favorite shopping and entertainment centers, followed by the 21 cities and states that sent the most tourists to Colorado. Now come the agency's top fifteen biggest tourist attractions of 2013 -- and there are definitely some surprises, beginning with number fifteen. Count them all down below.

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Pro-homeless rally decries $1.8 million for new cops in Ballpark neighborhood, 16th Street Mall

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Photo by Britt Chester
More photos from our 2012 "Sleeping on the 16th Street Mall" slide show below.
Last week, we wrote about advocacy organization Denver Homeless Out Loud's argument that a $1.8 million security plan to add ten new police officers to patrol the Ballpark neighborhood, LoDo and the 16th Street Mall represents a new effort to criminalize homelessness.

This evening, the Denver City Council is expected to address the proposal -- and even though public comments on it aren't being allowed at this time, DHOL and the Colorado Progressive Coalition members plan to attend in force following a rally protesting the approach.

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